Meet the Staff
Director, Center for Sustainable Communities
Jon Jensen is the Director of the Center for Sustainable Communities and a faculty member in Environmental Studies. He provides oversight to all areas of sustainability at Luther as well as working to expand the Center's outreach to the community and region. Jensen is a member of the board of directors for AASHE and on the steering committee for UMACS (the Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability). He works to promote sustainability in the curriculum at Luther, in the Midwest, and throughout the country and teaches courses on Environmental Philosophy, Food and the Environment, Environmental Leadership, and Sustainable Communities. He holds a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Professor of Religion
Jim Martin-Schramm is Professor of Religion and coordinates the Energy and Climate Program for the Center for Sustainable Communities. He recently completed a term of service on the board of the Iowa Wind Energy Association and is currently chair of the board of Iowa Interfaith Power & Light and the Winneshiek Energy District. He also serves as Secretary of Luther College Wind Energy Project, LLC. Jim joined the Religion faculty of Luther College in 1993. Most of his research has focused on ethics and public policy. He is the author or co-author of four books including Climate Justice: Ethics, Energy, and Climate Policy (Fortress Press, 2010). He holds a doctorate in Christian Ethics from Union Theological Seminary in New York City.
Visit him at his website: http://www.luther.edu/
Sustainable Foods Educator
Maren Stumme-Diers works with the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative and Luther College as a Sustainable Foods Educator. At Luther Maren works on Edible landscaping, campus gardens, community gardens and the facilitation of education opportunities related to food. On behalf of Food and Fitness she is providing support to school gardens and food service directors throughout the region as they work to incorporate more local food into the menu. Maren graduated from Luther College with degrees in Environmental Studies and Spanish.
Assistant Director of the Center for Sustainable Communities
Stratis joins Luther as Assistant Director of the Center for Sustainable Communities. This new position combines coordination of sustainability initiatives on the Luther campus with teaching two courses for the Environmental Studies Program. A Dubuque native, Stratis earned a BA in Economics from Loras College and was co-founder of Green Dubuque, a non-profit devoted to making Dubuque a more environmentally sustainable and socially conscious community. Most recently, Stratis moved from Fort Collins, Colorado where he worked as Sustainability Outreach Coordinator for Colorado State University. He holds a Masters in Environmental Policy from Colorado State where his research focused on Colorado’s New Energy Economy and climate innovation.
Director of Outreach
Emily Neal is the Director of School Outreach for Luther College. She has over 18 years of experience teaching people of all ages about integrating concepts of wellness, sustainability and stewardship into their lives. Her work for the center includes providing teacher in-services and workshops related to these issues. In addition, Emily is responsible for planning and implementing pre-K - 12th grade environmental programs throughout the year, including Luther College Discovery Camp programs. In partnership with the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness initiative, Emily is responsible for supervising FoodCorps and AmeriCorps members that serve in over 18 districts throughout Northeast Iowa. Together, they help districts foster healthy environments for students, staff and the communities they serve. She has a Masters in Science Education and an undergraduate degree in Exercise Science, both from the University of Iowa.
At Luther we provide nearly 50 students the opportunity to be sustainability leaders through a variety of work study positions. Students have the opportunity to work as sustainability reps, recyclers, gardeners and project managers.