Meet the Staff

Jon Jensen

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.

James Martin-Schramm

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.

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Maren Stumme-Diers

Sustainable Foods Educator

As a Sustainable Foods Educator Maren coordinates a variety of food-related initiatives on campus and in the community. Maren believes that food lies at the intersection of many social, environmental, cultural and economic issues and sees food issues as a great way to bring different groups of people together. At Luther Maren coordinates the CSA Reimbursement Program for Luther employees, food education events, edible landscaping, community gardens, student production gardens and the Cafeteria to Community Program in which food from campus is packed into reusable containers for the food pantry. She also works to promote sustainability programming within Residence Life and oversees marketing and communication projects for the Center for Sustainable Communities. Maren is in the process of completing a Masters in Sustainable Food Systems from Green Mountain College.

Emily A. Neal

Director of Outreach, Wellness, Sustainability and the Environment

Emily is the Director of School Outreach for Luther College/Staff Instructor in Environmental Studies. A passionate science educator, she has over 18 years of experience teaching people of all ages, on how to integrated concepts of wellness, sustainability and stewardship into their lives. In her role, Emily oversees a wide array of environmental programs for youth, including the summer Discovery Camp programs and the Luther College Immersion Leadership Program. As part of her outreach to schools, she works with teachers on integrating topics of sustainability into the curriculum and supervises FoodCorps/AmeriCorps members serving in regional schools. 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.

Stratis Giannakouros

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.