Luther selected to participate in climate change initiative

Recipient of a 2012 Second Nature Climate Leadership Award. One of eight colleges across the country to receive an "A" on the 2011 College Sustainability Report Card.

Oct. 3, 2008

The Rocky Mountain Institute has accepted Luther College’s application to participate in its project to “Accelerate Campus Climate-Change Initiatives.”

Luther is one of only 12 colleges and universities around the nation selected to participate in this new program.

Luther’s strategic plan calls for a 50 percent reduction in the institution’s carbon footprint and outlines numerous sustainability initiatives to achieve this goal.

The RMI program’s goals are to assist participating campuses in creating plans for whole‐system actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from campus operations; to connect participating campuses with potential funding partners and a network of like‐minded peers; and to develop a publication that other campuses can consult for guidance in the planning and implementation of a successful climate‐change mitigation initiative targeted at campus operations.

In the first phase of the program Luther will host a two-day campus visit by a delegation of experts from the Rocky Mountain Institute. The visitors will focus on barriers and opportunities related to Luther’s attempts to reduce its campus carbon footprint.

In the second phase Luther will send three representatives to a workshop convened by RMI and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. The purpose of the workshop will be to share success stories and strategies among the participating colleges and universities for overcoming barriers associated with accomplishing greenhouse gas reduction goals.

After completion of the site visit and the workshop, participating campuses will be eligible for a grant to begin implementation of a high‐priority, potentially highly effective climate‐change mitigation project on each campus.

Luther is a charter signatory of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. The college has reduced its carbon footprint by more than 15 percent in recent years through significant investments in energy efficiency.

One of the goals in the college’s new five-year strategic plan is to cut the college’s carbon footprint in half, ideally by 2011-2012 when Luther celebrates its sesquicentennial.

The Rocky Mountain Institute is an independent, entrepreneurial, nonprofit organization based in Snowmass, Colo. It has acquired an international reputation for its work on energy efficiency, its whole-systems approach, and its market-oriented solutions.

A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,500, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the bachelor of arts degree in 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college’s website: http://www.luther.edu.