Why We Love Decorah, Iowa

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.

Why does Luther Sustainability love Decorah? Not only is Decorah a place of abundant green space, it is a place that welcomes sustainable ideas and practices.

Summer News and Events:
on-going sustainability-related events can be found at DecorahNow

-People's Time Exchange: PTE recognizes that each person has talents to share, and that the overall community is strengthened when neighbors help one another. For every hour that you help meet the needs of another member, you earn a time credit for the exchange. This time credit can then be redeemed for services from others, and the cycle of sharing will grow- Potluck event at Phelps Park, June 9

-Decorah Open Streets: a celebration of personal, communal and environmental wellness held on car-free streets that are then Open Streets for activities of all kinds- Open Street Event, June 10

-Winneshiek Farmers Market, an outdoor market that operates Wednesdays (3-6pm) and Saturdays (8-11am) from May 1 through October 30

Decorah Highlights:

www.sustainabledecorah.com, view Decorah's Sustainability Plan

Inspire(d) Magazine, based out of Decorah, covers positive news in the Driftless Region and often features sustainability advice and stories

Seed Savers Exchange, very well known nationally, offers an alternative model to big agriculture through work encouraging participatory preservation among our members, and by signing the safe seed pledge

Decorah Now,  building local community through arts, cultural, and recreational events, and the exchange of goods and services, often features sustainability events

Oneota Coop, cooperatively-owned grocery store specializing in organic, local, and sustainably produced products since 1974

DigIn Decorah, highlights why the Decorah area is a leader in green initiatives

Oneota Film Festival, annual, regional festival hosted at Luther that focuses on sustainability, environmental, food, adventure & eco travel and especially locally oriented films

ArtHaus, bringing visual, performing, and literary art together under one roof and offering creative programs for all ages

La Rana, a small, intimate restaurant with emphasis on local and organic foods

Winneshiek Energy District, GreenIowa Americorps, preaching sustainability energy to Winneshiek county