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Sustainability Careers: A Luther College Alumni Panel

  • Date: Thursday, March 4, 2021
  • Time: 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm
  • Location: Zoom

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Luther College is garnering a national reputation for its leadership in the field of sustainability.

An upcoming event, “Sustainability Careers: A Luther College Alumni Panel,” will highlight how concerns about sustainability have influenced the careers of four Luther College graduates.

According to Jim Martin-Schramm, Director of Luther’s Center for Sustainable Communities, “Luther defines sustainability broadly as integrated action to address environmental, economic, and social challenges to ensure a more just, equitable, and ecologically healthy world.”“I am excited that this panel will feature a pairing of two alums who have been out for two decades with two more recent Luther alums, " noted Stephen Sporer, Vice-President of Development. "There's also a nice diversity of academic majors and professional pursuits that reflect Luther's broad definition of sustainability."

Alycia Ashburn majored in Biology and graduated from Luther in 1999.  Alycia engages faith communities in energy stewardship programs and in constructive dialogue on climate change, renewable energy, and environmental justice. She is currently a non-profit consultant and has worked with organizations such as Interfaith Power & Light, Sojourners, Sustainable Cleveland, the Center for Spirituality in Nature, Lutherans Restoring Creation, and the Udall Scholar Alumni Association.

Meghan Barker majored in Environmental Studies and Political Science and graduated from Luther in 2017.  She currently serves as the Bristol Bay Organizer for Trout Unlimited and is based in Anchorage, Alaska. In 2019 and 2020, she led grassroots efforts among sportsmen and women to stop the proposed Pebble mine, an industrial mining plan slated for the headwaters of the world's largest sockeye salmon fishery in southwest Alaska.

Harleigh Boldridge majored in Social Work and was awarded the Jensen Medal when she graduated from Luther in 2018.  She is a community organizer and activist in the Des Moines area.  She organizes around various issues including Accessibility, Healthcare Justice, and Black Liberation. She is also currently working as a Campaign Event Director for a 2021 City Council Race.

Josh Byrnes majored in Biology and graduated from Luther in 1996.  He was recently appointed to the Iowa Utilities Board by Governor Kim Reynolds for a term that runs through April 30, 2025.  Josh previously was General Manager of Osage Municipal Utilities and served six years in the Iowa House of Representatives, where he was Iowa House Transportation Chairman. He is a former CUSB Bank director and also has served on the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities Board of Directors, American Public Power Associations DEED Board, and T&D World Executive Advisory Board.

Sustainability Careers: A Luther College Alumni Panel” will take place via Zoom on Thursday, March 4, from 7:00 - 8:15 pm.  The link is free and available to the public at event is co-sponsored by Luther’s Center for Sustainable Communities, the Alumni and Development Office, the Environmental Studies Program, and the Career Center.



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