Sustainability and Place in Decorah

Sustainability and Place in Decorah

This course focuses on issues of sustainability, looking at examples and initiatives both at Luther and the surrounding community.  From renewable energy and climate action to regenerative agriculture and local food systems, we will study global challenges and local efforts to create more sustainable communities in the Driftless Region. Leaning on the Norwegian idea of “friluftsliv” or the outdoor life, this course will combine field trips and experiential learning with discussions of the “Nordic Model” of how sustainability is addressed in Scandinavian countries.  

Jon Jensen ’89 has been a professor in Philosophy and Environmental Studies since 2002, with a focus in environmental philosophy and science. Currently, Jon also serves as the director for the Center for Sustainable Communities at Luther. Some of his course topics include Environmental Philosophy and Forays. 

Rachel Brummel is associate professor of Environmental Studies and Political Science at Luther College. She developed an interest in the environment when she was a child. She grew up within minutes of Decorah and was immersed in the beauty of the Driftless Region, as well as the people and communities embedded in northeast Iowa's working landscapes. At Luther, some of Rachel’s course topics include Environmental Politics and Nordic Environmentalism.

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