Center for Sustainable Communities

Promoting sustainability and serving as a catalyst for change

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Top Ten National Ranking: AASHE 2020 Sustainable Campus Index

Baker Village

Be part of Baker Village

112 students live in Baker Village, the first part of Luther campus to achieve carbon neutrality through geothermal and solar energy systems.

Bike Share

Bike Share Program

The bike share program has helped over 12,000 riders travel more sustainably in the last decade.

Work Study

Work Study

More than 150 students are involved in work-study, internships, and initiatives related to sustainability.

Cafeteria to Community

Cafeteria to Community

The Cafeteria to Community program packages an average of 10,000 pounds of leftover food from the Luther Cafeteria each year to donate to area food pantries.

Carbon Footprint

Carbon Footprint

Luther college has reduced its carbon footprint by 56% on the way to a goal of 100% carbon neutrality by 2030.

Carbon Footprint

Sustainability in the Curriculum

75% of Luther's academic departments offer sustainability-related courses.

Bee Campus USA

Creating and enhancing a pollinator habitat

Creating and enhancing a pollinator habitat on campus has been an ongoing collaboration of the Biology department, Luther College Land Stewardship, and facilities. Luther supports pollinators with:

  • Research on pollinator diversity and conservation
  • Landscaping with native plants
  • Prairie plantings
  • Oak-woodland restorations
  • Invasive species control
  • Prescribed burning of native habitats
  • and much more!
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