Campus Sustainability Council

The Campus Sustainability Council, comprising students, faculty, and staff, began its duties in fall 2008. Each member of the council will serve on at least one of four sub-groups that will include other members of the Luther community. All task group and sustainability council meetings are open to the campus community. The Sustainability Council is responsible for voting to recommend policies and programs to the cabinet for approval, approving funding for sustainability grants and providing feedback on new programs, initiatives and ideas coming from the task groups.

2014-15 Council Members

Paul Berland, Northeast Iowa Resources Conservation & Development
Emily Dufford '16, Student, Student Representative
Kris Franzen, Staff, Resident Life
Stratis Giannakouros, Assistant Director, Center for Sustainable Communities (Energy and Water Chair)
Xiao Hu, Music Faculty
Jon Jensen, Director, Center for Sustainable Communities (Student Learning Chair)
Jeanie Lovell, Staff, Development
Karen Martin-Schramm, Staff, President's Office
Molly McNicoll, Biology Faculty (Land Use Chair)
Justin Sprung, Psychology Faculty
Maren Stumme-Diers, Staff (Food, Purchasing, and Waste Chair)
Wayne Tudor, Staff, Resident Dining
Jay Uthoff, Director, Facilities Services

Meeting Dates & Times for the '14-'15 Academic Year

All meetings are held in the Borlaug Room of Dahl Centennial Union. Members of the campus community are encouraged to attend.

  • Thursday, October 2, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 20, 4:15-5:15 p.m.


Student Learning
This committee consists of two groups - one focused on sustainability in the curriculum and the other focused on out of classroom learning. The goal of this group is to encourage education as a way of promoting sustainable practices on campus and in the larger community.

Food, Purchasing, and Waste
As the name implies, this group's main focus is food, purchasing and waste. Throughout the years this committee has worked with dining services as the 35% local food goal was achieved, developed purchasing guidelines for items such as paper and cleaning supplies and worked closely with students looking to make positive change on campus.

Energy and Water
The Energy and Water Task Group promotes sustainability by looking at Luther's energy and water usage and seeking ways to reduce the use of these resources.

Land Use
The Land Use Committee is concerned with issues related to the use and management of Luther's 1000 acres and comes together to make decisions and review proposals related to central campus and natural areas.

Have an Idea?

Propose an idea to the Sustainability Council and its task groups by sending an email to