Creating Awareness

18. Create a Center for Sustainable Communities to be a catalyst for change locally and regionally.


  • Develop a sustainable food systems program and play a leadership role in the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness initiative.
  • Work with community partners to launch a community energy initiative focusing on conservation and renewable energy.
  • Create programs that foster sustainable business practices and entrepreneurship.
  • Enhance environmental education outreach efforts and work with community partners to create a place for environmental programs along the Upper Iowa River.
  • Strengthen partnerships with congregations and faith communities in sustainability education and draw upon the resources of diverse faith traditions regarding the stewardship of creation.

19. Make sustainability a part of every student’s learning experience.


  • Invite Luther faculty and staff to integrate attention to place and to sustainable community into our curriculum, the residential experience of our students, work-study, and campus operations. Sponsor workshops to help achieve this goal.
  • Enhance the Environmental Studies program by endowing a chair for Environmental Studies as part of the Center for Sustainable Communities.

20. Nurture connection to place in all stakeholders.


  • Develop an outdoor recreation program that provides immersion experiences to incoming students and offers year-round programming to connect the campus with Luther’s natural environment and to wellness initiatives that are already well established.
  • Tell our story about our unique location and campus sustainability efforts prominently on the Luther website and in other communications pieces.
  • Fund a scholarship program to attract and retain high school students with an interest in sustainability and environmental stewardship.