Sustainability Council

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. The Campus Sustainability Council is comprised of students, faculty, and staff. 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.

For group member information and past meeting minutes, see the Sustainability Council Google folder.

Task Groups

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