Sustainability in the News

Luther College Norse

Luther to cohost Energy Extravaganza Oct. 24 and 26

Winneshiek County is leading Iowa with the most residential solar installed in the state. Learn how solar power and energy efficiency can benefit local residents financially and strengthen the community during the second annual Decorah Energy Extravaganza, hosted by Luther's Center for Sustainable Communities and the Winneshiek Energy District. The Extravaganza kicks-off with a residential open house Saturday, Oct. 24, showcasing more than 10 efficient and solar-powered homes open for visitors from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Visit for a map and description of sites.

Full article

Stratis Giannakouros

Luther awarded grant by ASIANetwork-Freeman Foundation

Luther College was awarded a $45,290 grant from ASIANetwork Freeman Student-Faculty Fellows Program to support a collaborative summer research experience. Luther is one of eight recipients for the summer 2015 program, funded by the Freeman Foundation.

The grant will fund an opportunity for six Luther students and two Luther faculty to study urbanization in Hetou, China. The group will travel to Hetou on May 26, to spend four weeks on field research for their collaborative projects. Students will gather information in the form of interviews, focus groups and observations with migrant workers, villagers and local officials for research topics including urban planning, river population, migrant workers and education.

Full article

Ann Mansfield teaser

Local advocate receives national award

America Walks, a national advocacy organization that promotes walking and walkable communities, announced today that Ann Mansfield, R.N., M.S.N. and project coordinator for NE Iowa Food & Fitness Initiative, has been awarded a Walking College Fellowship.

Full article

Chuck Stark

Center for Sustainable Communities hosts Luther alumnus Chuck Stark

After backpacking, rock-climbing, and kayaking his way around the U.S. and Costa Rica, Chuck Stark, Luther College class of 2006, will present, "Exploring the World and Finding our Place" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, in the Valders Hall of Science Room 206 on the Luther campus. The lecture is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Full article

Tiny house

Luther College hosts tiny house workshop April 25

After hosting a lecture by "The Big Tiny" author Dee Williams last September, the Luther College Center for Sustainable Communities will host a workshop for local tiny house owners and enthusiasts Saturday, April 25, in Room 206 of Valders Hall of Science on the Luther College campus. The workshop is open to the public with no charge for admission, but registration is requested.

Full article

Luther sustainability logo

First Farm Solar Workshop to share incentives April 10

The Winneshiek Energy District, Iowa Dairy Center, Northeast Iowa Community College and Luther Center for Sustainable Communities are teaming up to host a Farm Solar "How-To" Workshop at Iowa Dairy Center, South of the Northeast Iowa Community College campus in Calmar, Iowa, at 1 p.m. Friday, April 10.

Full article