Project Managers

Sustainability Student Workers take on a variety of projects, from website management and marketing to implementing sustainability initiatives such as Green Room Certification, the Bargain Barn, Trash to Treasure, and much more. 

Student Workers

Ellen Badger ('16) is a biology and psychology double major from Duluth, Minnesota. She is in PALS, Cathedral Choir, and student senate on campus.

"I love working in local foods through the Center for Sustainable Communities (CSC) because I get the opportunity to work with people in the community and share information that I'm passionate about. I've also learned a lot from my work here and I'm excited to continue learning!"


Meghan Barker ('17) is an Environmental Studies and Political Science double major from Fort Collins, Colorado. She compiles and publishes the Sustainability Newsletters, and provides support in outreach for the Pre-College Program. In her spare time, Meghan enjoys hiking, kayaking, making DIY-crafts, and going to country concerts!

"I love working for sustainability because I know I am making a difference not only in the Luther community, but in the Northeast Iowa community and beyond."


Emily Dufford ('16) is an Environmental Studies major from Stockton, Illinois.  She enjoys spending time outside whether it be hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking, running, backpacking, or just laying around. 

"I love being able to make a positive change on campus every day when I come into work. It's great being behind the scenes and seeing all the hard work that goes into campus sustainability projects."


Sarah Forsythe ('15) is majoring in Anthropology and Sociology.  She enjoys being outside, gardening, food, reading, climbing trees, and history.

"I love working for CSC because I can not only spend my time outside gardening, but get paid for it as well. Harvesting food and then seeing it in the Caf brings a sense of pride and excitement."



Travis Houle ('15) is majoring in Biology and Environmental Studies. He is involved in Cross Country, Track and Field, Choir, KWLC radio, and scientific research.

"I enjoy working for sustainability because it allows me to tackle environmental challenges while being a full time student at Luther. I truly believe that Luther has made excellent strides towards becoming an institution that can operate in a maner that is socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable for generations to come, and I am thrilled to take part in this Center."


Arnold Masanga ('16) is majoring in Management and Political Science. Arnold was inspired to start working for Sustainability after spending a J-term at home in Nairobi, Kenya where he got involved in volunteer work that involved planting trees, recycling, etc. He also enjoys intramural sports, mainly soccer.


Laura Proescholdt ('16) is majoring in Environmental Studies. She has worked for Sustainability in the past as a staff writer and started a project to profile each of Luther's local food providers.

"I want to work for Luther Sustainability because it gives me a unique opportunity to learn about Environmental Studies in a way that is different from my classes. I appreciate the support that Sustainability gives me for a more self-directed, hands-on approach to learning."


Katherine Vorderbruggen ('16) is majoring in History and Political Science with a minor in International Studies. She is also the President of SPOKES, Luther's student-lead bike club.

"I work for sustainability because they have offered me wonderful opportunities to help contribute to the community at Luther and in Decorah through subjects that I am passionate about."