Sustainability Research

A student presenting their research at the research symposium.

Sustainability Research

As a residential liberal arts college, Luther places its primary emphasis on teaching, not research. This focus on teaching is part of what sets Luther apart from larger universities.  Even with this focus on teaching, the majority of Luther faculty are actively engaged in research and they place significant emphasis on involving undergraduates in research.  Many of our faculty are involved in community-based research that strives to address the many challenges that we face as a society.

In Luther's 2022 STARS inventory, 26% of all Luther faculty are actively conducting sustainability-related research and 75% of academic departments have at least one faculty member doing sustainability-related research.

Luther also provides financial support for sustainability research through both grants to students for summer research and funding for larger projects through the Center for Sustainable Communities.  

The Summer Student/Faculty Collaborative Research program provides an opportunity for Luther students to engage full-time in collaborative research projects with Luther faculty members during the two months of Luther's summer session (June/July).
Proposals are welcome in all disciplines but special funding is available for sustainability research.  

For more information on Luther's current sustainability related research or to inquire about funding for future research, please contact Jon Jensen.   

Getting to work on projects related to waste reduction is really exciting, because I feel like we are genuinely making a difference.  I really enjoy getting to work towards increasing the quality of our sustainability programs on campus regardless of how big or small our effects may be.  Whether it's sorting and weighing trash or researching new projects for improving Luther's waste stream, the work is always fulfilling.

—Liam Fraser, '17

Seed Savers Library

Luther students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to make use of the great resources available through the Seed Savers Library.