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Luther College CSA Reimbursement Program

  • Luther College (IA)

Participants in Luther College's CSA Reimbursement Program enjoy a summer workshop about seasonal vegetables.


Environmental Studies (Bachelor)

  • Luther College (IA)

The interdisciplinary major in environmental studies is designed to provide students with fundamental resources for understanding the complex and dynamic relations between humans and the natural world. The major integrates ...

  • Posted April 12, 2018
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Environmental Studies Minor

  • Luther College (IA)

Similar in scope and content to the environmental studies major, a minor in environmental studies requires the student to take five approved environmental studies

  • Posted April 12, 2018
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Infrastructure, Audits, and Education: A Three-Pronged Approach to Waste Reduction

  • Luther College (IA)

This poster will demonstrate how Luther College is working to achieve its zero waste goals by investing in infrastructure, conducting waste audits and creatively educating the campus community. Under the ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Energy Monitoring as a Tool for Community Engagement

  • Luther College (IA)

This poster will detail the process and results of electricity monitoring for behavior change in the Luther College Sustainability House, a residence focused on discovering what it means to live ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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822 kW Arrays: Preus Library and Regents Center

  • Luther College (IA)

During the fall of 2015 Luther College installed an additional 821.76 kW of solar photovoltaic (PV) power in three arrays on the main campus. The vast majority of this ...

  • Posted Dec. 16, 2016
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Third-Party, Supporter-Financed Campus Solar: An Approach and a Partnership that Works

  • Luther College (IA)
  • Second Nature (MA)
  • Midwest Renewable Energy Association (WI)

The “Solar University Network: Innovation in Solar Energy Finance & Development” case study series highlights higher education investment in solar energy projects. The purpose of these case studies is to ...

  • Posted Sept. 12, 2016
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Regional Sustainability as Social Innovation

  • Luther College (IA)

This case study will present research on the connections between sustainability and the growing fields of social innovation and collective impact. How do organizations and communities best address complex social ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Spreading the Word: Effective Communication on Campus

  • Luther College (IA)

Effective communication is essential in promoting and running any sustainability initiative. Every day, institutions are coming up with projects that further our energy efficiency, connect us to local food systems ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Teaching Sustainability: Perspectives from the Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Earlham College (IN)
  • Luther College (IA)
  • Rice University (TX)
  • Stephen F. Austin State University (TX)
  • Wells College (NY)
  • Willamette University (OR)

The purpose of this session is to provide an informal discussion forum for faculty teaching in the humanities and sciences who are engaged in integrating sustainability into their courses. Each ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Campuses as Leaders and Partners in Comprehensive Food Systems Change

  • Luther College (IA)

Too often efforts to enact changes to the food system are approached piecemeal with an excess focus on individual consumption. This presentation will present an alternative model of sustainable food ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Telling Tales and Turning Heads: Communication Strategies that Work on Campus

  • Luther College (IA)

In Sustainability, there is no lack for ideas to reduce campus waste and energy use. Environmental studies and sustainability programs at institutions across the country are abuzz with new ways ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Cafeteria to Community: Reducing Waste and Feeding the Hungry

  • Luther College (IA)

This poster will illustrate a program that simultaneously reduces food waste from Luther College’s cafeteria while providing needed food assistance to hungry families in the surrounding community. The Cafeteria ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Using Health Care Funds to Support Employee CSAs and Food Education

  • Luther College (IA)

The college’s most recent health risk assessment found that 43% of employees do not eat the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables. Recognizing the positive health impacts associated with ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Developing Resilient Communities through Community-University Partnerships

  • Luther College (IA)

One of the key strategies for dealing with global climate change is campus–community collaboration (M’Gonigle & Starke) to develop resilient, sustainable communities (Ausubel); as demonstrated at two small ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Sprouting (Literally!) Engagement in Sustainability in the Undergraduate Curriculum: the “Heritage Garden Project” in Beginning German at Luther College

  • Luther College (IA)

The students know that Diane is coming to tell a special story on cold February morning. To their surprise, as she appears, however, she opens a little package and empties ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Internships as a Tool for Sustainability Education and Outreach

  • Luther College (IA)

Using Luther College’s successful sustainability internship program as a case study, this presentation will cover all aspects of developing and implementing a sustainability focused student internship program for undergraduates ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Driving Sustainability at Luther: A Rideshare Website Demonstration

  • Luther College (IA)

The Luther College Rideshare website is an open source project undertaken to streamline student engagement in sustainable activities, specifically carpooling. The concept of a rideshare board has been in existence ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Small Campuses, Big Impacts: Making Sustainability Work in Smaller, Liberal Arts Schools

  • Dickinson College (PA)
  • Earlham College (IN)
  • Furman University (SC)
  • Luther College (IA)

In this panel presentation, teaching faculty and sustainability staff from several smaller, liberal arts schools will discuss the challenges and lessons learned in implementing sustainability across the curriculum, the co-curriculum ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Developing Food Purchasing Guidelines

  • Luther College (IA)

This poster will outline the process and outcome of developing food purchasing guidelines for Luther's goal to source more food from sustainable sources. In 2008 Luther College made the ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Learning Outcomes for Teaching Sustainability in the Humanities

  • Luther College (IA)

This paper explores the question of what we expect students to know and be able to do as the result of successful education for sustainability. I start by defending the ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Using Free Google Tools to Manage Sustainability Projects

  • Luther College (IA)

Google has many free, user-friendly tools that can easily be used to turn your sustainability department into a well-oiled, student driven machine. In addition to an overview of Google Docs ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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2% through behavior: The Inside Scoop on one College's Ambitious Energy Conservation Goal

  • Luther College (IA)

In addition to aggressive energy efficiency upgrades, one small college has committed to reducing energy consumption 2%/year through behavior change. This is am ambitious goal, but through creative programming ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Beyond Local: Food Purchasing Criteria, Student Farm Audits and the Veg Yourself Pledge

  • Luther College (IA)

Food purchasers have ever more considerations to keep in mind when making buying decisions. Which criteria are the most important? At some point it becomes important to define our goals ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Growing Veggies in Central Campus: Edible Landscaping at Luther College

  • Luther College (IA)

Discover how a campus with high aesthetic standards can incorporate vegetable production into the landscape of central campus. Edible landscaping can take many forms including raised beds near residence halls ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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10 Strategies for Sustainability Focused Faculty Development

  • Luther College (IA)

Even on campuses with great sustainability initiatives, curriculum is often the missing piece or the one area that lags behind operations and student life. Working with faculty on curriculum changes ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Composting in the Residence Halls: Stories of the Worm-keepers

  • Luther College (IA)

Luther students have started disposing of fruit and vegetable waste in worm composting bins installed Jan. 15 in seven of Luther's residence halls by students from the Luther Sustainability ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Accelerating Campus Climate Initiatives

  • Furman University (SC)
  • Luther College (IA)
  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)
  • AASHE (PA)

This panel highlights inspiring examples from the book, "Accelerating Campus Climate Initiatives," a collaborative project by RMI and AASHE. Panelists from Furman University, Luther College, and University of Colorado at ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Regional Collaboration on Integrating Sustainability into the Curriculum

  • Luther College (IA)
  • Nova Scotia Community College (NS)

This panel will focus on a successful model of ten institutions collaborating on a faculty development workshop for integrating sustainability into the curriculum. The project is supported by the Associated ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Greening a College Vehicle Fleet

  • Luther College (IA)

While wind turbines and co-generation heating plants easily capture the attention of college and university sustainability coordinators and facilities managers, often college vehicle fleets aren't sufficiently considered as candidates ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Principles and Practices for Effective Sustainability Education

  • Luther College (IA)

So your president signed the President's Climate Commitment, and you've completed a carbon footprint analysis. What do you do about the education component? This presentation will provide an ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Environmental Studies (BA)

  • Luther College (IA)

Academically, Luther College offers both a major and minor in environmental studies with over 30 courses focusing on environmental issues. These classes provide many avenues to learn about our environment ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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Minor in Environmental Studies

  • Luther College (IA)

Academically, Luther College offers both a major and minor in environmental studies with over 30 courses focusing on environmental issues. These classes provide many avenues to learn about our environment ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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19 kW Rooftop Array: President's House

  • Luther College (IA)
  • GoSolar! (IA)

The 19 kW solar photovoltaic (PV) system was installed in two phases, both projects stemming from the generous support of friends of the college. In August 2013 a 5.3 ...

  • Posted Sept. 3, 2013
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20 kW Ground Mount Array: Shirley Baker Commons

  • Luther College (IA)

Luther College installed a 20 kW solar photovoltaic (PV) array near the Shirley Baker Commons in the summer of 2013. The purpose of this smaller array is to demonstrate to ...

  • Posted June 5, 2013
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280 kW Ground Mount Array: Pole Line Road

  • Luther College (IA)

Located on college-owned property north of campus, Luther is leasing the array from Decorah Solar Field, LLC, a corporation owned by Decorah resident Larry Grimstad. The array of 1,250 ...

  • Posted Oct. 31, 2012
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280 kW Ground Mount Array: Baker Village

  • Luther College (IA)

The 280 kilowatt (kW) facility is installed on the north edge of campus and powers Baker Village—an energy-efficient, all-electric student housing complex that utilizes geothermal energy for heating and ...

  • Posted Sept. 11, 2012
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1.7 MW General Electric XLE Wind Turbine

  • Luther College (IA)

The Luther College wind turbine was installed on September 19, 2011 and commissioned by General Electric on November 1, 2011. Located on the bluff west of campus, the turbine symbolizes ...

  • Posted May 18, 2012
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4 kW Ground Mount Array: Sustainability House

  • Luther College (IA)
  • GoSolar! (IA)

The Sustainability House receives electricity from a 4 kilowatt (kW), pole-mounted solar array erected on a nearby parcel of land. The $22,000 system was installed in the summer of ...

  • Posted Oct. 6, 2011
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Implementing Vermicomposting in Luther College Residence Halls

  • Luther College (IA)

Luther students have started disposing of fruit and vegetable waste in worm composting bins installed in seven of Luther's residence halls by students from the Luther Sustainability program.

Students ...

  • Posted June 30, 2010
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