Center for Sustainable Communities

Promoting sustainability and serving as a catalyst for change

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Ranked #4 Nationally Among
Baccalaureate Institutions

Baker Village

Be part of Baker Village

100 students live in Baker Village, the first part of Luther campus to achieve carbon neutrality through geothermal and solar energy systems.

Bike Share

Bike Share Program

With more than 12,000 rides provided during the past decade, the bike share program makes travel more sustainable.

Work Study

Work Study

More than 150 students are involved in work-study, internships, and initiatives related to sustainability.

Cafeteria to Community

Cafeteria to Community

Since 2014, 80,000 pounds of leftover food from the Cafeteria has been donated to local food pantries.

Carbon Footprint

Carbon Footprint

Luther College has reduced its carbon footprint by 63.5%, on the way to the goal of carbon neutrality by 2030.

Carbon Footprint

Sustainability in the Curriculum

100% of Luther's academic departments have sustainability course offerings.

Bee Campus USA

Creating and enhancing a pollinator habitat

Creating and enhancing a pollinator habitat on campus has been an ongoing collaboration of the Biology department, Luther College Land Stewardship, and facilities. Luther supports pollinators with:

  • Research on pollinator diversity and conservation
  • Landscaping with native plants
  • Prairie plantings
  • Oak-woodland restorations
  • Invasive species control
  • Prescribed burning of native habitats
  • and much more!
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