Sustainable Res Life

There are a variety of activities to do with your residents during the year such as visit seed savers, go to the farmer's market, snowshoe, or kayak.

In an effort to help RAs connect students to sustainability and the community, the Center for Sustainable Communities has composed a list of possible programs. Apply for funds to support your sustainability programming.

Year-Round Program Options

  • Thrift store shopping — Depot, Goodwill
  • Contra-dancing — Highlandville or down at the Fairgrounds
  • Sustainability scavenger hunt
  • Recycling center tour                        
  • Winneshiek County landfill tour
  • Help with Caf to Community

Program Ideas by Month


  • Seed Savers
  • Wind turbine tour
  • Farmers market (Wednesdays 3-6pm, Saturdays 8-11am)
  • Luther gardens tour
  • WW Homestead tour (farm that supplies food to Luther)


  • Clothing swap/donation
  • Fall fling
  • Apple picking at Seed Savers 
  • Cider pressing at a local farm


  • Oneota Co-op tour
  • Natural air freshener making (with seasonal scents)
  • No shave/save water contest


  • Re-gifting exchange
  • Cooking classes
  • Holiday on a budget  


  • Movie night (Food Inc, Fresh, King Corn, Who Killed the Electric Car, Supersize Me, The Lorax, etc.)
  • Homemade sugar scrubs
  • Energy saving competition


  • Snowshoeing
  • CAF to Community service project


  • Oneota Film Festival
  • Sustainability house tour
  • Solar panels tour
  • Seed Savers service project


  • Earth Day celebration
  • Thrift shopping
  • Flower planting
  • Spring fling
  • Canoeing/kayaking

Other Tips

  • Recommend carpooling or the shuttle for students going to the Co-op or Walmart.