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Luther College names Jon Jensen director of sustainability center

Jon Jensen, Luther College associate professor of philosophy, was recently named director of the college’s new Center for Sustainable Communities.

Jon Jensen

Jensen will lead the new center through an initial planning process and will be responsible for guiding the center’s work in the areas of food and wellness, energy, education and outreach, and land stewardship. His three-year appointment will guide both on-campus and external initiatives in keeping with the center’s purpose to promote sustainability.
In addition to the college’s energy-generating projects, including the construction of a wind turbine and a solar photovoltaic array, under President Richard L. Torgerson’s watch, the college has begun numerous recycling and energy-reduction initiatives such as converting waste vegetable oil into biodiesel, starting a bike share program, and shuttle services. Through these and other efforts, the college has been recognized as a leader in collegiate sustainability efforts.
The center will act as an umbrella to bring together Luther’s many sustainability efforts, as well as continuing and enhancing outreach into the community.

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