March 26, 2014
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CONCORDIA LAUNCHES NEW SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVE
Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn., is launching a set of projects to prepare students for globally engaged, justice-driven and ecologically minded leadership aimed at creating sustainable ways of living. The projects will foster a culture of sustainability at Concordia and equip students with the tools they need to promote positive change that benefits people and maintains the health of the earth.
Program coordinators Dr. Kenneth Foster, Concordia’s President’s Sustainability Council chair, and Kristin Brethova, the college’s sustainability coordinator, are excited about how the initiative combines in innovative ways efforts to reduce the college’s ecological footprint with the goal of preparing students to work toward creating socially just, environmentally sustainable prosperity.
“As a global liberal arts college of the Lutheran Church, Concordia strives to enable our graduates to become responsibly engaged in the world,” says Dr. William Craft, Concordia College president. “These new initiatives build on our work to be ecologically mindful and assist our student sustainability leaders with new tools as they go out into the community and the world.”
The college has set the groundwork for this initiative by developing a Sustainability Vision statement and drafting a Sustainability Action Plan to guide the college’s efforts over the next five years and beyond. The new initiative will provide avenues for students and staff to pursue positive change and equip students with a perspective on sustainability that is both thoroughly global and anchored by local knowledge and commitment.
Examples of the specific projects to be undertaken through grant funding include developing sustainability related internships and supporting undergraduate research; working to facilitate communication and collaboration around the issue of sustainability in the greater Fargo-Moorhead region; expanding the campus organic garden; installing a solar array to provide electricity and a learning tool for students; and conducting workshops for faculty and staff.
This three-year sustainability initiative is made possible in part by a grant from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation.