The Energy Department’s new video series, “Energy in Our Community,” features small communities throughout the country that are striving to become more sustainable, are investing in the green economy, and are bringing the benefits of clean energy to local residents and workers. Iowa’s Luther College is becoming a model for its community in Decorah, Iowa, on reducing energy waste and by deploying clean, renewable energy projects campus-wide.
Clean Energy in Our Community will highlight small communities around the country working to promote clean renewable energy initiatives
U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, said, “Luther College and Decorah, Iowa, are great examples of how our local communities can help lead the way in making sure that America wins the global clean energy race.”
Luther College installed a 1.6 megawatt wind turbine last fall. This summer Luther established the largest zero-emission facility in Iowa by using a 280 KW solar field to power a 100 plus student residential housing complex that uses geothermal energy to heat and cool the facility. Luther has also created an Office of Sustainability, which is helping the college reach its goal of cutting its carbon footprint in half by 2015 and becoming carbon neutral by 2030.
Along with these commitments, Luther helped others in Decorah, Iowa, establish the Winneshiek Energy District, which has helped the residents of Winneshiek County invest more than $1 million dollars in energy efficiency programs over the past two years.