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  • The Luther Library has over 24,000 items in its collection, 5,000 books checked out per year, and 7,000 students who come through its door per month.

  • Luther College offers Bundles programs that group together first-year students and classes to give you a great start and help ease the transition from high school to university.

  • Luther College participates in Admission on the Spot events - campus tours, reduced application fees, and the relief of finding out you are accepted to your program immediately!

  • Smaller class sizes at Luther College means more individualized attention and better connections with your professors, classmates, and academic advisors.

  • Luther College appeals to students who want to study in a safe, nurturing, and inclusive environment. We welcome students of all faiths, ethnicities, backgrounds, religions, genders, and sexual orientations.

  • Living in The Student Village at Luther College, our student residence, comes with a choice of healthy, nutritious meal plans. That means no grocery shopping, no meals to cook, and no dirty dishes to worry about. You can focus on your studies and wellness!

  • Luther College students are U of R students and receive all the same benefits. Upon graduation you will receive a U of R degree.

  • Wondering where to live? Our student residence, The Student Village at Luther College, is considered the best choice for first-year student accommodation. Individual private rooms mean you can stick to your own schedule and you never have to deal with roommate hassles.

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Luther College Leads the Way in Sustainability

As the environmental movement continues to build around the globe, Luther College at the University of Regina (LCUR) is heavily involved in this important initiative by increasingly considering and featuring environmental sustainability in the research, education, and recruitment functions at our campus.

Starting in Fall 2016, LCUR partnered with the University of Regina (UofR), the Faculty of Arts, and Campion College to offer the Certificate in sustainability. Open to all students, it can be incorporated into most degree programs. In the program, students learn about human well-being and quality of life; how to make informed decisions about sustainability; and how to craft sustainable livelihoods and lifestyles in the context of the global community. Dr. Roger Petry, Luther professor of Philosophy, was instrumental in the development of the certificate program and teaches a number of the courses.

In 2019, the International Association of Universities chose LCUR and the UofR as the global co-lead on the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goal Number 12 (SDG-12):“Responsible Production and Consumption”, defined as helping build foundations for a thriving, more peaceful, sustainable planet. Dr. roger Petry is the lead for LCUR in this project as he was already the Co-Coordinator for the Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) on education for sustainable development in Saskatchewan, one of only 165 centers established by the UN. “Universities, historically, have been central in the stories when a shift in production occurs,” explains Dr. Petry. “We, as self-governing institutions, can choose to do the best thing and the most sustainable thing.”

In a unique situation, SDG-12 is the only one of the UN’s seventeen goals that are “co-led,” a notion that Dr. Petry finds especially fitting, considering that everything in relation to production and consumption is done through partnerships and working together. “It works well with the goal, by having multiple levels and regions involved, by bringing different perspectives. It forces you to think outside your community while you focus on your community at the same time.”

LCUR and the UofR have already taken the first steps towards the SDG-12 goal by hosting a conference in May 2019 entitled “Advancing Responsible Consumption and Production in Higher Education.” This conference brought together leaders and institutions worldwide to share their insights and experiences regarding responsible production and consumption. The goal is for participants to take home what they have learned and work with colleagues to adapt the ideas for their own institutions. “You don’t have to reinvent the wheel,” says Dr. Petry. “See what works for others, and figure out how you can implement it for yourself.”

In honour of UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals, the Luther University Student Association (LUSA) pioneered the installation of the goals on the north staircase of the LCUR campus. An event was held on October 8, 2019, to celebrate the installation and to remind the entire university community and campus guests about the importance of sustainable development.

Around the campus Luther College has also taken the first steps towards the SDG-12 goal by working to increase efficiencies and awareness through several initiatives in our residence, food services, academic programs and campus community. Here are a few examples:

Residence:

  • New insulation, PVC windows and thermostatic control to reduce energy consumption
  • Lighting controls in recreational areas with occupancy sensors to decrease energy use
  • LED lighting retrofits

Food Services:

  • No single use plates/utensils or foam
  • Cardboard recycling (which is huge for large scale kitchens!)
  • Wooden kitchen tools to reduce plastic waste

Luther College now offers a Certificate in Sustainability. This program provides students with a basic structure for making informed decisions about sustainability and crafting sustainable livelihoods and lifestyles. Courses provide students with an understanding of the elements of human well-being and quality of life and the implications for life within a global community. This certificate is open to students in all faculties at the University of Regina.

In addition, the LCUR recruitment team, intentionally purchased environmentally conscious swag including reusable steel straws, recyclable bags and sticky notes, and pens made from recycled materials.

The team at Luther College is very proud of these innovative steps towards sustainable living and the outstanding research that takes place on responsible consumption and production here on our campus. It would be a pleasure to share these initiatives with the intention of creating more momentum and potential collaboration within our community. It is also important for students who are considering post-secondary studies to understand LCUR's commitment to Environmental Sustainability and the educational opportunities that exist for students who are passionate about Environmental Sustainability.

To learn more about the work that Dr. Petry and Luther College has been undertaking, check out this interview with him and Manager of Recruitment, Colleen, on CTV Morning Live and to see about sustainability initiatives at Luther.

Watch the interview online!