In 2007 the committee called Energy and Environmental Sustainability Initiative (EESI) was started by President Ohle with the idea of expanding sustainability on campus.
Over the years several events, programs and even competitions have been held to advance and promote sustainability on Wartburg’s campus. In 2009 a competition was held against Luther College to determine who could reduce their utility use in a given time. The “Wartburg-Luther Challenge” helped many students get involved in conserving energy. This challenge was continued as an intercampus competition with the February Green-a-Thon in 2010. In 2009 the Go Green Fair was started, which educates various aspects of sustainability through education and vendor booths.
Dining Services has initiated many new operational changes over the years to save resources by going tray-less and purchasing front-loading washers. EESI, Student Senate and Physical Plant joined to expand the availability of recycling.
During the 2009-2010 school year the sustainability efforts on Wartburg’s campus were led by Jen Wendland, an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer. When Jen’s appointment was complete it became obvious that the time had come for a Wartburg to hire a permanent staff position.
In March 2011 Anne Duncan joined the college as the Environmental Sustainability Coordinator. The department hires student positions each semester which help implement programs, events and initiatives.