From Student to Employee, BSU Grad Jordan Lutz is an Advocate for the Natural World

Jordan Lutz with his bike standing in front of our campus garden

Jordan Lutz, BSU sustainability project manager.

Jordan Lutz, sustainability project manager at Bemidji State University, believes his role in society is to advocate for the natural world.

Lutz grew up in Ada, MN, and earned his bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and English writing from Concordia College, located in Moorhead. After nearly four years working as an Environmental Scientist and Field Technician for Dakota Technologies in Fargo, Lutz decided it was time for a change.

“Part of my motivation stemmed from a desire for more proactive environmental work,” he said. “Though it was fulfilling to help clean up areas, I felt called to prevent impacts of today’s industries by influencing present and future decision-making.”

Lutz says he has gained clarity by learning about indigenous knowledge and Bemidji State’s sustainability model.

“Like BSU’s unique model for sustainability reminds us, the environment is all encompassing,” he said. “Every decision we make and action we take has an inherent impact on the world around us. We need to shift our approach to daily life by acknowledging this truth.”

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Through his previous position as a Graduate Assistant within the Sustainability Office, he was able to build relationships with various people across campus, many of whom are critical to the success of the Sustainability Office and Bemidji State University’s ultimate progress toward carbon neutrality and campus-community resilience goals.

Currently, the Bemidji State University’s Climate Action Team is seeking feedback and community input into the university’s ongoing climate resilience planning efforts.

“A global pandemic is a great example of the need to think about how we can become more resilient in the face of a changing world,” Lutz said. “Thankfully, our community’s long history of environmental stewardship sets the foundation for our work of assessing and planning for greater campus-community resilience.”