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Sustainability efforts at Messiah College celebrated in “Green Awakenings” report by Renewal

February 17th, 2010

GRANTHAM, Pa. (Feb. 18, 2010) — “Green Awakenings,” a report from the national student-led environmental movement Renewal, recognizes Messiah College among the top 50 Christian campuses in the nation for environmental stewardship and sustainability efforts. The report was publically released on Feb. 17.

Messiah College is recognized for its history of being a leader in environmental stewardship among Christian campuses. The report celebrates several of Messiah’s recent sustainability efforts, including:
• Ongoing biodiesel project to convert waste vegetable oil from on-campus dining facilities into biodiesel fuel for use in campus vehicles.

• Development and construction of the Clifford L. Jones Solar Scholar Pavilion, an educational lab for Messiah students and the more than 7,500 elementary school children who visit the on-campus Oakes Museum each year. The solar panels generate enough electricity to offset power usage in a computer lab.

• Maintenance of a quarter-acre organic garden modeling community-supported agriculture. In 2009, the garden produced 3,700 pounds of produce.

• Studying sustainable food production systems in Cuba, practicing urban agriculture in Philadelphia and Harrisburg, and using sustainable agriculture skills in Honduras and Bolivia.

• Design and implementation of a rain garden stormwater management system at the Cottage Brook Lane housing development. The system is the first of its kind in Upper Allen Township.

Renewal is a Christ-centered creation care network seeking practical ways to care for creation so that all of God’s creatures have a healthy environment in which to live. For more information about the organization, visit

Messiah College, a private Christian college of the liberal and applied arts and sciences, enrolls 2,800 undergraduate students in more than 60 majors. Established in 1909, the primary campus is located in Grantham, Pa., near the state capital of Harrisburg. A satellite campus affiliated with Temple University is located in Philadelphia.

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