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Messiah College appoints its first full-time sustainability coordinator

June 27th, 2011

GRANTHAM, Pa. (June 27, 2011) — Following a successful year of effectively leading a Sustainability Committee comprised of students, faculty and staff as well as implementing several new campuswide creation care initiatives, Craig Dalen has been appointed Messiah College’s first full-time sustainability coordinator. (During the 2010-2011 academic year, Dalen served in this role on a part-time basis.)

“This is an exciting time for the college.  Students want to see our commitments to sustainability lived out in all aspects of the college, and we are currently at a place where we are experiencing integration from all areas of the institution: from student engagement, academics and operations.”

As sustainability coordinator, Dalen will direct various projects on campus and think about how to leverage resources and partnerships from a triple bottom line perspective—taking into account the ecologic, economic and social impact. In 2007, Messiah College President Kim S. Phipps signed the American College and Universities President’s Climate Commitment which committed Messiah to inventory all greenhouse gas emissions, create concrete plans to reduce carbon emissions and ultimately to operate as a carbon-neutral campus. In addition, simple living and creation care are deeply rooted in Messiah’s Brethren in Christ heritage and motivate the college to embrace environmental stewardship as a core commitment.

About Craig Dalen
Dalen has been at Messiah College since 2003 in various roles such as residence director of Witmer Hall and director of community life for the Harrisburg Institute. Dalen studied international business at Northwestern College in Iowa and holds a master’s degree in organizational development from Temple University. He begins his full-time sustainability coordinator role July 1.

About Messiah College
Messiah College, a private Christian college of the liberal and applied arts and sciences, enrolls 2,800 undergraduate and graduate students. 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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