| Environmental Program News
- Twenty Messiah Environmental and Biology students will spend January 2007 exploring/studying the ecology and cultural history of New Zealand in a three-week ecology/cross-cultural course.
- David Foster and 12 Messiah Environmental and Biology students spent January 2006 studying the ecology of the deserts in the South-western United States.
- Erik Lindquist with 12 Messiah Environmental and Biology students traveled to Panama and Costa Rica in May 2006 for a course in tropical ecology.
- Earthkeepers, Messiah College’s Environmental Club was instrumental in leading Messiah to its largest purchase of wind energy – a clear statement of Messiah’s commitment to serve as a role model for global sustainability.
- Dr. Erik Lindquist’s work on the globally endangered Golden Frog of Panama is a featured part in a new film series called "Life in Cold Blood" (on reptiles and amphibians) by the BBC and narrated by Sr. David Attenborough. The filming took place in December 2005 and June 2006, and is slated for release in January 2008.
Messiah College was chosen by the National Evangelical Association for the Pennsylvania screening of “The Great Warming
” – a major video featuring the science of global climate change and the need for Christians to take a leadership role in this area of our stewardship responsibilities. Dr. Joseph Sheldon of Messiah joined a panel discussion with Rev. Richard Cizik (National Association of Evangelicals), and Mr. Bob Casey (Democratic candidate for Pennsylvania U.S. Senate), to respond to the film.
Dr. David Foster delivered an invited address at the annual meeting of the Society of American Foresters on Oct. 2005. The topic was Green Religion vs. Greening Religion – how orthodox faith has embraced environmental stewardship.
Dr. David Foster delivered an invited address at a special conference convened by the Society of Forest Biotechnology on growing trees and stemming risks. The topic of his address was Forest as Sacred Grove – the intersection of religion and genetic engineering in forestry. March 2006.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service funded a major grant for stream restoration on Messiah’s section of the Yellow Breeches Creek – 900 feet.
Messiah College students provided volunteer labor for the Borough of Dillsburg in a major creek-side restoration project.
Messiah College hosted a workshop by the Restore Core and the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay on wetland restoration and invasive species removal.
Dr. David Foster and Messiah Environmental students continue to lead and serve as coaches for the Envirothon team at the South Mountain Elementary School
Environmental restoration project in Dillsburg, PA
Messiah College students on the Fox Glacier in New Zealand in January Term 2003
Messiah Biology and Environmental Science students overlooking the Río Tampisque Valley in Costa Rica.
Dr. Erik Lindquist being interviewed by Sir David Attenborough for BBC film documentary, "Life in Cold Blood."