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Messiah College’s sustainability commitments are diverse and reach from the classroom to the Yellow Breeches Creek to a rain garden stormwater management system in a nearby housing development. This is just a quick glimpse of the many ways that Messiah is caring for creation.

  • Messiah College is now one of only four Christian colleges in the nation to offer a bachelor of arts in sustainability studies, a humanities- and social sciences-focused degree that emphasizes the social, ecological and economic components of sustainable human communities.

  • Messiah is home to the nation’s fourth largest solar thermal system! Installed in 2011, the system serves all the hot water needs of the three residence halls that comprise the North Complex. Within the first few months of the system being online, the CO2 offset was equal to planting 17 acres of pine forest or the electricity required to light 10 homes for one year!

  • In 1982, Messiah first placed boxes next to trash receptacles to recycle paper. By 1983, the student group Earthkeepers had launched a campuswide recycling initiative.

  • In 2010, Messiah College recycled more than 60,600 bottles and cans at Creation, the country's largest Christian music festival.

  • In 2009, Messiah’s on-campus community garden produced 3,700 pounds of produce, much of which was incorporated into meals in the main dining hall.

  • Over a 10-week span in spring of 2009, Messiah recycled 20.79 pounds per person during the Recyclemania competition, earning a rank of eighth in Pennsylvania for the largest combined amount of paper, cardboard, bottles, and cans per person.

  • The energy generated by four photovoltaic solar arrays constructed by Messiah students and located outside of Frey Academic Building is enough to offset the usage of a computer lab in that building.

  • Messiah College students designed and implemented the first rain garden stormwater management system in Upper Allen Township.

  • In 1999, the College's solar racing car, Genesis, finished in the top 10 in the Sunrayce and American Solar Challenge events.

  • In 2004 and 2005, students constructed a solar boat that earned top ten finishes in the Solar Splash competition.

  • Messiah recycles nearly 25 tons of paper every year.