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Green @ Messiah

Community Impact

 

Sunflowers grow in campus garden
  • Students in the Collaboratory for Strategic Partnerships and Applied Research designed and implemented one of central Pennsylvania's largest rainwater collection systems at the Joshua Farm, an urban garden where at-risk youth grow and harvest vegetables using sustainable practices. The system can collect 4,300 gallons of rainwater in two storage tanks.

  • In 2008, Messiah College’s sponsored the first-ever recycling initiative at Creation, a popular Christian music festival held each June in Mt. Union, Pa. More than 60,000 bottles and cans were recycled.

  • In April 2007, a quarter acre plot of land was designated as the Grantham Community Garden, an organic garden modeling community sponsored agriculture. Community members, or share holders, purchase a portion of the garden and receive produce as it is harvested. The College’s dining services owns 2/11 of the garden and incorporates fresh produce into its summer menus. Students have also begun collecting organic waste from dining services to use the resulting compost as nutritious soil for the garden’s next planting season.

  • A team of students and educators recently worked with a local developer to install three rain gardens—the first such system in Upper Allen Township—as a stormwater management system in a new residential subdivision. The students designed and built the gardens, which cover approximately 275 square meters, to give the appearance of a naturalized wetland.

  • With a $40,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, students and faculty in the natural sciences re-vegetated the banks of the Yellow Breeches Creek, which runs through Messiah College’s campus. The project is an attempt to prevent erosion, improve habitat, and enhance recreation.

  • The College partners with Goodwill Industries to provide trailers during moving out days for students to donate discarded clothing, furniture, lamps, and appliances.

  • The Restoration House is an off-campus residence that is home to a small group of students that desire to live in relationship with the environment and to raise awareness of global injustices. The service component of the Restoration House is that students offer a weekly meal to students, staff, and neighbors; donate food to a local shelter; and seek to limit their household's energy usage and waste.

  • In April 2006, Messiah College was selected to host the Pennsylvania premier of the documentary, “The Great Warming,” a film exploring how climate change is affecting the lives of people around the world. Community, church and business leaders joined students, faculty, and lawmakers in a panel discussion at the conclusion of the film.