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Brandon M Hoover
Brandon M Hoover

Director of Sustainability

Brandon M Hoover

Director of Sustainability

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My motto for work and service is that redemption is participatory, and requires us to work on redeeming both people and our places. For me the best way to do that is through a sustainability framework. In my unique role as the Director of Sustainability, I provide leadership to both the Office of Sustainability and the Sustainability Studies major, both of which cultivate an ethos of civic and ecological citizenship through experiential learning and institutional sustainability planning. Essentially this means my work has me all over campus, from working in the garden or managing composting efforts to teaching. I have a passion for educating students to become more engaged citizens, both socially and ecologically. My teaching and research focuses on community and urban development, with a particular focus on food systems, economic geography, local policy, and human-environment interactions.

Lori Chance
Lori Chance

Sustainability Program Coordinator

Lori Chance

Sustainability Program Coordinator

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Lori Chance is the Sustainability Program Coordinator.  With a Masters Degree in Community Psychology and a background in sociology, psychology and work in non-profit organizations, her interests include community organizing and awareness, social change and sustainability. Raising her two children, now 17 and 19 on a 17 - acre farm has allowed her to explore her own passion for creation care and land stewardship. On their farm, they house several horses and chickens which help to support the important nutrients that go into their family gardens. Lori is excited to be a part of a team of enthusiastic students in their efforts to protect the earth and make a healthier future for Messiah’s campus.

 

Katelyn Beam
Katelyn Beam

Student Sustainability Engagement Coordinator

Katelyn Beam

Student Sustainability Engagement Coordinator

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Katelyn is a Senior Sustainability Studies major with a concentration in Community Development. She loves the outdoors and talking about how faith and taking care of the environment intersect. As Engagement Coordinator, Katelyn is excited to network and talk to people about why sustainability is such an important part of stewarding well what God has given us. This school year, her goals are to look deeper into how sustianability is percieved on campus and how to include more perspectives on what that should look like. She is very excited about working in the Office of Sustainability and is always open to a good conversation. 

 

 

Rachel McLaren
Rachel McLaren

Waste Coordinator

Rachel McLaren

Waste Coordinator

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Rachel McLaren is a Senior Sustainability Major with a concentration in Community Development.  As Waste Coordinator, she she cares deeply about reducing Messiah's waste footprint. Rachel's greatest passion is the intersection between faith and sustainability. Her goal is to inspire people to be mindful about how much waste they produce and how to properly dispose of it.

 

Micaela (Mica) Nieves
Micaela (Mica) Nieves

Communications Coordinator

Micaela (Mica) Nieves

Communications Coordinator

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Mica is a Junior Sustainability Studies Major with a double concentration in Conservation and Agriculture and Community Development. As Communications Coordinator, she is in charge of maintaining and creating content for the Office of Sustainability’s social media pages in which she looks forward to getting Messiah students more excited about incorporating Sustainability into their everyday lives. Mica is passionate about social justice, especially in regards to its intersection with Sustainability. She is also the treasurer of La Alianza Latina, a club for Latino students that fosters conversations surrounding the Latino community

Leah Stern
Leah Stern

Biodiversity Coordinator

Leah Stern

Biodiversity Coordinator

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Leah Stern is a Senior Environmental Science major with a minor in Sustainability Studies. As Biodiversity Coordinator, she works to create wide variety of habitats on campus in order to have a healthy environment that best serves all its inhabitants. Leah is passionate about environmental education and advocacy and wants to work on finding the intersection between environmentalism and other social movements. This year, she is excited to organize restoration projects, including a major tree planting and a lawn conversion.