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Ohio Wesleyan University Hires Sustainability Coordinator

March 1, 2011

DELAWARE, OH – Ohio Wesleyan University has hired its first Energy Conservation and Sustainability Coordinator, Sean Kinghorn, who will start work in this new position on March 14.

Kinghorn has more than 15 years of experience in sustainability planning, sustainable development, renewable energy, green building consulting and environmental planning. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science/Environmental Studies from the University of California at San Diego and a master’s of science degree in Natural Resource Planning from the Department of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, Humboldt State University in California. His recent employment has been as Principal/Owner of Green Development Consulting, LLC, in La Jolla, California.

“Ohio Wesleyan University seeks to be energy efficient, whenever possible,” says Laurie Anderson, Ph.D., Chair of the President’s Sustainability Task Force and co-chair for the candidate search committee. “The new Energy Conservation and Sustainability Coordinator will  help the campus community reduce its energy consumption and carbon footprint while realizing beneficial cost savings as well..”

This two-year position is funded through a State of Ohio Energy and Conservation Block Grant awarded to OWU in June, 2010. This grant also funded a campus-wide energy audit, the results of which will be available this spring.

Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier small, private universities, with more than 90 undergraduate majors, sequences, and courses of study, and 23 Division III varsity sports. Located in Delaware, Ohio, just minutes north of Ohio’s capital and largest city, Columbus, the university combines a globally focused curriculum with off-campus learning and leadership opportunities that translate classroom theory into real-world practice. OWU’s close-knit community of 1,850 students represents 45 states and 52 countries. Ohio Wesleyan earned a 2009 Presidential Award for Excellence in General Community Service, is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” and is included on the “best colleges” lists of U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Learn more at www.owu.edu.