A publication for the faculty, staff, administrators, and friends of California State University, Chico
May 8, 2008 Volume 38 / Number 6

Melissa Dalzell with friends at children’s center in Kenya.
Graham Thurgood

Solar Cooking in Kenya

Sustainability Award Winner Has Vision for Children’s Center

Melissa Dalzell, a senior in psychology, has been selected as the recipient of the spring 2008 Rawlins Sustainability Award for her work with a home for children in Kenya. Dalzell spent eight weeks of the summer of 2007 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Education Centre (OLPHEC), home to more than 200 of Kenya’s neediest children. OLPHEC is already very sustainable, said Dalzell, and she would like to assist progress in an even more sustainable direction. The center already grows its own food and keeps cows, goats, and chickens.

Among her plans are obtaining solar cookers for the center, researching the feasibility of solar power, and teaching about environmental issues.

Dalzell volunteers extensively for sustainability-related causes, including the This Way to Sustainability II Conference, Earth Month, and the Green dance Film Festival. She works at the AS Child Development Lab and is helping it become more sustainable.

Dalzell plans to join the Peace Corps when she graduates and, hopefully, spend the two years at OLPHEC.

Click here to see a slideshow of Dalzell with children in Kenya.