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Darlene Jensen '80 Appointed Executive Director of Catamount Institute

September 16, 2011

102779September 16, 2011, Greencastle, Ind. — "As the incoming executive director of the Catamount Institute, Darlene Jensen of Cascade is a home run for the nonprofit organization dedicated to ecological stewardship through science education in nature as well as the classroom," begins a story in Colorado's Pikes Peak Courier View. A 1980 graduate of DePauw, Jensen spent the past four years as vice president of the Colorado Association of Conservation Districts. (photo by Pat Hill)

"Jensen’s experience touches all aspects of the institute’s mission of stewardship," writes Pat Hill. "Educated as an environmental scientist, she has also served as a legal assistant, environmental consultant/analyst, science educator, facilitator for the Colorado Conservation Leadership Program, and grant researcher for foundations as well as federal and state agencies. Prior to coming to Colorado, Jensen was an environmental program manager in the Chicago area in the 1990s, helping local businesses reduce their carbon footprint with waste and energy audits, which lowered the cost of operations."

Darlene (Stanich) Jensen tells the newspaper, "We want to make the Colorado Springs area the premier center of environmental sustainability in the 101604Rocky Mountains so that, when the message gets out nationally, we will have the potential to attract business enterprise."

The story points out, "Growing up in a river valley near Chicago, Jensen was irreparably influenced by unrestricted commercial development. 'I saw a need for a balance between business and environmental sustainability,' she said. 'And therefore, I went on to study environmental science, business and economics at DePauw University (in Indiana).' "

You'll find the complete article at the Courier View's website.

Learn about DePauw's sustainability initiatives here.

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