Merkel Leaves the College


“I didn’t even have time to pick my raspberries in my garden.”

That’s right everyone, and with those words Sustainable Dartmouth’s Coordinator Jim Merkel decided to leave Dartmouth College. The College hopes to find a replacement by early Winter.

Merkel was a former Defense Department engineer who left his job to “live more simply,” writing a book along the way. Dartmouth hired him in April of 2005 as their first Sustainability Coordinator. Merkel was predictably pleased with his performance, wishing only that his position had had more teeth.

Here’s what Christine Tian had to say about the Sustainability saga last year, and here’s Jeremy Teicher’s take.