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Ben Wyse ’99: bicycle lifestyle, bicycle livelihood

It’s been nearly five years since Ben Wyse ’99 launched Wyse Cycles, based on a simple, and unprecedented, premise: opening a bike shop with no shop. Instead, Wyse makes house calls and site visits on his own bike, towing a trailer full of tools and spare parts behind him. As far as he knows, Wyse Cycles was the first business in the country to use this “mobile bike shop ...More

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Carnival highlights concern for earth, community and social justice, with EMU support

A free arts carnival coming to Harrisonburg this week will highlight the connections between environmental stewardship and theology and shed a light on “cutting edge” environmental work being done in the area. The Carnival de Resistance, which starts Friday [Sept. 13] and will run through Sept. 22, will feature theatrical performances, crafts, games, music and co ...More

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CSA Program Takes Root at EMU

When the group in charge of the Community Supported Agriculture program at Eastern Mennonite University sent out a mass email offering shares, the response was swift and overwhelming. “Within the first 24 hours, we had just about 30 requests for shares,” said Taylor Wei ...More

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Students Take EMU Back to Community-Centered Food Production

In a scene that would have been familiar to the farmers’ sons and daughters who populated this campus in the early 20th century, college-aged adults can be seen planting, thinning, weeding, watering, harvesting and dispersing produce from five gardens at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) May to September. This summer, for the second year in a row, EMU’s vegetable gardener ...More

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EMU Finishes Second in State in Recyclemania

Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) was a runner-up in the state of Virginia in the latest “Recyclemania” competition. It’s the second straight year EMU has finished in second place. “Recyclemania is a good reminder to folks each year that what we do with our waste is very important,” said Matthew Freed, EMU recycling crew lea ...More

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EMU Wins Gold for Going Green at Valley Tech Awards

Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) won the “Green Award” at the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council’s Tech Nite 13 on Wednesday, May 1, 2013. ...More

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Like EMU, Maryland, Texas and Brown Students Convey Unused Food to Charities

[EDITOR'S NOTE: The following article published recently in The Washington Post and Daily News Record called to mind that EMU students have been doing this work since 2008, taking up to 150 pounds of food per week to the ...More

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Seminary Prof Also Teaches Bee Keeping

Kenton Derstine, director of field education at Eastern Mennonite Seminary, is not just mentoring future pastors, he is also mentoring future beekeepers. Contributing to the university’s efforts at sustainability, Derstine placed fo ...More

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A Mennonite Campus Delicious Enough To Eat

The fruit trees aren’t budding on the hill and the bees aren’t buzzing around their hives as Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) settles into winter 2013 in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. But EMU has tilled its soil for a flourishing “edible campus” in the spring. Springtime visitors can expect to stroll by asparagus hedges on their way to the tennis courts. They’ll c ...More

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Water Cistern Lands EMU on National Wildlife Federation “Best Green Projects” List

A pair of local colleges had two of the best “green projects” in the nation for 2012, the National Wildlife Federation announced last week. Case studies detailing the projects from Blue Ridge Community College and Eastern Mennonite University are among the 112 chosen for the federation’s Campus Ecology database. Established in 1989, the database shows the measures universiti ...More