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Engineers for a Sustainable World, a club tackling problem-solving projects

Reprinted with slight edits from the student-produced Weather Vane, Oct. 2, 2014. Written by first-year student Harrison Horst. Engineers for a Sustainable World, referred to by its members as ESW, is only a year old, and though it has already achieved significant results, still has not been heard of by the majority ...More

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EMU administration and students join forces to recycle, compost and otherwise aim for sustainability

On any given day at Eastern Mennonite University, you may see a young person riding a bicycle with an attached trailer piled with recyclables. The job represents a broad value woven through the fabric of university life: a commitment to sustainability. EMU was among 173 schools nationwide named ...More

This is an architectural rendering of Roselawn after all of the planned renovations are completed. In 2014-15, the first floor of Roselawn will continue to serve the students, faculty and staff of the Intensive English Program. The two upper floors will house a large-sized classroom, medium-sized classroom, seminar room, gathering area, and offices.

Building on Solid Footing

EMU’s internal emails this summer were unusual – yet oddly heartening. The combined hubbub of construction projects and thousands of summer guests made for feelings of excitement – and of dislocation. There was this funny message: “History professors Mark Sawin and Mary Sprunger hope students will find them in the ...More

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The BruCrew: EMU junior spins demand for odd jobs into business employing his classmates

The average junior in college is better known for ridiculous behavior or pulling all-nighters to finish a paper put off until the last minute, not running a successful business that employs fellow students. Everett Brubaker, though, is getting ready for the third summer of operating “BruCrew,” a self-proclaimed “community-driven workf ...More

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EMU sustainability efforts recognized by statewide climate action campaign

A new campaign highlighting steps taken by institutions and local governments across Virginia to cut carbon emissions brought a crowd to Eastern Mennonite University for a panel discussion on the university’s sustainability initiatives. The Virginia Acts on Climate Campaign chose EMU because ...More

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Students’ dramatic photos help focus attention on wilderness conservation in Virginia

The Virginia Wilderness Committee has hailed the “stunning photos” of Eastern Mennonite University students, using them “on our web site, in our publications, and for the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act this ye ...More

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EMU pre-engineering students take second in regional competition with solar greenhouse design

The newest structure on Eastern Mennonite University’s campus cost just $600 to build and was completed by six students in less than eight hours. This fall it will extend the growing season for tomatoes, and next winter it will provide the cafeteria with leafy greens. A poster describing the project – a solar-powered greenhouse – also won second place in the first- and second-year ...More

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EMU partners with Virginia Sierra Club for Earth Day forum, April 22

Eastern Mennonite University will partner with the Virginia Sierra Club to discuss green technology on campus – including campus gardens and a solar array – during Earth Day, April 22, at 11 a.m., in Campus Center room 105. Panelists will discuss how sustainable development promotes security and economic opportunity in Virginia, as well as their shared sense of responsibility to pro ...More

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EMU earns “Silver” in STARS ranking of sustainability efforts by universities around the world

Ask any student to locate the most tangible indicators of Eastern Mennonite’s commitment to sustainability and they might point towards the three LEED gold-certified residential halls, the massive solar array on the Hartzler Library, and the omnipresent green recycling bins. But now the university has b ...More

Bike advocate, by accident

When she woke up on May 1, 2008, Denise Martin ’08 was one of the many cyclists who “just kind of rode” without giving much thought to the complicated politics of bicycle advocacy. Things changed later that day when, as she just kind of rode through Harrisonburg, Martin’s wheel was yanked sideways by a skewed railroad crossing on South Main Street. It sent her immediate ...More