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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


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


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


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


EMU Grad Works With Nobel Laureate on Getting Sustainability Into Schools

Preparing teachers to weave sustainability concepts into their elementary, middle and high school classrooms has led Jared Stoltzfus to combine his doctoral studies at Arizona State University (ASU) with part-time work developing curriculum at two high schools. Stoltzfus is one of six ASU students who co-created “Sustainability Scien ...More


EMU Grad Grows Hope in the Desert

Emma Stahl-Wert is growing hope, one vegetable at a time. As garden coordinator for the Primavera Foundation, Stahl-Wert plans and manages community gardens at transitional housing properties in Tucson, Ariz., where she is in the middle of a two-year term with Mennonite Voluntary Service, a Mennonite Mission Network program. Each week, Stahl-Wert, 22, works alongside residents, ...More


Succumbing to EMU’s Magnetism, Once, Twice, Thrice

If Joelle Hackney had had her way when she was 18, she would have started college 2,400 miles from Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), at Humboldt State in Arcata, California. But by the summer after her 2001 graduation from Stuart’s Draft High School in Augusta County, Va., Humboldt’s steep tuition and other logistical considerations forced her to put that dream on hold. In the mean ...More


EMU Joins VCU and GMU in Winning National Bike Award

For a bicycle friendly university in the western half of Virginia, you’ll have to visit Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) in Harrisonburg, Va. In a statement released Oct. 24, the League of American Bicyclists conferred a bronze award on EMU, making EMU the third university in Virginia, following Virginia Commonwealth (silver award) and George ...More

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Community Flocks to EMU for Annual Fall Harvest Dinner

Ranita Shenk’s favorite part of the Fall Harvest dinner was squash picked straight out of one of Eastern Mennonite University’s five campus gardens. The 20-year-old sophomore made sure she attended the annual Fall Harvest Local Meal last week, if only because many of her friends were raving about it. “It’s one of the most popular meals of the year,” she said. Stud ...More