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EMU 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 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

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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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Swartzendruber and Higher-Ed Peers Emphasize Community at Chamber Breakfast

“We’re with you” was the main message college and university presidents had for Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce members during an annual breakfast Wednesday [Aug. 7, 2013]. From tailoring or creating programs to meet workforce needs, offering continuing education opportunities or partnering with businesses on projects or to provid ...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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EMU Tops Small Colleges in National Bike Challenge

Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) pedaled its way to the top of the pack, according to the League of American Bicyclists, which awarded EMU first-place in the small university category of the 2012 National Bike Challenge, May 1-August 31, 2012. EMU won with a final total of 26,866 points, p ...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