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Fall Equals Sustainability at EMU

Sustainability will be front and center during the fall semester at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) as Jonathan Lantz-Trissel, sustainability coordinator, announced a full slate of activities, from singing and storytelling to seminars. “The events make use of different media formats—music, film and guest presentations—in covering sustainable topics,” said Lantz-Trisse ...More

THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED

Lester ’71 and Mary Beth ’72 Lind were undergraduates at EMU when the environmental movement was taking off. They were on campus when the first Earth Day was celebrated. They took part when the college offered a January term focused on environmental issues. And they drew inspiration from a popular saying of the time – “live simply so others can simply live.” “We decided to ta ...More

STRAW BALE HOMES: Getting to Zero in Heating Costs

The house taking shape on the property of Kim and Mike Martin, both ’94 grads, in Greencastle, Pennsylvania, was largely inspired by the couple’s service term with Mennonite Central Committee in Mexico. Living in a society with a material standard of living far below that of the US middle-class has shaped many lifestyle decisions they’ve made since. ...More

Designing for Health

After being exposed to a variety of toxic substances while renovating his home in 1980, Clint Good, class of ’77, developed hypersensitivities to compounds in paints, adhesives and other building materials. He was just 27 years old. Good visited numerous doctors as he struggled to regain his health. He began paying close attention to the environment he lived in. He moved out of the cit ...More

IT LOOKS A LITTLE UNUSUAL…

The house isn’t technically round, but with 20 sides, it’s close. And it looks unusual enough that strangers sometimes drop in just to ask about the place Elmer ’64 and Marianne Kennel built in 2007 a few miles outside of Harrisonburg, Virginia. Built with 20 prefabricated panels made by a company in North Carolina, the house includes a number of green features, beginning with the ...More

Peace Camp

At Interfaith Peace Camp, seeds of friendship sprout in fun

What does a bike-powered ice-cream maker have to do with peace and justice? A lot, for the 47 children from grades 1-6 attending June’s Interfaith Peace Camp — a collaboration by Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Interfaith Engagement with local faith communities. “At the heart of peacebuilding is relationship building,” notes a statement of the camp’s purpose. ...More

EMU To Host Largest Solar Project in Virginia

EMU’s partnership with Secure Futures, LLC, a Staunton-based solar energy developer, is gaining momentum as a solar photovoltaic array is being installed on the roof of (EMU’s Sadie Hartzler Library). ...More

‘Earth Week’ Events Include Forums and Speaker Joe Stanley

EMU will observe Earth Week with a number of local events including guest speaker Joe Stanley of Virginia Interfaith Power & Light, who will speak on ‘Energy Use and Its Moral Implications’ Wednesday, Apr. 21. Sunday: sustainability panel ...More

Earthkeepers Offer Food and Farming Week April 13-16

The Earthkeepers student club is offering Food and Farming week April 13 through 16. The annual event encourages students to learn about and participate in farming practices and important sustainability issues. 2010 Food and Farming Week activities include ...More

Reaccreditation Process Features Unique ‘Sustainability’ Plan

“A model for other colleges.” That’s how the EMU Quality Enhancement Plan was described by a visiting reaffirmation team from Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges in early March. “Peace with Creati ...More