Jonathan Lantz-Trissel

Jonathan Lantz-Trissel

Office Phone: (540) 432-4700


Main Campus, Harrisonburg

Office Location: CC 225

Jonathan graduated from EMU in 2000 with B.A. in Sociology and Justice, Peace & Conflict Studies. As a student he was an active leader and organizer on and off campus, including two years chairing both Peacefellowship and Earthkeepers student organizations.

Jonathan worked for a year as a mediator at Good Shepherd Mediation Center in Philadelphia and as a carpenter for six years. He became the EMU Recycling and Waste Reduction Manager in 2005. Under his leadership EMU Recycling became the first and only university recycling program in the U.S. to collect recycling using utility bicycle trailers rather than fossil-fueled trucks and vans.

In the fall of 2010 Jonathan took on the Sustainability Coordinator job at EMU. His work includes measuring and reducing the university’s carbon footprint, leading campus efforts to improve bicycle and pedestrian friendliness, speaking on and off campus on a variety of sustainability-related topics, and providing leadership for setting and attaining EMU’s long term sustainability goals.

Jonathan is an avid bicycle commuter and is happiest playing and working outdoors, with fresh baked bread in one hand, a book in the other and his two kids in between. He has recently finished designing and building a house for his family on their 11 acre farm near Harrisonburg.


B.A., Eastern Mennonite University

Scholarly Presentations and Abstracts

Let’s Get Serious about Integrating Sustainability into General Education: Strategies for Staff and Faculty. Stewart, M, Yoder, J.M., Lantz-Trissel, J., and Rowe, D. Panel Discussion. Annual Meeting of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. Pittsburgh, PA. October 2011.

Church, Community and Professional Service

Founding team member, co-coordinator (2007-08) and Board member (2008-2010) of the Friendly City Food Co-op

Member and Co-chair Shalom Mennonite Congregation Servants Council (our church council) 2002-2004

Honors, Awards and Grants

Virginia Recycling Association’s Outstanding University RecyclingProgram, 2008

Certifications and Licenses

Certified Mediator – State of Pennsylvania

Professional Conferences Attended

Virginia Recycling Association Annual Conference, April 2008

Environment Virginia Symposium, Greenhouse Gas Inventory workshop, VMI, July 2008

Food composting workshop by Virginia Agricultural Extension and Institute for Local Self Reliance, Oct. 2009

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Annual Conference, Denver, CO, Oct. 2010

AASHE Annual Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, Oct. 2011