Creation Care Council

EMU’s Creation Care Council, provides a forum for coordinating campus-wide interest in sustainable living. The council, which developed EMU’s official sustainability principles, grew out of a faculty, staff and student initiative to consider how the campus pulls together its theology of care for the earth with practical every-day decisions made across campus.

Five sub groups make up the Creation Care Council with each group sending one representative to an executive committee. The executive committee is chaired by Bill Goldberg and Jonathan Lantz-Trissel.

Task forces

  • Procurement (blog) – Mission: to increase sustainable food choices, gardening on campus, and sustainable consumption and contracts. Contact person:
  • Education, Curriculum, Theology – Mission: to articulate our faith-based approach to sustainability and incorporate sustainability themes “across” the curriculum. Contact person:
  • Community & Recruitment – Mission: to explore ways to build EMU’s community around sustainability themes and to make/ strengthen ties to our local community. Contact person:
  • Recycling & Reducing & Transportation – Mission: to addressusage of resources, to promote composting, bicycling, bus and other options and discuss parking. Contact person: Greg Sachs
  • Energy, Infrastructure, Grounds, Buildings – Mission: to addressusage of energy, promote sustainability with respect to buildings. Contact person: Eldon Kurtz


New members are welcome on task forces (listed above) at any time. To get involved, email the contact person.

  • A vice president appointed by the president
  • two students, one undergrad and one grad
  • 5-7 faculty and staff who are appointed to the council for two-year terms (Minimally, there should be representation from graduate and undergraduate faculty, physical plant and marketing/communications staff, and a member of the science faculty.)
  • a faculty Senate representative chosen by the Senate.

Input and decisions

Community input is provided through membership on the committee, sought from the wider community via the university website and, through open forums held when deemed necessary. Final approval for suggested actions will be sought from President’s Cabinet.