The solar energy system on the roof of the Sadie Hartzler Library was the largest in the state of Virginia when it was installed in 2010. (Photo by Michael Spory)

EMU partners with Virginia Sierra Club for Earth Day forum, April 22

Eastern Mennonite University will partner with the Virginia Sierra Club to discuss green technology on campus – including campus gardens and a solar array – during Earth Day, April 22, at 11 a.m., in Campus Center room 105.

Panelists will discuss how sustainable development promotes security and economic opportunity in Virginia, as well as their shared sense of responsibility to protect God’s creation that has driven their efforts.

WHAT:  Leading for the Common Good through Sustainable Design

WHO: Kai Degner, Harrisonburg City Councilman, and Loren Swartzendruber, DMin, EMU President

Jonathan Lantz-Trissel, sustainability coordinator at EMU

Lisa Schirch, PhD, director of Human Security at the Alliance for Peacebuilding and EMU professor in the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding

Tony Smith, PhD, president and CEO, Secure Futures, LLC and associate professor of business & economics and MBA at EMU

Jim Yoder, PhD, professor of biology and advisor to environmental sustainability students at EMU

WHEN: Tuesday, April 22
11:00 a.m. – Panel discussion
12:00 p.m. – Tour of campus solar array and sustainability features such as campus gardens and composting, edible landscaping, cistern for campus landscaping, and more.