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EMU Grad Works With Nobel Laureate on Getting Sustainability Into Schools

Preparing teachers to weave sustainability concepts into their elementary, middle and high school classrooms has led Jared Stoltzfus to combine his doctoral studies at Arizona State University (ASU) with part-time work developing curriculum at two high schools. Stoltzfus is one of six ASU students who co-created “Sustainability Scien ...More

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EMU Grad Grows Hope in the Desert

Emma Stahl-Wert is growing hope, one vegetable at a time. As garden coordinator for the Primavera Foundation, Stahl-Wert plans and manages community gardens at transitional housing properties in Tucson, Ariz., where she is in the middle of a two-year term with Mennonite Voluntary Service, a Mennonite Mission Network program. Each week, Stahl-Wert, 22, works alongside residents, ...More

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Succumbing to EMU’s Magnetism, Once, Twice, Thrice

If Joelle Hackney had had her way when she was 18, she would have started college 2,400 miles from Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), at Humboldt State in Arcata, California. But by the summer after her 2001 graduation from Stuart’s Draft High School in Augusta County, Va., Humboldt’s steep tuition and other logistical considerations forced her to put that dream on hold. In the mean ...More

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EMU Joins VCU and GMU in Winning National Bike Award

For a bicycle friendly university in the western half of Virginia, you’ll have to visit Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) in Harrisonburg, Va. In a statement released Oct. 24, the League of American Bicyclists conferred a bronze award on EMU, making EMU the third university in Virginia, following Virginia Commonwealth (silver award) and George ...More

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Community Flocks to EMU for Annual Fall Harvest Dinner

Ranita Shenk’s favorite part of the Fall Harvest dinner was squash picked straight out of one of Eastern Mennonite University’s five campus gardens. The 20-year-old sophomore made sure she attended the annual Fall Harvest Local Meal last week, if only because many of her friends were raving about it. “It’s one of the most popular meals of the year,” she said. Stud ...More

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Building Green at EMU

A longstanding focus on sustainability and stewardship enables EMU to use almost half the amount of energy as most other institutions its size. That same focus helped our campus be the first in Virginia to obtain LEED Gold standard on a residence hall. Committed to eco-great buildings With the completion of renovations to ...More

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Local Agriculture, Sustainability Highlight Food and Farming Week

Baking bread, a fall harvest and a farm tour are just some of the topics to be covered during the annual Food and Farming Week, Oct. 1-5, at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU). Sponsored by the Earthkeepers student club, the event encourages students to learn about farming practices while gaining important information o ...More

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EMU Alum Linking Kids to the Bay

Laura Cattell Noll, a 2009 Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) alum, is engaging students in restoration projects to build community awareness for the Chesapeake Bay. Cattell Noll, a conservation technician, works within the Chesapeake Bay Initiative of the Conservation Department at the ...More

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Sun Shines On EMU Solar Panels

Sunnier-than-expected days over the past six months have led to Eastern Mennonite University’s solar power system soaking in more energy than anticipated. During the first six months of 2012, the 126,000-kilowatt-hour system performed 18 percent over target, meaning it actually brought in closer to 150,000 kilowatt-hours of energy, according to officials. The system, located ato ...More

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EMU Library’s Solar Energy System Exceeds Targets

A solar power system with a capacity of 104 kilowatts installed on the roof of the Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) Sadie Hartzler Library exceeded its performance goals for the period of January through June 2012 by 118 percent. In addition, the solar photovoltaic system has outperformed projections for the entire period since it began operation in November 2010. The university hosts ...More