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Drafty, old, beloved Martin House yields place for future lovely, traffic-smart entrance to EMU

Facebook lit up with nostalgic comments when Eastern Mennonite University posted a photo of Martin House being torn down in August 2013. Hundreds of students had lived there since the 1960s, when EMU purchased the house. “Gasp!” exclaimed one former student. “Noooo,” said ...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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LEED-Certified Dorm Sets College Precedent

Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) remains on the forefront of the “green movement” among U.S. universities, with having the first residence hall in Virginia to attain LEED “gold” certification—one of 33 to achieve this coveted certification in the United States. A year ago, EMU gained the largest solar deployment in Virginia, with 328 photovoltaic panels instal ...More

Campus Dorm Renovations Progress

By Kate Elizabeth Queram, Daily News-Record A $6 million residence hall renovation project is under way at Eastern Mennonite University. Environmental upgrades to both Elmwood and Maplewood dorms will moder ...More

Cedarwood residence hall nearing completion

EMU’s new environmentally friendly residence hall Cedarwood is nearing completion. The facility will meet basic LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification standards at a minimum. About 85% of construction waste from the building site is being recycled. Read more… ...More

Progress Report on ‘Green’ Residence Hall

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New, LEED-Certified Residence Hall Underway

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EMU Ranks High in National Recycling Contest

EMU placed ahead of larger universities – like Yale, Portland State University and University of Colorado at Boulder – in a national recycling competition this spring. Read more… ...More

‘Do No Harm’ With Renovated Science Center

Create a building that will "do no harm." That was the mandate that EMU administration and Troyer Group architects heard from participants at a Jan.22 forum of some 200 staff, faculty, students, community members, and alumni at EMU. EMU hosted the event to gather ideas and foster a sense of ownership in plans to renovate the e ...More

Special 90th Anniversary Issue of Crossroads Now Online

This 90-year retrospective focuses on the buildings and grounds through which EMU has aimed to be ‘a learning community marked by academic excellence.’ Read stories of devotion, sacrifice, love, and fundraising, some with miraculous outcomes. Read more… ...More