This profile of Eldon Kurtz was originally published in the Feb. 18, 2016, edition of The Weather Vane. We’re grateful for the contributed copy, as we can’t possibly profile each one of the many long-time employees retiring from EMU this spring. An article featuring vignettes about each of our retirees will run in April.
The brand-new Campus Center, in 1986, was the ...More
In its rookie debut, Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) was a top finisher in the Campus Conservation Nationals (CCN), landing within the top ten schools among 125 campus participants in North America that achieved the most reduction in electricity consumption over a three-week period.
As a Top Ten finisher, EMU was awarded the grand prize of ...More
For the last four years, Eastern Mennonite University has finished as runner-up in the state rankings of colleges and universities participating in the national Recyclemania contest.
But not in 2015. This year, EMU surged to the top of the Virginia recycling competitors – regaining the crown it has previously held in 2008.
About 10 years ago, Gordon Shantz, director of maintenance at Highland Retreat in Bergton, Virginia, faced a problem. The first permanent structure ever built on the property – a bathhouse with a dingy interior and crumbling structure – had become an eyesore.
Shantz had two choices: tear it down or renovate it. After consulting with, as S ...More
On any given day at Eastern Mennonite University, you may see a young person riding a bicycle with an attached trailer piled with recyclables. The job represents a broad value woven through the fabric of university life: a commitment to sustainability.
EMU was among 173 schools nationwide named ...More
From a headlining act to the bike-powered recycling effort, from a group of staff and volunteers to the tent distributing Menno Tea to hundreds of friends and alumni, EMU and its graduates helped make the second annual Red Wing Roots Music Festival a success.
Close to 3,000 people attended each day of the festival, July 11-13, 2014, at ...More
A new campaign highlighting steps taken by institutions and local governments across Virginia to cut carbon emissions brought a crowd to Eastern Mennonite University for a panel discussion on the university’s sustainability initiatives.
The Virginia Acts on Climate Campaign chose EMU because ...More
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 pro ...More
Ask any student to locate the most tangible indicators of Eastern Mennonite’s commitment to sustainability and they might point towards the three LEED gold-certified residential halls, the massive solar array on the Hartzler Library, and the omnipresent green recycling bins. But now the university has b ...More
Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) pedaled its way to the top of the pack, according to the League of American Bicyclists, which awarded EMU first-place in the small university category of the 2012 National Bike Challenge, May 1-August 31, 2012.
EMU won with a final total of 26,866 points, p ...More