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EMU places in the top ten of Campus Conservation Nationals competition to reduce electricity consumption

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


After two years as Recyclemania runner-up, EMU wins the top state ranking in campus community recycling contest

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. EMU ...More


Mennonite Camping Association maintenance teams visit EMU to learn sustainable models for renovation of historic facilities

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


EMU administration and students join forces to recycle, compost and otherwise aim for sustainability

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


Thousands throng to new music festival made possible by many folks with ties to EMU

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


EMU sustainability efforts recognized by statewide climate action campaign

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


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 pro ...More


EMU earns “Silver” in STARS ranking of sustainability efforts by universities around the world

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


EMU Tops Small Colleges in National Bike Challenge

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


EMU Among State’s Best in Recycling

Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) finished third in the state of Virginia in the latest “Recyclemania” competition. “Recyclemania brings some friendly competition between colleges and universities, and in the end, can help spark renewed interest and dialogue in how we recycle and reduce waste,” said ...More