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
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
From garden, to fork and back into the ground, new campus initiatives including raspberry bushes and compost bins will dot the Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) landscape thanks to initiatives submitted by faculty, staff and students.
Katie Jantzen, co-leader of Earthkeepers, said the overall goal of the mini-grants wa ...More
Sustainability will be front and center during the fall semester at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) as Jonathan Lantz-Trissel, sustainability coordinator, announced a full slate of activities, from singing and storytelling to seminars.
“The events make use of different media formats—music, film and guest presentations—in covering sustainable topics,” said Lantz-Trisse ...More