Sustainability and Creation Care at EMU
James Souder '13 wins scholarship at Yale
Souder is studying at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He received the 2017 Ice River Springs Master’s Scholarship for Sustainability.
This fall, environmental sustainability majors and minors at Eastern Mennonite University enjoyed a field trip to one of the world’s most unique ecosystems, Dolly Sods Wilderness in West Virginia.
New microgrid to boost electric utility cost savings and energy resilience
With a new microgrid for campus, Eastern Mennonite University is increasing its energy resilience and enhancing its sustainability culture. The microgrid, set to come online during week of March 12-16, will use three new 500-kilowatt natural gas-fired generators to strengthen EMU’s ability to respond during periods of significant demand on the local grid.
EMU Wins Sustainability Award
Eastern Mennonite University is among seven institutions to receive a Campus Sustainability Research Award for its collaborative efforts in the study and reduction of nitrogen pollution.
Senior Amanda Williams, junior Bekah Mongold and Hannah Daley '17 take a break during summer data collection on Crab Run in Bergton, Virginia. Williams and Daley are the recipients of the first EMU Summer Research Grant, which they are using to explore the relationship between canopy cover and water temperature.
EMU students live in LEED-certified, energy efficient residence halls. Our library draws power from the first commercial-scale solar installation in the state at its time (2010). Dining hall guests compost food scraps to later nourish campus gardens. Campus garden produce makes its way to the dining hall and student apartments.
- Energy-efficient buildings and LEED-certified dorms
- Bike friendly campus
- Solar Power
- Campus Gardens and Composting
- Edible Landscaping
- Residence Halls
- Creation Care Council
- Cycling Club
- Earthkeepers Student Group
- Sustainable Food Initiative
- A Climate Action Plan to achieve climate neutrality by 2035.
Sustainability is not just extracurricular
At EMU sustainability is not just an extracurricular. Degree programs include:
- Environmental Sustainability major
- Peacebuilding and Development major
- Graduate Certificate in Humanitarian Action Leadership
Sustainability and creation care are incorporated across the undergraduate core curriculum and are part of EMU’s core values.
- Our conservation photography class is an example of how the arts can support sustainability.
- Professors develop sustainability-focused courses such as green design and compost research and applications
Part of our history
Read about how Professor Robert Lehman led the way for EMU’s sustainability focus and EMU’s 100 years of commitment to sustainability and creation care.
We’ve been pioneers in constructing energy-efficient buildings and installing innovative heating and cooling systems since the 1980s.
“Eastern Mennonite University was among the first schools involved in groundbreaking work that is raising awareness about institutional nitrogen footprints,” said Laura Cattell Noll ’09, a graduate student in environmental sciences at the University of Virginia, on the “N-Print” project. Read more here.
Residence hall Cedarwood set college precedent in 2011 when it received LEED “gold” certification, one of the highest environmental standards construction can attain. Gold level LEED-certified renovations to Elmwood and Maplewood residence halls followed soon after.