Sustainability and Creation Care

Sustainability and creation care at EMU

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EMU was encouraging sustainable living long before “green” became trendy. It’s always been part of our understanding of the call to live gently with God’s creation.

EMU students live in LEED-certified, energy efficient residence halls. Our library draws power from the first-installed commercial-scale solar installation in the state. Dining hall guests compost food scraps to later nourish campus gardens, which provide fresh produce.

Campus initiatives

Princeton Review Green CollegesSustainability is not just extracurricular

EMU emphasizes sustainability in degree programs, too:

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

Check out EMU’s awards and recognitions and our sustainability reports.

Anabaptist Climate Collaborative (ACC)

The Anabaptist Climate Collaborative (ACC) is a collaborative initiative of Eastern Mennonite University, Goshen College and Mennonite Central Committee to lead Anabaptist efforts to respond to the challenges of climate change. 

ACC advances thinking and action in Anabaptist and other faith communities to mitigate climate change. In order to establish a mission-focused, data-driven foundation for the center’s work, initial activities have been focused on broad-based research and strategic planning.

The center’s programmatic work  in strategic planning, student engagement, congregational outreach and innovative solutions  serves as a guide for making climate action the moral equivalent of peacebuilding in the Anabaptist community. See the ACC website for more information.

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.

“EMU 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 a 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.

ACUPCC LogoSTARS logo Marks of Distinction Award

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