Creation Care Council
EMU’s Creation Care Council grew out of a faculty, staff and student initiative to consider how the campus pulls together its theology of care for the earth with practical everyday decisions made across campus. The council, which developed EMU’s official sustainability principles, coordinates with other groups to develop concrete steps and long-term plans for creation care on EMU’s campus. The council also serves as a visionary body directly involved in long-term sustainability planning for the University.
The EMU president will appoint a vice president from the president’s cabinet, and SGA will appoint a student senator to serve as representative. The remaining members should consist of one staff person each from Facilities Management and Marketing and Communications, a student chosen by Earthkeepers who ideally is also involved with Sustainable Foods Initiative, three additional faculty appointed by the provost’s office representing a wide variety of academic departments, two additional staff members-at-large, and the EMU sustainability curriculum coordinator. An additional at-large member from among graduate students is optional.
Terms for members are two years except for appointed members of Cabinet and SGA and the sustainability curriculum coordinator, who is a permanent member of the committee.
Current committee members (alphabetical by last name)
- Miriam Beck (Earthkeepers)
- David Evans (associate professor of history and mission, Seminary)
- Tyler Goss (Hillside resident director)
- Doug Graber Neufeld (director of the Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions and professor of biology)
- Andy King (Earthkeepers)
- Jim Leaman (associate professor and chair, MBA)
- Ed Lehman (director of Facilities Management)
- Jonathan McRay (sustainability curriculum coordinator)
- Adriana Rojas (assistant professor of language and literature)
- Greg Sachs (building automation coordinator)
- Valerie Showalter (seminary graduate student representative)
- Timothy Stutzman (director of finance/controller)
- Jim Yoder (professor of biology)
- Laurie Yoder (CCC chair; assistant professor of chemistry)