Sustainability and Creation Care at EMU
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.
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.
Students on the Middle East cross-cultural visted Kibbutz K’tura, which has created a village to simulate various possible “off the grid” devices.
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.