Eastern Mennonite University became home to the first and largest commercial scale solar array in the state of Virginia in 2010, and served as this year's backdrop for an Earth Day Forum hosted by Virginia Interfaith Power & Light and Sierra Club. The event showcased the green design technology the university has undertaken â€“ including campus gardens and a solar array â€“ motivated by a sense of shared responsibility to protect God's creation at the heart of the university's mission.
"It is our responsibility to be good stewards of God's earth for the sake of the future generation," said EMU President, Dr. Loren Swartzendruber. "We did a lot early on, going back to the 1970s, but recognized that we could still do better. So, we have developed a Creation Care Council of faculty and staff involved in addressing the question of EMU's efforts in sustainability and taking care of God's earth as better stewards, and a Quality Enhancement Plan which focuses on environmental sustainability from an Anabaptist perspective."