Eastern leads the pack in “Green Awakenings”

Chalk another one up for Eastern in the environmental movement.

In a 2010 report by Renewal, a student-led movement that works on Christian campuses to take better care of creation, the University was recognized for its numerous energy and environmental initiatives.

The report, “Green Awakenings,” offered a summary of what more than 50 Christian universities in the U.S. and Canada are doing to promote and practice creation care on their respective campuses.

Eastern is the first university listed, serving as the feature school for the northeast region. Junior Brittany Bennett, who serves on Renewal’s nine-member student leadership board and was spotlighted in a full-page profile, said Eastern is considered the leader in creation care and energy conservation in the area.

The University set itself apart with several key campus initiatives over the past few years. In 2006, Eastern became the first college in the country to be completely powered by wind.

Other key events included the 2008 Renewal environmental summit held on campus and the 2009 dorm energy conservation competition, that helped the University save $5,000 on its energy bill.

A list of current projects taking place at different schools nationwide and a PDF version of the “Green Awakenings” report can be accessed at www.renewingcreation.org.

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