A model for sustainable and healthy living

At its core, sustainability is about meeting the needs of today without compromising the opportunities of tomorrow. At Emory University, we believe in the potential of every member of our community, and that's why we are strive to serve as a model of transformative practice and sustainable choices at every level.

From the copy room to the operating room, from the classroom to the residence hall, the Emory Office of Sustainability Initiatives (OSI) guides the efforts to meet the challenges of sustainability across all of Emory’s institutions. Emory OSI carries out this imperative by helping to restore the global ecosystem, fostering healthy living and reducing the University’s impact on the local environment.

Founded in 2006, Emory OSI has firmly established the University’s place as a sustainability leader in higher education.


The Office of Sustainability Initiatives team works with leaders and representatives to integrate sustainability into both the operational and academic functions of the entire Emory enterprise, including all academic locations and health care facilities across the state. Learn more

History & Awards

Emory's Office of Sustainability Initiatives was founded in 2006, and Ciannat Howett came on board as the first executive director. But for many years before, dedicated staff, faculty, students and others were working to raise environmental issues on campus, in the classroom and beyond. Learn more