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- Professor Woolford Baker came to Emory and became the first guardian of Emory’s forests.
- Professors WH Murdy and MEB Carter authored an assessment that concluded Emory’s forests represent “a unique and valuable resource of scientific, educational, and aesthetic value.”
- Led by anthropology professor Peggy Bartlett, a group of faculty, staff, administrators, students and alumni created an Ad Hoc Committee on Environmental Stewardship to foster a deeper engagement with sustainability issues.
- After a decade of assessment and action, the Ad Hoc Committee crafted an Environmental Mission Statement for the University. The effort became a platform to bring environmental issues to the forefront across campus.
- Emory’s Whitehead Medical Research Building was designated as the first LEED certified building constructed in the Southeast.
- Emory’s Board of Trustees formalized a commitment to upholding LEED standards in all new building projects.
- John Wegner was hired as Campus Environmental Officer in the division of Campus Services, a role he held until 2009.
- Launch of the Piedmont Project, a program designed to engage faculty in integrating sustainability across the curriculum
- An energy conservation program was piloted in ten Emory College buildings; after communications efforts, electricity use went down 8 percent in the first year and 6.7 percent in the second year despite growth in faculty, staff and machines in some buildings.
- Sustainability is established as a core commitment during university-wide strategic planning. The “Sustainability Vision for Emory” was adopted by the President’s Cabinet and guides the University’s efforts today.
- The Piedmont Project was expanded to include a one-day workshop for graduate students
- Emory University is recognized as the “Conservationist of the Year” by the Georgia Conservancy
- Princeton Review ranked Emory in the Top 11 Most Sustainable Campuses
- The League of American Bicyclists designated Emory a Bike Friendly Campus
- Emory received the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, “Gold” rating in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System for leadership and innovation
- The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education awarded Peggy Barlett, Goodrich C. White Professor of Anthropology and Sustainable Food Committee chair, the inaugural Faculty Sustainability Leadership award
- National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS) – acknowledged Emory with the Sustainability Award in Procurement
- The Emory Conference Center Hotel is recognized by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) – “Good Earthkeeping” award
- Emory received the American Physical Plant Association (APPA) – Sustainability Award in Facilities Management
- The U.S. Green Building Council ranked Emory the best higher education institution on the “Best of Green Schools” list
- Emory is ranked #8 on the “Greenest Universities” List on BestColleges.com
- Emory is recognized as top performer in the 2016 Sustainable Campus Index
- Emory’s WaterHub is awarded the U.S. Water Prize, the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge’s Game Changer Award and the ACEC Engineering Excellence Award
- Emory is ranked #9 in EPA Battle of the Buildings Competition