March 21, 2005
Source: Historical/Overview Document

VERSION EIGHT 3-21-01 Passed by the University Senate 3-27-01

We, the Emory University community, affirm our commitment to protect and enhance the environment through our teaching, research, service, and administrative operations. We seek to foster a community that sustains ecological systems and educates for environmental awareness, local action, and global thinking. We seek to make environmentally sound practices a core value of the University. Our fundamental principles are to:

• Incorporate environmental concerns as a significant priority in university decision making.
• Seek alternative practices and procedures to minimize negative impacts on the environment.
• Conserve natural resources and restore environmental quality.
• Protect the biodiversity of our region and serve as a living library and habitat for local species.
• Consider the social and economic impacts of Emory’s environmental policies and foster a participatory process in developing these policies.

Our decisions and actions will be guided by the University’s Mission Statement, reflective of the University’s resources, and informed by the University’s Campus Master Plan. As a learning institution, we recognize that planning for sustainability will be an evolving practice.


Emory University seeks to be a campus:
• Where part of the University’s mission is to be an environmental leader in all aspects of university functioning, including buildings, operations, planning, and purchasing;
• Where we live responsibly as part of a forested ecosystem;
• Where all students, faculty, and employees are provided opportunities to become environmentally literate and where environmental leadership is seen as a continuous, participatory process of learning;
• Where environmental studies are available through strong undergraduate programs, graduate-level and professional specializations in environmental issues, and diverse opportunities for environmental learning across the curriculum;
• Where environmentally-oriented faculty and student research is encouraged and supported;
• Where environmental efforts encourage cross-university ties and multi-unit collaboration;
• Where university leadership and expertise contribute to local and regional environmental efforts, fostering links with other regional institutions; and
• Where environmental understanding and concern contribute to a dynamic sense of campus cohesion and community.

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