May 5, 2009
Source: Piedmont 2007

Howett, Maeve
School of Nursing


Project Summary

Where sustainability might be incorporated in the NHWSN Strategic Goals 2005-2010:
Goal 1: Enhance the working climate of our people and the overall school community.
Goal 3: Become a national and international model for integration of social responsibility into all school curricula.

Ann Connor was the first Piedmont Project participant from NHWSON in 2004. Her efforts focused on incorporating sustainability into the Fuld Fellows’ experiences in the community. In 2007, Maeve Howett’s project with research students was selected. The stairwell survey generated data to improve the school environment, and demonstrated that there was student, staff and faculty interest in improving sustainability and the health of our community.

This year the School Life committee has moved forward to implement much of the content that Maeve and Ann developed during the Piedmont Project:

1. Improved recycling in the building including 30 new bins and for the first time, mixed paper bins and posters for education about usage.
2. An effort in reduction in energy waste: set backs on thermostats, closing blinds, turning off lights, removing any wasteful vending machines and refrigerators.
3. Apply for small grant (as RSPH has) for mugs and plates that go into improved dishwasher and water coolers on each floor, including the fourth floor board room, to reduce disposable plastic water bottles in the building.
4. Educating students and faculty about eating locally grown and organic; encouraging attendance at Emory food fair as part of health assessment classes.
5. Investigation into the medical waste stream and recycling “disposables” through local Medshare projects.
6. Establishment of an educational medicinal garden for curricular and co-curricular use. Traditional healing plants and small descriptive signs are available to teach students and anyone who comes over to enjoy the new peaceful space. The stipend from Piedmont Project paid for a garden designer.
7. Signs in each copy room encouraging double-sided copying and recycling.
8. Using Emory’s green vendors for purchasing (low fume paint, carpet, local and organic catering, etc).
9. Big kick-off at orientation with refillable mug/water bottle giveaway printed with reduce, reuse, and recycle suggestions, refillable water bottles for students from Bike Emory, and an orientation tour of the stairwells, the gardens and a focus on Emory as Place using Bobbi Patterson’s script developed for Lullwater Park.
10. New carpeting, lighting, and paint in the stairwells to encourage their use.

Course Syllabus attached.

Download: Howett_2007.pdf (180.0 KB)

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