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“Going Into a Place of Beauty:” Forest Preservation and Restoration at Emory by Whitney EastonDocuments & ReportsCampus forests play a vital role in regional ecosystems, positively mitigate the poor air quality in Atlanta, and offer outdoor respite to the community at large. It is vital in the process of creating a sustainable model for forest preservation and restoration on-campus that past attempts—triumphs and failures, champions and curmudgeons, supports and roadblocks—are documented and given full consideration in the process of negotiation and planning.
2019 Annual Energy & Utilities Report, Documents & ReportsIn 2019, Emory continued to make progress on its 2025 Sustainability Vision goals to reduce energy use per square foot (EUI) by 50 percent and overall energy consumption by 25 percent by 2025. From a 2015 baseline, in 2019 Emory achieved an EUI reduction of 9.4% and a total energy use reduction of 8.7%. Emory also aims to reduce potable water consumption by 50% by 2025 and has made great progress through the five years utilizing the WaterHub to replace potable water in utilities systems with reclaimed water. Emory is committed to self-generating 10% of energy needed on campus, and currently has installed over 1.36MW of solar and co-generation. The 2025 total energy use reduction goal of 25% challenges Emory to reduce energy consumption while also meeting its current building expansion plans. The design and construction standards for new buildings, with a LEED Silver minimum requirement, have contributed to the EUI goal to date. In addition to energy efficiency in new construction, renovations, recommissioning, LED lighting upgrades, Emory’s Sustainability Revolving Loan Fund projects, and participation in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Smart Labs Accelerator program have all pushed Emory forward toward our ambitious goals.
2020-2021 General Sustainability & Social Justice Incentives Fund ApplicationDocuments & ReportsThe Office of Sustainability Initiatives provides Incentives Funds to support research, campus-based projects, and the development of new rituals to promote sustainability on Emory’s campuses. Creative proposals are welcomed that seek new knowledge, support new behavior patterns, and foster cultural change. Faculty, staff and students from Emory University, Oxford College and Emory Healthcare are eligible to apply. Projects that are centered on the social justice facets of sustainability or highlight the social justice impacts of their project or research are encouraged to apply.
A Report on the Status of Forested Land of Emory University, , Documents & ReportsThe forests of Emory University include unique, near-pristine hardwood forests with rare and diverse species, mature hardwood forests affected by some degree of human alteration, and relatively common second-growth pine stands. The objective of this report is to provide information about the location and status of natural forests on Emory University property.
Animal Welfare and Factory Farms Info, , , Documents & ReportsAlthough animal welfare is both a scientific and an ethical issu Emory’s commitment to sustainability supports the Five Freedoms regarding animal welfare. In this memo, Emory discusses sustainable farming.
Atlanta Better Building Challenge (ABBC) Participants, Documents & ReportsThe Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge aims to support the Department of Energy’s goal of helping businesses save money while investing in green energy. See Emory's list of participants of the Better Building Challenge
Campus Pollinator Protection Campaign, Documents & ReportsEmory's campaign and commitment to protecting pollinators.
Candler School of Theology Climate Action PlanDocuments & ReportsThe Candler Climate Action Plan includes some of the ways in which the Candler community has committed to strive for ecological justice. Many of these measures are already in place, and others are new initiatives that we will work toward in the coming year and in the long term.
Catering Guidelines for Sustainable Food, , GuidesTwo-page summary providing suggestions for more sustainable catering options.
Choosing Local Food Info, , , Documents & ReportsThe purchase and consumption of local food has numerous benefits. However, the production of local food does not necessarily include sustainable farming practices or ethical treatment of farmworkers. Local food is not automatically fresher or better for the environment. Emory has defined "local" in two tiers to meet our sustainable food initiative goals for purchasing.
Climate Action Plan for Emory College of Arts and Sciences, , , , , Documents & ReportsAt the request of the Office of the Provost, Emory College convened a committee of faculty, staff, and students to create a Climate Action Plan for the College, in order to ensure that the College plays its role in supporting the University’s bold goal of reducing total carbon emissions by 20% by 2020, and by 50% by 2050.
Climate Action Plan for Goizueta Business School, , , , , Documents & ReportsGoizueta's plans for a more sustainable campus through education, construction, and reduction.
Climate Action Plan for Laney Graduate School, , , , Documents & ReportsThe LGS has identified four main areas to encourage and support sustainability efforts: Event Policies, Education and Awareness, Transportation-Related Energy Use; and Building Efforts.
Climate Action Plan for Oxford College of Emory UniversityDocuments & ReportsAs one of nine academic units of Emory University, Oxford College has been tasked with identifying specific strategies to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions in the categories of sustainable building and construction, energy, water, transportation, waste management, food, procurement, academic programs, and individual action.
Climate Action Plan for School of MedicineDocuments & ReportsThe School of Medicine drafted a plan with specific actions to assist in implementation of the University Climate Action Plan (CAP), which sets forth the following goals from a 2005 baseline: By 2020: 20% reduction in total emissions, 35% reduction per square foot By 2036: 36% reduction in total emissions, 50% reduction per square foot By 2050: 50% reduction in total emissions, 85% reduction per square foot
Climate Action Plan for the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of NursingDocuments & ReportsOur mandate to improve global health obliges us to address global climate change and the concomitant threats to human health. It is incumbent upon us to encourage and indeed demand green practices and energy efficiency in all clinics and hospitals, school buildings and labs.
Courses Approved for the Sustainability Minor – Spring 2018Documents & ReportsCourses Approved for the Sustainability Minor – Spring 2018
Eating Sustainably, , Documents & ReportsDefinitions of sustainability often refer to aspects of enduring environmental, social and economic well being. While the notion of sustainable food has evolved over time and continues to change with new evidence, there is a consensus that sustainable agriculture must be ecologically sound, economically viable, and socially responsible.
Electronic Waste RecyclingDocuments & ReportsLearn how to properly recycle electronics at the Emory Library rather than throwing them into the landfill.
Emory community makes progress on ‘zero landfill waste’ goalDocuments & ReportsEmory makes significant progress on their goal to divert 95 percent of campus waste from municipal landfills by 2025. In 2018, Emory’s campus diverted 70 percent of its waste from landfills, an increase from 59 percent diverted during 2017, before implementation of the 2018 Waste Management Policy.
Emory Greenhouse Gas Emissions InventoryDocuments & ReportsTo maintain biannual reporting of Emory’s GHG emissions, this summary analyzes an inventory for the Fiscal Year 2014. Calculations for the inventory data are completed using regional fuel mix emissions factors rather than the national factors.
Emory PATH construction beginsDocuments & ReportsConstruction has begun on two new bicycle-pedestrian pathways that will eventually link the South Peachtree Creek PATH trail system to the heart of the Druid Hills campus, as an ongoing collaboration between Emory and the Atlanta PATH Foundation.
Emory University 2018 Waste Policy FAQsDocuments & Reports, GuidesThe Emory Waste Policy was developed by Emory’s Waste Think Thank, made up of experts in a variety of Emory departments, and is supported by the President’s Leadership Council, the University Senate, and unit Deans. The policy is being jointly implemented by Campus Services and the Office of Sustainability Initiatives.
Emory University Climate Action PlanDocuments & ReportsClimate change is perhaps the greatest challenge to confront humanity in our lifetime, with the well-being of billions of people at risk. Emory University created a climate action plan adopted in 2011 to guide the University toward carbon reduction goals.
Emory University STARS ReportDocuments & ReportsThe Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS®) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to gauge relative progress toward sustainability. STARS was developed by AASHE with broad participation from the higher education community.
Emory’s Sustainable Food Initiative, Documents & ReportsA comprehensive history of Emory's Sustainable Food Committee and its efforts, including purchasing for Emory Dining and Emory Hospitals, the Farmers Market, Food Fair, Educational Garden Project, the Oxford Organic Farm, and many other initiatives.
Energy and Food Production Info, , , Documents & ReportsThe American food supply is driven almost entirely by non-renewable energy sources and accounts for approximately 19% of the total use of fossil fuels in the United States.
How to Plan a Sustainable Event_OSI 2020, The Office of Sustainability Initiatives presented this at the 2020 Sustainable Events Symposium as a guide to planning sustainable events with plant-based catering.
Recycling and Composting at Emory UniversityGuidesLandfills have negative social, economic, and environmental impacts on neighboring lowerincome, historically disadvantaged communities. Landfills contribute to greenhouse gas emissions and can leak harmful toxins into the surrounding environment. Learn about recycling and composting at Emory with this helpful brochure!