I am a hospital visitor

Patients and visitors to Emory’s many healthcare facilities benefit from efforts to make indoor environments healthier and use resources wisely. Check out what we are doing to support your health and wellbeing.

Helpful Documents and Links for Hospital Visitors

Title Initiative Type Description
Emory Healthcare Sustainability Council Mission & GoalsDocuments & Reports
Emory Sustainability Vision and Strategic Plan for 2015-2025Documents & ReportsOur vision for Emory is to be a model of transformative practices and sustainable choices at every level. From the copy room to the operating room, from the class room to the residence hall—among academic units, healthcare units, and operational units—Emory will more deeply engage the challenges of sustainability and expand our leadership in higher education.
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.
Food Choices and Environmental Impact Info, Documents & ReportsAll food is ultimately “solar powered” in that its availability can be traced back to living beings’ ability to make use of the sun’s energy. But whether a particular food is more closely or more distantly related to the sun’s energy can make an enormous difference in how the consumption of that food affects the environment.
Health Benefits of Eating Sustainably Info, Documents & ReportsAccording to Wang and Brownell at Yale, “animals are adept at regulating a very steady body weight until they are placed in a situation in which palatable, high-fat, high-sugar food is consistently accessible to them. Under these conditions, laboratory animals overeat and become far heavier than their normal body weight, even when nutritionally balanced food is available.”
Healthcare Sustainability: Why We CareDocuments & Reports
Idling Reduction Policy, Documents & ReportsAs part of Emory's Sustainability Initiatives, we have developed an idling reduction policy for Emory University that provides operating guidelines for Emory University vehicles and all service and delivery vehicles and freight carriers operating on Emory University property.
Nutrient Content and Sustainable Food Info, , Documents & ReportsThere are a variety of reasons that people choose sustainably produced foods over conventional foods. Though organic foods are just one category of foods under the sustainability umbrella, a 2006 survey by the consumer research firm, Hartman Group, found that health reasons and nutritional needs are primary reasons that consumers choose to buy organic foods, but consumers also want to avoid pesticides, chemicals, antibiotics and genetically modified organisms.
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!
State of Sustainability in Emory Healthcare
Sustainable Healthcare at Emory University by Lauren BalotinDocuments & ReportsJames Wagner, who served as Emory University’s president from 2003 until 2016, recounts that during his time as president, he witnessed Emory accept sustainability as one of its core values: "The agenda that presented itself was... to move [sustainability] from sort of a moral preference to a moral obligation—that is, to incorporate sustainability as one of the principles of the university… That was one of the accomplishments that I hope sticks around—moving sustainability from an aspiration to a commitment, if you will."