Making progress towards our goals

Emory is creating a culture of sustainability, and it shows. Since 2005, Emory has reduced its energy use by over 25% per square foot, saving over $25 million. 40% of the food served in Emory Dining locations is sourced locally and/or sustainably. Emory’s Cliff shuttle system transports millions of riders annually using biofuel from recycled cooking oil, and the WaterHub continues to win awards for its water conservation and recycling. And this is just the beginning. Emory is making a difference in Atlanta and beyond, thanks to the strength of its sustainability-focused community.

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Academics

Sustainability in Academics and Research

Every three years, Emory conducts an inventory of University courses and research that include sustainability as a component, as a way to measure how sustainability concepts are integrated throughout the curriculum. As more departments offer sustainability courses and conduct sustainability research, Emory’s approach to sustainability education becomes more comprehensive and diverse.

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Buildings

Sustainable Built Environment

Emory is a leader in its commitment to sustainable buildings with over 3 million gross square feet of space in 34 LEED certified University and Healthcare buildings. Emory’s 2025 Vision adds LEED Silver minimum certification for all renovations, and encourages exploration of other sustainable building standards like Living Building, Fitwel, and WELL.

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Climate & Air

Emory Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Emory’s goal is to reduce total GHG emissions 20% by 2020, 35% by 2035, and 50% by 2050 from a 2005 baseline. Inventories of these emissions help Emory assess its progress toward these total emissions reduction targets, and understand the major sources of its emissions. Emissions are measured from University and Healthcare buildings on the Druid Hills campus.

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Energy

Energy Use Reduction

Emory’s 2025 Vision goal is to reduce energy use per square foot by 50% in University buildings and 25% in Healthcare buildings. This graph shows progress toward the University goal in buildings on the Druid Hills and Oxford campuses.

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Food & Dining

Sustainable Food Systems

Emory measures its support of sustainable food systems through purchases of items and ingredients that are locally sourced, sustainably certified, and locally crafted. Emory’s goals are for 75% of the food purchased by the University and 25% of food purchased by Healthcare to be locally or sustainably grown.

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Purchasing

Sustainable Purchasing Behaviors

Emory encourages employees to model the institutions commitment to sustainability by making purchasing decisions that positively impact social, economic, and environmental systems. Two measurements that indicate sustainable purchasing behaviors are amounts spent on bottled water and paper at Emory, both of which have increased annually since 2015.

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Transportation

Alternative Commuting

Sustainable commutes include teleworking, walking, bicycling, carpooling, vanpooling, and riding transit.

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Water

Potable Water Reduction

Emory’s goal is to reduce our potable water consumption 50% by 2025. We do this by reducing total water consumption and utilizing reclaimed grey water from the WaterHub for cooling tower make-up, irrigation, and some toilet flushing. Explore our Water Initiatives for more information.

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All Initiatives

Certified Sustainable Spaces at Emory

Individual offices and laboratories can contribute to a more sustainable Emory by committing to sustainable actions inside of units and achieving Green Offices and Green Labs certification, and planning and executing  Sustainable Events. Join the growing number of participating units and help Emory achieve its goal for all events to produce zero landfill waste by 2020!

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Funding Support for Sustainable Innovations

Emory’s faculty, staff, and students have the best ideas for implementing sustainable innovations in work spaces, classrooms, outdoors, and even behind walls! By supporting these ideas through funding, Emory reinforces the notion that everyone can make a difference on campus and in the community.

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