Climate Action Plan
As part of Emory’s 175th anniversary celebration, the University adopted a Climate Action Plan that chronicles the University’s sustainability efforts to date and sets forth a series of goals and recommendations for reducing greenhouse gas emission in the future.
The Emory University Climate Action Plan was developed in response to the ever-increasing challenges that global climate change poses to life on earth. Emory University has both the responsibility and opportunity as an institution of higher education to lead the way in campus sustainability and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
After thorough discussion and research by the Climate Action Plan Committee and the Carbon Reduction Task Force, the President's Cabinet approved the following goals for Emory University: reduce total emissions by 20% (and 35% reduction per square foot) by 2020; reduce total emissions by 36% (and 50% reduction per square foot) by 2036; and achieve 50% reduction in total emissions (85% reduction per square foot) by 2050.
The Climate Action Plan asked academic departments and operations to develop emission reduction plans. These individual Plans lay out various strategic paths toward reducing the carbon emissions of each academic unit in the areas of sustainable building and construction, energy, transportation, waste management, food, procurement, academic programs, and individual action.
For the full text of the plan, click here. For full texts of each academic unit plan, see below.
Emory College of Arts & Sciences
Laney Graduate School
Gambrell School of Law
Candler School of Theology
School of Medicine
Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing
Rollins School of Public Health
Goizueta Business School
Education & Action
In response to an increasing urgency to address global climate change, Emory is seeking ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy savings. As detailed on our Energy Conservation webpage, Emory's goal is to reduce our energy use by 25 percent per square foot by 2015 from our 2005 levels. To view our 2012 Greenhouse Gas Inventory, click here.
In the past, Emory has also held a series of dinner discussions to foster awareness of climate change and examine closely its impacts. Discussions were held on the following topics:
- The Media's Response to Climate Change
- The Law and Politics of Climate Change
- Business and Ethical Perspectives on Climate Change
- The Public Health Impacts of Climate Change and the Psychology of Denial of Climate Change.
Upcoming lectures on climate change will be conducted as part of our Sustainability Speakers Series.
• Goizueta Business School Climate Action Plan 2015
• Emory Rollins School of Public Health Climate Action Plan 2014
• Emory School of Medicine Climate Action Plan 2013
• Emory School of Nursing Climate Action Plan 2014
• Emory College of Arts & Sciences Final Climate Action Plan
• Oxford College Final Climate Action Plan
• Laney Graduate School Final Climate Action Plan
• Gambrell School of Law Final Climate Action Plan
• Candler School of Theology Final Climate Action Plan
• Carbon Action Plan
• Idling Reduction Policy