Climate Action
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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

Oxford College

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.

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