In 2007, Volunteer Emory organized weekly service trips to the Oakhurst Community Garden which provided opportunities for elementary school students to learn about sustainable food production, food waste handling, and the power to participate in sustainability through food choices. The service trips involved hands-on gardening as well as other outdoor educational programs.
MedShare MedShare is a nonprofit organization based in Decatur, Georgia that collects unused and sterile medical equipment and supplies from hospitals around the country and sends them to over 72 developing countries worldwide. Free clinics and nonprofit organizations within the United States are eligible to receive these supplies as well.
Emory's involvement in MedShare dates back to 1998 when the founders sought advice from some of Emory's professors and deans prior to the founding of the organization. Also, Emory University Hospital Midtown (previously Crawford Long Hospital) was one of MedShare's first surplus product gathering sites.
Emory has been an active participant in MedShare for several years. Without MedShare, these supplies would be incinerated or dumped into landfills, negatively impacting the environment and also those in need who would have made good use of those supplies.
CFCP (Center for Community Partnerships)
The Center for Community Partnerships (CFCP) is Emory's central resource for coordinating, aligning, and enhancing much of the university's engagement and outreach. CFCP is primarily responsible for "promoting civic engagement through scholarship, learning, and service." Working closely with our partners at Emory and in the community, CFCP helps other Emory organizations coordinate their related programs-and develops and implements a range of its own initiatives.
One aspect of CFCP's work involves environmental issues. For example, CFCP has arranged to have students conduct scientific research such as assessing water quality of the streams around Emory and investigating the relationship between air pollution and lung disease in Atlanta. CFCP interns have also researched the reuse of brownfield industrial areas and hazardous waste policies in Atlanta. Through these projects, the CFCP demonstrates its efforts to raise social awareness of environmental issues and to promote environmental justice.
The Sustainable Partnerships for Atlanta Neighborhoods (SPAN) project is an initiative of Emory's Center for Community Partnerships (OUCP) that was awarded a $1 million grant from the Coca Cola Foundation to fund student and faculty efforts to protect metro Atlanta's natural resources.
Turner Environmental Law Clinic of Emory Law School
The Turner Environmental Law Clinic at Emory University School of Law offers a practical clinical education to the aspiring environmental attorney.
By providing free legal assistance to individuals, community groups, and nonprofit organizations that seek to protect and restore the natural environment for the benefit of the public, the law clinic trains law students to be effective environmental attorneys with high ethical standards and a sensitivity to the natural environment.
By working with the majority of the environmental groups in the state of Georgia, the law clinic has expanded the effectiveness of the environmental community on issues ranging from opposition to proposed coal-fired and nuclear power plants, to preservation of marshes and wetlands, to protection of communities from undesirable facilities such as landfills.
Volunteer Emory provides service opportunities to the Emory community while striving to meet the needs of community organizations. Volunteer Emory is involved in trying to improve many aspects of Greater Atlanta's society such as health care, urban housing, animal and wildlife protection, and environmental stewardship.
Wesley Woods Horticulture Therapy
The purpose of Horticultural Therapy is to re-motivate patients to participate in life interests and to assist them in making adaptations needed to continue to participate in these interests.
Horticultural therapy is an important part of the rehabilitation services at Wesley Woods. In addition to being enjoyable and relaxing, transplanting seeds, weeding and watering helps patients improve their fine motor skills, muscle tone and range of motion.
Gardening can help confused or depressed patients because they become interested in seeing their plants grow and motivated to perform necessary nurturing activities. New studies are also finding that horticultural therapy can help physical and psychological healing in a way similar to meditation and other relaxation techniques. The Horticultural Therapy program at Wesley Woods makes use of two therapeutic courtyard gardens, a walking garden, therapeutic greenhouse and indoor growing stations.
re:loom re:loom is a program of Initiative for Affordable Housing (IAH) in Decatur, Georgia. Founded in 1990 with one home and one homeless family, IAH’s mission is to provide permanent, affordable housing to homeless and low-income families in metro Atlanta. re:loom grew naturally from their work with adults who struggled to secure and maintain jobs. They help individuals address obstacles to employment through paid on-site job training and leadership opportunities. At re:loom, weavers design and produce handmade rugs, scarves, bags, etc. and lead a team of weavehouse volunteers. With a stable salary, 100% healthcare coverage, and opportunities to engage in the operation of the weavehouse, employees gain a financial foundation, leadership skills, and a sense of purpose and accomplishment.
Emory and the Office of Sustainability Initiatives has partnered with re:loom to “upcycle” old textiles, such as old custodial uniforms and outdated athletic jerseys. Emory has sent approximately 550 pounds of used uniforms in the past year. Several Emory organizations have also volunteered with re:loom, including Greeks Go Green, the Track and Field team and Volunteer Emory.