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Committees and Task Forces
Sustainable Food Committee

Emory currently has several University-wide committees addressing issues related to sustainability. These committees were formed to assist the University in establishing sustainability-related goals and policies and overseeing our progress towards these goals. Many projects on campus are underway as a result of these committees. Over time, the number of committees and their membership will grow as we further develop our sustainability initiatives.

Sustainability in Health Sciences Task Force
The Sustainability in Health Sciences Task Force was established in September 2009 to develop a set of recommendations to guide senior administrators in setting goals and year-to-year strategies that will improve current practices or implement new best practices in sustainability for the Woodruff Health Sciences Center (WHSC). To view the charge of the committee and more detailed goals, click here.

Sustainable Food Committee

The Sustainable Food Committee was appointed by President Wagner in early 2007 to develop recommendations for meeting the food-related goals contained in the University's Sustainability Vision. Specifically, the Committee was charged with developing steps to meet Emory's goal of procuring 75 percent of ingredients in our cafeterias and hospitals from local or sustainably-grown sources by 2015. The Committee was also tasked with working with farmers and distributors to bolster regional food supplies, developing a farmers market on campus, developing guidelines for sustainable food procurement, and expanding awareness of sustainability issues related to food.

Committee on the Environment

Created in 1990, the Committee on the Environment is a standing committee of the Emory University Senate. The Committee predates the creation of the University's Office of Sustainability Initiatives in 2006, and remains separate from that office as a University Senate Committee comprised of faculty, staff, and students. The Committee works closely with Campus Services and meets monthly to review all projects undertaken by Emory that impact the environment, including new buildings, transportation initiatives, and forest management. In policy matters, COE early on promoted conservation and sustainable development and facilitated Emory's eventual adoption of Green Building standards, a No-Net-Loss-of-Forest-Canopy policy, a Water Conservation Policy, the Land Use plan that preserves natural areas from development, the Lullwater Management Plan, a Stormwater Management Plan, a Campus Environmental Office, and an Office of Sustainability Initiatives. The Committee on the Environment mission statement outlines the charge of the committee.

Drought Response Task Force

From 2007 to 2009, Georgia was in the midst of a historic drought, compounded by the fact that Atlanta is the largest municipality reliant on the smallest single watershed in the U.S. To do our part, Emory is committed to reducing its water consumption. Currently, Emory uses about 486 million gallons of water per year, and the Drought Response Task Force is tasked with developing strategies to reduce that usage over time and planning for worst-case emergency shortages. Emory's efforts to conserve water are discussed in more detail on our Water Conservation webpage.

Green Lab and Green Office Teams
The Green Lab Team was assembled in March of 2013 to assess the status of sustainability in Emory’s research laboratories, and develop a voluntary program to increase opportunities for improved laboratory sustainability in the areas of energy efficiency & conservation, water conservation, waste minimization, ventilation, green chemistry, and purchasing. The team is responsible for development, implementation, and ongoing management of Emory’s Green Labs program, and is made up of representatives from Emory’s Environmental Health and Safety Office, Procurement, Campus Services, Office of Sustainability Initiatives, and interested faculty, staff, and students.

The Green Office Team was assembled in March of 2013 to assess the status of sustainability in Emory’s administrative office spaces, and develop a voluntary program to increase opportunities for improved office sustainability in the areas of energy efficiency & conservation, water conservation, waste minimization, event planning, and purchasing. The team is responsible for development, implementation, and ongoing management of Emory’s Green Office program, and is made up of representatives from Emory’s Office of Sustainability Initiatives, Procurement, Campus Services, and interested faculty, staff, and students.

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