Our Vision
Ciannat Howett
Director of Sustainability Initiatives

Sustainability is defined as meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising the needs of future generations. As part of its commitment to positive transformation in the world, Emory has identified sustainability as a top priority of the University included in Emory's Strategic Plan.

Emory's vision calls on the Office of Sustainability Initiatives to help restore our global ecosystem, foster healthy living, and reduce the University's impact on the local environment. Progress will be assessed using the environmental, economic, and social "triple bottom line" of sustainability.

When applying the triple bottom line of sustainability, the decisions and choices made by Emory must pass a new set of filters: What is the social impact of this decision? The environmental impact? The economic impact? What will be the local impact? The global impact? The impact to future generations?

Emory's vision is to develop a model for healthy living on campus that can translate to communities around the globe. As a catalyst for sustainability in our the immediate community, for the region, and beyond, Emory's sustainability initiatives on campus hope to set an example for an ethical approach to creating a healthy and productive place to live, learn, and work.

Awards and Acknowledgements
Emory's work in achieving this overall vision has received a variety of awards and recognition. Acknowledgements include:
  • US Green Building Council, ranked best higher education institution on the "Best of Green Schools 2013" list
  • Keep Georgia Beautiful Award in Waste Reduction, 2013
  • Sierra Club, No. 16 among "Cool Schools" list of greenest U.S. colleges and universities, 2013
  • American Physical Plant Association (APPA) Award – Sustainability Award in Facilities Management, 2012
  • National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS) – Sustainability Award in Procurement, 2012
  • American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) -Emory Conference Center Hotel – “Good Earthkeeping” award, 2012
  • Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, “Gold" rating in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System for leadership and innovation, 2011
  • Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, Peggy Barlett, Goodrich C. White Professor of Anthropology and Sustainable Food Committee chair, receives inaugural Faculty Sustainability Leadership award, 2011
  • League of American Bicyclists, Bike Friendly Campus, 2011- present
  • Arbor Day Foundation, Tree Campus USA, in honor of our commitment to effective community forestry management, 2011-present
  • Metro Atlanta Landscape & Turf Association (MALTA), Professional Landscape Awards Recognition for Educational Garden Project, 2010
  • Atlanta Business Chronicle, Sustainable Development Award, 2010
  • EARTH University and EARTH University Foundation, Pillars of EARTH Sustainable Leadership Award, 2010
  • Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine, #1 in South Ranking of College and University Sustainability Programs, 2010
  • Emory Healthcare Quality Conference, “Best Aim Statement,” 2010
  • Creative Loafing, “Green Team” award, 2009
  • Urban Land Institute, Sustainable Development Award, 2009
  • Princeton Review, Top 11 Most Sustainable Campuses, 2009
  • Georgia Conservancy, “Conservationist of the Year” to Emory
  • University for its sustainability initiatives, 2008
  • Georgia Water Wise Council, Fox McCarthy Certificate of Achievement, 2007