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Welcome to Emory from the Office of Sustainability Initiatives! We are excited that each of you has decided to join our Emory community. We’ve created this page for you to use as a resource to learn more about sustainability opportunities at Emory. Emory's sustainability vision is to help restore the global ecosystem, foster healthy living, and reduce the University's impact on the local environment. We have initiatives incorporating sustainability into curriculum and research, green building and greenspace protection, energy conservation, waste minimization, water conservation, sustainable food, commute alternatives, health and wellness, climate action, procurement, and more.

Emory is at the forefront of sustainability in higher education. We were awarded ‘Gold’ status in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), and in 2013, we were named the nation's top "Higher Education Institution" by the U.S. Green Building Council's Center for Green Schools in its annual "Best of Green Schools 2013" report. Our major initiatives include green building, integrating sustainability into the curriculum, alternative commute options, green space protection, water conservation, waste reduction and diversion, and sustainable food. Explore the rest of our website to learn details about our wide array of sustainability initiatives on campus!

Sustainability at Emory



Sustainable Shopping List
You can make a difference, before you even step foot on campus, by bringing items that encourage sustainable behaviors, use less energy and are made from recycled and/or organic materials. As you prepare to move to Emory, check-out our sustainable shopping list sustainable shopping list and be a conscious consumer.

What's with all the bins? Recycling & Composting at Emory
Review the Move-In Recycling Information guide for tips and information about waste minimization before, during, and after move-in. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the recycling and composting program at Emory. Emory Recycles accepts a wide array of recyclable materials (even plastic wrappers!) and collects composting from many building across campus. Visit Emory Recycles' website or more information.

Want to join a student group?
Visit us at the Sustainability Showcase at 2-3pm on Tuesday, August 26th in the Few Multipurpose Room to learn about the variety of sustainability-related student groups on campus. Free King of Pops for all attendees! If you can’t make the Showcase, check out a list of student groups here.

Are you an undergrad interested in taking sustainability-related courses this fall?
Check out this list of classes. Don’t sweat it if you don’t get into all your ideal classes this semester—you have plenty of time to take these classes throughout your four years at Emory!

How to get around town
How are you going to get to the grocery store? Explore the city? What if you want to go to the mall? Many students are not aware of the inexpensive and often free forms of transportation available near Emory.

  • Emory’s alternatively fueled Cliff Shuttles run on biofuel made from our dining facilities’ used cooking oil and are free to all riders. Live maps of shuttle locations are posted online as well as on the Emory Mobile smartphone application.

  • Buy or rent a bike through Bike Emory. They offer discounts on bikes to all students through Fuji Bikes and the support of a local bike shop, Bicycle South. Bike racks are located across campus. Don’t forget to lock your bike with a u-lock and wear your helmet!

  • There is also an array of Zipcar locations around campus. Zipcar gives you the opportunity to rent a car by the hour at a convenient location. Plus, Emory Students receive discounted rates!

  • The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) is another option to get around the city by bus or train.


Sustainability Beyond Emory
There are a variety of ways to get involved in sustainability efforts outside of Emory. Click here to see a list of sustainability-related volunteer opportunities with Volunteer Emory.

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