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Welcome to Emory!

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Welcome to Emory from the Office of Sustainability Initiatives! We are excited that you 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 aims to help restore the global ecosystem, foster healthy living, and reduce the University's impact on the local environment. Our initiatives incorporate 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.

Sustainability at Emory



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. To help you learn more about how you can employ sustainable practices over the course of your time at Emory we encourage you to explore the sections below. The information will help you get accustomed to the green culture at Emory and guide you towards becoming sustainable champions!

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 for more information.

Want to join a student group?
Check out a list of available 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 alternative commute options around campus. Check those out here.

  • 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.