Annual Awards and Competitions

Every year, people at Emory push sustainability forward. Competition leads to improvement, and Emory offers competitions like the Robert S. Hascall Sustainability Innovator Awards and the Energy Competition to spur sustainable progress.

Funding Opportunities

If you have a great sustainability idea, you can apply for funding through the Office of Sustainability Initiatives. All grants and loans are available to students, faculty, and staff of Emory University and Emory Healthcare.

How Are We Doing?

Emory is creating a culture of sustainability, and it shows. Since 2005, Emory has reduced its energy use by over 25% per square foot, saving over $25 million. 40% of the food served in Emory Dining locations is sourced locally and/or sustainably. Emory’s shuttle system transports millions of riders annually using biofuel from recycled cooking oil, and the WaterHub continues to win awards for its water conservation and recycling. And this is just the beginning. Emory is making a difference in Atlanta and beyond, thanks to the strength of its sustainability-focused community.


The Office of Sustainability Initiatives team works with leaders and representatives to integrate sustainability into both the operational and academic functions of the entire Emory enterprise, including all academic locations and health care facilities across the state.

History & Awards

Emory’s sustainability achievements are nationally-recognized. Emory is among the top ten most sustainable universities in the nation, according to AASHE’s 2017 Sustainable Campus Index. Since the Office of Sustainability Initiatives was founded in 2006, it has garnered a lengthy list of accolades. Most recently, the WaterHub won the 2018 IDEA Innovation Award for its impressive water reclamation and reuse.


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Climate Solutions

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Green Labs Certification Guidance Document

Consulting this companion Green Labs at Emory Guidance Document when filling out your Green Labs Checklist for certification. This Guidance Document provides instruction for how to implement each action and justification for why each action is important.

Green Labs Certification Checklist

Learn what sustainable actions your lab can adopt, and tell us what you’re already doing, by filling out the Green Labs at Emory Checklist and consulting the companion Green Labs at Emory Guidance Document.

2023-2024 OSI Combined Incentives Funds Application

This year, all Incentives Funds applicants should use this application to apply for General Sustainability & Social Justice, Green Labs, and Green Offices Incentives Fund small grants. These three Funds are intended to support supports research, project implementation, and the development of new rituals to promote sustainability and social justice on Emory’s campuses and healthcare spaces. All faculty, staff, and students at Emory – including Emory Healthcare and Oxford College – are eligible to apply for funding. Team applications are encouraged. All student applications must include approval from a faculty advisor. Applications are open and well close Monday, September 25, 2023, at 8 am.

Climate Action Plan for the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing

Our mandate to improve global health obliges us to address global climate change and the concomitant threats to human health. It is incumbent upon us to encourage and indeed demand green practices and energy efficiency in all clinics and hospitals, school buildings and labs.


Sustainability Grants Fund Green Projects Across Emory

From educational gardens to research labs, projects funded by the latest round of grants from Emory’s Office of Sustainability Initiatives (OSI) hope to support pollinators, improve energy use and reduce waste across the University.

Innovative Practices and Projects from Lab and Office Grants Show Measurable Results

In the summer of 2016, the Office of Sustainability Initiatives (OSI) announced the recipients of its inaugural Green Offices at Emory and Green Labs at Emory Incentives Fund programs, created to encourage students, faculty, and staff to contribute innovative ideas for achieving the goals outlined in Emory’s 2025 Sustainability Vision.