A long-standing commitment to enterprise-wide sustainability initiatives

Emory is #6 in the Princeton Review's Green Colleges 2022 list, which is based upon Emory's tri-annual submission to AASHE’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS). Emory's Office of Sustainability Initiatives was founded in 2006 and has a history of being nationally-recognized for its sustainability leadership.

2022
2021
2020
2019
2018
2017
2016
2015
  • Emory once again receives a “Gold” rating in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System for leadership and innovation in sustainability from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
  • Emory becomes the first university in the nation to adopt a comprehensive Pollinator Protection Policy that bans neonicotinoid application and pre-treated plants, enhances pollinator habitats, and educates about the importance of pollinators to healthy food systems and ecosystems
  • The Oxford College Organic Farm breaks ground under the guidance of Daniel Parson. The Farm begins providing local, organically-grown product to the Emory and wider community
  • Emory’s Green Office and Green Lab programs are formed to make office and lab space more sustainable
2014
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
  • Emory’s Office of Sustainability Initiatives begins an incentives fund, which offers small grants to Emory community members to inspire innovations in sustainability
2007
2006
2005
2004
  • An energy conservation program is piloted in ten Emory College buildings; after communications efforts, electricity use went down 8 percent in the first year and 6.7 percent in the second year despite growth in faculty, staff and machines in some buildings
2002
  • After a decade of assessment and action, the Ad Hoc Committee crafts an Environmental Mission Statement for the University. The effort becomes a platform to bring environmental issues to the forefront across campus
  • Emory’s Whitehead Medical Research Building is designated as the first LEED-certified building constructed in the Southeast
  • Emory’s Board of Trustees formalizes a commitment to upholding LEED standards in all new building projects
  • The Piedmont Project, a program designed to engage faculty in integrating sustainability across the curriculum and through research, launches University-wide
2001
1999
  • Emory begins to recycle aluminum, colored paper, and glass with BOBO collectors that were first funded by the student government and remained in place for fifteen years
  • Emory’s first Stormwater Management Plan is adopted and becomes one of the first official University documents addressing sustainable water issues
1992
  • Professors W.H. Murdy and M.E.B. Carter author an assessment that concludes Emory’s forests represent “a unique and valuable resource of scientific, educational, and aesthetic value.”
1986
  • Emory Surplus Property, which sells furniture and equipment from Emory departments at discounted rates, is started
1985
1919

1836:

  • Emory University is founded on the ancestral land of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.
  • Throughout the early 1800s, the Muscogee are faced with an increased effort by the United States government to take their land
  • In 1814, the Muscogee fight a war to keep their home. They are met with violence, and 800 of their warriors are killed