A Stranger in Your Own House

By: Eden Yonas, General Sustainability Intern, Office of Sustainability Initiatives We thrive off of common experiences; experiences that validate our identity and our being. That is why culture, particularly the diversity of culture and representation, is so important. Without that to share with people, without that unifying experience that makes a stranger a friend, we … Continue Reading →

Centering Community Voices in the Environmental Justice Movement: The Story of Dr. Na’Taki Osborne Jelks

By Clare McCarthy, General Sustainability Intern, Office of Sustainability Initiatives Dr. Na’Taki Osborne Jelks is a nationally recognized leader of the grassroots environmental justice movement, launching initiatives that have involved and inspired thousands of individuals living in areas where environmental injustices abound. Her story begins similarly to the stories of individuals whom she today empowers … Continue Reading →

Contemporary Environmental Justice Concerns Involving Coal: Jacqui Patterson and the NAACP

    By: Rachel Musetti, General Sustainability Intern, Office of Sustainability Initiatives On Wednesday, February 17, Emory Climate Talks will host Jacqueline (Jacqui) Patterson at 6 pm EST. Patterson has a long history of working with notable institutions such as ActionAid, where she was a Senior Women’s Rights Policy Analyst; Johns Hopkins University, where she … Continue Reading →

Emory Student Groups Promote On-Campus Climate Awareness & Action

By: Clare McCarthy, General Sustainability Intern, Office of Sustainability Initiatives During this Climate Awareness Month, OSI highlighted inspiring women and young activists across the globe who have made invaluable contributions to sustainability and climate action movements, as well as Emory faculty and alumni who are engaged in important climate-related work. We are finishing our Climate … Continue Reading →

Emory University Hospital Eliminates the Use of Plastic Bags in its Retail Cafes to Reduce Single-Use Plastic Waste 

By: Kristin Kuwada, Communications & Marketing Intern, Office of Sustainability Initiatives As of September 28th, Emory University Hospital (EUH) no longer offers single-use plastic bags in its retail spaces, including Clifton Café, Asbury Café and the gift shop. According to Sabrina Bauggue, the Director of Food and Nutrition Services at EUH, this initiative will save … Continue Reading →

Global and Local Women Leading Decades of Climate Action

By: Kristin Kuwada, Communications & Marketing Intern, Office of Sustainability Initiatives During Women’s History and Climate Awareness Month, we are humbly learning about the work of less often recognized, seasoned climate activists who have all transformed the hearts, minds and places of their communities. From writing influential books and critical reports to founding organizations that … Continue Reading →

Remembering Mayor Carl B. Stokes for Bringing National Attention to Water Quality and Environmental Justice

By: Rachel Musetti, General Sustainability Intern, Office of Sustainability Initiatives The Cuyahoga River begins in northeastern Geauga County, Ohio and continues into Akron, running both south and west, before turning back north to Cleveland on Lake Erie. In the middle of the twentieth century, the Cuyahoga River was notoriously one of the most polluted rivers … Continue Reading →

Toxic Waste, Clean Water, and Race: Commemorating Foundational Black Leadership of the Environmental Justice Movement

By Clare McCarthy, General Sustainability Intern, Office of Sustainability Initiatives Throughout the majority of American history, environmental and racial issues have been perceived as existing in separate spheres. This understanding shifted irreversibly with the work of the United Church of Christ (UCC), a national church-based civil rights agency, and its Commission for Racial Justice. The … Continue Reading →

WaterHub at Emory University Recognized in Georgia Water Coalition’s “Clean 13”

By: Kristin Kuwada, Communications & Marketing Intern, Office of Sustainability Initiatives Emory University has been recognized as one of the Georgia Water Coalition’s “Clean 13” for the WaterHub at Emory, a wastewater treatment plant that reclaims about 40% of Emory’s total water to use for utility purposes. This annual list recognizes 13 organizations and individuals … Continue Reading →

Women at the Center of Pivotal Moments in Sustainability and Climate Action History

By Clare McCarthy, General Sustainability Intern, Office of Sustainability Initiatives During this Climate Awareness and Women’s History Month, OSI is highlighting some of the many determined women who have made invaluable contributions during key moments in sustainability, environmental justice and climate action history. From delivering speeches to writing books, to founding organizations, each of the … Continue Reading →

Youth Advocates for Climate Activism Leading Resistance Movements

By: Kelly Li, General Sustainability Intern, Office of Sustainability Initiatives   In the final week of Climate Awareness Month, OSI recognizes youth climate activists that are serving our society and the environment in critical ways. In this article, six amazing global climate activists are highlighted for their transformational work in their respective realms. Coming from … Continue Reading →