Climate Change and the Practice of Medicine

Philipsborn, Rebecca Pass MD, MPA; Sheffield, Perry MD, MPH; White, Andrew MD; Osta, Amanda MD; Anderson, Marsha S. MD; Bernstein, Aaron MD, MPH Abstract: “Despite calls for including content on climate change and its effect on health in curricula across the spectrum of medical education, no widely used resource exists to guide residency training programs … Continue Reading →

Emory compost streams temporarily diverted to landfills

By: Emory Report Emory Campus Services has announced that the university’s compost streams — including food waste from kitchens and green bins around campus, as well as animal bedding — are being temporarily sent to landfills. This short-term diversion was necessitated when the vendors that haul and process Emory’s compost either went out of business or … Continue Reading →

Emory Sustainability Faculty Fellows Applying Climate Research and Engaging Students in Climate Solutions

By: Rachel Musetti, General Sustainability Intern, Office of Sustainability Initiatives Each year, Emory’s Office of Sustainability Initiatives (OSI) recognizes March as Climate Awareness Month, in addition to recognizing Women’s History Month. While we work to honor women around the world for their contributions, we are so inspired by our own leaders here at Emory as … Continue Reading →

Following Emory’s Waste: Where Does It Go And Who Does It Affect?

Historically, waste has been a burden placed on vulnerable and marginalized communities, so our office wanted to follow Emory’s waste by using the Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Justice tool to see which communities are being affected. We hope that contextualizing where our waste goes will remind us that there is no “away” when we throw … Continue Reading →

Milner Donation Ensures Continued Funding for Green Offices at Emory

By: Rachel Musetti, General Sustainability Intern, Office of Sustainability Initiatives Since 2016, almost 100 Emory offices have been certified as Green Offices at Emory. This comprehensive certification program, developed by the Office of Sustainability Initiatives (OSI), provides Emory work spaces with tangible actions, tools and resources to help guide more sustainable daily decision making and … Continue Reading →

Zero Wast Ambassador Blog: Why I’m a ZWA – The Impacts of Waste Reduction

Why I’m a ZWA – The Impacts of Waste Reduction By: Jack Miklaucic, Sophomore in Emory College, Environmental Science and PPL double-major Modern life, particularly in industrialized and wealthy countries, is vastly different than it was just a century ago. The development and popularization of single-use plastics and industrial farming techniques has led to staggering … Continue Reading →

Zero Waste Ambassador Blog: 5 Wellness Tips for Making the Most of the Holidays During COVID-19

5 Wellness Tips for Making the Most of the Holidays During COVID-19 By: Charisma “Charisma Ci’er” Thomas, Staff, Office of Alumni and Constituent Engagement, and Founder of Sustainable Love When the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) first spread, I thought it would be a thing to come and go. Little did I know that one COVID-19 case … Continue Reading →

Zero Waste Ambassador Blog: Compost, Now!

Compost, Now! By Davida Halev, Senior in Emory College, Sociology Major and Sustainability Minor Georgia has a food problem and it’s not what you think it is. Despite one out of every seven Georgians being food insecure, over 800,000 tons of food waste ends up in Georgia landfills each year (Georgia Environmental Protection Division). In … Continue Reading →

Zero Waste Ambassador Blog: Coronavirus Plastic Crusade: Fight it, Don’t Join It

Coronavirus Plastic Crusade: Fight it, Don’t Join It By Davida Halev, Senior in Emory College, Sociology Major and Sustainability Minor COVID-19 has reinvigorated plastic consumption and production in industry and in our personal lives. Drop in petroleum prices and lifestyle changes – specifically, increased demand for personal protective equipment (PPE) and single-use plastics (SUPs) – … Continue Reading →

Zero Waste Ambassador Blog: Eco-Ableism in the Zero Waste Movement

Eco-Ableism in the Zero Waste Movement By: Alexandra Aladham, First Year at Oxford College, Environmental Sciences Major Since the early 2000’s, the world has seen a push toward zero waste lifestyles and policies in an effort to curb irresponsible production, waste, and consumption. The Zero Waste Movement has aligned itself with these efforts, aiming to … Continue Reading →

Zero Waste Ambassador Blog: Fermentation and Food Waste

Fermentation and Food Waste By: Jasmine Lin, Junior in Emory College, Anthropology and Human Biology Major I would be lying if I said I didn’t try out my own sourdough starter last summer. My starter, a fermented mix of flour and water, had a unique microflora of wild yeast and lactic acid bacteria. The combination … Continue Reading →

Zero Waste Ambassador Blog: From Trash to Art – Artists are Breathing Life into Garbage to Stimulate Change

From Trash to Art –  Artists are Breathing Life into Garbage to Stimulate Change By: Erica Kahn, First year in the 4+1 BS/MPH program in Environmental Health, Junior in Emory College majoring in Environmental Science and minoring in English One of the best parts about making or viewing art is the positive feedback loop it … Continue Reading →

Zero Waste Ambassador Blog: How to Solve Our Waste Exporting Problem

How to Solve Our Waste Exporting Problem By: Jack Miklaucic, Sophomore in Emory College, Environmental Science and PPL double-major The United States produces the third most waste per capita in the world, coming in at 25.9 metric tons per person and 8.4 billion metric tons per year (1). This gargantuan amount of waste demands the … Continue Reading →

Zero Waste Ambassador Blog: How Zero Waste Can Save You Money

How Zero Waste Can Save You Money By Candace Allison, MPH Candidate in Behavioral, Social and Health Education Sciences Since beginning my low waste journey two years ago, I’ve encountered a common misconception: it costs a lot of money to go zero/low waste. Upon first glance, it certainly seems that way, with “supply lists,” including … Continue Reading →

Zero Waste Ambassador Blog: International Experts Agree: Reusables are COVID-19 Safe

International Experts Agree: Reusables are COVID-19 Safe By Davida Halev, Senior in Emory College, Sociology Major and Sustainability Minor In early 2020, restaurants were starting to see a shift away from disposable packaging. Last January, Starbucks implemented a Resource-Positive Future act which incentivized the use of reusable coffee cups. The restaurant chain Just Salad was … Continue Reading →

Zero Waste Ambassador Blog: Low Waste Gift Ideas During a Pandemic

Low Waste Gift Ideas during a Pandemic By: Esha Babu, First year in Emory College, Natural Sciences major The Holiday season normally serves as a time to reconnect and spend time with loved ones. My extended family and friends would often spend Winter Breaks escaping the bitter cold with my family in Florida. However, this … Continue Reading →

Zero Waste Ambassador Blog: My Changed Perceptions on Waste

My Changed Perceptions on Waste By: Layth Mattar, Senior in Emory College, Arabic and Biology double-major  Emory, and its community, has been an extremely impactful part of the last four years of my life. It has changed my understanding on a variety of subjects ranging from science to society. I feel like something all undergraduates … Continue Reading →

Zero Waste Ambassador Blog: Small Zero Waste Habits to Implement at Home

Small Zero Waste Habits to Implement at Home By: Michelle Ly, Senior in Emory College, Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology Major Recently, I’ve been reflecting on how I got interested in practicing a zero waste lifestyle. When did this passion for reducing waste start and how did it start? Looking back to my childhood, I’ve realized … Continue Reading →

Zero Waste Ambassador Blog: Stopping the Flow of Plastic at its Source

Stopping the Flow of Plastic at its Source By: CJ O’Brien, Second year Master’s in Development Practice Student with concentrations in environmental conservation & organization and management, Academic Fellow at Oceana As a Florida native, I have always been in love with the marine ecosystem. The first time I saw a coral reef in the … Continue Reading →

Zero Waste Ambassador Blog: The Spectrum for Adopting a Zero Waste Lifestyle During College

The Spectrum for Adopting a Zero Waste Lifestyle During College By: Michelle Ly, Senior in Emory College, Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology Major Over the past almost four years learning to be zero waste at college, I’ve realized the zero waste lifestyle lies on a spectrum (now more than ever with the current pandemic). While the term … Continue Reading →

Zero Waste Ambassador Blog: Tips for Reducing Food Waste

Tips for Reducing Food Waste By: Elizabeth Beling, Senior in Emory College, Sociology major and Sustainability minor In the United States, 80 billion pounds of food are thrown away each year. That’s 219 pounds of food waste per person. Why is this a problem? One core issue is that this food could be going to … Continue Reading →

Zero Waste Ambassador Blog: Upcycling, Recycling, and Downcycling: What I Didn’t Know About Off-Campus Recycling

Upcycling, Recycling, and Downcycling: What I Didn’t Know About Off-Campus Recycling By: Cooper Jannuzzo, M.S., EHI Office of Quality Before my journey to zero waste, I was a recycling extremist. Everything plastic, glass, paper, and cardboard went into my at-home recycling bin. I was uneducated and thought that everything with a triangle was recyclable. Not … Continue Reading →