Drifting Through the Plastics Crisis: Plastics and Environmental Justice

By Nithya Narayanaswamy, rising junior at Emory College and Co-Founder of Plastic Free Emory. “Do you ever feel, like a plastic bag,  Drifting through the wind,  Wanting to start again?”   If you sang those Katy Perry lyrics in your head, congratulations. While you most certainly are a firework, baby, you are probably also an … 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 →

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 →

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 →

Climate Change in the Emory Medical Curriculum

By: Office of Sustainability Initiatives When the COVID-19 pandemic reached Georgia and healthcare facilities rapidly developed protocols and procedures for providing care in the new era of coronavirus, Emory’s medical students were pulled out of rotations in hospitals and clinics to shelter in place at home. Students were left pondering a world where global pandemics, … Continue Reading →

Climate Crisis and Clinical Medicine Virtual Elective for Medical Students

Today’s medical students will be on the front lines of clinical medicine in the Anthropocene, the geologic era marked by human activity and climate change. Climate-driven exposures harm patients and increasingly intense natural disasters disrupt healthcare delivery. At the same time, many of the actions needed to address climate change – to reduce carbon emissions … Continue Reading →

Emory’s Sustainability Innovator Awards honor students, faculty and staff

Since 2007, the Office of Sustainability Initiatives has recognized sustainability champions of Emory University and Emory Healthcare by celebrating their inspiring and committed work with the Robert S. Hascall Sustainability Innovator Awards and Outstanding Sustainability Representative Award. These awards are given to students, faculty and staff who employ research, academics, engagement and leadership to foster sustainability in the … Continue Reading →

Healthcare Sector Major Contributor to Global Climate Crisis: Study

By: Neha Pathak, MD | Sept. 11, 2019 If the global healthcare sector were a country, it would be the fifth largest greenhouse gas emitter on the planet, a new international report shows. This is one of the major findings from the 48-page report by the nongovernmental organization Health Care Without Harm in collaboration with technical advisor … Continue Reading →

Three tips from Emory University nurse educator Lisa M. Thompson

By: Mary Caldwell for the AJC Part of a nurse’s job is to learn about issues that can affect patients’ health, and the importance of climate change has gained increased attention in recent years. With 18 of the 19 warmest years on record occurring since 2001, according to the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, … Continue Reading →