Building for the future: energy efficiency and renewable energy in the new Emory Student Center

By: Madi Mainman Intern, Office of Sustainability Initiatives The Emory Student Center, opening in May 2019, will be Emory’s most energy efficient building to date, incorporating sustainability features that Ben Perlman, Director of Student Operations and Events, calls “nothing short of revolutionary.” The building’s Energy Use Intensity (EUI), which expresses energy use per square foot of … Continue Reading →

Campus Facilities Reach Important Milestones

Emory’s 2025 Sustainability Vision identified four main action arenas, including utilizing Emory’s landscape, buildings, and operations to model best practices. This past year, campus departments made important strides toward realizing Emory’s Sustainability Vision goals

Celebrating the New Emory Student Center

The Emory Student Center pulsed with music, lights and laughter, as the campus community came together Wednesday, Sept. 11, for a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the innovative new space. Hundreds of students, faculty, staff and Emory Board of Trustees representatives — as well as members of the wider community — mingled about The Commons for an … Continue Reading →

Emory celebrates launch of newly installed solar panels

A small ceremony on Friday, Aug. 7, celebrated the operation of newly installed solar panels on the rooftop of Emory University’s 1599 Building on Clifton Road. This is the first of 16 installations that will include more than 15,000 solar panels across Emory’s Atlanta campus that will be installed over the next 12 months. In … Continue Reading →

Emory community makes progress on ‘zero landfill waste’ goal

A year after its launch, Emory’s 2018 Waste Management Policy has already led to a measurable increase in the amount of campus waste that is diverted from area landfills. Emory seeks to divert 95 percent of campus waste from municipal landfills by 2025 through standardization of all indoor and outdoor waste bins, removal of desk-side waste service, … Continue Reading →

Emory earns 2019 Outstanding Institutional Recycling Program award

Emory University’s efforts surrounding recycling and sustainability continue to earn notice. The latest recognition is from the Georgia Recycling Coalition (GRC), which gave Emory its Spirit of Green Award for 2019 Outstanding Institutional Recycling Program. This award is given to Georgia colleges, universities, military installations or other institutional campus or industrial entities at the GRC’s … Continue Reading →

Emory Healthcare’s new Musculoskeletal Institute groundbreaking ceremony marks step forward for long-term plan in Executive Park

ATLANTA, GA – Emory Healthcare celebrated today the groundbreaking of the new Emory Musculoskeletal Institute, located in Brookhaven, Georgia, to continue its commitment to develop innovative treatments and provide solutions for health care challenges facing the local communities. As the newest addition to Emory’s Executive Park health innovation district, the approximately 180,000-square-foot, LEED-certified building will … Continue Reading →

Emory Law, Georgia Tech, and UGA Publish Georgia Model Solar Ordinance

From Climate@Emory | July 31, 2018 To help accelerate the smart growth of solar in Georgia, representatives from Emory Law School’s Turner Environmental Law Clinic, Georgia Institute of Technology’s Strategic Energy Institute, and the University of Georgia have published the Georgia Model Solar Zoning Ordinance and accompanying explanatory guide. The ordinance strikes an important balance … Continue Reading →

Emory Recognized as Top Performer in 2016 Sustainable Campus Index

The 2016 Sustainable Campus Index, a publication of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), highlights top-performing colleges and universities in 17 areas and overall by institution type, as measured by the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS).

Emory University Hospital Tower awarded LEED Silver certification for healthy, green building design

From The Emory Report, Woodruff Health Sciences Center | Apr. 10, 2019 ATLANTA – The Emory University Hospital Tower has been awarded LEED Silver certification(Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) by the U.S. Green Building Council. It is the first Emory Healthcare building to be LEED certified at Emory. Known as the most widely used green … 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 →

Environmental Justice July Blog Series – Blog #4

Dispelling the Myth of the Emory Bubble: Connecting Calls to Action from the Environmental Justice Movement to Campus and Community Change Many who come to Emory, especially undergraduate students, may have heard the term “the Emory Bubble,” which is most often used to describe a feeling of geographic and social disconnect between Emory community members … Continue Reading →

EUHM’s Rooftop Garden

By Claire Dakhlia | June 29, 2018 The importance of agriculture is emphasized all over Emory, whether in the Educational Gardens on the Druid Hills campus or at the Oxford Organic Farm on Emory’s Oxford campus. Students, faculty and staff have been involved in these initiatives on campus, but until recently, similar initiatives did not … Continue Reading →

Go green for Emory’s annual recycling competition

Everyday choices by students, faculty and staff are key to reaching Emory’s goal of diverting 95 percent of waste from landfills by 2025. The impact of those individual efforts is highlighted each year with the November Recycling Competition, which kicks off Friday. The competition, held by Emory Recycles and the Office of Sustainability, encourages faculty, … Continue Reading →

Green Roofs Take Root at Emory

Emory senior Rebecca Park looked across a sprawling field of shallow plastic trays carpeting a flat, open-air swath of rooftop on the Math and Science Center and saw real estate ripe for rebirth.

Green school buildings put metro Atlanta in design spotlight

By Nedra Rhone, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution From https://www.ajc.com/news/local-education/green-school-buildings-put-metro-atlanta-design-spotlight/KWGNtVKVZE1dIWK8N1o2YK/ When Scott Starowicz was in elementary school, things like iPads and iPhones didn’t exist. “I had to go outside. We are bringing that back,” said Starowicz, CFO of the SAE School in Mableton, a year-round project-based learning school founded in 2011. SAE students spend more time outdoors … Continue Reading →

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.

Learn About Campus Lighting: An Interview with Kevin Keefe, Electrical Engineer at Emory University

By Leanna Ehrlich, OSI Intern Emory University’s commitment to sustainability over the last decade includes updating one of the largest uses of energy on campus: lighting fixtures. OSI recently spoke to Kevin Keefe, an Electrical Engineer at the University, and he detailed the steps that Campus Services has taken to reduce lighting’s energy use, from … Continue Reading →

New Emory Policy Seeks Zero Landfill Waste

When Emory crafted its current Sustainability Vision, one of the University’s most transformative — and ambitious — goals was a commitment to divert 95 percent of campus waste from municipal landfills by 2025, effectively a zero-waste policy.

Presenting the Blakey Lab – A Gold Certified Green Lab!

By Ramsey Baden | July 29, 2018 Discovery is part of the fabric of chemistry at Emory, and Dr. Simon Blakey’s lab pushes for discovery every day. Some of his team’s most innovative practices are rooted in sustainability. In Blakey’s words, his lab practices “sustainability on a molecular level.” Blakey’s lab seeks to create methods that reduce the … Continue Reading →

Presenting the Kim Lab – A Platinum Certified Green Lab!

By Ramsey Baden | July 8, 2018 In the Center for Drug Discovery at Emory, Dr. Baek Kim and his team are working hard to uncover and fight weaknesses in HIV and flu viruses. In the world of molecular research, plenty of plastic is used once and discarded without any possibility for recycling. Thankfully, Green Labs like Dr. … Continue Reading →

Presenting the McBride Lab – A Gold Certified Green Lab!

By Ramsey Baden | July 15, 2018 At the Emory School of Medicine, Dr. Shonna McBride and her team of researchers are hard at work learning how the pathogen Clostridium difficile survives in mammalian intestines and spreads to infect others. C. difficile is a pathogen that causes diarrhea, nausea, and fever. According to Dr. McBride, “you definitely want to make sure … Continue Reading →

R. Randall Rollins Building Project Information

Tree removal and construction of the R. Randall Rollins building is slated to start on Friday, March 6th, and the ground breaking for the building is set for Thursday, March 26. Information about the building can be found in these slides and in this recording of the presentation from the Rollins School of Public Health, as well as … Continue Reading →

Sisterhood of the Traveling Dining Hall

Todd Doyle | July 18, 2018 Author’s note: This is a follow up to http://news.emory.edu/stories/2016/09/er_duc_interim_dining_facility/campus.html. Opening in summer of 2017, the DUC-ling staff has served a year’s worth of meals to members of the Emory community. The interim dining hall project enters its second and final academic term with Emory, as construction of the CLC … Continue Reading →

Site preparations begin on new R. Randall Rollins Building

Emory Report | March 4, 2020 Construction will begin this month on the R. Randall Rollins Building, a 10-story facility that will significantly expand Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health complex, providing new space for state-of-the-art learning, training and conference opportunities for faculty, researchers and students. Plans for the new building were revealed last spring, … Continue Reading →

Sustainability small grants help fund campus and health care initiatives

By Rachel Musetti, Emory Report, 12/3/19 Every year, Emory’s campus is enlivened with new ideas proposed and executed by students, faculty and staff seeking creative ways to participate in sustainability initiatives. The Office of Sustainability Initiatives’ annual incentives funds programs seek new knowledge, support new behavior patterns and foster cultural change toward social justice and … Continue Reading →

Transformative solar power agreement will help Emory reduce greenhouse gas emissions

ATLANTA – Emory University will install more than 15,000 solar panels across 16 buildings on its Druid Hills campus, which will generate approximately 10 percent of Emory’s peak energy requirements and reduce Emory’s greenhouse gas emissions by about 4,300 metric tons. Emory has awarded Cherry Street Energy a 20-year agreement to install 5.5. megawatts (MW) … Continue Reading →