Campus gardens feed, educate and nourish the Emory community

By Raven Crosby, General Sustainability & Gardens Intern, Office of Sustainability Initiatives Tucked into different corners of Emory’s Atlanta campus are eight small communal gardens overflowing with produce, herbs and flowers. Operated by the Office of Sustainability Initiatives (OSI), these inconspicuous parcels are home to the Emory Educational Garden Project, an initiative that makes small-scale … Continue Reading →

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 →

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: 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: 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: 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 →

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 →

Emory Voices: Science-Inspired Sustainable Behaviors

In the May 31, 2019 issue of Science, young scientists lent their perspectives on personal sustainable behavior change in the article NextGen Voices: Science-inspired sustainable behavior. The Emory Office of Sustainability Initiatives recently posed the same question to our weekly newsletter readers: How has your awareness of science inspired you to adopt more sustainable and … Continue Reading →

Pioneering Partnerships: Emory’s Commitment to Enabling through Innovation

December 12, 2019  By: Franzene Minott Published Originally in Georgia Social Impact In 2015, Emory solidified its position as a sustainability pioneer after their Strategic Vision outlined the ambitious goal that 75% of food served in the university—and 25% in the hospitals—would be locally or sustainably sourced by 2025. Reaching this target would require an ambitious and innovative … Continue Reading →

Emory partnership will help preserve farmland, boost local food system

Photo: Kay Hinton Article By Nedra Rhone, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution The whims of Mother Nature have weighed heavily on Georgia farmers in recent years, but weather isn’t the only challenge they face. Developers have increasingly encroached on farmland, leaving farms vulnerable to the highest bidder and gradually reducing the amount of prime agricultural land in the … Continue Reading →