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 signs ‘Break Free From Plastic’ pledge

President Gregory L. Fenves met with leaders of the student-led initiative Plastic Free Emory Project on June 15 and signed the “Break Free from Plastic Pledge,” which outlines a five-year plan for reducing unnecessary single-use plastics on Emory’s Atlanta and Oxford campuses. By 2026, Emory University and Oxford College pledge to: Establish a Plastic Free Task Force … 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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →