After 5 years, Emory WaterHub a model for water reuse

By: Nedra Rhone, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution | March 11, 2020 In 2018, when a water main break left more than 700,000 DeKalb residents under a boil water advisory, the WaterHub at Emory University became a lifeline for the school. During the three days that county residents were forced to survive without potable water, the WaterHub … Continue Reading →

Call to Action: Fulton County Single-use Plastics Vote on Wednesday, June 19th

In their next meeting on June 19th, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners is voting on the resolution to phase out “single-use plastics” in all county-owned, -operated and -leased facilities. According to the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, the vast majority of plastics are not recycled, and much of it ends up in our waterways, including the Chattahoochee … 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

Campus Recycles Wastewater

WATER CONSERVATION AT THE EMORY UNIVERSITY CAMPUS IN ATLANTA, GA HAS BEEN SIGNIFICANTLY BOLSTERED WITH A WATERHUB SYSTEM.   Since 2015, the campus utilizes WaterHub, a water reclamation and reuse system that reduces Emory’s demand for potable water. Water use was 350 million gallons annually, which included operating five chiller plants and one steam plant. … Continue Reading →

Centering Community Voices in the Environmental Justice Movement: The Story of Dr. Na’Taki Osborne Jelks

By Clare McCarthy, General Sustainability Intern, Office of Sustainability Initiatives Dr. Na’Taki Osborne Jelks is a nationally recognized leader of the grassroots environmental justice movement, launching initiatives that have involved and inspired thousands of individuals living in areas where environmental injustices abound. Her story begins similarly to the stories of individuals whom she today empowers … Continue Reading →

Contemporary Environmental Justice Concerns Involving Coal: Jacqui Patterson and the NAACP

    By: Rachel Musetti, General Sustainability Intern, Office of Sustainability Initiatives On Wednesday, February 17, Emory Climate Talks will host Jacqueline (Jacqui) Patterson at 6 pm EST. Patterson has a long history of working with notable institutions such as ActionAid, where she was a Senior Women’s Rights Policy Analyst; Johns Hopkins University, where she … 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 University Receives 2018 IDEA Innovation Award

The International District Energy Association (IDEA) has recognized Emory University with the 2018 IDEA Innovation Award for the WaterHub, made possible by a collaboration with IDEA member Sustainable Water. You can read more about about the award and the association here.

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 →

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.

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.

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 →

Remembering Mayor Carl B. Stokes for Bringing National Attention to Water Quality and Environmental Justice

By: Rachel Musetti, General Sustainability Intern, Office of Sustainability Initiatives The Cuyahoga River begins in northeastern Geauga County, Ohio and continues into Akron, running both south and west, before turning back north to Cleveland on Lake Erie. In the middle of the twentieth century, the Cuyahoga River was notoriously one of the most polluted rivers … Continue Reading →

SMARTER WATER: In just five years, Emory’s WaterHub has reclaimed and recycled more than 300 million gallons of campus wastewater—and captured interest across the globe.

Every day, colonies of ravenous microorganisms—dwelling within the dense root systems of hydroponically grown plants—help clean and repurpose nearly 400,000 gallons of campus wastewater for non-potable uses. These colonies are just one of the complex biological processes that make up Emory’s cutting-edge WaterHub. Five years ago, the WaterHub became the first facility of its kind … 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 →

WaterHub at Emory University Recognized in Georgia Water Coalition’s “Clean 13”

By: Kristin Kuwada, Communications & Marketing Intern, Office of Sustainability Initiatives Emory University has been recognized as one of the Georgia Water Coalition’s “Clean 13” for the WaterHub at Emory, a wastewater treatment plant that reclaims about 40% of Emory’s total water to use for utility purposes. This annual list recognizes 13 organizations and individuals … 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: 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 →