2017 Robert S. Hascall Sustainability Innovator Award Recipients

In 2017, Emory honored seven individuals on campus who have played an integral role in helping take Emory’s sustainability initiatives to the next level. The Robert S. Hascall Sustainability Innovator Awards were selected through their affiliation with Emory as an employee, faculty member, student, sustainability representative and alum. Student Innovators Cassidy Schwartz and Olivia Morgan … Continue Reading →

A Semester of Campus and Community Outreach and Engagement

This Spring semester, Emory students and staff engaged with the campus and community through events and activities that facilitate conversations and raise awareness about important sustainability-related topics.

America To Go Proudly Offers Sustainable Vendors

The Office of Sustainability Initiatives and Procurement Services at Emory are excited to announce the next step toward the Emory Sustainability Vision goal: “All university events will be zero municipal landfill waste by 2020.”

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 →

Campus-Wide Recycling Events Divert Tons of Waste from Landfill

Every year, Emory Recycles and the Office of Sustainability Initiatives hold a competition encouraging recycling efforts around campus. This contest, held throughout November, works to unite the actions of faculty, students and staff in order to demonstrate the largest comparative difference between buildings in recycling from the corresponding month of the previous year.

Ceremony marks opening of new trail for cyclists, pedestrians

By Kimber Williams | Emory Report | April 17, 2018 A public ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned for the grand opening of the PATH at Emory, a new bicycle and pedestrian trail that links Emory’s Clairmont Campus to Mason Mill Park and points beyond. The project, developed in partnership between Emory and the PATH Foundation, an … Continue Reading →

Donated Student Goods Support Charitable Non-Profit

Emory students participating in the “Don’t Dump It — Donate It” recycling program as they moved out of residence halls last month turned their used books, clothing, furniture and housewares into support for a local charitable non-profit, re:loom.

Earth Month Recycling Day at Emory Point

By Kristen Kaufman | May 27, 2018 On April 18th, members of the Clifton Corridor community convened at Emory Point to celebrate Earth Month with a recycling event. Earth Month Recycling Day at Emory Point is a daylong event that invites the public to dispose of unwanted household items, providing a chance for local community … Continue Reading →

Emory Farmers Market Reduces Waste, Increases Options

The Emory Farmers Market has been a staple of the community since 2008 when it opened on the campus with its original seven vendors. The market was envisioned as part of Emory’s Sustainable Food Initiative, bringing the Emory community the opportunity to build relationships with farmers and producers who grow and make their food.

Emory Healthcare and Sharecare to launch Emory Healthcare Innovation Hub

Woodruff Health Sciences Center | May 25, 2018 Emory Healthcare is partnering with Sharecare to create the Emory Healthcare Innovation Hub. Sharecare’s extensive network will be paired with Emory Healthcare’s professional expertise to place patients at the center of attention. The Emory Healthcare Innovation Hub will primarily allow patients’ needs to be identified and tested in one place, making healthcare more … 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 Sustainable Food Fair Returns Friday

A class of Emory College students invites the entire Emory community to come out Friday to learn about sustainable food practices — and sample some tasty treats — at the 12th annual Sustainable Food Fair.

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 University Initiatives Support Actions to Address Climate Change

Emory University’s sustainability initiatives illustrate the University’s long-standing commitment to sound environmental policies. Built around development of a model for healthy living on campus that translates to communities around the globe, Emory’s initiatives set an example for an ethical approach to creating a healthy and productive place to live, learn and work.

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.

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 →

From Waste to Watts: Emory Students Experiment with Compost to Electricity Systems

By Austin Lai, Yuhgene Liu and Miranda Mitchell Any farmer, gardener or sustainability-minded citizen who composts organic matter might notice that their compost pile generates a substantial amount of heat over the course of a few weeks to months. However, the concept of capitalizing on the thermal energy generated from these compost piles to produce electricity … Continue Reading →

Georgia Climate Project Creates State ‘Climate Research Roadmap’

Scientists, researchers and environmental experts from across the state convened at Emory last week to draft the “Georgia Climate Research Roadmap” — a set of targeted research questions that could help Georgia better understand and address one of the century’s defining challenges.

Global Goals::Local Progress – RCE Youth Network Back to School Event at the Beltline

Nathan Lindsey and Jennifer Hirsch from Georgia Tech: As part of RCE Greater Altanta, the RCE Youth Network is in full swing and recently held a back-to-school event at the Atlanta Beltline. Read an account of that event by Nathan Lindsey, Graduate Student, Emory University. Back to School Event at the Beltline The Back to School Event was the … Continue Reading →

Green Offices encourage sustainable work spaces

By: Madi Mainman Intern, Office of Sustainability Initiatives Laura Hunt, the Program Coordinator for the department of Russian and East Asian Languages and Cultures (REALC), and Terez Whatley, the Academic Department Administrator for German Studies, have teamed up to enhance sustainability in their offices at Emory’s Modern Languages Building. Whatley serves as the Sustainability chair for … 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.

Jui Research Group Uses Chiller to Reduce Carbon Footprint

Office of Sustainability Initiatives | July 24, 2018 As synthetic chemists, much of the Jui Research Group’s time is spent gently removing solvent from samples by evaporation using a device called a rotary evaporator—or rotovap, for short. Currently, their lab is set up with seven rotovaps.  This means their lab uses a total of about … 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.

Planned Trail to Offer New Options for Cyclists, Pedestrians

Plans to develop a new bicycle/pedestrian trail that would link Emory’s Clairmont Campus to Mason Mill Park — and points beyond — are rolling forward, according to the PATH Foundation, an Atlanta nonprofit dedicated to developing public greenway trails.

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 Emory Dance Office – A Gold Certified Green Office!

By Ramsey Baden | August 27th, 2018 The Emory Dance & Movement Studies Program places great value on our relationship with our surroundings. In the words of Director Lori Teague, “the fundamentals of dance are body, energy, space, and time.” It is fitting, then, that Emory Dance’s office is a Gold-certified Green Office. The office takes a number of … Continue Reading →

Presenting the Hickman Lab – A Gold Certified Green Lab!

By Ramsey Baden | August 26, 2018 Emory’s Department of Biology is one of the most active in the country for a reason – there will always be questions waiting to be answered in the life sciences! The Hickman Lab is a biology lab that focuses on fungi: how they reproduce and how they respond … 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 →

Presenting the Morran Lab – A Gold Certified Green Lab!

By Ramsey Baden | August 19, 2018 The Morran Lab is an Emory Biology lab that studies coevolution (which accounts for much of the evolution that occurs in nature) and mating systems (which account for the distribution of genetic variation). To do this, it looks at worms like the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans. As a certified Green Lab, … Continue Reading →

Presenting the Steinhauer Lab – A Gold Certified Green Lab!

By Ramsey Baden | August 12, 2018 The Steinhauer Lab is a microbiology and immunology lab at Emory, and it is on the front lines against influenza. Their study of the structure and functions of the virus HA (hemagglutinin glycoprotein) is directly related to the development of vaccines. Sustainability was already practiced at the Steinhauer Lab when they … Continue Reading →

Quarterly meeting of the UN RCE Youth Network furthers sustainable education

By: Alicia Wun Intern, Office of Sustainability Initiatives Kennesaw, GA– Undergraduate and graduate students from across five Atlanta universities convened Saturday, November 10, for the quarterly meeting of the Regional Center for Expertise (RCE) Youth Network. The RCE Youth Network both supports the operations of RCE Greater Atlanta and pursues independent projects to further sustainable … Continue Reading →

RCE Greater Atlanta Officially Acknowledged by United Nations University

The United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) has officially acknowledged a new regional sustainability network, RCE Greater Atlanta. RCEs are Regional Centres of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development. The designation makes Atlanta one of only six Regional Centres of Expertise in the U.S.

Science at Emory: a Sustainability Project

As a nationally recognized leader in scientific education and research, Emory University has hundreds of teaching and research labs throughout its campuses.  Beginning in the Summer of 2019, labs will now be included in Emory’s mission towards 95% landfill waste diversion.  Launching in the Rollins School of Public Health in May 2019, Emory’s Laboratory Landfill … 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 →

Student move out donations divert waste for a good cause

By Ayla Ekici At the end of the academic year, Emory’s thousands of student-residents moved out of the residence halls, requiring them to make choices about what to keep and what to discard and how. Housing, ResLife, Building and Residential Services and the Office of Sustainability once again teamed up for the “Don’t Dump It, … Continue Reading →

Sustainability Grants Fund Green Projects Across Emory

From educational gardens to research labs, projects funded by the latest round of grants from Emory’s Office of Sustainability Initiatives (OSI) hope to support pollinators, improve energy use and reduce waste across the University.

Sustainability grants fund green projects across Emory

By: Kryn Dykema Intern, Office of Sustainability Initiatives From creating fun events to motivate students to take MARTA to piloting reusable metal needles in a Chemistry lab, projects funded by the latest round of grants from Emory’s Office of Sustainability Initiatives (OSI) support research, campus-based projects, and the development of new rituals to promote sustainability and social … Continue Reading →

The PATH at Emory opens to acclaim

  By Kimber Williams | Emory ReportEmory kicked off Earth Day weekend Friday with a ceremony to mark the grand opening of the PATH at Emory, a new bicycle and pedestrian trail that will eventually link Emory’s Clairmont Campus to a scenic, off-road trail system that stretches to North Druid Hills Road. Developed through a … Continue Reading →

Theater Emory Connecting with Community through Creative Landfill Diversion Efforts

Theater Emory presents several productions each year and with every new program, old scenery materials are replaced by new pieces for current performances. Instead of dumping previous set pieces into a landfill, Theater Emory has found innovative and creative ways to divert about 95% of its waste.

Tree-Planting Honors Emory’s New President

More than 40 species of elm are native to the Netherlands, the birthplace of Emory President Claire E. Sterk. As part of Sterk’s formal inauguration program Wednesday, she planted the Ulmus Americana, or American elm, on the Quad.

Two new PATH trails will serve Emory campus

By Kimber Williams | Emory Report | Jan. 10, 2019 The final section of the South Peachtree Creek Trail opened in October, linking Emory’s Clairmont Campus with Medlock Park, Mason Mill Park and nearby neighborhoods. This spring, Emory will begin constructing two new bicycle-pedestrian pathways that will help connect this system to the heart of … Continue Reading →

UN affiliate recognizes new regional center for sustainability in metro Atlanta

By David Pendered February 20, 2018 An affiliate of the United Nations has recognized a new Regional Center of Expertise in metro Atlanta as just the sixth such regional sustainability network in the United States. The RCE Greater Atlanta aims to advance education for sustainable development related to the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals, through smart … Continue Reading →

UN RCE Stakeholder Meeting – 6/8/18 Blog Post

By Nathan Lindsey | June 20, 2018 On Friday, Jun. 8, I had the privilege of attending the Regional Center for Expertise (RCE) Quarterly Meeting, in downtown Atlanta, at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) office. At the meeting, professionals from higher education (Emory, Georgia Tech, Kennesaw State, Georgia State, Spelman, Agnes Scott, University of … Continue Reading →

United Nations Launch Event Held at Atlanta’s Center for Civil and Human Rights

By: Nathan Lindsey Intern, Office of Sustainability Initiatives Earlier this year, the United Nations designated Greater Atlanta as a Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) for Education on Sustainable Development, making it the 6th RCE in the U.S. and the 166th in the world. The Greater Atlanta RCE is a diverse network of local stakeholders committed to advancing … Continue Reading →

University Students Propose Solutions for Implementing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals locally

For the third year, a group of Emory students coordinated the Emory Sustainability Case Competition, which asks student teams to come up with an innovative and practical solution to a real-world energy issue for the United Nations Regional Centre of Expertise (UN RCE) Greater Atlanta on Education for Sustainable Development and the City of Atlanta.

When Sustainability Meets Cuisine on Behalf of Patient Care

Nestled in the acreage behind Emory University Orthopaedics and Spine Hospital (EUOSH), this small yet mighty garden provides an amazing bounty of organic, sustainably raised produce used in the preparation of patient meals.

Winners Announced for Zero Landfill Waste Video Competition

The Office of Sustainability Initiatives (OSI) invited Emory students, faculty and staff to submit a two-minute video that creatively and effectively educated about the importance of landfill waste diversion, including the social and environmental impacts of landfills.

Zero Waste: Abandoning the Trashy Life

By Monica Lefton Apr 04, 2018   Each American produced an average of 30 pounds of trash per week in 2014, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Applying that statistic to the undergraduate population at Emory, students would theoretically produce a whopping total of 237,480 pounds of trash per week. Hopefully we don’t produce quite that much … Continue Reading →