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The Sustainable Lifestyle at Emory


Helpful Documents and Links for Current and Prospective Students

Title Initiative Type Description
Courses Approved for the Sustainability Minor – Spring 2018Documents & ReportsCourses Approved for the Sustainability Minor – Spring 2018
Emory Sustainability Vision and Strategic Plan for 2015-2025Documents & ReportsOur vision for Emory is to be a model of transformative practices and sustainable choices at every level. From the copy room to the operating room, from the class room to the residence hall—among academic units, healthcare units, and operational units—Emory will more deeply engage the challenges of sustainability and expand our leadership in higher education.
Emory University 2018 Waste Policy FAQsDocuments & ReportsThe Emory Waste Policy was developed by Emory’s Waste Think Thank, made up of experts in a variety of Emory departments, and is supported by the President’s Leadership Council, the University Senate, and unit Deans. The policy is being jointly implemented by Campus Services and the Office of Sustainability Initiatives.
Emory University Climate Action PlanDocuments & ReportsClimate change is perhaps the greatest challenge to confront humanity in our lifetime, with the well-being of billions of people at risk. Emory University created a climate action plan adopted in 2011 to guide the University toward carbon reduction goals.
Emory University Waste Management PolicyDocuments & ReportsEmory’s vision is to be a model of transformative practices and sustainable choices at every level. Given Emory University’s 2025 Sustainability Vision and commitment to divert 95% of its waste from municipal landfills, this University-wide policy establishes those infrastructure and behavioral changes necessary to achieve this goal.
Energy Building Use 2015-2017, Documents & Reports
General Sustainability & Social Justice Incentives Fund Application, 2018-2019FormsThe Office of Sustainability Initiatives Incentives Funds support research, campus-based projects, and the development of new rituals to promote sustainability on Emory's campuses. Creative proposals are welcomed that seek new knowledge, support new behavior patterns, and foster cultural change. Faculty, staff, and students from Emory University and Emory Healthcare are eligible to apply. Projects that are centered on the social justice facets of sustainability or highlight the social justice impacts of their project or research are encouraged to apply. Applications are now open and will be accepted until September 30, 2018, after which a committee will review submissions in October.
How to Recycle and Compost at Emory UniversityVideos
Idling Reduction Policy, Documents & ReportsAs part of Emory's Sustainability Initiatives, we have developed an idling reduction policy for Emory University that provides operating guidelines for Emory University vehicles and all service and delivery vehicles and freight carriers operating on Emory University property.
New Student Sustainability GuideThis is a collection of resources for new students to quick learn about waste management, transportation, sustainable food, academic opportunities, engagement and much more.
Sustainability Minor at Emory University BrochureDocuments & ReportsThe prevailing theoretical model of sustainability defines it as the intersection of the social, the environmental, and the economic. Sustainability thus implies a radical interdisciplinary of the kind generally hailed as the academic model of the future.
Sustainable Food Purchasing Guidelines, Documents & ReportsEmory University’s strategic planning efforts include commitment to a more sustainable food system for our campuses and hospitals. Food service staff and companies working at Emory utilize these purchasing guidelines in order to buy and serve more local and sustainable food.
Temperature Policy FAQsDocuments & ReportsStandardizing temperatures will save energy, especially during spring and fall when we can increase the use of outside air. A significant way to accomplish this is to standardize temperatures throughout campus buildings.