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Emory University strives to integrate sustainability into every aspect of student life. Find resources, events, and opportunities to learn, lead, and live a sustainable life at Emory.

Acknowledging the ancestral peoples and land

Emory’s Office of Sustainability Initiatives acknowledges the Muscogee (Creek) people who lived, worked, produced knowledge on, and nurtured the land where Emory’s Oxford and Atlanta campuses are now located. The Muscogee people were forcibly removed from states like Georgia and Alabama during the Trail of Tears relocation (1830-1838), a shameful part of our history when the federal government forced Indigenous peoples across the region to leave their ancestral homes. In 1836, Emory University was founded on part of this land. It is important for us to acknowledge, honor, and respect the land we now call home; to further recognize the inherent intersections between Indigenous rights, sustainability, and the environment; and to continue to strive for justice and recognition for Indigenous communities. 

Read Emory’s official Land Acknowledgement and learn more here.





Helpful Documents and Links for Current and Prospective Students

Title Initiative Type Description
2021-2022 General Sustainability & Social Justice Incentives Fund ApplicationFormsThe Office of Sustainability Initiatives provides Incentives Funds to support research, campus-based projects, and the development of new rituals to promote sustainability on Emory’s campuses. We welcome creative proposals that seek new knowledge, support new behavior patterns, and foster cultural change. Faculty, staff and students from Emory University, Oxford College 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 due no later than 8:00AM EST on September 27, 2021.
Emory Climate Coalition Press Release – October 13, 2021, , , , , , Documents & ReportsEmory Climate Coalition Press Release - October 13, 2021
Emory University 2018 Waste Policy FAQsDocuments & Reports, GuidesThe Emory Waste Policy was developed by Emory’s Waste Think Tank, 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 STARS ReportDocuments & ReportsThe Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS®) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to gauge relative progress toward sustainability. STARS was developed by AASHE with broad participation from the higher education community.
Green Labs Certification Guidance Document, , , , , , GuidesConsulting this companion Green Labs at Emory Guidance Document when filling out your Green Labs Checklist for certification. This Guidance Document provides instruction for how to implement each action and justification for why each action is important.
How to Recycle and Compost at Emory UniversityVideosDawn Francis-Chewning’s video shows how easy it is to recycle common recyclables and hard-to-recycle materials at Emory. Dawn is an Educational Analyst at LITS Student Digital Life, and her video “Emory’s Sustainable Waste Streams” won third place in the Emory Office of Sustainability Initiatives Waste Video Competition.
Recycling and Composting at Emory UniversityGuidesLandfills have negative social, economic, and environmental impacts on neighboring lower-income, historically disadvantaged communities. Landfills contribute to greenhouse gas emissions and can leak harmful toxins into the surrounding environment. Learn about recycling and composting at Emory with this helpful brochure!
Reducing and Diverting Waste in a PandemicDocuments & ReportsDue to the coronavirus pandemic, the Emory community will continue to see large amounts of disposables and personal protective equipment (PPE) on campus. OSI wants to remind and encourage the Emory community to choose reusables, and when single-use items cannot be avoided, to dispose of them in the correct waste stream.
Spring 2021 Clairmont Move Out Map, Documents & ReportsFind the locations of donation trucks, kiosks, and dumpsters on the map provided.
Spring 2021 Main Campus Move Out Map, Documents & ReportsMap of donation trucks, kiosks and waste areas for students moving out of Main Campus.
Spring 2021 Move Out Flyer, Documents & ReportsThe Spring 2021 Move Out Flyer provides instructions for sorting recyclables, compostables, and donations.
Student Sustainability Showcase Virtual Guide Spring 2021, , , , , , , GuidesUse this virtual guide to explore opportunities to get involved with sustainability at Emory, then pursue those which most interest you. Take part in our campus culture of sustainability by participating in an OSI program, joining a sustainability-related student organization, and/or exploring Emory's academic offerings in the disciplines of the environment and sustainability!
Sustainability Courses_2016 to 2019Documents & Reports
Sustainability Guide for Graduate and Professional Students 2021, , , , GuidesThis sustainability guide provides graduate and professional students with pertinent information about Emory's sustainability goals and programs related to waste, food & dining, and transportation, as well as how to get involved with sustainable initiatives on campus.
Sustainability Guide for Oxford Students 2021, , , , , GuidesThis sustainability guide provides Oxford students with pertinent information about Emory's sustainability goals and programs related to waste, food & dining, and transportation, as well as how to get involved with sustainable initiatives on campus.
Sustainability Guide for Undergraduate Students 2021, , , , , , GuidesThis sustainability guide provides undergraduate students with pertinent information about Emory's sustainability goals and programs related to waste, food & dining, academics, and transportation, as well as how to get involved with sustainable initiatives on campus.
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.
Zero Waste Ambassadors Charge Fall 2021- Spring 2022Documents & ReportsThe ZWAs are a group of student, faculty, and staff volunteers, who are actively willing to champion waste management and reduction in all areas of the Emory experience. They strive to promote a culture at Emory that prioritizes reducing and diverting waste in all decisions that we make as individuals and as a community. You can read more about specific goals of the program this year in the charge.