Appreciation for sustainable achievements

Emory is a leader in academic sustainability efforts. Challenge yourself to be a part of our success, and help us recognize those who are innovating and leading the way.

Innovator Awards and Student Competitions

Robert S. Hascall Sustainability Innovator Award

Since 2007, Emory has presented Sustainability Innovator Awards to faculty, staff, and students who contributed time, energy, and effort to further Emory’s vision of a sustainable campus. In 2010 the awards were renamed for Robert S. Hascall who led the University’s Campus Services department for many years and championed sustainability initiatives, particularly sustainable design and green building practices.


Sustainability Case Competition

The Emory Sustainability Case Competition is a unique multidisciplinary case competition that brings dedicated and inquisitive students together to solve some of sustainability’s most thought-provoking issues. Assigned teams will have one week to design an innovative solution to a real-world sustainability issue.

University-wide Competitions

October Building Challenge

Each October, all campus buildings in Atlanta and the Oxford residence hall buildings compete to reduce the most energy compared to the previous year. Learn about energy conservation efforts across campus to get ready for next year!


November Recycling Challenge

This annual competition, held by Emory Recycles and the Office of Sustainability, encouraged faculty, staff and students to be intentional about recycling. Residence halls, classroom buildings and offices competed to see which buildings on campus could divert the most waste from landfills into recycling. Each year, the winning building receives a $3,000 prize to put toward a sustainable project, with 2018’s winners, Few and Evans Residence Hall, voting to purchase pizza box recycling bins to help alleviate the issue of filling up the standard residence hall recycling bins with large pizza boxes. In 2019, the competition was based on the positive change in waste diversion since 2018, and was won by Candler School of Theology/Rita Ann Rollins & Pitts Library, with the top 10 buildings listed below.