Celebrating sustainability champions

Draw inspiration from sustainability leaders in the Emory community and learn how you can receive well-deserved recognition for your own accomplishments.

Sustainability Innovator and Outstanding Sustainability Representative Awards

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.  These individuals exemplify the Emory community’s dedication to achieving Emory’s sustainability goals. In 2011, 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.

In 2010, the Outstanding Sustainability Innovator award began to recognize a Sustainability Representative who has excelled in their role. Emory has a network of Sustainability Representatives on campus, representing every major building. These individuals serve as the interface between Emory’s sustainability initiatives and the building occupants who can make its vision a reality.

2020 Award Recipients

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Students

  • Claire Dakhlia, Emory College Student, Chemistry and Sustainability Major with an Interdisciplinary Studies Minor: Dakhlia worked as the OSI’s Sustainable Food and Farmers Market intern, using her outreach and communications talents to improve relationships with vendors, educate students about sustainable food and involve the Emory community in the civic engagement process during the 2018 midterm elections. She also challenged other campus organizations in which she had leadership roles (Residence Life, College Council and University Center Board) to further integrate sustainability best practices into their operations. She has since taken this experience to enhance sustainability outreach in the wider Atlanta area through a fellowship with the Southface Institute.
  • Elena Jordanov, Rollins School of Public Health Student, Environmental Health: Jordanov graduated from Emory College in 2018 with a major in chemistry and is now pursuing an MPH. She and a colleague piloted Emory’s Lab Freezer Challenge in the Chemistry Department. She also conducted fundamental research and outreach in support of the Green Labs Program, was instrumental in assisting with the lab recycling program pilot in the Rollins School of Public Health, assisted Emory’s Climate Action and Resilience Taskforce with launching the Emory Resilience Framework, and led WaterHub tours. 

Staff

  • Tjuan Dogan: Associate Vice President, Social Impact Innovation: Dogan came to Emory having more than a decade of previous experience in corporate social responsibility. She coordinates Emory’s social impact reporting and leads communication about Emory’s value in the local and global communities. She served as a member of the Sustainability Vision Committee and as adviser to the Resilience and Sustainability Collaboratory.  

Faculty

  • Bree Ettinger: Senior lecturer, Department of Mathematics: Ettinger has shown that applied mathematics can help support and shape sustainability policies. She has led students in analyzing Emory’s annual Sustainability Literacy Survey to produce results that contribute to an efficacy assessment of Emory’s sustainability initiatives. She has served as faculty adviser and a leader of the Piedmont Project and the Resilience and Sustainability Collaboratory. Ettinger has also helped to analyze data for Safe Routes to Schools and worked with Fair Fight Georgia, a nonprofit focused on combatting voter suppression.

Healthcare

  • Rebecca Philipsborn: Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Primary Care Pediatrician at Emory and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta: Philipsborn is a member of the Emory Healthcare Sustainability Council, advising Healthcare and Health Sciences on integrating climate solutions and sustainability into operations, medical practice, curriculum and more. She also is a faculty adviser to Emory’s Resilience and Sustainability Collaboratory. Beyond Emory, she is a climate advocate for the Georgia American Academy of Pediatrics, a founding member of Georgia Clinicians for Climate Action and a member of the Lancet Climate Countdown U.S. Brief working group. 

Outstanding Sustainability Representative

  • Sara McKlin, Candler School of Theology, Site Operations Coordinator: McKlin is dedicated to implementing Emory’s Waste Policy in every facet of operations and behavior change. Alongside her colleagues, McKlin led the school to win the 2019 Recycling Competition by diverting more than 37,000 pounds of waste from landfills in the month of November. She contributes new ideas to Emory’s Waste Think Tank, working to overcome challenges to reach Emory’s goal to divert 95% of waste from landfills by 2025. 

2018 Award Recipients

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Students

  • Claire Barnes, Emory College Student, Religion and Philosophy Major and Sustainability Minor: In Barnes’ first year, she joined OSI as the Farmers Market intern. She revived the Emory chapter of the international Slow Food network, through which she coordinated the creation of images exhibiting Emory’s sustainable food programs and values. This Lexicon of Food can now be found on the construction fences and walls of the Cox Hall patio. Barnes also joined the Emory delegation to COP 23, attended the Slow Food International annual conference, and holds roles as a Residence Hall Association Sustainability Chair and Resident Advisor. 
  • Kryn Dykema, Emory College Student, Interdisciplinary Studies Major with a Sustainability and Urban Development Focus and Economics Minor: Kryn has worked with the OSI as an intern for over two and a half years. The OSI has come to rely on him for carbon emissions reduction and energy work, Sustainable Events programs, and much more. He enthusiastically serves on the Energy & Water Taskforce, completes Emory’s greenhouse gas inventories, and helps to develop an air travel offset program, as well as wears fish costumes to educate the Emory community at campus events. He was selected as the Student Employee of the Year this year by the Office of Financial Aid. 
  • Angela Jiang, Emory College Student, Environmental Sciences Major: Her first semester, Jiang enrolled in the annual Sustainable Food Fair class, which trains students to become peer educators in sustainable food. She enrolled again in the class for two more years, acting as the student coordinator for the event. She has a leadership role in the Emory Climate Analysis & Solutions Team, in which she helps foster student ideas for addressing the changing climate. Jiang has worked with the Career Center and OSI to develop an enhanced Green Networking Night experience and a mentorship network in which upperclassmen students and young professionals mentor other students. More recently, Angela has been engaging with the Atlanta community, advocating for transformative public policies. 
  • Jamie Nadler, Emory College Student, Environmental Sciences Major and Religion Minor: Nadler has been a leader for the Residence Hall Association Sustainability Chairs, Slow Food Emory, the Undergraduate Sustainability Group, and Greeks Go Green. She has led WaterHub tours, most notably to a group of Girl Scouts who wrote a song about how great Nadler is. As an OSI intern, she helped guide waste education and outreach after the waste policy rollout, received Incentives Fund grants to restore the understory layer behind the Math & Sciences building, and currently works in the Educational Gardens. Nadler is graduating this Fall and moving into a sustainable food educator role. 

Staff

  • Johnathan Cooper, Director of Facilities and Operations for Housing in Campus Life: From move-in to commencement, Cooper understands that sustainability is a critical aspect of student life and incorporates it as a priority in his work. His friendly demeanor makes for positive partnerships, even when dealing with the difficult issues of recycling or proper signage.  

Faculty

  • Justin Burton, Assistant Professor of Physics: Burton serves as the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Sustainability Minor in the College, and as one of the leaders of Climate@Emory, an interdisciplinary collaborative to advance climate change scholarship and engagement.  One of his primary areas of teaching and research is the impact of climate change on glaciers, and he shares his expertise in presentations for the OSI on climate change and emission reduction measures.  
  • Caroline Schaumann, Associate Professor of German Studies: Schaumann is the author of several works about the transition to our current geological period, the Anthropocene, characterized by human-driven impacts to the climate and natural world. She is also a scholar of Alexander Von Humboldt, one of history’s most important scientists in shaping humanity’s knowledge and perceptions of the natural world and its integrated systems. Among other contributions, she teaches the Foundations course for the Sustainability Minor and is one of the organizers of a “Green Lunch” series that provides faculty an opportunity to share their research with colleagues.  

Emory Healthcare

  • Sarah Blanton, Emory Rehabilitation Hospital, Department of Physical Therapy: Blanton is a Piedmont Project graduate who successfully integrated sustainability in the Physical Therapy curriculum. She and her team of dedicated students built a website to formally establish the Emory DPT program’s commitment to sustainability and broaden understanding and awareness of sustainability in the physical therapy profession.

Outstanding Sustainability Representative

  • Carrie Christie, Sustainability Representative for the Schwartz Center: Christie attends almost all of the Sustainability Representatives program’s monthly meetings, shares OSI information to building occupants, and provides OSI with feedback and suggestions. She carefully studies the habits of employees, students, and visitors to the Center, and turns those observations into directed projects that target challenges that are unique to a performing arts space. She has led efforts to upgrade the efficiency of lighting, install hydration stations to reduce single-use plastic bottles, and oversee careful placement of waste sorting stations and signage for the waste policy. 

2017 Award Recipients

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Students

  • Olivia Morgan, Emory College Student, Psychology/Linguistics and Society Double Major: Morgan worked with the OSI to integrate sustainability practices in important campus programs, in her roles in Campus Life, as a student ambassador, and as an Orientation Leader. As the Farmers Market intern, she helped to launch the reusable bag incentives program. Morgan has also been an active member of Greeks Go Green and co-president of Campus Kitchen Emory.
  • Cassidy Schwartz, Emory College Student, Environmental Science and International Studies Double Major: As a College Council legislator, Schwartz has proposed bills that encourage students to plan sustainable events and hopes to propose a “green fee” to collect funds for student-driven sustainability efforts. She contributed background research to the Emory Climate and Solutions Team (ECAST) for a solar installation on campus. She serves as an Emory representative to the Atlanta Sustainability Council, which works with the City of Atlanta’s Office of Resilience. 

Staff

  • Maya Meeks, Veterinary Technician in the School of Medicine’s Division of Animal Resources: Meeks first volunteered the Taylor lab to pilot OSI’s very first Green Labs at Emory program. She then applied for Incentives Fund Grants for multiple years to support landfill diversion in the animal care facility in Whitehead, which she used to provide equipment and signage that educate on how to divert waste from landfills. She also facilitated energy conservation measures such as Consider the Stairs signage and motion-sensor lighting throughout the department. 
  • Oana Tudorancea, Institutional Research Analyst in the Office of the Provost: Tudorancea has provided support for the data collection and analysis necessary for OSI to report on Emory’s sustainability work for national rating and ranking programs such as the AASHE STARS report, Princeton Review’s Green Schools List, and Sierra Magazine’s “Cool Schools” rating. She expertly crafted surveys and collected information from multiple departments on campus. 

Faculty

  • Justin Burton, Assistant Professor of Physics: Burton serves as the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Sustainability Minor in the College. He is also one of the leaders of Climate@Emory, an interdisciplinary collaborative to advance climate change scholarship and engagement.
  • Hiram Maxim, Professor and Chair of German Studies: Maxim has served as a faculty representative to Emory’s Climate Action Plan Committee, on the Sustainability Faculty Advisory Council, and as Chair of the Committee on the Environment for the University Senate. His leadership in these roles has led to the successful adoption of the 2011 Climate Action Plan. He has led his department, German Studies, and more generally, Modern Languages, in modeling a culture of conservation. 

Outstanding Sustainability Representative

  • Alison Agnew, Sustainability Representative for the Miller-Ward Alumni House: Agnew has advanced sustainability at this facility that serves the important function of communicating Emory’s sustainability commitment to its alumni. She has been awarded Sustainability Incentives funding to improve recycling and composting equipment, install motion sensors in restrooms in the Miller-Ward Alumni House, and install a hydration station in the building to encourage the use of reusable cups.

2016 Award Recipients

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Students

  • Amy Hou, Emory College Student, Environmental Science and Economics Double Major: As a member of the Student Government Association, Hou pushed for legislation that would introduce a student green fee to fund student-led sustainability projects. She holds leadership roles with the Undergraduate Sustainability Group, as a WaterHub docent tour guide, and as a student planner of Emory’s second annual Sustainability Case Competition. She integrates sustainability into her roles as an orientation leader and campus ambassador, ensuring that sustainability is a highlight of these key introductions to campus.
  • Johnathan Kaminski, Emory College Student, Economics Major: For the past two years, Kaminski has co-led the student group Greeks Go Green, promoting and planning sustainability improvements throughout Eagle Row. He helped secure a Sustainability Incentives Fund grant to start the Eagle Row Educational Garden. Additionally, Kaminski worked with other students and administrators to ensure that the new Campus Life Center is as sustainable as possible. 

Staff

  • Wade Sanner, Associate Director of Procurement: Sanner shows leadership in aligning Procurement goals with Emory’s 2025 Sustainability Vision. He garners supplier support for Emory’s Green Office and Green Labs programs, includes sustainability responsibilities in new Procurement staff hires, and infuses sustainability throughout his staff culture.

Faculty

  • Simona Muratore, Senior Lecturer in Italian: Muratore innovated courses in Italian to incorporate sustainability practices and cultural awareness, including teaching the course that organizes Emory’s annual Sustainable Food Fair. A beloved annual tradition, the event draws over a thousand participants for education and celebration related to sustainable foods, food policies, and related social and environmental issues. Muratore also provided educational opportunities at the weekly Farmers Market by showcasing global food culture.

Emory Healthcare

  • Sarah Peek, Director of Facilities Management at Emory University Hospital Midtown: Peek shows incredible leadership in implementing the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge at EUHM. Thanks to her, EUHM received multiple awards for surpassing the goal of 20% energy use reduction by 2020, which is projected to save Emory Healthcare an average of $186,000 per year. Currently, she is working to achieve a 20% water use reduction by 2020.

Outstanding Sustainability Representative

  • Dawn Francis-Chewning, Sustainability Representative for Glenn Memorial Church and Woodruff Library: Francis-Chewning is a long-time sustainability building representative for the Church and volunteered to represent the Woodruff Library and the Library & Information Technology Services (LITS) Department of Student Digital Life. She was awarded a Sustainability Incentives Fund grant to enhance and improve the recycling equipment, signage, and labeling throughout the Library. She also used an incentives fund grant to enhance the recycling program in the Cox Hall Computing Lab and was most recently awarded funding for a program to reuse and recycle the unique plastic waste from the Lab’s 3D printing machine.

2015 Award Recipients

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This year, the awards went to the members of the Sustainability Visioning Committee, who have been working for over a year to draft Emory’s Sustainability Vision 2016-2025.

  • Peggy Bartlett, Goodrich C. White Professor of Anthropology: Bartlett is the faculty liaison to OSI, and a co-chair of the Sustainability Vision Committee. She also co-chaired the first Sustainability Vision Committee in 2005. She works mainly in the areas of food and curriculum and is the chair of the Sustainable Food Committee.
  • Steve Bowen, Dean of Oxford College: Bowen earned a doctorate in zoology from Rhodes University in South Africa. In his life as a scientist, he has specialized in fish ecology, studying it in depth in Africa, Venezuela, Argentina and New Guinea. At Emory, he has been instrumental in advancing sustainability on Oxford’s campus, supporting an array of sustainability initiatives, including the Oxford College Organic Farm.
  • Christian Bowers, ‘15C: Bowers is a recent alumnus who completed a double major in economics and environmental sciences. He now works for Ernst & Young in the Performance Improvement department. Bowers was selected to be the undergraduate representative on Emory’s Sustainability Visioning Committee because of his involvement with sustainability throughout his academic career.
  • Matthew Early, Vice president for Campus Services, overseeing Planning, Design and Construction; Facilities Management; Transportation and Parking Services, and Police and Fire Safety: Since arriving at Emory in 2010, Early has been dedicated to continuing the Campus Services commitment to growing Emory University’s campus in a way that is environmentally sensitive, while maintaining its beauty. He is a co-chair of the Sustainability Vision Committee.
  • Ioulia Fenton, PhD Candidate in Department of Anthropology: Fenton is the president and founder of the Graduate Sustainability Group and the graduate student representative on Emory’s Sustainability Visioning Committee. She is currently conducting Social Network Analysis research on the sustainability network throughout Emory, for which she was awarded a Sustainability Incentives Fund award in both 2014 and 2015.
  • David Fuhrman, Senior Director of Auxiliary Services and Administration: Since 2013, Fuhrman has been working towards bringing healthier and more sustainable food options to Emory’s dining facilities as director of Dining Services. This year, he transitioned into his current role in which he builds relationships with students, faculty and staff and works to understand their diverse needs. Furhman is also a member of Emory’s Sustainable Food Committee.
  • Joan Kowal, Senior Director of Energy Strategy and Utilities: Kowal provides vision, leadership and direction in developing short- and long-term energy strategies to achieve Emory’s energy and carbon reduction goals. She works with Emory’s utilities providers, constantly exploring alternative ways to make energy more efficient and reduce use when possible.
  • Carolyn Livingston, Former Senior Associate Vice President of Campus Life: Livingston supervised the Student Intervention Services Team and the Student Ombudsperson, leading the division’s strategic planning process, and centralizing the university’s sexual misconduct adjudication process, before she left Emory during the summer of 2015.
  • Justin Remais, Associate Professor of Environmental Health at Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health: Remais holds a master’s in civil and environmental engineering and a doctorate in environmental health sciences, both from the University of California at Berkeley. At Emory, his teaching has included undergraduate and graduate level courses in climate change and health, global environmental health, and environmental determinants of infectious disease.
  • Tom Rogers, Associate Professor of Modern Latin American History: Rogers’s research and interest has evolved around modern Latin and Afro-Latin American history, especially in Brazil, and labor and environmental history. He has published various books, including most recently “Agriculture’s Energy: Development and Hunger During Brazil’s Ethanol Boom,” which examines 20th century agricultural modernization.
  • Eri Saikawa, Assistant Professor of Environmental Sciences: Saikawa was awarded the Sustainability Innovator Award last year for her work co-founding Climate@Emory, an interdisciplinary, university-wide initiative to advance climate change scholarship, teaching and engagement at Emory and beyond. Her research links public policy and the science of emissions to air pollution, ozone depletion and global warming.
  • Paige Tolbert, Chair of Environmental Health at Rollins School of Public Health: Tolbert has a 20-year career of research, teaching and service in environmental epidemiology. She has studied carcinogens, endocrine disruptors, pesticides, water pollution, and most recently, the health effects of ambient air pollution. She serves on the Sustainability Initiatives’ Faculty Advisory Council and is part of a team that received an $8 million award from the EPA Clean Air Research Center for a five-year collaboration with Georgia Tech. 
  • Demetrius Woods, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology: Woods is an alumnus of Emory’s Schools of Medicine and the Rollins School of Public Health. He seeks to empower doctors to make sustainable decisions using education and evidence. His research project comparing the carbon footprint of three types of surgeries was recently accepted for publication. He serves on Emory’s Sustainability in Health Sciences Task Force.

Outstanding Sustainability Representative

  • Susannah Conroy, Senior Research Administrative Coordinator and the Sustainability Representative for Winship Cancer Institute/Emory Clinic C: Conroy has been an unwavering advocate for sustainability in Winship for many years, and instrumental in evolving Winship’s culture to include sustainability within a unique setting that combines healthcare and academia. Most recently, she worked with OSI and Emory Recycles on implementing a recycling program in Winship’s public, clinical and lab spaces.

2014 Award Recipients

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Students

  • Ioulia Fenton, PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology: Fenton served as President and Founder of the Graduate Sustainability Group, the first sustainability student group in Laney Graduate School. Under her leadership, the group developed a student sustainability ambassadors program, hosted a Student Sustainability Summit, incorporated sustainability education into the Laney School’s orientation, and facilitated development of Laney’s Climate Action Plan. In addition, she was a 2014 Piedmont TATTO participant, wrote sustainability-focused articles for the Emory Wheel, and taught a graduate-level course on sustainable development through the Masters in Development Practice program.  
  • Naomi Maisel, Emory College Student: Maisel worked to launch Campus Kitchen Emory, a student group that collects, repurposes, and donates unused food from Emory dining facilities and catered events.  Her leadership brought together partners from various Emory entities as well as local food banks and shelters. She is also the sustainability beat writer for the Emory Wheel.  

Staff

  • Leslie Hubble, Environmental Compliance Officer in Emory’s Environmental Health and Safety Office: Hubble was instrumental in the development of a Green Labs@Emory program that is designed to give Emory’s research and teaching laboratories tools for integrating sustainability into their operations. She helped to recruit volunteer labs and develop a lab recycling protocol. She has also been a Sustainability Representative for her building for several years.

Faculty

  • Daniel Rochberg, Instructor in Environmental Sciences in Emory College and Environmental Health at Rollins School of Public Health & Eri Saikawa, Assistant Professor of Environmental Sciences in Emory College and Environmental Health at Rollins School of Public Health: This year, a group of faculty led by Rochberg and Saikawa developed the Climate@Emory academic learning community. With the development of this group, Emory is moving into a leadership role in academic teaching, research and action in global climate change. Included in this group of faculty and in our thanks are Justin Remais, Stefanie Sarnat, and Jeremy Hess and many others.  

Emory Healthcare

  • Catherine Maloney, Associate Administrator of Emory University Hospital & Toni Wimby, Associate Administrator of Emory University Hospital Midtown: Maloney and Wimby led a team of healthcare staff to develop a program for diverting clean recyclable waste from the operating rooms and other clinical spaces at EUH and EUHM. This effort continues the efforts of Dr. Duggan, a 2013 Sustainability Innovator.

2013 Award Recipients

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Students

  • Leah Yngve, Rollins School of Public Health Student: Yngve worked to encourage and improve alternative transportation through collaboration with various Emory organizations. She led a bike and pedestrian safety audit of N Decatur Rd and presented these findings to the community, as well as provided support for a transportation report published by the Southern Environmental Law Center. In addition, she served as the vice-president of the Rollins Environmental Health and Action Committee and volunteered in the Rollins’ Educational Garden.

Staff

  • Kyle Griffith, Complex Director for Few and Evans Halls (Emory’s first-year “Living Green in the 21st Century” sustainability-themed residence halls): Griffith goes above and beyond to encourage his staff and residents to lead more sustainable lives at Emory. His infectious enthusiasm for sustainability has inspired students to develop numerous sustainability campaigns during his three years at Emory, including a sustainable laundry initiative.  

Emory Healthcare

  • Jane Duggan, Assistant professor of Anesthesiology in the School of Medicine and anesthesiologist at Emory University Hospital Midtown: Duggan is acutely aware of all of the waste that comes out of Emory’s operating rooms. This year, she urged hospital administration to expand recycling opportunities in operating rooms, administrative spaces, and public spaces throughout the hospital. She also convened a group of EUHM staff to discuss ways to heighten sustainability initiatives in the hospital. 
  • Randy Sims, Director of Facilities Management at Emory University Hospital Midtown: Sims spent many hours this year engaging EUHM in the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge, a DOE challenge to reduce the hospital’s energy and water consumption 20% by 2020. Through his work, the hospital received a free energy audit and energy conservation recommendations, and will implement measures that will reduce hospital energy consumption and utility costs.
  • Kirk Hines, Registered horticultural therapist with Emory Healthcare: Hines founded the Wesley Woods Horticultural Therapy program in 1993. He provided support for Emory’s Sustainability Initiative by providing organic herbs, vegetables and flowers for its eight Educational Gardens.  Each winter, seeds are sown and seedlings transplanted during patient therapy sessions.Treatment goals are achieved by increasing fine/gross motor skills, as well as by decreasing depression and anxiety. Some patients take seedlings home and others enjoy knowing that their work contributes to the gardens and student education. 

Outstanding Sustainability Representative

  • Raghu Patil, Senior Program Associate in the Office of Finance and Operations at Oxford College: Patil serves as the Sustainability Representative for Oxford College and liaison between Oxford and the OSI. Raghu brought a comprehensive recycling program to Oxford that served as a pilot for the entire University.  He is also responsible for facilitating a comprehensive review and update of the Oxford energy metering program and the introduction of “hydration stations” to Oxford.

2012 Award Recipients

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Students

  • Cassandra Gonzalez, Emory College Student, Sociology Major: Gonzalez managed the Green Bean Coffee Cart, was editor of the sustainability magazine “Generation Response,” was co-founder of Emory Vegans and Vegetarians, and helped organize this year’s Food Fair.  This summer, she interned at Global Growers, a local organization that promotes organic farming within Atlanta’s refugee community.  

Staff

  • Paul Bredderman, Associate Director of Career Center, Career Counselor: Bredderman specializes in helping undergraduates, graduate students and recent alumni with their self-assessment and career decision-making needs. In 2010, Paul created the Green Networking Night to give Emory students an opportunity to meet local professionals from a variety of sustainability-related careers.  
  • Rex Hardaway, Director of Contract Administration & Loette King, Senior Director of Procurement and Contract Administration: Hardaway and King engaged the services of an environmental contractor, TruCost, to analyze the carbon footprint of Emory suppliers. The data collected from this research will be essential information to achieve our carbon reduction goals in our Climate Action Plan and to help the University make educated, sustainable purchasing decisions in the future. 

Faculty

  • Juliette Apkarian, Associate Professor and Chair for Emory’s Russian and East Asian Languages and Cultures Department: Apkarian is Associate Professor and Chair for Emory’s Russian and East Asian Languages and Cultures department. She leads the Piedmont Project TATTO, which is a sustainability training workshop for graduate students.   

Emory Healthcare

  • Searless Hathaway, Safety Preparedness Manager at Emory University Hospital Midtown: Hathaway went above and beyond to be sure that more of the waste from Emory Midtown is diverted from the landfill to sustainable uses. As a result, more used medical equipment has been donated to our nonprofit partner MedShare, surplus furniture has been repurposed and reused, and electronic waste has been used for parts or recycled.

2011 Award Recipients

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Students

  • Net Impact Chapter, Goizueta Business School: The students of Net Impact Chapter displayed impressive sustainability leadership at Goizueta Business School. Net Impact is a global network which inspires and equips emerging leaders to build a more just and sustainable world.

Alumnus

  • Marlin R. Gottschalk, ’72C, ’76G, ’81G: Gottschalk, former director of the Georgia Department of Natural Resource’s Sustainability Division, received the award posthumously for his service to Georgia’s Clean Air Campaign and Emory’s Green Networking Night.

Staff

  • Lisa Davis, Campus Services: Davis used best practices in Building and Residential Services in collecting recyclables and furthering Emory’s sustainability initiatives
  • Judith Robertson, Staff member, retired from the Department of Anthropology: Robertson made significant contributions to the educational garden program.
  • Brent Zern, Campus Services: Zern led development of Emory’s greenhouse gas emissions inventories and feasibility study for a proposed Climate Action Plan.

Faculty

  • Vialla Hartfield-Mendez, Spanish and Portuguese professor: Hartfield-Mendez led sustainability-themed engaged learning.

Emory Healthcare

  •  David Pugh, Associate administrator for Emory hospitals: Pugh undertook efforts to green Emory’s hospitals.

2010 Award Recipients

  • Michael Kloss, Director of University Events: This year, Kloss conducted a training for event planners at Emory to learn how to host sustainable events and assisted the OSI in establishing a Green Event Certification program. He ensures that events he hosts are as sustainable as possible— such as the Dalai Lama’s visits to campus. He also developed Emory Encore, an online supply swap for event planners.
  • Jason Myers, Candler School of Theology Student: Myers and a group of other Candler students formed a sustainability group called Creation Keepers. Since then, they have been responsible for increasing Candler’s commitment to sustainability and incorporating sustainable practices into life at Candler. Most visibly, they organized, raised money for, planted and continue to tend, the Educational Food Garden next to Candler.
  • Peter Wakefield, Senior Lecturer & Betty Woodman, Graduate Instructor: Wakefield and Woodman led the development and launch of a new Sustainability Minor, which involved coordinating with over 35 faculty members over the course of many months. An interdisciplinary program, this minor provides students with expanded opportunities to learn about sustainability. 
  • Tara Whitehead-Stotland, ‘93MBA: Whitehead-Stotland led “Blue and Gold Make Green,” a new network for alumni interested in or working in the field of sustainability.

Outstanding Sustainability Representative

  • Michael Huerkamp, Division of Animal Resources: When Emory launched its animal bedding composting program, the first person to embrace the idea and work to make it happen in the Division of Animal Resources was Michael Huerkamp. Thanks to his efforts, this year, Emory diverted about 36,000 lbs of animal bedding from the landfill, and which is converted into compost used for landscaping.

2009 Award Recipients

  • Patty Erbach-Ziegenhorn, Executive Director of Emory Food Services: Erbach-Ziegenhorn contributed to sustainable food innovations such as the Organic Box Program, Zaya Mediterranean café, and established the Sustainable Food Education Coordinator position. 
  • David Hanson, Emory Associate Vice President for Administration: Hanson was a constant supporter and advocate for Emory’s Sustainability Initiative, from handling budget issues to serving as interim director of the office. 
  • Chaz Holt, Farmer Liaison from Georgia Organics: As Emory’s first Farm Liaison, Holt worked tirelessly over two years to build bridges between Emory and area farmers to help the University achieve its goal of 75% local and sustainably-grown food by 2015.  
  • Deena Keeler, Campus Services: Keeler worked to make composting a normal part of the Emory dining experience. She also ensured that composting was part of Orientation, provided the compostable foodware and coordinated a donation of composting services for the Sustainable Food Fair, and organized volunteers to help with composting for the Homecoming events. 
  • Kiersten Murnane, Digital Marketing and Content Strategy Manager: Murnane contributed her creative marketing talents to Emory’s sustainability initiative, from developing the marketing plan, to building the website and sustainability pledge. 
  • Lee Smith, Director of Orientation and Communication for Undergraduate Education: Thanks to Smith, Orientation was nearly zero-waste and paperless in 2009.

2007 Award Recipients

  • Chad Brommer, Lecturer, Biology Department: Brommer helped to lead Emory’s Educational Food Gardens Project. Working with teams of staff, faculty, and student volunteers, he raised awareness about local food production, urban agriculture, and healthy food choices by creating three educational food gardens on campus.
  • Allison Burdette, Assistant Professor, Business Law: Burdette led a group of faculty and students in developing a discussion series on Global Climate Change. Approximately forty student and faculty applicants were selected to participate in two dinner discussions: the first on the Science of Global Climate Change and the Media Response, and the second on the Law and Politics of Global Climate Change.
  • James Davis, Green Building Operation and Maintenance: Davis set-up the testing, training and implementation of equipment and products that are currently a part of our Green Cleaning Program. This program is an important part of the University’s success in obtaining LEED-Certification for its green buildings.
  • Becky Hancock, Director of Network Communications: Hancock created a survey to assess campus interest in moving to an on-line rather than print phone directory. She worked with the OSI to consider options to the current phone directory—such as using recycled paper and requiring pre-ordering of directories, and worked with the directory vendor to accomplish this more sustainable option.
  • John Notarantonio, Database Administrator Administrative & Data Services: Notarantonio created a program to promote carpooling and transit awareness at Emory. He developed and launched a web-based commuter matching program and a new website, called Destination Emory that allows the viewer to see every vanpool, MARTA connection, Cliff shuttle route and Park-n-Ride option that Emory provides.
  • Sarah Parsons, Emory College Student: Within weeks of transferring from Oxford, Parsons conceived of the idea of a soapbox derby race with Georgia Tech as a fun way to excite and educate students about using alternative transportation—in this case, gravity-powered transportation. She rallied an enormous crowd, arranged sponsors, vendors, permits, and recruited many enthusiastic derby entrants.

University-wide and Student-Led Competitions

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. The assigned student teams have one week to design an innovative solution to a real-world sustainability issue.

Read about the 2018 Sustainability Case Competition here.


October Building Challenge

Each October, all campus buildings in Atlanta compete to reduce the most energy compared to the previous year. Each winning building in the three categoriesresidence hall, classroom/administrative building, and research/clinic building receive a $1000 prize to incentivize more sustainable behaviors in their buildings. Read about the most recent winners here.

To get ready for next year’s competition, learn about energy conservation behavior changes which you can make!


November Recycling Challenge

This annual competition, held by Emory Recycles and the Office of Sustainability, encourages faculty, staff and students to recycle with intention. Residence halls, classroom buildings and offices compete to see which buildings on campus can divert the most waste from landfills into recycling and composting. The winning building is the one whose occupants collectively divert the most waste from landfills throughout this November as compared to the amount diverted the previous November. Each year, the winner receives a $3,000 prize to put toward a sustainable project. Past projects have included purchasing pizza box recycling bins to alleviate the issue of bulky pizza boxes filling up residence hall recycling bins and hosting an educational event about Emory’s zero landfill waste initiative. 

To get ready for next year’s competition, check out the “Recycling & Composting at Emory University” guide!

The 2019 winners were Candler School of Theology/Rita Ann Rollins & Pitts Library, with the top 10 buildings listed below.