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Get outside! Get involved! Meet and learn from others working to make our planet healthier. Emory University and our partners offer many ways for students and others to get involved and lead.

Opportunities to Get Involved with OSI

These groups are run by the Office of Sustainability Initiatives. Learn more below and email emorysustainability@emory.edu for more information.

Sustainability Representatives

To assist Emory in achieving its sustainability vision, sustainability representatives have been named for all major campus buildings. These individuals were nominated by a dean or departmental supervisor based upon their respect among colleagues and their leadership capabilities to help Emory achieve its sustainability goals. The role of a sustainability representative is:

  • to be an ambassador of the initiative to each school and department and to encourage behavioral changes that will create a more sustainable Emory.
  • to serve as the interface between this initiative and the building occupants who can make its vision a reality. The building occupants’ daily decisions regarding recycling, energy, water, food, transportation, purchasing, printing, etc. will determine whether Emory builds a truly sustainable campus.

All representatives commit five hours per month to sustainability awareness-building activities and attend a Sustainability Representatives meeting once a month.

Faculty Advisory Council

Faculty liaisons for OSI convene other faculty interested in further integrating sustainability values and practices into the curriculum and research done at Emory. Members advise OSI, as well as advocate for changes in their own departments and academic units.

Emory Healthcare Sustainability Council

Emory health sciences clinicians, faculty, and administrators meet quarterly with a mission and goals to advance initiatives in healthy, healing spaces, develop sustainable operations processes, and cultivate understanding of connections between sustainable communities and healthy people.

Student Sustainability Forum

Emory’s Student Sustainability Forum is a group of student leaders from sustainability-related organizations, student publications, and student governmental associations who collaborate and learn about broader campus and community sustainability initiatives.

Zero Waste Ambassadors

Volunteer as a Zero Waste Ambassador! This group’s students, faculty and staff serve as peer-to-peer educators in residence halls, offices, healthcare facilities, labs and during events to educate about proper waste management.

Campus Student Sustainability Groups

Emory Bike Social

Emory Bike Social is a group of undergraduate students dedicated to promoting cycling in the Emory community.

Emory Climate Analysis and Solutions Team

The Emory Climate Analysis and Solutions Team (ECAST) provides a forum for students to conduct climate-related analysis and advance climate solutions.

Emory Climate Organization

Emory Climate Organization is a student-led organization dedicated to increasing climate literacy and collaborating with others towards climate action at Emory University and abroad.

Emory Climate Reality Project

The Emory Climate Reality Project (ECRP) is one campus chapter of the international organization, the Climate Reality Project. Through a social justice perspective, ECRP advances climate knowledge and activism on campus by advocating for Emory to pursue more sustainable practices to combat climate change.

Emory Climate Coalition

The Emory Climate Coalition (ECC) is a collaboration between Emory’s three climate-oriented undergraduate organizations— ECO, ECAST, and ECRP. It combines the organizations’ three areas of climate expertise—education, research/skill-building, and activism—into a network that elevates and enriches climate conversations and action within the Emory .

Emory Ecological Society

Founded in 2020, the Emory Ecological Society is a student organization at Emory University which conducts research, outreach, and ecological restoration on Emory’s campus and in the surrounding community. We are a recognized chapter of the Ecological Society of America’s Strategies for Ecological Education, Diversity, and Sustainability (SEEDS) program.

Emory Food Chain

Emory Food Chain is an entirely student-run group that collects food that would have gone to waste from Emory Dining locations, area grocery stores, and the Cox Hall Garden and repurposes it into meals for food pantries and shelters.

Emory Global Health Organization

Open to students in the Rollins School of Public Health, the goal of EGHO is to facilitate engagement in global health outside the classroom.

Emory Nourish International

A campus chapter of a national nonprofit; each summer, Nourish students travel abroad to conduct sustainable development projects using funds earned throughout the years.

Emory Spokes Council

Emory Spokes Council is a graduate student organization dedicated to connecting, supporting and advocating for biking at Emory University and in Atlanta.

Emory Undergraduate Global Health Organization

EUGHO (Emory Undergraduate Global Health Organization) serves to provide information and opportunities for student action concerning international health issues.

Goizueta Energy and Environment Group

Open to all students, this group aims to increase awareness of the work of renewable energy companies and to inform others of the role that renewable energy plays in everyday lives.

Net Impact Goizueta

Net Impact Goizueta aims to inspire and empower students to act as socially- and environmentally-responsible future business leaders.

Outdoor Emory

Outdoor Emory is a student-run organization that promotes outdoor recreation, across the Emory community.

Oxford College Sustainability Club

Run by the Oxford Student Government Association, this group promotes sustainability at Oxford College of Emory University

Plastic Free Emory

Plastic Free Emory is a student-led initiative dedicated to phasing out unnecessary single-use plastic on Emory’s campuses through education, outreach, policy change, and most importantly, a Break Free From Plastic Pledge that marks a phase-out plan for unnecessary single-use plastic by 2026.

Residence Hall Association (RHA) Sustainability Chairs

RHA Sustainability Chairs promote sustainability in all of Emory’s undergraduate residence halls by working to make all RHA programs sustainable certified events, by planning their own themed programs, and by sharing resources and information about sustainability.

Rollins Environmental Health Action Committee

REHAC’s mission is to encourage students to make environmentally friendly decisions in their daily lives and raise awareness about environmental justice issues in our community and around the world.

Slow Food Emory

Slow Food Emory promotes conversations and appreciation for good, clean, and fair food through volunteer workdays, cooking demonstrations, and other community events with the goal of making sustainable food adaptable and accessible for Emory students.