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Emory Healthcare is nationally recognized for compassionate patient care, leading provider skill, unmatched medical research, and its commitment to public health. Your leadership is integral to making Emory a healthy place for patients, staff and visitors, and the most sustainable choice for healthcare in the southeast.

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 Healthcare Staff

Title Initiative Type Description
Emory Healthcare Sustainability Council Mission & GoalsDocuments & ReportsThe Emory Healthcare Sustainability Council was established in September 2009 (formerly the Sustainability in Health Sciences Task Force) to develop a set of recommendations to guide senior administrators in setting goals and year-to-year strategies that will improve current practices or implement new best practices in sustainability for the Woodruff Health Sciences Center.
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.
Emory’s 2023 Climate Action PlanDocuments & ReportsEmory's most recent climate action plan offers recommendations to guide Emory on its path to net neutrality by 2050.
FY2021 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory Full Report, , , , , Documents & ReportsEmory regularly evaluates its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, or carbon footprint, in order to monitor its efforts to reduce emissions to net-zero by 2050 through strategies that entail targeted mitigation, behavior change, clean and renewable energy sources, and new innovations. GHG emissions reporting began in FY10, with 2005 as the original baseline year, and subsequent inventories have been conducted in 2013, 2014, 2016, 2019, and 2021.
Green Labs Certification Checklist, , , , , , FormsLearn what sustainable actions your lab can adopt, and tell us what you’re already doing, by filling out the Green Labs at Emory Checklist and consulting the companion Green Labs at Emory Guidance Document.
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.
Green Offices at Emory Certification Checklist, , , , , , , , FormsThis document is only for your reference. Please fill out the Green Office checklist on Microsoft Forms.
Healthcare Greenhouse Gas Report, Documents & ReportsIf the global healthcare sector were a country, it would be the fifth-largest greenhouse gas emitter on the planet, a new international report shows. This is one of the major findings from the 48-page report by the nongovernmental organization Health Care Without Harm in collaboration with technical advisor Arup.
Healthcare Sustainability: Why We CareDocuments & ReportsEmory University values sustainability in our Healthcare. Use this document to see our goals, accomplishments, and rationals.
State of Sustainability in Emory HealthcareDocuments & ReportsEmory Healthcare sustainability goals and accomplishments as of January 2018
Sustainable Healthcare at Emory University by Lauren BalotinDocuments & ReportsLearn about initiatives within Emory Healthcare to address sustainability concerns, including waste reduction, energy & water conservation, sustainable hospital food, and the Sustainability in Health Sciences Task Force. [Keywords: sustainable healthcare at Emory, hospital recycling, hospital food]
Zero Waste Ambassadors Charge Fall 2022- Spring 2023Documents & 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.