I am a Hospital Visitor

Patients and visitors to Emory’s many healthcare facilities benefit from efforts to make indoor environments healthier and better situated to utilize resources wisely. Check out what we are doing to support the health and wellbeing of everyone – patients, visitors and staff – at all Emory healthcare facilities.



  • Recycle your cans and bottles at Emory Hospital cafes and help us achieve zero landfill waste. Look for the following diagram at the Clifton and Asbury Cafes’ waste stations: 
  • Use the green and blue bins located outside of many of our facilities. Put food in the green compost bins and everything else in the blue recycle bins. 
  • Enjoy locally and sustainably sourced food in cafes and coffee shops around Emory’s campus.
  • Visit Emory’s Farmers Market to learn about sustainable food choices and pick up some locally grown food.
  • Stop by one of our educational gardens and see what Emory is doing to bring sustainable food options to our community.


Helpful Documents and Links for Hospital Visitors

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 Sustainability Vision and Strategic Plan for 2015-2025Documents & ReportsOur vision for Emory is to be a model of transformative practices and sustainable choices at every level. From the copy room to the operating room, from the class room to the residence hall—among academic units, healthcare units, and operational units—Emory will more deeply engage the challenges of sustainability and expand our leadership in higher education.
Health Benefits of Eating Sustainably Info, Documents & ReportsAccording to Wang and Brownell at Yale, “animals are adept at regulating a very steady body weight until they are placed in a situation in which palatable, high-fat, high-sugar food is consistently accessible to them. Under these conditions, laboratory animals overeat and become far heavier than their normal body weight, even when nutritionally balanced food is available.”
Healthcare Sustainability: Why We CareDocuments & Reports
Idling Reduction Policy, Documents & ReportsAs part of Emory's Sustainability Initiatives, we have developed an idling reduction policy for Emory University that provides operating guidelines for Emory University vehicles and all service and delivery vehicles and freight carriers operating on Emory University property.
Nutrient Content and Sustainable Food Info, , Documents & ReportsThere are a variety of reasons that people choose sustainably produced foods over conventional foods. Though organic foods are just one category of foods under the sustainability umbrella, a 2006 survey by the consumer research firm, Hartman Group, found that health reasons and nutritional needs are primary reasons that consumers choose to buy organic foods, but consumers also want to avoid pesticides, chemicals, antibiotics and genetically modified organisms.
State of Sustainability in Emory Healthcare
Sustainable Healthcare at Emory University by Lauren BalotinDocuments & ReportsJames Wagner, who served as Emory University’s president from 2003 until 2016, recounts that during his time as president, he witnessed Emory accept sustainability as one of its core values: "The agenda that presented itself was... to move [sustainability] from sort of a moral preference to a moral obligation—that is, to incorporate sustainability as one of the principles of the university… That was one of the accomplishments that I hope sticks around—moving sustainability from an aspiration to a commitment, if you will."