The largest source of greenhouse gas pollution in the United States are coal-fired power plants, with the largest emitting plant located in Georgia. Because of the public health and climate impacts of fossil fuel use, Emory’s 2025 Sustainability Vision focuses on energy efficiency and the increased use of renewable energy to mitigate climate change and improve air quality. Achieving this goal will require everyone – from administrators investing in energy efficient systems to individuals changing their habits by turning off lights and computers-to commit to reducing our collective energy footprint.
- By 2015, Emory exceeded its goal of reducing energy use by 25 percent per square foot from 2005 levels. This reduction translates into positive public health and social justice outcomes while avoiding more than $25 million in energy costs.
- Solar power is on the rise at Emory, with solar panels on the roofs of the 1762 Clifton Road and the North Decatur Road buildings. There are also solar panels at the WaterHub, four solar charging stations on campus, and a small array next to the Few/Evans Residence Halls.
- Emory operates a 1mW combined heat and power (co-generation) system in its steam plant.
Emory’s 2025 Vision goal is to reduce energy use per square foot by 50% in University buildings and 25% in Healthcare buildings. This graph shows progress toward the University goal in buildings on the Druid Hills and Oxford campuses.
- Emory University and Emory Healthcare participate in the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge, a national competition to reduce energy and water consumption by 20 percent by 2020. Each year, Emory buildings are recognized as Top Performers.
- A temperature control policy and weekend, evening, and holiday building shutdowns decrease energy consumed to heat and cool Emory’s buildings, which are Emory’s largest stationary source of energy use.
- Every October, all buildings on campus compete in the annual Energy Competition to reduce the most energy throughout the month.
Tracking Our Progress
Emory’s per-square-foot energy use decreased over 16 percent between 2005 and 2015. Excluding the energy intensive Healthcare buildings boosts that reduction to over 25 percent. You can track the real-time energy usage for 23 of our buildings.