Transport accounts for roughly 14 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions. As transport is a function of economic growth, the city of Atlanta and Emory are committed to reducing emissions through investment in and implementation of sustainable transportation solutions.
- In 2005, Emory created the Cliff Shuttle system, which transports around 3 million riders annually to and from Emory facilities for free. The shuttles run on a B5 biofuel blend made from campus and hospital used cooking oils.
- Emory developed a robust commute options program that offers resources and incentives to employees who commute by walking, biking, carpooling, vanpooling and public transit.
- Electric vehicle charging stations and a CarShare program for Emory students, faculty and staff encourage sustainable travel options.
- Emory supports a bicycling culture for those who cycle to work and around campus, offering a bike rental program, staff and student bicycling social groups, and a free bike repair shop on campus.
- In 2019, Emory’s Transportation and Parking Services installed a new electric vehicle charging station on main campus. Since its installation, the unit has contributed to a 17% increase in GHG emissions savings.
- A multi-stakeholder plan for trail networks connecting Emory’s Druid Hills campus to nearby existing and planned trails was developed in 2018. PATH and Emory recently installed the newest section of the PATH that now links the South Peachtree Creek Trail to Emory’s Clairmont Campus, forking on the other side to continue along both N. Druid Hills Rd. and Haygood Dr.
- Emory’s Clairmont Campus with a scenic, off-road trail system that brings users safely under Clairmont Road to the Mason Mill Park community.
- Emory’s Transportation & Parking Services oversees the Clifton Corridor Transportation Management Association (CCTMA), which partners with Georgia Commute Options to offer programs and incentives that help to make commutes easier and more sustainable.
- Emory is currently constructing two new multi-use bicycle and pedestrian pathways that will link the South Peachtree Creek PATH trail system to the heart of campus. These paths will help users avoid traffic and replace existing sidewalks with wider, dual-direction paths.
- LED lighting retrofits on 8 parking decks have saved a cumulative $853,000 and 12,400,000 kWh.
- Emory’s fleet of vehicles includes 145 fully electric vehicles.
- 52.8% of Emory students use sustainable transportation options as their primary mode of transportation.
- Emory’s FY2019 emissions inventory report outlining these emissions declines and others can be viewed here.
decrease in GHG emissions from faculty, staff, and student commuting from a 2010 baseline
Emory will continue to support commuting and traveling more sustainably in order to reduce traffic, improve air quality and human health, and reduce the emission of greenhouse gases. Emory’s 2025 Sustainability Vision commits Emory to:
- Support flexible workdays so that all non-essential personnel are expected to telecommute at least one day per week by 2020.
- Improve air quality through enforcement of Emory’s No Idling Policy and other pollution prevention actions.
- Shift Emory University and Emory Healthcare vehicle fleets to meet national sustainable fleet certification standards.
- Extend incentives for sustainable commuting to students and expand bike shares and the Cliff Shuttle.
- Establish a carbon-reduction program that allows carbon emissions from Emory-purchased air travel to be offset by investments in a sustainability revolving fund or similar mechanism.