Safely and healthfully connecting Emory to the community

In the Atlanta metropolitan region, access to reliable transportation can impact people’s connections to jobs, their economic mobility, their personal health and their overall quality of life. Sustainable commuting can be a safer and healthier way to move around. 

So Far

  • 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 car-sharing program for Emory students, faculty and staff encourage sustainable travel options.


  • About 50 percent of Emory’s employees use sustainable commuting, rather than travel alone in a car.
  • Emory students, faculty and staff, as well as community mobility experts, are developing a comprehensive plan for trail networks connecting Emory’s main campus to existing and planned trails near campus.
  • Emory’s Transportation & Parking Services is piloting a program to offer public transportation passes to enrolled graduate students who commute to Emory by walking, biking, or carpooling.


of students commute using a more sustainable mode


of students report increased sustainable behaviors while at Emory


decrease in GHG emissions from faculty & staff commuting from a 2005 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.