Creating a healthy and engaged community

At Emory, sustainable living extends beyond implementing sustainable practices and using sustainable resources. Wellbeing initiatives recognize the intrinsic worth of all members of this community and provide programs that support the long-term health of students, faculty, and staff.

Emory is committed to creating a healthy living community in which members have access to recreational, nutritional, and fitness resources, feel a sense of connection to this space, are treated equitably, and are engaged in projects that lead to sustainable development in the greater Atlanta region.

So Far

  • Emory’s faculty, through the Emory as Place curriculum, has committed to helping students feel connected to the physical community on campus and engage with ethical, spiritual, and intellectual approaches to sustainability and environmental development.
  • Members of the Emory community can participate in the Healthy Emory initiative that engages and supports healthy physical lifestyles for individuals through programs focused on recreation, nutrition, and fitness.
  • The Student Health and Counseling Services Department and the Faculty Staff Assistance Program offer counseling, referral, and wellbeing services to all students, staff, and faculty.
  • Emory University is one of the founding leaders of RCE Greater Atlanta. The Regional Centres of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development is a regional sustainability network associated with the United Nations, committed to implementing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals at the local level.



buildings built/renovated to LEED standards


of all employees receive a living wage


of on-site contracted employees receive a living wage


Emory is committed to creating sustainable, healthy, and equitable practices for the students, staff, faculty, and place of Emory University. By 2025:

  • Support and extend efforts for social equity and economic opportunity; connect sustainability strategic goals with recommendations of Class and Diversity Committee to enhance access for all students and staff, regardless of means, to the full benefits of the Emory experience.
  • Work with local municipalities and partners to develop a resilience assessment and plan for the greater Emory community that addresses health, personal well-being, and climate adaption practices.

Additional Resources

  • There will be regular meditation events at Emory School of Medicine and Cannon Chapel this year.
    • Cannon Chapel Meditation:
      • Wednesdays, 5-6pm Compassion Meditation (room 106 – basement level)
      • Thursdays, 6-7:30pm Buddhist Meditation (Sanctuary during school year, room 106 during summer)
  • The Faculty Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) has a wealth of wellbeing-focused resources.
    • FSAP seeks to put Wellness Champions in departments across Emory, who act as ambassadors for Emory Health & Wellness and other Healthy Emory programs.
    • Wellness Matters is FSAP’s wellbeing-focused publication that is sent out to email subscribers once a month.
    • 3 of FSAP’s staff members are specifically trained in wellness practice and study.
    • FSAP also has grief support and counseling for individuals and families.