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Emory joins Race to Zero, Climate Leadership Network to reduce carbon emissions

By Kelundra Smith On behalf of Emory University, President Gregory L. Fenves has joined Race to Zero, a coalition of educational institutions devoted to achieving zero carbon emissions. He also signed the Second Nature Climate Leadership Network presidents’ climate leadership commitment, joining 450 other institutions that have agreed to take actionable and trackable steps toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions. … Continue Reading →

Emory Farmers Market, Start:ME give microbusinesses a place to thrive

By Kelundra Smith On a breezy afternoon, long lines spill out from McDonough Plaza. The smell of fresh food wafts through the air, tempting the palates of passersby. The Emory Farmers Market is in full swing, offering everyone the chance to taste dishes from Cuba to Syria — all while supporting local businesses. Emory Farmers … Continue Reading →

Campus gardens feed, educate and nourish the Emory community

By Raven Crosby, General Sustainability & Gardens Intern, Office of Sustainability Initiatives Tucked into different corners of Emory’s Atlanta campus are eight small communal gardens overflowing with produce, herbs and flowers. Operated by the Office of Sustainability Initiatives (OSI), these inconspicuous parcels are home to the Emory Educational Garden Project, an initiative that makes small-scale … Continue Reading →

Drifting Through the Plastics Crisis: Plastics and Environmental Justice

By Nithya Narayanaswamy, rising junior at Emory College and Co-Founder of Plastic Free Emory. “Do you ever feel, like a plastic bag,  Drifting through the wind,  Wanting to start again?”   If you sang those Katy Perry lyrics in your head, congratulations. While you most certainly are a firework, baby, you are probably also an … Continue Reading →

Pollinator Protection Week 2021 – Ways to Help Pollinators!

In our last post, we focused on the different threats facing pollinators. Today, we’re featuring some easy ways for you to get involved in pollinator conservation at home or in your local green spaces. Reducing pesticide use Pesticides work to target and kill unwanted or invasive species, but the application of these chemicals can severely … Continue Reading →

Emory signs ‘Break Free From Plastic’ pledge

President Gregory L. Fenves met with leaders of the student-led initiative Plastic Free Emory Project on June 15 and signed the “Break Free from Plastic Pledge,” which outlines a five-year plan for reducing unnecessary single-use plastics on Emory’s Atlanta and Oxford campuses. By 2026, Emory University and Oxford College pledge to: Establish a Plastic Free Task Force … Continue Reading →

Oxford College’s Green Pioneers, Steve Baker and Eloise Carter, Retiring

By: Rachel Musetti, General Sustainability Intern When OSI became aware of the impending retirement of Dr. Baker and Dr. Carter, we found it impossible not to reflect on their impressive sustainability legacies. Dr. Baker and Dr. Carter led both Oxford College and Emory University to champion sustainability efforts in the southeastern United States, largely due … Continue Reading →

Emory Sustainability Virtual Celebration Recap & Video Segments

As a part of Emory’s Earth Month, the Office of Sustainability Initiatives hosted the Emory Sustainability Virtual Celebration on Friday, April 23. Over 70 of you joined to celebrate major accomplishments from the past 15 years, Lifetime Achievement Award and Sustainability Innovator Award winners, work of student sustainability leaders and much more. Couldn’t make it? … Continue Reading →

Zero Waste Ambassador Blog: My Changed Perceptions on Waste

My Changed Perceptions on Waste By: Layth Mattar, Senior in Emory College, Arabic and Biology double-major  Emory, and its community, has been an extremely impactful part of the last four years of my life. It has changed my understanding on a variety of subjects ranging from science to society. I feel like something all undergraduates … Continue Reading →