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SMARTER WATER: In just five years, Emory’s WaterHub has reclaimed and recycled more than 300 million gallons of campus wastewater—and captured interest across the globe.

Every day, colonies of ravenous microorganisms—dwelling within the dense root systems of hydroponically grown plants—help clean and repurpose nearly 400,000 gallons of campus wastewater for non-potable uses. These colonies are just one of the complex biological processes that make up Emory’s cutting-edge WaterHub. Five years ago, the WaterHub became the first facility of its kind … Continue Reading →

Emory’s Sustainability Innovator Awards honor students, faculty and staff

Since 2007, the Office of Sustainability Initiatives has recognized sustainability champions of Emory University and Emory Healthcare by celebrating their inspiring and committed work with the Robert S. Hascall Sustainability Innovator Awards and Outstanding Sustainability Representative Award. These awards are given to students, faculty and staff who employ research, academics, engagement and leadership to foster sustainability in the … Continue Reading →

Celebrate Earth Day — even while sheltering in place

By: Jewel Wicker, For the AJC | April 14, 2020 Many organizations, both local and national, were planning large events to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22, but the current COVID-19 pandemic has halted those plans and confined most people to their neighborhoods. Still, there are plenty of ways that people … Continue Reading →

Join in Emory’s Virtual Earth Month

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day — a day when the world takes a moment to reflect on our environmental impact and the action needed to protect human and planetary health. Established in 1970 and inspired by a proposal from Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson, the first earth day coordinated nation-wide local marches, … Continue Reading →

Emory receives Department of Energy’s Accelerating Smart Labs Award for Program Development and Implementation

By Jamie Lutz, OSI Intern According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), a typical laboratory is 3-to-4 times more energy intensive than an average commercial building and can account for up to 70% of a campus’s energy footprint. This presents huge potential for energy reduction strategies in lab spaces on campus. In order to … Continue Reading →

After 5 years, Emory WaterHub a model for water reuse

By: Nedra Rhone, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution | March 11, 2020 In 2018, when a water main break left more than 700,000 DeKalb residents under a boil water advisory, the WaterHub at Emory University became a lifeline for the school. During the three days that county residents were forced to survive without potable water, the WaterHub … Continue Reading →

Site preparations begin on new R. Randall Rollins Building

Emory Report | March 4, 2020 Construction will begin this month on the R. Randall Rollins Building, a 10-story facility that will significantly expand Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health complex, providing new space for state-of-the-art learning, training and conference opportunities for faculty, researchers and students. Plans for the new building were revealed last spring, … Continue Reading →

R. Randall Rollins Building Project Information

Tree removal and construction of the R. Randall Rollins building is slated to start on Friday, March 6th, and the ground breaking for the building is set for Thursday, March 26. Information about the building can be found in these slides and in this recording of the presentation from the Rollins School of Public Health, as well as … Continue Reading →

Annual recycling competition diverts almost 400 tons of waste from landfills

Emory Report | Feb. 12, 2020 Each year Emory Recycles and the Office of Sustainability Initiatives hold a recycling competition to determine which university building has the greatest increase in waste diverted from landfills (by weight) for the month of November compared to volumes of the previous November. The building winner for the 2019 competition … Continue Reading →

November Recycling Competition Results

Congratulations to Candler School of Theology/Rita Ann Rollins & Pitts Library, the winner of the University-wide November Recycling Competition! They diverted 37,388.24 lbs more during the month of November 2019 than they did in November 2018! See the list of the top-10 performing buildings below. This annual competition, held by Emory Recycles and the Office of … Continue Reading →