Green Offices at Emory

Encouraging sustainable work spaces

Green Offices Highlights

Emory’s sustainability goals rely on the commitment of its thousand of employees to choose sustainable behaviors while at work and getting around campus. Green Offices at Emory is a voluntary program designed to assist employees in improving the sustainability of Emory’s work spaces.

The program focuses on energy and water efficiency and conservation, recycling and waste reduction, procurement, sustainable events, a safe and healthy work environment, and creating a culture of office sustainability.

Green Offices at Emory launched campus-wide in 2016 and advances Emory toward key sustainability goals including eliminating bottled water from events by 2025, exclusive use of zero landfill waste caterers, and reducing the total university campus energy use by 25 percent.

Green Offices Benefits

  • Candler School of Theology converted six existing water fountains to bottle filling stations to assist in the transition away from plastic disposable water bottles at Candler events.
  • Miller-Ward Alumni House saves energy with motion sensor lighting in public restrooms and reduces waste with a rechargeable battery system for the public A/V equipment and the busy alumni photographer’s camera.
  • Student Digital Life improved recycling and composting equipment to complete a comprehensive Cox Hall landfill diversion program begun in January 2016.

How It Works

Step 1: Learn what sustainable actions your office can adopt, and tell us what you’re already doing, by filling out the Green Offices at Emory Checklist and consulting the companion Green Offices at Emory Guidance Document.

Step 2: Take Action by submitting the checklist and receiving a certification level. Detailed instructions are on the checklist.

Step 3: Earn Recognition for taking action to make more sustainable choices in your office. The Green Offices at Emory Team will review your checklist and award your office with a certification level. Certified offices receive recognition and visible office signage to display.

Step 4: Apply for funding to implement the actions on your checklist and new innovations by submitting a Green Office Incentives Fund Application. The 2021-2022 applications are OPEN and due by 8am EST on Monday, September 27, 2021. Access the current application here!

Learn more about ways to receive funding through OSI.


Sustainable Events, Green Offices, and Green Labs certified in 2020


awarded in FY 2021 for Green Office small grants