Take a closer look at our sustainability efforts

Emory is committed to serving as a catalyst for sustainability in our immediate community, the region and beyond. Through our sustainability initiatives on campus, we hope to set an example for an ethical approach to creating healthy and productive places to live, learn and work. Learn more about Emory's sustainability efforts.

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“Going Into a Place of Beauty:” Forest Preservation and Restoration at Emory by Whitney EastonDocuments & ReportsCurrent or Prospective Students, University Faculty and Staff, University VisitorsCampus forests play a vital role in regional ecosystems, positively mitigate the poor air quality in Atlanta, and offer outdoor respite to the community at large. It is vital in the process of creating a sustainable model for forest preservation and restoration on-campus that past attempts—triumphs and failures, champions and curmudgeons, supports and roadblocks—are documented and given full consideration in the process of negotiation and planning.
2019 Annual Energy & Utilities Report, Documents & ReportsCurrent or Prospective Students, University Faculty and Staff, University VisitorsIn 2019, Emory continued to make progress on its 2025 Sustainability Vision goals to reduce energy use per square foot (EUI) by 50 percent and overall energy consumption by 25 percent by 2025. From a 2015 baseline, in 2019 Emory achieved an EUI reduction of 9.4% and a total energy use reduction of 8.7%. Emory also aims to reduce potable water consumption by 50% by 2025 and has made great progress through the five years utilizing the WaterHub to replace potable water in utilities systems with reclaimed water. Emory is committed to self-generating 10% of energy needed on campus, and currently has installed over 1.36MW of solar and co-generation. The 2025 total energy use reduction goal of 25% challenges Emory to reduce energy consumption while also meeting its current building expansion plans. The design and construction standards for new buildings, with a LEED Silver minimum requirement, have contributed to the EUI goal to date. In addition to energy efficiency in new construction, renovations, recommissioning, LED lighting upgrades, Emory’s Sustainability Revolving Loan Fund projects, and participation in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Smart Labs Accelerator program have all pushed Emory forward toward our ambitious goals.
2020-2021 General Sustainability & Social Justice Incentives Fund ApplicationDocuments & ReportsCurrent or Prospective Students, Healthcare Staff, University Faculty and StaffThe Office of Sustainability Initiatives provides Incentives Funds to support research, campus-based projects, and the development of new rituals to promote sustainability on Emory’s campuses. Creative proposals are welcomed that seek new knowledge, support new behavior patterns, and foster cultural change. Faculty, staff and students from Emory University, Oxford College and Emory Healthcare are eligible to apply. Projects that are centered on the social justice facets of sustainability or highlight the social justice impacts of their project or research are encouraged to apply.
2020-2021 Green Lab Incentives Fund Application, , , , , , , , FormsHealthcare Staff, University Faculty and StaffThe Green Lab Incentives Fund supports laboratories participating in the Green Labs at Emory Program by making funds available for implementing sustainable processes and procedures in Emory’s laboratories. Creative proposals are welcomed for initiatives that seek new knowledge, support new behavior patterns, and make sustainable practices feasible. Grants may be awarded up to $5,000.
2020-2021 Green Office Incentives Fund Application, , , , , , , , , , FormsHealthcare Staff, University Faculty and StaffThe Green Office Incentives Fund supports workspaces participating in the Green Offices at Emory Program by funding sustainable processes and procedures in Emory’s workspaces. Creative proposals are welcomed for initiatives that seek new knowledge, support new behavior patterns, and make sustainable practices feasible. Grants may be awarded up to $5,000. Submit this application to greenoffices@emory.edu by September 29, 2020 to be considered for a Green Office grant.
A Report on the Status of Forested Land of Emory University, , Documents & ReportsCurrent or Prospective Students, University Faculty and Staff, University VisitorsThe forests of Emory University include unique, near-pristine hardwood forests with rare and diverse species, mature hardwood forests affected by some degree of human alteration, and relatively common second-growth pine stands. The objective of this report is to provide information about the location and status of natural forests on Emory University property.
Animal Welfare and Factory Farms Info, , , Documents & ReportsCurrent or Prospective Students, University Faculty and Staff, University VisitorsAlthough animal welfare is both a scientific and an ethical issu Emory’s commitment to sustainability supports the Five Freedoms regarding animal welfare. In this memo, Emory discusses sustainable farming.
Atlanta Better Building Challenge (ABBC) Participants, Documents & ReportsCurrent or Prospective Students, University Faculty and StaffThe Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge aims to support the Department of Energy’s goal of helping businesses save money while investing in green energy. See Emory's list of participants of the Better Building Challenge
Biohazard Decontamination form, FormsUniversity Faculty and StaffWithout this certification as proof of decontamination, the Department of Transportation can fine you (the customer), the transportation company, as well as Thermo Fisher Scientific for transporting medical waste without proper documentation.
Campus Pollinator Protection Campaign, Documents & ReportsCurrent or Prospective Students, University Faculty and Staff, University VisitorsEmory's campaign and commitment to protecting pollinators.
Candler School of Theology Climate Action PlanDocuments & ReportsCurrent or Prospective Students, University Faculty and Staff, University VisitorsThe Candler Climate Action Plan includes some of the ways in which the Candler community has committed to strive for ecological justice. Many of these measures are already in place, and others are new initiatives that we will work toward in the coming year and in the long term.
Carbon, Climate, and Co-Generation: A History of Emory University’s Energy and Climate Commitments by Katelyn BoisvertDocuments & ReportsUniversity Faculty and Staff, University VisitorsEnergy is very important on a college campus, and Emory is no exception. As Georgia Power’s sixth largest customer, Emory uses a lot of energy to power classrooms, residence halls, and chiller and steam plants, along with other aspects of campus. Emory is making great strides, however, toward energy conservation and reduction.
Catering Guidelines for Sustainable Food, , GuidesCurrent or Prospective Students, Healthcare Staff, University Faculty and StaffTwo-page summary providing suggestions for more sustainable catering options.
Choosing Local Food Info, , , Documents & ReportsCurrent or Prospective Students, University Faculty and Staff, University VisitorsThe purchase and consumption of local food has numerous benefits. However, the production of local food does not necessarily include sustainable farming practices or ethical treatment of farmworkers. Local food is not automatically fresher or better for the environment. Emory has defined "local" in two tiers to meet our sustainable food initiative goals for purchasing.
Climate Action Plan for Emory College of Arts and Sciences, , , , , Documents & ReportsCurrent or Prospective Students, University Faculty and Staff, University VisitorsAt the request of the Office of the Provost, Emory College convened a committee of faculty, staff, and students to create a Climate Action Plan for the College, in order to ensure that the College plays its role in supporting the University’s bold goal of reducing total carbon emissions by 20% by 2020, and by 50% by 2050.
Climate Action Plan for Emory School of LawDocuments & ReportsUniversity Faculty and Staff, University VisitorsDean Robert Schapiro of Emory Law School convened a Climate Action Plan Committee comprised of students, faculty, and staff) to develop a Climate Action Plan for the law school and law library, setting forth specific steps to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and enhance curricular and co-curricular education around issues related to climate change and environmental protection.
Climate Action Plan for Emory University Rollins School of Public HealthDocuments & ReportsUniversity Faculty and StaffThrough coursework for degree credit, student organizations focused on the environment, special events, and continued efforts to operate the School with sustainability goals in mind, the RSPH demonstrates that commitment to sustainability can be an integral part of our overall strategic plan.
Climate Action Plan for Goizueta Business School, , , , , Documents & ReportsCurrent or Prospective Students, University Faculty and Staff, University VisitorsGoizueta's plans for a more sustainable campus through education, construction, and reduction.
Climate Action Plan for Laney Graduate School, , , , Documents & ReportsCurrent or Prospective Students, University Faculty and Staff, University VisitorsThe LGS has identified four main areas to encourage and support sustainability efforts: Event Policies, Education and Awareness, Transportation-Related Energy Use; and Building Efforts.
Climate Action Plan for Oxford College of Emory UniversityDocuments & ReportsCurrent or Prospective Students, University Faculty and Staff, University VisitorsAs one of nine academic units of Emory University, Oxford College has been tasked with identifying specific strategies to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions in the categories of sustainable building and construction, energy, water, transportation, waste management, food, procurement, academic programs, and individual action.
Climate Action Plan for School of MedicineDocuments & ReportsCurrent or Prospective Students, University Faculty and Staff, University VisitorsThe School of Medicine drafted a plan with specific actions to assist in implementation of the University Climate Action Plan (CAP), which sets forth the following goals from a 2005 baseline: By 2020: 20% reduction in total emissions, 35% reduction per square foot By 2036: 36% reduction in total emissions, 50% reduction per square foot By 2050: 50% reduction in total emissions, 85% reduction per square foot
Climate Action Plan for the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of NursingDocuments & ReportsCurrent or Prospective Students, University Faculty and Staff, University VisitorsOur mandate to improve global health obliges us to address global climate change and the concomitant threats to human health. It is incumbent upon us to encourage and indeed demand green practices and energy efficiency in all clinics and hospitals, school buildings and labs.
Constructing a Movement, One Building at a Time: The History of Green Buildings at Emory University by Micah HahnDocuments & ReportsUniversity Faculty and Staff, University VisitorsAn analysis of sustainability movements across U.S. university campuses identified the common thread of the 3 Cs of social movements: catalyst, consensus, and commitment (Barlett and Chase 2004). Although each of the Cs came at a different point in the sustainability movement and originated from a different source at each university, the general trend was the same across all campuses. For example, at Illinois Wesleyan University, the sustainability movement began with a student petitioning for recycling bins on campus and was bolstered by the addition of an Environmental Sciences faculty hire and a conference on curriculum development.
Courses Approved for the Sustainability Minor – Spring 2018Documents & ReportsCurrent or Prospective StudentsCourses Approved for the Sustainability Minor – Spring 2018
Eating Sustainably, , Documents & ReportsCurrent or Prospective Students, University Faculty and StaffDefinitions of sustainability often refer to aspects of enduring environmental, social and economic well being. While the notion of sustainable food has evolved over time and continues to change with new evidence, there is a consensus that sustainable agriculture must be ecologically sound, economically viable, and socially responsible.
Electronic Waste RecyclingDocuments & ReportsCurrent or Prospective Students, University Faculty and StaffLearn how to properly recycle electronics at the Emory Library rather than throwing them into the landfill.
Emory community makes progress on ‘zero landfill waste’ goalDocuments & ReportsCurrent or Prospective Students, University Faculty and Staff, University VisitorsEmory makes significant progress on their goal to divert 95 percent of campus waste from municipal landfills by 2025. In 2018, Emory’s campus diverted 70 percent of its waste from landfills, an increase from 59 percent diverted during 2017, before implementation of the 2018 Waste Management Policy.
Emory Greenhouse Gas Emissions InventoryDocuments & ReportsCurrent or Prospective Students, University Faculty and Staff, University VisitorsTo maintain biannual reporting of Emory’s GHG emissions, this summary analyzes an inventory for the Fiscal Year 2014. Calculations for the inventory data are completed using regional fuel mix emissions factors rather than the national factors.
Emory Healthcare Sustainability Council Mission & GoalsDocuments & ReportsHealthcare Staff, Hospital VisitorsThe Emory Healthcare Sustainability Council was established in September 2009 (formerly the Sustainability in Health Sciences Task Force) to develop a set of recommendations to guide senior administrators in setting goals and year-to-year strategies that will improve current practices or implement new best practices in sustainability for the Woodruff Health Sciences Center.
Emory PATH construction beginsDocuments & ReportsCurrent or Prospective Students, University Faculty and Staff, University VisitorsConstruction has begun on two new bicycle-pedestrian pathways that will eventually link the South Peachtree Creek PATH trail system to the heart of the Druid Hills campus, as an ongoing collaboration between Emory and the Atlanta PATH Foundation.
Emory Sustainability Vision and Strategic Plan for 2015-2025Documents & ReportsHealthcare Staff, Hospital Visitors, University Faculty and Staff, University VisitorsOur vision for Emory is to be a model of transformative practices and sustainable choices at every level. From the copy room to the operating room, from the class room to the residence hall—among academic units, healthcare units, and operational units—Emory will more deeply engage the challenges of sustainability and expand our leadership in higher education.
Emory University 2018 Waste Policy FAQsDocuments & Reports, GuidesCurrent or Prospective Students, University Faculty and Staff, University VisitorsThe Emory Waste Policy was developed by Emory’s Waste Think Thank, made up of experts in a variety of Emory departments, and is supported by the President’s Leadership Council, the University Senate, and unit Deans. The policy is being jointly implemented by Campus Services and the Office of Sustainability Initiatives.
Emory University Climate Action PlanDocuments & ReportsCurrent or Prospective Students, Healthcare Staff, University Faculty and StaffClimate change is perhaps the greatest challenge to confront humanity in our lifetime, with the well-being of billions of people at risk. Emory University created a climate action plan adopted in 2011 to guide the University toward carbon reduction goals.
Emory University STARS ReportDocuments & ReportsCurrent or Prospective Students, University Faculty and Staff, University VisitorsThe Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS®) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to gauge relative progress toward sustainability. STARS was developed by AASHE with broad participation from the higher education community.
Emory University Waste Management PolicyDocuments & ReportsUniversity Faculty and Staff, University VisitorsEmory’s vision is to be a model of transformative practices and sustainable choices at every level. Given Emory University’s 2025 Sustainability Vision and commitment to divert 95% of its waste from municipal landfills, this University-wide policy establishes those infrastructure and behavioral changes necessary to achieve this goal.
Emory’s Sustainable Food Initiative, Documents & ReportsCurrent or Prospective Students, University Faculty and StaffA comprehensive history of Emory's Sustainable Food Committee and its efforts, including purchasing for Emory Dining and Emory Hospitals, the Farmers Market, Food Fair, Educational Garden Project, the Oxford Organic Farm, and many other initiatives.
Emory’s History of Waste Diversion and Recycling by Amelia HowellDocuments & ReportsUniversity Faculty and Staff, University VisitorsThe beginning of recycling at Emory started with a single white paper recycling bin introduced in the Woodruff Library in 1989, and the recycling program at Emory has since spread across campus and now incorporates mixed paper, aluminum, plastic, cardboard, metal, glass, construction waste, batteries, light bulbs, and composting for food waste.
Emory’s Student Employee of the Year 2018: Kryn Dykema, Documents & ReportsUniversity Faculty and StaffKryn Dykema, an OSI Climate & Energy Intern, was selected as the 2018 Student Employee of the Year.
Emory’s Student Employee of the Year: Congratulations to Kristen KaufmanDocuments & ReportsUniversity Faculty and StaffKristen Kaufman, OSI Zero Waste Intern, was selected as the 2019 Student Employee of the Year.
Energy and Food Production Info, , , Documents & ReportsCurrent or Prospective Students, University Faculty and Staff, University VisitorsThe American food supply is driven almost entirely by non-renewable energy sources and accounts for approximately 19% of the total use of fossil fuels in the United States.
Energy Building Use 2015-2017, Documents & ReportsUniversity Faculty and StaffEvery October, the Emory community works to reduce energy use in all campus buildings. See building energy usage for the years 2015-2017
Faculty & Staff Dobbs Common Table Meal Plans for FY20University Faculty and StaffThe opening of the Emory Student Center in Spring 2019 has created a variety of new amenities and services for the entire Emory community, including an emporium/convenience store, coffee shop, and numerous meeting rooms and spaces. Detailed information on the faculty and staff meal plans is attached and includes enrollment information, hours of operation, and an overview of new menu offerings.
Fair Trade Info, Documents & ReportsThe Fair Trade labeling system aims to connect producers with consumers in a relationship that supports fair returns to farmers and local-level democracy, while responding to supply and demand. Fair Trade standards encourage sustainable farming practices, discourage the use of child labor, and increase the share of revenue that flows to farmers.
Food as Medicine_The Power of Plant-Based Nutrition_Dr. Sharon BergquistDr. Sharon Bergquist presented at the 2020 Sustainable Events Showcase on the power of plant-based medicine and the benefit of healthy diets for both people and the planet.
Food Choices and Environmental Impact Info, Documents & ReportsAll food is ultimately “solar powered” in that its availability can be traced back to living beings’ ability to make use of the sun’s energy. But whether a particular food is more closely or more distantly related to the sun’s energy can make an enormous difference in how the consumption of that food affects the environment.
Food Impact on Farm workers Info, , Documents & ReportsAs we seek to support a more sustainable farming system, the welfare of farm workers is an important component. We focus here on issues related to crop production including nursery and greenhouse workers in the United States, although those involved in animal production have similar issues.
Food, Foodshed, Soil, and Place Info, , Documents & ReportsEating locally, learning about traditional foods, and attending to the seasons are ways to become more conscious of food choices and their implications for the planet.
General Sustainability & Social Justice Incentives Fund Application, 2019-2020FormsHealthcare Staff, University Faculty and StaffThe Office of Sustainability Initiatives Incentives Funds support research, campus-based projects, and the development of new rituals to promote sustainability on Emory's campuses. Creative proposals are welcomed that seek new knowledge, support new behavior patterns, and foster cultural change. Faculty, staff, and students from Emory University and Emory Healthcare are eligible to apply. Projects that are centered on the social justice facets of sustainability or highlight the social justice impacts of their project or research are encouraged to apply. Applications are now open and will be accepted until September 30, 2018, after which a committee will review submissions in October.
Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), , , Documents & ReportsGenetically modified organisms (GMOs) are defined as organisms, with the exception of human beings, in which the genetic material has been directly manipulated in the lab
Genetically Modified Organisms Info, , Documents & ReportsGenetically modified organisms (GMOs) are defined as organisms, with the exception of human beings, in which the genetic material has been directly manipulated in the lab. Since 1996, when genetically engineered crops were first planted in the US, this technology has increased exponentially in the US with percent of acreage rising to 85% of corn, 88% of cotton, and 91% of soybean crops planted in 2009.
Grass-fed Livestock Info, , , Documents & ReportsThe sustainability of grass-fed versus conventionally raised livestock may be compared across three major domains.
Green Labs at Emory One-Pager, , , , , , , , , Documents & ReportsHealthcare Staff, University Faculty and StaffOpen and save or print this one-page information sheet about how to participate in the Green Labs at Emory program.
Green Labs Certification ChecklistFormsHealthcare Staff, University Faculty and StaffLearn what sustainable actions your lab can adopt, and tell us what you’re already doing, by filling out the Green Labs at Emory Checklist and consulting the companion Green Labs at Emory Guidance Document.
Green Labs Certification Guidance Document, , , , , , , , , GuidesHealthcare Staff, University Faculty and StaffConsulting this companion Green Labs at Emory Guidance Document when filling out your Green Labs Checklist for certification. This Guidance Document provides instruction for how to implement each action and justification for why each action is important.
Green Networking Night Guest DirectoryDocuments & ReportsEmory University is known annually to be one of the “greenest” universities in the country. Few schools offer an event of this scope for students to explore the environmental and sustainability career sector.
Green Offices at Emory Certification Checklist, , , , , , , , FormsHealthcare Staff, University Faculty and StaffUse this checklist to get certified through the Green Offices at Emory program.
Green Offices at Emory Certification Guidance Document, , , , , , , , , , GuidesHealthcare Staff, University Faculty and StaffUse this Guidance document as a resource when filling out your Green Offices at Emory checklist. It provides information on how to achieve each action and justification for why each action is important.
Green Offices at Emory Fact Sheet, , , , , , , , , , Documents & ReportsHealthcare Staff, University Faculty and Staff
Green Offices At Emory Guidance Document, , , , , FormsHealthcare Staff, University Faculty and StaffEnergy Efficiency, Conservation, Waste, Purchasing, Meetings & Events, Safe & Healthy Office Environments, Communications & Participation.
Greenspace at Emory: Finding the Balance by Orli HendlerDocuments & ReportsUniversity Faculty and Staff, University VisitorsWhen Henry Hornbostel designed the first campus plan for Emory University’s Atlanta campus in 1915, he envisioned a “campus in a forest” (Sustainability Visioning Committee 2016: 6). Today, Emory’s campus sprawls over 1,000 acres between the campuses in Atlanta and Oxford. About 56% of that land is forested area, much of it protected (Exterior Services Department 2016; Master Plan Steering Committee 2005).
Health Benefits of Eating Sustainably Info, Documents & ReportsHealthcare Staff, Hospital VisitorsAccording to Wang and Brownell at Yale, “animals are adept at regulating a very steady body weight until they are placed in a situation in which palatable, high-fat, high-sugar food is consistently accessible to them. Under these conditions, laboratory animals overeat and become far heavier than their normal body weight, even when nutritionally balanced food is available.”
Healthcare Sustainability: Why We CareDocuments & ReportsHealthcare Staff, Hospital Visitors
History of Sustainability at Emory-Alternative Transportation by Andrew M FooteDocuments & ReportsUniversity Faculty and Staff, University VisitorsWith an outstanding undergraduate college of arts and sciences, highly ranked professional schools, state of the art research facilities, and award winning employee programs, Emory University has emerged as a destination university and only looks to improve. More than 43,000 people visit the North Atlanta campus daily and many of those are irregular and unplanned visits due to the hospital located on campus. Yet being located in a populated and the hilly suburb of Atlanta, Emory has historically been faced with space limitations.
How to Plan a Sustainable Event_OSI 2020, Current or Prospective Students, Healthcare Staff, University Faculty and StaffThe Office of Sustainability Initiatives presented this at the 2020 Sustainable Events Symposium as a guide to planning sustainable events with plant-based catering.
How to Recycle and Compost at Emory UniversityVideosUniversity Faculty and Staff, University Visitors
Idling Reduction Policy, Documents & ReportsHospital Visitors, University Faculty and Staff, University VisitorsAs part of Emory's Sustainability Initiatives, we have developed an idling reduction policy for Emory University that provides operating guidelines for Emory University vehicles and all service and delivery vehicles and freight carriers operating on Emory University property.
Impact Report Community SectionEvery year, Emory evaluates its role and influence in the region, considering overall impact on the Emory and greater Atlanta community. In the most recent Impact Report, several of Emory's sustainability programs were highlighted, including zero landfill waste goals and the Piedmont Project.
Institutionalization of Change: A History of Emory University’s Office of Sustainability Initiatives by Kristen KaufmanDocuments & ReportsUniversity Faculty and Staff, University VisitorsAs planet Earth and its inhabitants face an increasingly uncertain and problematic future, a dialogue has evolved around the human actions that can either perpetuate or reverse patterns of unsustainability at various scales from the individual to the global. Large institutions have become important facilitators for positive change, as they often have multiple inner communities, functions, structures, and access to a numerous and diverse population of people. As places where new ideas can grow, institutions of higher education are no exception and share the responsibility of action and innovation in economic, social, and environmental sustainability.
Lab Recycling EquipmentDocuments & ReportsUniversity Faculty and StaffAttached is a placeholder document to outline how lab waste station equipment will be assigned to individual labs.
Lab Recycling Process MapA process map to help determine how to divert materials from landfills in Emory's research and teaching labs.
Lab Recycling Process MapDocuments & ReportsUniversity Faculty and StaffPlease consult the Lab Recycling Process Map for detailed information on how to sort laboratory waste. The attached Lab Recycling Process Map relays information on sorting waste for hazardous and regulated materials as well as for recyclable materials.
Lab Recycling SOPGuidance on how to recycle non-hazardous and non-regulated waste from Emory University research and teaching laboratories as a companion to the Emory University 2018 waste management policy.
Lab Recycling SOP_RSPH_5.16.19Documents & ReportsUniversity Faculty and StaffAttached is the final Lab Recycling SOP for Rollins School of Public Health, updated 5/16/19.
Lab Waste Policy Training – Service StaffGuidesUniversity Faculty and Staff
Lab Waste Policy Training SlidesGuidesUniversity Faculty and Staff
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Lullwater Comprehensive Management Plan, Documents & ReportsThe Lullwater preserve is a priceless resource for the Emory community. The forest and streams provide a living laboratory for students and faculty to participate in teaching and research.
New Garden Application Guide, GuidesHelpful guide to applying for a new Educational Garden Project as part of the Office of Sustainability Initiatives at Emory University.
New Student Sustainability GuideThis is a collection of resources for new students to quick learn about waste management, transportation, sustainable food, academic opportunities, engagement and much more.
November Building Recycling Competition Participating Buildings ListThe buildings in this list are included in Emory's November Building Recycling Competition. Occupants of these buildings are competing to divert the most waste this November as compared to the waste diverted last November.
Nutrient Content and Sustainable Food Info, , Documents & ReportsHospital VisitorsThere are a variety of reasons that people choose sustainably produced foods over conventional foods. Though organic foods are just one category of foods under the sustainability umbrella, a 2006 survey by the consumer research firm, Hartman Group, found that health reasons and nutritional needs are primary reasons that consumers choose to buy organic foods, but consumers also want to avoid pesticides, chemicals, antibiotics and genetically modified organisms.
Pesticides and Organic Foods Info, , Documents & ReportsAlthough pesticide levels in the U.S. food supply are generally below existing federal limits, scientists and regulators are still concerned about exposure, especially during pregnancy and early childhood. Many pesticides can be passed through the mother’s blood to the baby during pregnancy.
Pollinator Protection Policy & Contract Language, Documents & ReportsConcerned about the plight of bees and other pollinators, essential for two-thirds of the food crops we eat every day, Emory University developed a comprehensive pollinator protection campaign including the ban of a class of pesticides called neonicotinoids on its campus grounds. In August 2014, Emory University adopted a pollinator protection commitment to ensure neonicotinoids would not be used on university grounds and any plants pre-treated with these pesticides would not be planted. In addition, Emory committed to plant pollinator-friendly habitats on campus and conduct campus outreach and education.
Producer Guidelines for Food Suppliers, Documents & ReportsUniversity Faculty and StaffAs part of Emory University’s commitment to sustainability, it has established a goal that 75% of food served on campus be locally or sustainably grown by 2015. The Emory Sustainable Food Committee has clarified purchasing guidelines for local and sustainable definitions and goals. Here is a summary of the desired criteria.
Product Transformation Cycle of Cardboard at Emory
Product Transformation Cycle of Plastic at Emory
R. Randall Rollins Building Information Session Slides – February 2020, Documents & ReportsUniversity Faculty and StaffThese slides were presented on February 24, 2020 by the Rollins School of Public Health. The recording of the presentation can be viewed here: https://rsph.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=f7fd2afe-94cf-46e0-90cb-ab680160578c The OSI is not integrally involved in the siting and design of this building project. If you have questions about the project, please contact Dean Surbey, Erin Cahill and Julie McDaniel.
Recycling and Composting at Emory UniversityGuidesCurrent or Prospective Students, University Faculty and Staff, University VisitorsLandfills have negative social, economic, and environmental impacts on neighboring lowerincome, historically disadvantaged communities. Landfills contribute to greenhouse gas emissions and can leak harmful toxins into the surrounding environment. Learn about recycling and composting at Emory with this helpful brochure!
Resilience Framework for Emory from Task Force, , , , Documents & ReportsApplying the resilience framework to Emory. By Climate Action and Resilience Task Force.
State of Sustainability in Emory HealthcareHealthcare Staff, Hospital Visitors
Stormwater Management and Water Conservation at Emory University by Kelly EndresDocuments & ReportsUniversity Faculty and Staff, University VisitorsToday, universities have emerged as global leaders in realizing the importance of sustainability. These institutions raise awareness of the negative impacts human actions have on our world, and foster sustainable cultures and mindsets while providing the resources required for sustained environmentally beneficial change. However, universities do not achieve such status automatically—it takes extensive efforts on several fronts to create lasting change.
Sustainability Courses 2013-2016Emory faculty have created or modified more than 400 courses in 40 academic departments that are related to sustainability. These metrics come from a faculty survey in Fall 2016, and are reported to AASHE STARS.
Sustainability Guide for Graduate and Professional Students 2019, , , , GuidesThis sustainability guide provides graduate and professional students with pertinent information about Emory's sustainability goals and programs related to waste, food & dining, and transportation, as well as how to get involved with sustainable initiatives on campus.
Sustainability Guide for Oxford Students 2019, , , , , GuidesThis sustainability guide provides Oxford students with pertinent information about Emory's sustainability goals and programs related to waste, food & dining, and transportation, as well as how to get involved with sustainable initiatives on campus.
Sustainability Guide for Undergraduate Students 2019, , , , , , GuidesThis sustainability guide provides undergraduate students with pertinent information about Emory's sustainability goals and programs related to waste, food & dining, academics, and transportation, as well as how to get involved with sustainable initiatives on campus.
Sustainability in Campus Life: The Changing of Behavior by Jamie NadlerDocuments & ReportsUniversity Faculty and Staff, University VisitorsIn the first Sustainability Strategic Plan for Emory, which was developed in 2006, the vision committee identified the goal that “participants in the Emory community will be ambassadors for the principles of sustainable living and a healthful future, both here and elsewhere.” This vision identifies that part of Emory’s intention is to cultivate and develop sustainability practices and connections through the individuals—both students and employees—at Emory. Furthermore, the hope is that these new sustainable living habits would continue through their Emory experience and beyond.
Sustainability Minor at Emory University BrochureDocuments & ReportsThe prevailing theoretical model of sustainability defines it as the intersection of the social, the environmental, and the economic. Sustainability thus implies a radical interdisciplinary of the kind generally hailed as the academic model of the future.
Sustainability RepresentativesSustainability Representatives have been named for each of Emory's major buildings. Reach out to this person for questions, feedback, and ideas for sustainability innovations in your building.
Sustainability Vision for Emory 2006Documents & ReportsA sustainable Emory will be part of a healthy ecosystem; we seek to reduce the University’s harmful impacts on the environment and contribute to regeneration of the ecosystem. A thriving economic sector will provide equitable opportunities for satisfying livelihoods and study through a safe, healthy, high quality of life for current and future generations.
Sustainable Food Information Booklet, , , , Documents & ReportsWhile the notion of sustainable food has evolved over time and continues to change with new evidence, there is a consensus that sustainable agriculture must be ecologically sound, economically viable, and socially responsible. A guide to healthy, sustainable eating prepared by the Sustainable Food Committee. Short summaries on eating local, organic, fair trade, grassfed meats, sustainable seafood, energy embedded in food, and other topics are reviewed for the general public.
Sustainable food purchasing and the Georgia economy Info, , , , Documents & ReportsBuying local food can contribute to local economies and Emory’s investment in Georgia-grown and –raised foods has positive implications for job growth across the state.
Sustainable Food Purchasing Guidelines, Documents & ReportsEmory University’s strategic planning efforts include commitment to a more sustainable food system for our campuses and hospitals. Food service staff and companies working at Emory utilize these purchasing guidelines in order to buy and serve more local and sustainable food.
Sustainable Healthcare at Emory University by Lauren BalotinDocuments & ReportsHealthcare Staff, Hospital Visitors, University Faculty and Staff, University VisitorsJames Wagner, who served as Emory University’s president from 2003 until 2016, recounts that during his time as president, he witnessed Emory accept sustainability as one of its core values: "The agenda that presented itself was... to move [sustainability] from sort of a moral preference to a moral obligation—that is, to incorporate sustainability as one of the principles of the university… That was one of the accomplishments that I hope sticks around—moving sustainability from an aspiration to a commitment, if you will."
Sustainable Seafood Info, , Documents & ReportsNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration statistics indicate that each quarter since reporting began in 2005 our fisheries have become more overfished and less sustainable. Yet regular fish consumption is recommended by medical and health practitioners to reduce risk for a number of chronic diseases.
Teaching the Future: Academic Infusion of Sustainability at Emory by Meggie StewartDocuments & ReportsUniversity Faculty and Staff, University VisitorsSuccessfully instilling higher education with sustainability issues is becoming more urgent as universities realize their responsibility to set an example for the rest of society. Global climate change is a universal issue of rising importance that will need to be solved by the young leaders attending universities today. Students, staff, and faculty of Emory University have increasing opportunities to participate in interdisciplinary classes, research projects, and co-curricular groups all with the goal of furthering sustainability-related knowledge and practices at Emory.
Temperature Policy FAQsDocuments & ReportsUniversity Faculty and StaffStandardizing temperatures will save energy, especially during spring and fall when we can increase the use of outside air. A significant way to accomplish this is to standardize temperatures throughout campus buildings.
The Sparks of Sustainable Energy by Mona PatelDocuments & ReportsUniversity Faculty and Staff, University VisitorsEmory University’s history dates back to 1837 when the first Board of Trustees “accepted land belonging to the Manual Labor School on which to situate the ‘contemplated college’ and the proposed new town they would call Oxford.” 1 Quite a bit has changed on campus and within Atlanta since the early 1800s to the present day. And although change has been welcomed and provided the Atlanta community and university with expanded opportunities, the growth and expansion has also forced the city of Atlanta and Emory to make tradeoffs—tradeoffs of open and green space for buildings, loss of plants and vegetation for more roads, and increased smog from decisions to accommodate more cars.
Udall Scholar combines environmental sustainability research with actionKatelyn Boisvert, a rising senior studying environmental sciences, was recently named an Udall Scholar for her "dedication to sustainability and finding practical solutions to environmental concerns". The award recognizes college sophomore and juniors for leadership, academic achievement, and commitment to environmental issues.
WaterHub Awards List (2015-2018)Documents & ReportsUniversity Faculty and Staff, University VisitorsA comprehensive list of all Water Hub awards and achievements from 2015 to 2018.