For decades, Emory faculty and staff have worked to integrate sustainability into all aspects of campus life. Whether in the classroom, conference room, kitchen or lab, your leadership is integral to Emory’s progress on sustainability.
Acknowledging the ancestral peoples and land
Emory’s Office of Sustainability Initiatives acknowledges the Muscogee (Creek) people who lived, worked, produced knowledge on, and nurtured the land where Emory’s Oxford and Atlanta campuses are now located. The Muscogee people were forcibly removed from states like Georgia and Alabama during the Trail of Tears relocation (1830-1838), a shameful part of our history when the federal government forced Indigenous peoples across the region to leave their ancestral homes. In 1836, Emory University was founded on part of this land. It is important for us to acknowledge, honor, and respect the land we now call home; to further recognize the inherent intersections between Indigenous rights, sustainability, and the environment; and to continue to strive for justice and recognition for Indigenous communities.
Read Emory’s official Land Acknowledgement and learn more here.
- Bring sustainability into your classroom: the Piedmont Project energizes faculty from across disciplines to support integrating sustainability into cross-curricular learning.
- Learn how to make your work spaces more sustainable through the Green Offices and Green Labs programs.
- Make all of your events zero landfill waste and Certified Sustainable Events.
- Take your personal sustainability pledge to learn how you can positively impact the world for current and future generations.
- Have an idea for a social justice and sustainability innovation on campus? Apply for annual funding opportunities.
- Get to know your building’s Sustainability Representative, become a trained Zero Waste Ambassador and explore ways to volunteer or get involved with sustainability at Emory.
KEEP IT SUSTAINABLE
- Learn how to recycle and reuse at Emory, and do your part to help us achieve zero landfill waste.
- Incorporate local and sustainable food into your diet by volunteering in an Emory Educational Garden and shopping at the Emory Farmers Market.
- Save money and improve your quality of life by switching to a sustainable commute mode, taking a shuttle or bicycling to and from campus.
Resources and Opportunities to Continue the Legacy
|2020 Annual Energy & Utilities Report||Buildings, Energy, Operations||Documents & Reports||A report on Emory's utilities and energy usage for 2020. Note that the COVID-19 pandemic has had impacts on energy and utilities usage.|
|2021-2022 General Sustainability & Social Justice Incentives Fund Application||All Initiatives||Forms||The 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. We welcome creative proposals 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. Applications are due no later than 8:00AM EST on September 27, 2021.|
|2021-2022 Green Lab Incentives Fund Application||Academics, Climate Solutions, Energy, Operations, Purchasing, Social Justice, Transportation, Waste, Water||Forms||The 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. Applications are due by 8:00 am EST on September 27, 2021.|
|2021-2022 Green Office Incentives Fund Application||Buildings, Climate Solutions, Energy, Food & Dining, Operations, Purchasing, Social Justice, Transportation, Waste, Water, Wellbeing||Forms||The 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 firstname.lastname@example.org by September 27, 2021 to be considered for a Green Office grant.|
|2022-2023 OSI Combined Incentives Funds Application||This year, all Incentives Funds applicants should use this application to apply for General Sustainability & Social Justice, Green Labs, and Green Offices Incentives Fund small grants. These three Funds are intended to support supports research, project implementation, and the development of new rituals to promote sustainability and social justice on Emory’s campuses and healthcare spaces. All faculty, staff, and students at Emory – including Emory Healthcare and Oxford College – are eligible to apply for funding. Team applications are encouraged. All student applications must include approval from a faculty advisor. Applications are open and well close Monday, September 26, 2022, at 8 am.|
|Emory Climate Coalition Press Release – October 13, 2021||Buildings, Climate Solutions, Energy, Purchasing, Social Justice, Transportation, Wellbeing||Documents & Reports||On October 13, 2021, student leaders of the Emory Climate Coalition (ECC) met with President Fenves to articulate their demand for greater University action to address the global climate emergency. The meeting resulted in President Fenves signing onto the Race to Zero and the Climate Leadership Network, two networks of higher education institutions committed to climate action. ECC is currently working with Emory decision-makers to move forward from baseline commitments to tangible action.|
|Emory University 2018 Waste Policy FAQs||Waste||Documents & Reports, Guides||The Emory Waste Policy was developed by Emory’s Waste Think Tank, 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.|
|Green Labs Certification Checklist||Climate Solutions, Energy, Purchasing, Social Justice, Transportation, Waste, Water||Forms||Learn 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||Climate Solutions, Energy, Purchasing, Social Justice, Transportation, Waste, Water||Guides||Consulting 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 Offices at Emory Certification Checklist||Buildings, Climate Solutions, Energy, Food & Dining, Purchasing, Social Justice, Transportation, Waste, Water||Forms||This document is only for your reference. Please fill out the Green Office checklist on Microsoft Forms.|
|How to Plan a Sustainable Event_OSI 2020||Food & Dining, Waste||Documents & Reports, Guides||The Office of Sustainability Initiatives presented this at the 2020 Sustainable Events Symposium as a guide to planning sustainable events with plant-based catering.|
|Reducing and Diverting Waste in a Pandemic||Waste||Documents & Reports||Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Emory community will continue to see large amounts of disposables and personal protective equipment (PPE) on campus. OSI wants to remind and encourage the Emory community to choose reusables, and when single-use items cannot be avoided, to dispose of them in the correct waste stream.|
|Sustainable Healthcare at Emory University by Lauren Balotin||Wellbeing||Documents & Reports||Learn about initiatives within Emory Healthcare to address sustainability concerns, including waste reduction, energy & water conservation, sustainable hospital food, and the Sustainability in Health Sciences Task Force. [Keywords: sustainable healthcare at Emory, hospital recycling, hospital food]|
|Zero Waste Ambassadors Charge Fall 2022- Spring 2023||Waste||Documents & Reports||The ZWAs are a group of student, faculty, and staff volunteers, who are actively willing to champion waste management and reduction in all areas of the Emory experience. They strive to promote a culture at Emory that prioritizes reducing and diverting waste in all decisions that we make as individuals and as a community. You can read more about specific goals of the program this year in the charge.|