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
Did you know that Emory University and Emory Healthcare are located on land that was the ancestral home of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation? The Muscogee (Creek) 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.
- 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, 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
|2020-2021 General Sustainability & Social Justice Incentives Fund Application||All Initiatives||Documents & Reports||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. 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||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.|
|2020-2021 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 email@example.com by September 29, 2020 to be considered for a Green Office grant.|
|Emory University 2018 Waste Policy FAQs||Waste||Documents & Reports, Guides||The 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.|
|Green Labs Certification Checklist||All Initiatives||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 Offices at Emory Certification Checklist||Buildings, Climate Solutions, Energy, Food & Dining, Purchasing, Social Justice, Transportation, Waste, Water||Forms||Use this checklist to get certified through the Green Offices at Emory program.|
|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.|
|November Building Recycling Competition Participating Buildings List||Waste||Documents & Reports||The 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.|
|Reducing and Diverting Waste in a Pandemic||Waste||Documents & Reports||Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Emory community can expect to see increased amounts of disposables and personal protective equipment (PPE) on campus during the 2020-2021 school year. OSI wants to remind and encourage the Emory community to choose reusables but 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 Ambassador Charge Fall 2020-Spring 2021||Waste||Documents & Reports|