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Helpful Documents and Links for University Visitors

Title Initiative Type Description
2019 Annual Energy & Utilities Report, Documents & ReportsIn 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.
Emory PATH construction beginsDocuments & ReportsConstruction 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 University STARS ReportDocuments & ReportsThe 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 & ReportsEmory’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.
Idling Reduction Policy, Documents & ReportsAs 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.
Institutionalization of Change: A History of Emory University’s Office of Sustainability Initiatives by Kristen KaufmanDocuments & ReportsAs 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.
Recycling and Composting at Emory UniversityGuidesLandfills 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!
Reducing and Diverting Waste in a PandemicDocuments & ReportsDue 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 BalotinDocuments & ReportsJames 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."
Teaching the Future: Academic Infusion of Sustainability at Emory by Meggie StewartDocuments & ReportsSuccessfully 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.