January 14, 2002
NWF honors Emory for 'green' projects
By Nancy Seideman
Emory has been recognized by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) for
its achievements in developing an environmentally sustainable campus.
In a national survey report of nearly 900 college campuses, Emory was
acknowledged specifically as a leader in water conservation.
This honor is the latest recognition from community, government and business
groups for Emorys efforts and success in developing a walking
campus, establishing an innovative alternative transportation program,
and building green.
President Bill Chace, who received the 2000 Pacesetter Award from Georgias
Clean Air Campaign in recognition of his leadership role in developing
transportation alternatives, is proud of Emorys progress, particularly
in light of the more than $800 million in construction currently under
way at the University.
Emory needs to grow and develop in order to remain vital,
Chace said. Building must take place to advance our academic, research
and health care missions, but we have found that it can be done thoughtfully,
with respect to and in harmony with the surrounding environment. Through
careful planning, input from all stakeholders, and establishment of common
goals, we have been able to create an environment that is more conducive
to studying, learning and living.
Emorys environmental programs and initiatives include:
A major goal of the Campus Master Plan is to create a walking campus by
replacing cars and concrete with green spaces and walkways, and moving
parking to the campus perimeter. For the past seven years, Emory has moved
quickly and vigorously to decrease its reliance on cars, and to form collaborative
efforts with other groups to improve the environment in the greater Atlanta
In addition to support of carpool, vanpool and public transportation subsidy
programs, Emory has invested in a fleet of alternative-fueled vehicles
(electric and compressed natural gas) to shuttle community members and
visitors. This spring, Emory will serve as a pilot site for Ford Th!nk
electric cars that will be loaned during the workday to employees who
participate in the alternative transportation program.
buildings: Emory is seeking Leadership in Energy & Environmental
Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for three
buildings presently under construction: the Whitehead Research Building,
Science 2000-Phase II and the new Winship Cancer Institute. Currently
there are only 13 LEED certified buildings in the country. The program
rates building site selection and erosion control, energy and water efficiency,
construction waste management, recyclable material use, and indoor environmental
quality. Emory also is working with the council to develop and pilot the
implementation of national guidelines for green building operations.
Collaborative campus efforts: Chace has brought together groups of students, staff and faculty representing all areas of the Universitys operation to work together on various environmental issues, including a task force to research and recommend how to best implement a capuswide environmental policy.
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