Emory Report
June 11, 2007
Volume 59, Number 32

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June 11, 2007
Grants awarded to sustainability innovators

by kelly gray

IEmory innovators have unified under a common cause — contributing to the University’s sustainability.
In an effort to achieve its sustainability goals, Emory announced the 2007 Incentives Fund grants to support research, campus-based projects and the development of new procedures to promote sustainability on all of Emory’s campuses. The fund is one of the efforts of the Office of Sustainability Initiatives to encourage creative ideas and support implementation of sustainability-related projects by members of the entire Emory community. Faculty, staff members and students scurried to meet the March 9 deadline with their ideas for new habits to promote sustainability.

“We were delighted to receive the number of applications we did,” said Ciannat Howett, director of sustainability initiatives. “We wanted projects to focus on all themes but especially in the 2007 priority areas of energy reduction, recycling, sustainable food systems, alternative transportation and connection to place.”
Below are examples of the award-winning projects receiving funding from the 2007 Incentives Fund for leadership and creative solutions on making Emory more sustainable for future generations.

• Annie Carey, senior office assistant in the Department of Music, is leading a team from the Emory Garden Club to develop an environmental conservation and historic preservation plan for the old spring house behind the Houston Mill House.

• Wes Hendricksen, a student in the School of Medicine, is leading a campaign to reduce energy usage in Emory’s older buildings. The campaign seeks to raise awareness about appropriate settings for thermostats and encourage dressing in layers to reduce heating and cooling needs.

• Theodosia Wade, senior lecturer in biology at Oxford College, received funding for a matching grant for solar energy installation at Oxford.

Out of 42 applications, 29 submissions received grants totaling $42,549; grant amounts varied from $50 to $5,000 per project. Funds will be used for supplies, materials, publicity and other costs.

For the full list of grant campaigns and recipients, contact Erica Weaver in the Office of Sustainability Initiatives at Erica.Weaver@emory.edu or 404-727-9916.