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Sustainability

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From the copy room to the operating room, from the classroom to the residence hall, Emory strives to deepen our sustainability leadership. Emory is building on a long history of protecting greenspace and biodiversity, conserving resources, educating students, and innovating in actions supporting sustainablility, recently earning a Gold rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education for these comprehensive sustainability efforts.

The Office of Sustainability Initiatives leads our environmental efforts. Oxford College shares in Emory's sustainability goals. We share how well we're doing in meeting our goals with the Sustainability Dashboard.

The university works with the Clifton Community Partnership to help create a vibrant, living-learning-working environment in the neighborhoods surrounding Emory.

Green Campus, Green Buildings

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From LEED to Trees

Emory's main campus covers more than 600 acres and has a pedestrian-friendly core.

Among U.S. campuses, the university has one of the largest inventories by square footage of building space that's certified to meet LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards. All construction projects are designed to meet a minimum of "silver" LEED certification.

University policy requires a "no net loss of forest canopy" on campus, ensuring removed trees are replaced to maintain the same green space ratio overall.

An interactive sustainability map helps visitors and community members learn about the unique ecosystem of our campus.

"Go Together"

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Shuttles, Bikes, Cars

The university strives to reduce car trips and improve air quality in and around campus by promoting more sustainable transportation options.

The university works on multimodal commute options with neighborhood groups such as the Clifton Community Partnership and the PATH Foundation.

Think Globally, Eat Locally

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Sustaining, Sustainable

Local and sustainably grown foods are filling our plates as Emory's dining facilities work toward the ambitious goal of purchasing 75% of our food locally and sustainably by 2025.

We also support local farmers and small business owners by hosting the thriving Emory Farmers Market on campus every Tuesday during the academic year and twice monthly during the summer.

Students, faculty, and staff can learn about growing their own produce using organic gardening techniques by volunteering in one of Emory’s Educational Garden plots and at the Oxford Organic Farm on the Oxford campus.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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Conservation on Campus

Investments in energy efficiency projects and lighting retrofitting, as well as a temperature policy and behavior change programs, help the university work to reduce energy use 50% per square foot by 2025 from 2015 levels. The university also generates renewable energy from solar, geothermal, and combined heat and power projects.

Rainwater cisterns, low-flow shower heads, and humidity-capturing technology are some of the tools Emory's using to cut water consumption. Emory is also reclaiming black water onsite through the WaterHub at Emory, a water-reclamation facility that is the first-of-its-kind in the nation and supplies almost 40% of Emory’s total water use for utilities purposes.

The university seeks to divert 95% of its waste from landfills by 2025 and adopted a robust, campus-wide waste-management system in 2018 in pursuit of this goal. The Emory Recycles department also serves The Carter Center, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and some schools and retirement homes.

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