Sustainability and Green Initiatives
The university designates more than half of the campus as protected green space, serves local and sustainably grown food, employs environmentally conscious construction and fosters alternative transportation methods.
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
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.
Shuttles, Bikes, Cars
The university strives to reduce traffic congestion in and around campus by promoting alternative transportation options.
The university works on traffic issues with neighborhood groups such as the Clifton Corridor Transportation Management Association and the Clifton Community Partnership.
Think Globally, Eat Locally
Local and sustainably grown foods are filling our plates as Emory's dining facilities work toward the ambitious goal of getting three-quarters of the food they serve from these sources by 2015.
We also support sustainable food producers by hosting a farmers market in season.
Students, faculty and staff can learn about sustainability through observing and tending special gardens on campus.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Conservation on Campus
Energy-conservation competitions help the university work to reduce energy use 25 percent per square foot by 2015 from 2005 levels. A retrofitting project to improve more than 1 million square feet of building space promises to pay for itself through utility savings.
Rainwater cisterns, low-flow shower heads and humidity-capturing technology are some of the tools Emory's using to cut water consumption.
Emory Recycles works to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills, as the university seeks to recycle 65 percent of its waste by 2015. Emory Recycles also serves neighbors including The Carter Center, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and some schools and retirement homes.