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Emory University
EN-3: Student Life

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Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Taylor Spicer
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Office of Sustainability Initiatives
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Does the institution have one or more active student groups focused on sustainability?:
Yes

A brief description of active student groups focused on sustainability:

Campus Kitchen Emory
Campus Kitchen Emory is a student-run organization that repurposes and donates unused food to local kitchens and food pantries. The group is a branch of the national Campus Kitchens organization which operates on multiple campuses across the nation. The group’s mission is to fight hunger in Atlanta through sustainable food waste management while simultaneously fostering an awareness of individual consumption and everyone’s role in sustainable practices. Campus Kitchens Emory engages students from various groups and organizations in volunteer work that benefits the campus as a whole, fostering community development both at Emory and in Atlanta.

Creation Keepers
Creation Keepers are a circle of the eco-minded folks of the Candler School of Theology. The group lives at the intersection of faith and environmentalism, ever-vigilant to ways they can encounter God through God's Creation. They have a little something for everyone--camping and gardening, ecojustice and exegesis, meditation and so forth. They have weekly community gardening at the Theology Garden located off of Dickey Drive as well as monthly hikes around the Atlanta area. In addition, they host "lunch & learns" with leaders who are doing faithful, eco-minded work.

Emory Climate Analysis and Solutions Team (ECAST)
ECAST is a group that seeks to create tangible climate solutions through dynamic, action-based projects. ECAST provides a forum for undergrads, graduate students, faculty and staff from across and outside of Emory University to conduct climate-related analysis and advance climate solutions. With over 7 projects and growing, ECAST has something to offer for everyone.

Emory Climate Organization
The Emory Climate Organization is a student-led group that is dedicated to increasing climate literacy and action on campus and beyond. The group is committed to educating and galvanizing the community on various aspects of climate justice issues and seeks to provide members with the science, policy, social and political background necessary to take actionable steps toward addressing the increasing threat of climate change.

Emory Global Health Organization
The Emory Global Health Organization is a student organization based at Emory's Rollins School of Public Health (RSPH). The group seeks to engage in issues of global health outside the classroom by organizing community service events, advocacy campaigns and networking opportunities. Membership is open to the entire Emory University student body, as well as faculty, staff and alumni.

Emory Nourish International
Emory Nourish is a student-led chapter of a non-profit organization that strives to alleviate extreme global poverty through student leadership development and green social enterprise. The group raises funds by operating socially responsible ventures that seek to produce sustainable wealth for both the Atlanta community and partnered organization abroad. The funds are then invested in an international project with the partnered organization for long-term, community-based solutions to poverty.

Emory Spokes Council
Emory Spokes Council is a grad student run organization dedicated to connecting, supporting and advocating for biking at Emory University and in Atlanta. The group hosts social rides aiming to bring Emory cyclists together and to explore the city. They hold workshops to help students get to know their bikes better and bike safer throughout the city. They maintain an on-campus fixit shop where anyone can work on their bike by themselves or with the assistance of some of the more experienced group members. The group also is working to push for greater integration of the campus with the city’s bike path network.

Emory Undergraduate Global Health Organization (EUGHO)
EUGHO serves to provide information and opportunities for student action concerning international health issues. EUGHO tries to enlighten students on graduate opportunities in the field of global health that reach beyond the obvious public health school options. EUGHO participates in volunteer opportunities both on and off campus with the Emory Global Health Organization, Emory's graduate school global health organization. These activities include Quilt on the Quad, World AIDS day, Medshare International, health walks, and educational trips to the CDC and the Carter Center.

Emory Vegans and Vegetarians
Emory Vegans and Vegetarians seeks to promote conscious food choices, such as those for spiritual, political, environmental, and health reasons. In addition, the organization seeks to provide information in order to educate the campus at large about vegetarianism and veganism. It also wishes to support vegetarians and vegans at Emory University via interactions with Emory's food service provider. Emory Vegans and Vegetarians also strives to foster solidarity among the vegan and vegetarian community by having gatherings both on and off campus in which vegan and vegetarian food is present.

Environmental Law & Conservation Society (ELCS)
ELCS seeks to provide information and to take an active role in the legal dimensions of environmental interests. The group participates in hikes, volunteers around the city of Atlanta, and invites speakers from a broad range of environmental areas.

Generation Response
Generation Response is officially "Emory's Environmental/Humanitarian magazine." Generation Response gives Emory students a voice on local, national, and international humanitarian and environmental issues. Writers shed light on the people and organizations at Emory and in the greater Atlanta area that are making a positive difference in response to issues. In doing so, the students hope to connect Emory to Atlanta and to act as a sort of mutualistic sustainable forum, in which we give sustainable Atlanta organizations publicity to the Emory community and in turn Emory students can seek out these organizations to get involved. The ultimate goal of Generation Response is to encourage Emory students to get involved in making a positive difference in the world. It's about reaching out, so that this generation can respond and take responsibility for our future.

Global Development Student Council (GDSC)
The GDSC is a graduate student organization started by students in the Master’s in Development Practice program. GDSC provides a platform to explore interdisciplinary approaches to international development and humanitarian aid, focusing on the challenges of achieving sustainable development within the context and intersections of global poverty, international conflict, resource degradation, and climate change, among other topics. Monthly group activities include service opportunities, social activities, speakers, panel discussions, and film screenings. GDSC welcomes graduate students from all programs and seeks collaboration with other programs in organizing campus events.

Global HEED
Global HEED (Global Health, Education, and Economic Development) is the Emory chapter of the eponymous non-profit. Global HEED explores the intersection of economic development, social equality, and environmental protection by examining grassroots sustainable development initiatives in Atlanta and throughout the world. Through speaker events, service opportunities, site visits, and collaboration with similar campus organizations, Global HEED helps its members gain awareness of both local and global movements for sustainability, giving students the knowledge and tools to create change of their own.

Goizueta Energy and Environment Group (GEEG)
GEEG recognizes that renewable energy organizations play an integral part in preserving our environment and promoting sustainable practices. The group aims to increase awareness of the work these companies do and inform others of the role that renewable energy plays in everyday lives. In addition, the group works with energy institutions to conduct financial research in the energy sector. Last year, the group worked with SolAmerica to provide research into solar financing.

Graduate Sustainability Group
The Graduate Sustainability Group (GSG) is a student-led response to the important social and environmental challenges facing the world as a whole and those specific to the local community, namely that of Emory University and the greater Atlanta area. GSG recognizes that engaging graduate students in sustainability on both academic and practical levels opens up important opportunities for scholarship and for incubating the next generation of leaders in social and environmental sustainability. The organization seeks to create an intellectual and, at times, physical space for support, reflection, critique and practical action with regards to our common social and environmental concerns.

Greeks Go Green
Greeks Go Green was founded by Emory alum Nicolai Lundy in the Fall of 2006. The organization helps promote sustainability initiatives within Fraternity and Sorority Life through focusing on cultural, structural, and procedural improvements.

Green Bean Coffee
The Green Bean is committed to nurturing the community and environment while maintaining a practical and profitable business. Student employees are involved in the evolution of business practices and provide a fuel of creativity. The Green Bean aims to be a long-lasting and community-friendly campus resource, both for great tasting coffee and tea and sustainability education. The Green Bean sells coffee from Cafe Campesino, a fair trade and organic coffee roaster in Americus, Georgia, in addition to fair trade and organic tea, hot cocoa, and pastries. The Green Bean Coffee Cart is located inside Cox Hall.

Net Impact
Net Impact is an international nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire, educate, and equip individuals to use the power of business to create a more socially and environmentally sustainable world. Net Impact members are current and emerging leaders in corporate social responsibility, social entrepreneurship, nonprofit management, international development, and environmental sustainability who are actively improving the world.

Our Space Our Home (OSOH)
Our Space Our Home seeks to establish a community within Emory that is committed to protecting, restoring, and connecting with the surrounding wildlife areas of the campus through mindful and compassionate engagement with nature. OSOH promotes and encourages students to spend more conscientious time in nature. OSOH holds different activities each month such as going on nature walks and cleaning up trash through the trails by the lower fields. OSOH events qualify for Play Fusion credit and fall under the “Service Work” Category.

Outdoor Emory Organization
With a membership of well over 350 students, Outdoor Emory Organization (OEO) is Emory University's largest student-run organization and one of the largest and most active outdoors organizations in the country. In addition to their successful Adventure Orientation program for incoming first-years and weekend trips around the Southeast, OEO has explored North America, from the Grand Canyon to Baja Mexico, from the Boundary Waters to Lake Tahoe. OEO typically sends out one trip each weekend, ranging from backpacking to caving to skydiving to surfing to skiing to paddling. Over longer breaks, OEO sends trips across the country to places like the Grand Canyon, Lake Tahoe, Utah, Baja, and Wyoming.

Oxford College Sustainability Club
Oxford College’s Sustainability Club is the campus’ primary source of environmentally friendly programming. The club combines service and education in a social setting to make sustainable concepts more accessible. Members and non-members alike apply the lessons from these events to their day-to-day lives. This helps promote a lasting culture of environmental responsibility at Oxford.

Religion and Ecology Collaborative (REC)
REC is a group of scholars who craft innovative, transdisciplinary responses to environmental uncertainty. The REC meets three times a semester to host speakers, share papers, or go on field trips.

RHA Sustainability Representatives
The Residence Hall Association (RHA) works to promote the goals and purposes of the University as related to residential living, as well as to serve as the student voice. RHA works to promote Emory's sustainability initiatives and programs. RHA Sustainability Chairs are appointed following an interview process by the RHA President and Vice President. RHA Sustainability Chairs promote sustainability through several mediums. The Executive Council Sustainability Chairs develop campus-wide efforts that are both interactive and informative. Each individual residence hall has its own RHA Sustainability Chair as well, whose job it is to develop his or her own sustainability initiatives and make all RHA events zero-waste. This structure allows RHA to reach all Emory Students in an efficient manner and spread sustainability efforts campus-wide.

Rollins Environmental Health Action Committee (REHAC)
REHAC's mission is to encourage students to make environmentally friendly decisions in their daily lives and raise awareness about environmental justice issues in the community and around the world. REHAC provides free coffee every week to students who bring their own mug to school, hosts fundraisers for natural disaster relief efforts, encourages students to use sustainable transportation, hosts socials to talk about environmental issues, and participates in art projects to decorate stairwells to encourage students, staff and faculty to take the stairs. REHAC also screens films on environmental issues and volunteers with sustainable transit organizations and environmental justice organizations.

Roots and Shoots
Roots and Shoots is an international organization founded by Jane Goodall whose primary aim is to encourage environmental citizenship and sustainable behaviors in young people. Emory’s chapter of Roots & Shoots, active since 2007, works towards this goal through bi-weekly educational activities implemented with 3rd graders at local elementary schools. Volunteer instructors come from across the university and include primarily post-doctoral researchers and graduate students. Outstanding undergraduate students may also be considered. Example classroom activities include owl pellet dissections, learning about the water cycle through music, and creating a guide-book to school-yard plants.

Slow Food Emory
Slow Food Emory is part of an international movement to promote good, clean, and fair food. These three words represent the multiple dimensions of Slow Food's mission, which include promoting sustainable agriculture, preserving biodiversity, encouraging the production of food without the use of harmful chemicals, ensuring a fair wage for producers and laborers, and allowing equal access to this food that we cherish. Slow Food Emory works to promote these values on campus through eating and cooking together, discussing food access and production issues, educating peers to think critically about their food and its origins, food activism, and other activities that reconnect us with the pleasure of eating and the unquantifiable value of food. Slow Food Emory's mission is to promote "good, clean, and fair" food in a way that is adaptable and accessible to all Emory students.

Student Sustainability Forum
Emory's Student Sustainability Forum is a group of student leaders from sustainability-related organizations, student publications, and student governmental associations. Members of the Forum are from Emory College and the professional schools. The forum meets monthly to allow student sustainability leaders to share experiences of their efforts in working towards a more sustainable Emory. Within these informal dialogues, students learn about the exciting work of fellow green groups. The Forum is also a chance for organizations to find intersections in missions where they can collaborate. All Emory students are welcome!

Sustainability in Residence Life: Living Green 1st Year at Emory. Hamilton E. Holmes & Turman Halls
Environmental conservation. Sustainable communities. Social justice.
Educate yourself, the community, and the world about living with an awareness of the impact we have on our surroundings and our ability to ensure a high quality of life for future generations. Be a part of Living Green during your first year at Emory and examine what strategies we can employ at Emory to support the "three Es -- Environment, Economy, and Equity."

Sustainability in Residence Life: Green Action 2nd Year at Emory
Green Action is a brand new Second Year at Emory living-learning community that builds upon the theme of LIVING GREEN into the second year. Become a member of the Green Action Living Learning Community and you will have an active voice in what’s included in the programming, events, and education of this sustainable community. Green Action staff will listen to your opinion and work to include all facets of sustainable education that are important to your peers and you. You will have an opportunity to sit on a Green Action leadership council to control programming and events that take place in Woodruff Residential Center, within the Second Year at Emory program, and among the greater Emory and Atlanta communities. This community will occupy one floor of the Woodruff Residential Center. Any current freshman is eligible to apply to live in the community for their sophomore year; all you need is a desire to learn more about sustainable living.

Undergraduate Sustainability Group
The Undergrad Sustainability Group aims to promote a more wholesome Emory population by offering environmental service opportunities and educational activities as well as providing a means for environmentally conscious peoples to exchange ideas and network.

Volunteer Emory (VE)
VE’s mission is to collaborate with agents of change for service projects and social justice work that promote learning about self and society. VE runs several weekly sustainability-related service trips in Atlanta, including to Trees Atlanta, local community gardens, and re:Loom, a local non-profit organization that employs recently homeless community members and trains them how to weave upcycled materials into beautiful rugs, scarves, and other products. VE also has large-scale service days in the fall semester (Emory Cares Day) and on Martin Luther King Day. Past trips have included tree plantings with Trees Atlanta and streambank restoration in Lullwater Preserve on Emory's campus, among others. Additionally, VE runs Alternative Fall & Spring Breaks which expose students to issues such as food production/consumption/security, community building/home security, homelessness, hunger, and poverty through service learning.


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Does the institution have gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, and/or urban agriculture projects where students are able to gain experience in organic agriculture and sustainable food systems?:
Yes

A brief description of the gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, and/or urban agriculture projects:

The Educational Garden Project offers students, faculty, and the Emory community an opportunity to engage in local, sustainable food production. Through education, awareness, and meaningful work, the educational gardens offer opportunities to grow local, seasonal, diverse, and healthy food. Six food gardens, one medicinal herb garden and one garden that provides plants that enrich primate diets are scattered across campus. All gardens are run by volunteers with the guidance of a part-time Educational Gardens Coordinator and a student Gardens Intern. The Coordinator and Intern lead garden workshops, tours, and general campus outreach and education.

In 2014, the Oxford College Ogranic Farm opened to produce a diversity of vegetables, as well as orchard fruit, cut flowers and shitake mushrooms grown on hardwood logs on-site. The Farm is run by a Farm Manager and Apprentice, as well as by 15 federal work-study and workship students each semester. These students work up to ten hours each week learning and then executing organic farming techniques. These students also assist with hosting student volunteer groups each Friday, who also assist with seasonal production and farm maintenance.

The Oxford College Organic Farm hosts a three season CSA program for students, staff, and faculty at Oxford College and Emory’s Atlanta campus. The Oxford Farm staff, student employees and student volunteers (at times) help plant, tend, harvest, clean, and pack the produce for the CSA boxes. Participants can choose to buy a share for the entire season (April-November) or individual seasons: spring (April-June), summer (June-August), and fall (October-November). CSA boxes are available each week for pick up on campus, and CSA boxes are returned and reused from week to week. The CSA has 30-50 participants each season. One CSA share is purchased by the Living Green residence hall, which hosts weekly cooking nights to prepare the produce.


The website URL where information about the gardens, farms or agriculture projects is available (optional):
Does the institution have student-run enterprises that include sustainability as part of their mission statements or stated purposes (e.g. cafés through which students gain sustainable business skills)?:
Yes

A brief description of the student-run enterprises:

The Green Bean is a student-run coffee business committed to nurturing the community and environment while maintaining a practical and profitable business. Student employees are involved in the evolution of business practices and provide a fuel of creativity. The Green Bean aims to be a long-lasting and community-friendly campus resource, both for great tasting coffee and tea, and for sustainability education. The Green Bean sells coffee from Cafe Campesino, a fair trade and organic coffee roaster in Americus, Georgia, as well as products from other local suppliers and baked on-site by Bon Appetit, Emory’s food service provider. The Green Bean is located inside Cox Hall Food Court and was started from an Incentives Grant issued by the Office of Sustainability Initiatives.


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Does the institution have sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives through which students can develop socially, environmentally and fiscally responsible investment and financial skills?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives:

In Spring 2016, Emory launched a $1.5 million Sustainability Revolving Fund, a self-replenishing program that will be used to fund capital-intensive energy and water efficiency projects across campus. These projects are reviewed and prioritized by the Energy and Water Taskforce, which is composed of Emory students, faculty and staff. Three undergraduate students currently serve on the Taskforce and contribute to the discussions and research that help determine projects funded through the Revolving Loan Fund.

Through the Social Enterprise@Goizueta, students have the opportunity to engage with faculty and farmers abroad who produce Farmers to 40 and Grounds for Empowerment coffee. Students are asked to crowdsource funds to support these efforts, and a select number visit the farmers in Nicaragua to participate in turning the raised funds into community development projects for which the community members request.

The Student Environmental Fund was created out of a campaign during the fall of 2008 to establish a green fee at Emory University. This campaign was started by Emory's Student Government Association with help from the Emory Environmental Alliance. Emory's Student Government Association (SGA) created a survey during this time that was distributed to the whole student body to gauge support for a green fee. Nearly 2,000 Emory students from across the University participated in taking the survey. Through it, the majority of Emory students indicated that they would be personally willing to give extra money with tuition to increase sustainability at Emory; however, the majority also opposed a new mandatory fee outright for every student. Thus, SGA leaders and campus administration responded by creating the Emory Student Environmental Fund. Money raised by the Student Environmental Fund is appropriated by a committee of students advised by the Director of Sustainability Initiatives. Student Environmental Fund money may be appropriated at the committee's discretion to any project from one of the following three categories:
(1) The purchase of or investment in clean renewable energy in the Southeastern United States;
(2) Student driven projects or services that produce measurable benefits to the environment;
(3) Student Government Association Revolving Green Fund* projects.
Student Environmental Fund projects must demonstrate that they are above and beyond those things Emory is already doing to preserve the environment, and thus, donations will not be offset by reduced spending on environmental preservation by other parts of the university.
The host website for the Fund was reorganized in Spring of 2016, however, requiring that the collection link be removed.

The Office of Sustainability Initiatives Incentives Funds support research, campus-based projects, and the development of new rituals to promote sustainability on Emory's campuses. Creative proposals are welcomed that seek new knowledge, support new behavior patterns, and foster cultural change. Faculty, staff, and students from Emory University and Emory Healthcare are eligible to apply. Funds may be used for supplies, materials, publicity, and travel costs supporting approved projects, research, and rituals, which must be carried out on an Emory University, Emory Healthcare, or Oxford College campus or facility. Grantees are responsible for creating and managing a project budget, managing all financial transactions, and maintaining documentation for all grant-approved purchases and work.


The website URL where information about the sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives is available (optional):
Does the institution have conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience?:
Yes

A brief description of the conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability:

Emory annually participates in America Recycles Day (November), Arbor Day Celebration and Tree Planting (February) and Earth Day (April), all of which typically feature many events on campus. Earth Day since 2015 has progressed into Earth Month, which is kicked off by Earth Festival. Earth Festival brings together around 50 campus and community organizations, as well as campus artists and musicians to lead activities that engage and educate the Emory community. The multitude of events happening throughout April are collected and published in the Earth Month calendar.

Each fall, students in a 1-credit anthropology course put on a Sustainable Food Fair, in collaboration with the Office of Sustainability Initiatives and Emory Dining. This lively midday event features music and roughly 40 stands of locally grown fresh food for sale, chefs offering delectable samples, stores featuring sustainably grown foods and other products, and nonprofits in the Emory area that are part of the sustainable food movement.

Green Networking Night, hosted annually by the Career Center and Office of Sustainability, brings over 80 representatives of environmental organizations in Atlanta to network with Emory students.

Emory’s Sustainable Food Initiative and the Emory Farmer’s Market regularly host events to educate Emory students and community members about sustainable food. Events in 2016 included the “Berry Bash" highlighting local blueberries, "Tomato Festival" with tomato trivia and recipes, "Biodiversity in the Garden" in which seeds were started in small pots and biodiversity was discussed, and the "Ice Cream Social" with a local ice cream producer. For each event, there is an educational table and activity at the Market, as well as educational communications pieces disseminated through social media and the market newsletter.

In addition, as opportunities arise, the Office of Sustainability (OSI) hosts lectures and seminars for students and the general public. For example, in 2016, the Office of Sustainability hosted the Georgia Campus Sustainability Network annual conference, which is run by National Wildlife Federation and the U.S. Green Building Council. OSI regularly partners with the Climate@Emory faculty and Emory Climate Organization for Climate Week, which features expert and student panels, art exhibits, film screenings, and student engagement activities that help the Emory community understand climate change. Additionally, OSI partnered with the Turner Environmental Law Clinic and the Turner Foundation to host Nora Pouillon, a restauranteur and founder of the first certified organic restaurant in the U.S.

Additionally, on campus, throughout the entire academic year, the James Weldon Johnson Institute hosts scholars every Monday to talk about a topic related to race and difference. The College Council hosts Culture Shock and Social Justice Week, which brings diverse speakers to campus to talk to students about diversity, social justice, and social action. The Candler School of Theology leads event throughout Farmworker Awareness Week in March to bring attention to this important social justice topic. The Emory Dining team hosts film screenings, does taste tests and uses social media to promote Fair Trade Awareness Month.


The website URL where information about the conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability is available (optional):
Does the institution have cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience?:
Yes

A brief description of the cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability:

In spring 2016, as part of Climate Week, the students of the Emory Climate Organization (ECO) hosted the Climate and Art event, which showcased climate-related photos while guests enjoyed a talk about the role of art in expression and social justice. The showcased photographs were taken at the Climate Talks in Paris from the “Humans of COP” series, around the city of Paris, and of photos submitted by Emory Students. In March of 2017, ECO will once again host an art exhibit of student-submitted pieces that highlight the intersections between art, climate and live performance.

As the finale for Farmworker Awareness Week in spring 2016, the Candler School of Theology Social Concerns Network hosted Rebel Diaz, a hip hop group known mainly for using their music and performances to share the realities of immigrants's lives.

Each fall since 2013, the College Council coordinates the widely popular CultureSHOCK showcase, which highlights the cultural (ethnic, racial, national, sexual, gender, religious etc.) diversity at Emory expressed through student performances, speakers, art, and cuisine. The event is headlined by a public figure who speaks to the ways in which their ethnic, national and cultural background has made them who they are.

In fall 2013 and spring 2014, the Graduate Sustainability Group collected social network analysis data from over 700 Emory students, faculty and staff actively engaged with sustainability initiatives on and off campus. In fall 2014, the student group revealed the digital, interactive social network map that allows anyone to begin to understand the key agents active in Emory's sustainability efforts. The digital map was presented during three campus community engagement sessions to share the results, as well as printed and installed at various orientation events. Smaller printed banners were also distributed to active members of the sustainability network to display the visual depiction of the network's projects, programs and actors.

In fall 2014, the Office of Multicultural Programs and Services (OMPS) hosted a 'Trashion Show' as part of their 'Unity Month.' Participants use recycled goods to make articles of clothing and groups create dance routines to showcase their fashions.


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Does the institution have wilderness or outdoors programs (e.g. that organize hiking, backpacking, kayaking, or other outings for students) that follow Leave No Trace principles?:
Yes

A brief description of the wilderness or outdoors programs that follow Leave No Trace principles:

The Outdoor Emory Organization (OEO), which annually retains a membership of 350 or more students, is Emory’s largest student-run organization and is one of the largest and most active university outdoors organizations in the country. OEO operates in line with Leave No Trace and includes this practice in the curriculum used to train trip leaders. The group organizes a number of weekend trips around the Southeast including whitewater rafting, hiking, rock climbing, and skydiving. The trips are subsidized by money from the Student Government Association (SGA) to increase their affordability for Emory students. Every year, OEO leads three-day Student Outdoor Adventure Retreat (SOAR) trips for incoming students, which take place before students move in and begin orientation and give incoming students the opportunity to meet other new faces and learn about Emory from upperclassman while sleeping under the stars, rafting down a river, climbing rocks, or riding horses through the countryside.


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Does the institution have sustainability-related themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences (e.g. choosing a sustainability-related book for common reading)?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability-related themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences:

First year students at Emory have the opportunity to participate in the Living-Learning Communities as part of Emory’s First Year at Emory experience, run by the Office of Residence Life and Housing. There are four first-year Living-Learning Communities: "Living Green: Sustainability in the 21st Century", "Global Cultures: Bringing the World to Emory", "Creativity & the Arts", and “Social Innovation: Inspire, Ignite, Impact”. Also, there are two second-year Living-Learning Communities: "Flourish" and "Social Justice." While the "Living Green" program is the one most directly focused on sustainability, each of these experiences incorporates aspects of sustainability, equity, and social justice into hall programming and the overall residence hall atmosphere. Within the Sophomore Year at Emory program, there is also a themed-living floor called “Green Action”, which consists of a group of students who have self-selected to take their commitment to a sustainability living experience to an advanced level of activism.


The website URL where information about the sustainability-related themes is available (optional):
Does the institution have programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills?:
Yes

A brief description of the programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills:

Emory's Office of Residence Life and Housing believes “learning that occurs outside of the classroom can often be as valuable as learning that takes place in an academic setting.” To that end, all student and professional staff are trained before students arrive in the fall, as well as during the Resident Advisor class on how to incorporate sustainability themes and elements into their programming for residents. Resident Advisors, Sophomore Advisors and the Graduate Fellow in the sustainability-themed halls (Hamilton E. Holmes, Green Action in Woodruff Residental Hall) are required to focus a portion of their programming on sustainability. Some examples of programs in the past year include teaching residents how to make their own environmentally safe cleaners, how to use Atlanta’s public transportation, how to use less water and energy when washing and drying clothes, and how to incorporate seasonal, fresh food from our Oxford Farm community-supported agriculture program into weekly meals and conversation.

Additionally, the Residence Hall Association (RHA) Sustainability Chairs support thes efforts with their own sustainability programming, through outreach and education during the Recycling Competition and Energy Competition focused on individual behavior change, and by ensuring that all RHA events and programs are zero-waste.


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Does the institution offer sustainability-focused student employment opportunities?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability-focused student employment opportunities offered by the institution:

A variety of sustainability-focused student employment opportunities are available for Emory undergraduate and graduate students. The Office of Sustainability (OSI) hires paid undergraduate and graduate student interns throughout the academic year and summer to assist staff with on-campus initiatives. OSI in partnership with Campus Services, additionally hires two or three graduate or undergraduate students to lead weekly WaterHub tours.

Residence Life and Housing hires undergraduate Resident Advisors (RAs) and Sophomors Advisors (SAs). All RAs are trained before students arrive in the fall as well as during the Resident Advisor class about sustainability on how to incorporate sustainability themes and elements into their programming for residents.  Additionally, a paid Graduate Fellow works in the Living Green hall, leading her own sustainability-themed programming and developing a residential curriculum that teaches students sustainability literacy throughout all four years of living on campus. The curriculum was piloted in 2016-2017 in the Living Green hall and will be rolled out to all halls in Fall 2017.

Students work at Green Bean Coffee which serves fair trade, organic coffee/tea and educates customers about the importance of these products.

At the Rollins School of Public Health, the Rollins Earn and Learn (REAL) program provides funding for master's level public health graduate students to support their academic interests with applied public health experiences in federal, state, and county government agencies, Emory-affiliated programs, and non-profit organizations throughout Atlanta. Many of the REAL placement sites are sustainability-focused.

The Ethics and Servant Leadership program of the Center for Ethics offers an 8-week summer internship that begins in May and continues through the summer. It requires a minimum 270 hours of service and includes classroom instruction that provides the students with basic leadership and ethical skills and gives them an opportunity to process their experiences. Students will learn about different approaches to business and decision-making processes that shape area nonprofit organizations, many of whom operate with sustainability at the forefront of their work.


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Does the institution have graduation pledges through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions?:
Yes

A brief description of the graduation pledges:

Starting in 2014, graduating seniors have the opportunity to sign a graduation pledge at an Alumni Association event leading up to Commencement. All seniors who sign the pledge are given a pin with the Office of Sustainability's oak leaf logo to wear during Commencement ceremonies. The pledge incorporates the concepts in the Graduation Pledge Alliance's pledge but also is centered on Emory's culture and goals around sustainability. "I pledge to explore and consider the social, economic, and environmental consequences of my decisions and to use the knowledge I gained at Emory to improve the quality of life for current and future generations in my community and beyond."


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Does the institution have other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives?:
Yes

A brief description of the other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives:

Each year, the Office of Sustainability Initiatives administers the Sustainability Incentives Fund to support research, campus-based projects, and the development of new rituals to promote sustainability on Emory's campuses. Creative proposals are welcomed that seek new knowledge, support new behavior patterns, and foster cultural change. Faculty, staff, and students from Emory University and Emory Healthcare are eligible to apply for the Sustainability Incentives Fund. Funds may be used for supplies, materials, publicity, and travel costs. Proposals are welcome in all areas, with priority given to proposals in the areas of waste, sustainable food, energy, alternative transportation, and connection to "place." Research and rituals must be carried out on campus.


The website URL where information about other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives is available (optional):
Estimated percentage of students (full-time and part-time) that participate annually in sustainability-focused co-curricular education and outreach programs (0-100):
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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