Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 70.12
Liaison Ciannat Howett
Submission Date July 25, 2017
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Emory University
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Ciannat Howett
Director
Sustainability Initiatives
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Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee?:
Yes

The charter or mission statement of the committee(s) or a brief description of each committee's purview and activities:

In 2014, a Sustainability Visioning Committee was formed to develop the strategic plan and goals for the decade of sustainability work at Emory from 2015-2025. Emory's Sustainability Initiative was an outgrowth of the University's 2005 Strategic Plan, which identified sustainability as one of Emory's core principles and charged the committee with developing a vision for the responsible environmental, economic, and social future of Emory. The new Visioning committee acknowledged the work completed under the 2005 Sustainability Vision and defined specific goals and recommendations intended to bring Emory to a higher level of sustainability over the coming decade. The Sustainability Visioning Committee completed its work in May 2016 after over a year of intensive planning and meeting and does not meet regularly now that the strategic vision is in implementation mode. However, members remain available and involved for consultation and participate in various other sustainability committees.

Since Fall 2010, a Sustainability Faculty Advisory Council has advised the Office of Sustainability on issues related to curriculum and research. This group of distinguished faculty from Arts and Sciences, Medicine, Business, Law, Nursing, and Public Health report to the Provost.

In addition to the Sustainability Advisory Council and the Faculty Advisory Council, the following sustainability-related committees also exist:

Sustainable Food Committee:
The Sustainable Food Committee was appointed by President Wagner in early 2007 to develop recommendations for meeting the food-related goals contained in the University's Sustainability Vision. Specifically, the Committee was charged with developing steps to meet Emory's goal of procuring 75 percent of ingredients in our cafeterias and hospitals from local or sustainably-grown sources by 2015. This goal has been extended to 2025 with an interim goal of 50% by the end of this calendar year and 60% by 2019. The Committee is also tasked with working with farmers and distributors to bolster regional food supplies, overseeing a farmers market and organic farm on campus, developing guidelines for sustainable food procurement, overseeing the Educational Garden Project, and expanding awareness of sustainability issues related to food.

Sustainability Task Force for the Health Sciences:
In 2008, the Executive Vice President for Health Sciences appointed a Sustainability Task Force. This group consists of broad representation of faculty, staff, and administrators from the healthcare related parts of Emory. It has undertaken a review of activities in healthcare and has made high-level recommendations for policy and practice.

Climate Action Plan Committee:
The CAP Committee was appointed in 2010 to begin the process of education and outreach to engage the Emory community in greenhouse gas reduction and to develop a formal commitment and Plan. Since that time, not only has a University-wide Climate Action Plan been developed by that committee, but each of Emory's nine academic units has its own CAP committees consisting of faculty, staff, and students that developed and are now implementing specific CAPs for each professional and graduate school and college at Emory.

Energy and Water Task Force:
Originally the Carbon Reduction Task Force, this group researches staffing and infrastructure needs related to reducing greenhouse gas emissions resulting from Emory's operations to support the implementation of Emory's Climate Action Plan and Sustainability Vision. It is composed of faculty, staff, students and facilities' personnel. The Task Force also vets and proposes projects for funding by the Sustainability Revolving Loan Fund.

Waste Think Tank:
The Waste Think Tank met quarterly for a year and a half to brainstorm improvements in staffing, policies, and infrastructure necessary to meet the University’s goal of 65% of waste diverted from the landfill by 2015. The work of the Think Tank resulted in the hiring of a third party consultant to do a comprehensive review of Emory's current waste materials handling. The Think Tank has not met since the external consultants came on board, but all of its members are involved with the consultations informing the recommendations for improvement. Once the improvements are in place, the Think Tank may sunset or shift to a standing committee related to Waste issues.

Sustainability Representatives:
This group consists of at least one representative from each of Emory’s major buildings with the goals of assisting with the development, communication and implementation of Emory’s sustainability programs to the campus community, and providing feedback to the Office of Sustainability Initiatives on these programs. It meets monthly.

Sustainability Revolving Fund Working Group:
Consisting of representatives from the key stakeholder groups and departments across campus, this team has quarterly meetings to develop guidelines and vet projects for funding by the Sustainability Revolving Fund.

Green Lab Team:
This team meets monthly to develop, implement, and monitor Emory’s Green Lab Program.

Green Office Team:
This team meets monthly to develop, implement, and monitor Emory’s Green Office Program.

Committee on the Environment:
Created in 1990, the Committee on the Environment is a standing committee of the Emory University Senate. The Committee is comprised of faculty, staff, and students. The Committee works closely with Campus Services and the Office of Sustainability Initiatives and meets monthly to review all projects undertaken by Emory that impact the environment, including new buildings, transportation initiatives, and forest management.


Members of each committee, including affiliations and role (e.g. staff, student, or faculty):

Sustainability Visioning Committee
1. Steve Bowen, Former Dean and CEO, Oxford College; Kenan Professor, Biology
2. Christian Bowers, former College student, Environmental Sciences and Economics (now Ernst & Young)
3. Ioulia Fenton, Laney Graduate School, Anthropology, & President, Graduate Sustainability Group
4. Dave Furhman, Senior Director, Emory Dining
5. Ciannat Howett, Director, Sustainability Initiatives
6. Joan Kowal, Senior Director, Energy Strategy and Utilities, Campus Services
7. Carolyn Livingston, former Senior Associate Vice President for Campus Life (now Carleton College)
8. Justin Remais, Associate Professor, Environmental Health, Rollins School of Public Health
9. Tom Rogers, Associate Professor, History, Emory College
10. Eri Saikawa, Assistant Professor, Environmental Sciences, Emory College
11. Paige Tolbert, Professor and Chair, Environmental Health, Rollins School of Public Health
12. Demetrius Woods, Assistant Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, School of Medicine
13. Peggy Barlett, Goodrich C. White Professor of Anthropology and Faculty Liaison, Sustainability
14. Matthew Early, Vice President, Campus Services
Sustainability Faculty Advisory Council
1. Ciannat Howett, Director of Sustainability Initiatives, co-chair
2. Peggy Barlett, Goodrich C. White Professor of Anthropology; Faculty Liaison to Office of Sustainability Initiatives, co-chair
3. Berry Brosi, Associate Professor of Environmental Sciences
4. Bill Eley, Executive Associate Dean for Medical Education and Student Affairs, School of Medicine
5. Rick Gilkey, Professor in the Practice, Organization and Management, Goizueta School of Business; Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, School of Medicine
6. Mindy Goldstein, Director of the Turner Environmental Law Clinic and Associate Clinical Professor of Law
7. Karen Hegtvedt, Professor, Sociology
8. Douglas Hicks, Dean, Oxford College
9. Karen Levy, Associate Professor, Environmental Health
10. Wes Longhofer, Assistant Professor, Organization & Management, Goizueta School of Business
11. David G Lynn, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Chemistry and Biology, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor, Department of Chemistry
12. Linda McCauley, Dean, School of Nursing
13. Joanne McGriff, Associate Director, Center for Global Safe Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (CGSW); Assistant Research Professor, Global Health, Public Health
14. Kristin Phillips, Senior Lecturer, Anthropology, Institute of African Studies, and Masters in Development Practice Program
15. Cassandra Quave, Assistant Professor, Dermatology, School of Medicine; Human Health; and Curator of Emory Herbarium
16. Daniel Rochberg, Chief Strategy Officer, Climate@Emory; Instructor, Environmental Health, Rollins School of Public Health and Department of Environmental Sciences
17. Tom Rogers, Associate Professor, History and Environmental Sciences
18. Caroline Schaumann, Associate Professor, Department of German Studies
19. Sydney Spangler, Assistant Professor, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing and Hubert Dept. of Global Health
20. Peter Wakefield, Professor of Pedagogy, Institute for Liberal Arts, Director of Undergraduate Studies for Interdisciplinary Studies
21. Kimberly Wallace-Sanders, Associate Professor, American and African American Studies, Department of African American Studies.
22. Emily Weinert, Assistant Professor, Chemistry
23. Deanna Ferree Womack, Assistant Professor, History of Religions and Multifaith Relations, Theology, and director of Leadership and Multifaith Program (LAMP)
Sustainable Food Committee
1. Peggy Barlett, Goodrich C. White Professor of Anthropology and Faculty Liaison, Sustainability
2. Claire Barnes, Student, Emory College, Slow Food Group
3. Iliana De Santis, Student, Emory College
4. Bill Eley, Executive Associate Dean for Medical Education and Student Affairs, School of Medicine
5. Alyse Festenstein, Bon Appetit
6. Dave Furhman, Senior Director, Emory Dining
7. Nicole Ford, Student, Laney Graduate School
8. Amy Girard, Assistant Professor, Global Health
9. Kip Hardy, Assistant Director, Food & Nutrition, Emory Healthcare
10. Hilary King, Student, Laney Graduate School
11. Karen Levy, Associate Professor, Environmental Health
12. Ajay Nair, Senior VP & Dean, Campus Life
13. Lynne Ometer, Director, Food and Nutrition, Emory Healthcare
14. Suzanne Onorato, Assistant VP, Campus Life Community
15. Daniel Parson, Organic Farmer, Oxford
16. Kellie Piper, Bon Appetit
17. Michael Staufacker, Director, Health Management
18. Chad Sunstein, Assistant Director, Campus Dining
Sustainability in Health Sciences Task Force
1. Sarah Blanton, Associate Professor, School of Medicine
2. Kenneth Brigham, School of Medicine
3. Leah Casher, Executive Assistant, Emory University Hospital Administration
4. Janet Christenbury, Director, Media Relations, Emory Healthcare
5. Melanie De Gennaro, Director, Communications, Emory Healthcare
6. Jane Duggan, Assistant Director, Anesthesiology, School of Medicine
7. Bill Eley, Executive Associate Dean for Medical Education and Student Affairs, School of Medicine
8. Kate Hodgins, Manager, Research Projects, Environmental, School of Public Health
9. John Horan, Adjunct Professor, Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health
10. Ciannat Howett, Director, Sustainability Initiatives
11. Catherine Maloney, Associate Administrator, Emory University Hospital
12. Mike Mason, VP of Operations, The Emory Clinic
13. Lisa Newbern, Chief of Public Affairs, Yerkes
14. Patricia Olinger, Executive Director, Environmental Health & Safety Office
15. Lynne Ometer, Director, Food and Nutrition, Emory Healthcare
16. Lee Partridge, Director of Materials Management, Emory Healthcare
17. Majorie Perryman, Executive Assistant, Emory University Hospital
18. David Pugh, VP of Space, Planning & Construction, Emory Healthcare
19. Karon Schindler, Executive Director, Health Sciences Publications, Woodruff Health Sciences Center
20. Jen Schuck, Associate Administrator, Emory University Hospital
21. Pat Scott, Program Coordinator, Hospital Administration, Emory University Hospital Midtown
22. Scott Thomaston, Associate Director, Environmental Health & Safety Office
23. Paige Tolbert, Professor and Chair, Environmental Health, Rollins School of Public Health
24. Steven Tosone, Associate Professor, Anesthesiology, School of Medicine
25. Kelly Weisinger, Assistant Director, Office of Sustainability Initiatives
26. Toni Wimby, Associate Administrator, Emory University Hospital Midtown
27. Demetrius Woods, Assistant Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, School of Medicine
Climate Action Plan Committee Reps
1. Bill Eley, Executive Associate Dean for Medical Education and Student Affairs, School of Medicine
2. Arri Eisen, Professor of Pedagogy, Biology, Emory College
3. Steve Ellwood, Associate Director of IT, School of Nursing
4. Mindy Goldstein, Director of the Turner Environmental Law Clinic and Associate Clinical Professor of Law
5. Joanna Green, Associate Dean, Finance, Goizueta Business School
6. Kate Hodgins, Manager, Research Projects, Environmental, School of Public Health
7. James Hughes, Associate Director of Student Development Programs, Laney Graduate School
8. Cathryn Johnson, Senior Associate Dean, Laney Graduate School
9. Raghu Patil, IT Analysis, Office of the Provost
10. Shelby Smith, Senior Program Coordinator, School of Medicine Admissions
11. Dean Surbey, Executive Associate Dean, Finance & administration, Rollins School of Public Health
12. Jenny Vitti, Senior Library Specialist, Candler School of Theology
Energy and Water Task Force
1. Sean Chew
2. Jody DiCarlo, Plant Operations Manager, Facilities Management
3. Christopher Fox, Mechanical Engineer, Facilities Management
4. Trey Headrick, Commissioning Specialist, Facilities Management
5. Ciannat Howett, Director, Sustainability Initiatives Kevin Keefe
6. Joan Kowal, Senior Director, Energy Strategy and Utilities, Campus Services
7. Tim Lian, Chemistry Professor, Emory College
8. Rob Manchester, Mechanical Engineer, Facilities Management
9. Jason Martinez, Instrumental/Controls Engineer, Facilities Management
10. Jeffrey Pollei, Utilities Director, Facilities Management
11. Mike Robbins, Commissioning Specialist, Facilities Management
12. Eri Saikawa, Assistant Professor, Environmental Sciences, Emory College
13. Cassidy Schwartz, Student, Emory College
14. Tyler Stern, Resident Life Intern, Campus Life
15. Eric Weber, Energy Manager, Facilities Management Energy Services
16. Kelly Weisinger, Assistant Director, Office of Sustainability Initiatives
Waste Think Tank
1. Stuart Adler, Program Management Director, Campus Services
2. Terry Bozeman, Construction Program Manager, Campus Services
3. Stephanie Davis Dickerson, Patient Account Rep, The Emory Clinic
4. Jen Fabrick, University Architect, Campus Services
5. Ciannat Howett, Director, Sustainability Initiatives
6. James Johnson, Project Manager, Campus Services
7. Deena Keeler, Assistant Director of Auxiliary Services, Facilities Management
8. Todd Kerzie, AVP, Facilities Management, Campus Services
9. Joshua Majors, Recycling Supervisor, Facilities Management
10. Robin Mitchell, Contracts Supervisor, Campus Services
11. Jimmy Powell, Director of Engineering and Exterior Services, Facilities Management
12. Claire Wall, Administrative Coordinator, Facilities Management
13. Kelly Weisinger, Assistant Director, Office of Sustainability Initiatives
Sustainability Representatives
1. Alison Agnew, Executive Assistant, Alumni Relations
2. Megan Ahrens, Associate Director Athletics, Campus Life
3. AnnMarie Arthur-Nedrick, Senior Facilities Planning Coordinator, Emory College
4. Michelle Boone, Director of Strategic & Policy Communications, Health Affairs
5. Marie Browne, Economics Program Admin Assistant, Emory College
6. Mark Burell, Museum Bookshop Manager, Carlos Museum
7. Todd Cain, Associate Director of College Operations, Oxford College
8. Carrie Christie, Program Administrative Assistant, University Music
9. Monica Cloyd, Facilities Management Coordinator, Winship Cancer Institue
10. Kim Comstock, Business manager, Library & Informational Technology Services
11. Susannah Conroy, Senior Research Admin Coordinator, Winship Cancer Institute
12. Robert Crowder, Senior Operations Manager, Campus Life
13. Steve Ellwood, Associate Director of IT, School of Nursing
14. Paul Ficklin-Alred, Program Coordinator, School of Medicine
15. Dawn Francis- Chewning, Educational Analyst, Student Digital Life
16. Ami Franklin, Director of Projects and Trustee Relations, University Events
17. Danielle Goeckel, Executive Assistant, Development & Alumni Relations
18. Patricia Hamilton, Academic Department Administrator, Emory College
19. James Harper, Administrative Assistant, Facilities Management
20. Michael Hodgin, Academic Department Admin, Emory College
21. Kate Hodgins, Manager, Research Projects, Environmental, School of Public Health
22. Ben Hopkins, Senior Manager of Operations, Goizueta Business School
23. Lorenza Houser, Academic Degree Program Coordinator, Emory College
24. Ciannat Howett, Director, Sustainability Initiatives
25. Michael Huerkamp, Director of Animal Resources, School of Medicine
26. Larry Ingram, Director, Facilities Management & Safety, The Emory Clinic
27. Deena Keeler, Assistant Director of Auxiliary Services, Facilities Management
28. Gary Longstreet, Associate Academic Program Coordinator, Goizueta Business School
29. Aimee McCarron, Administrative Assistant, Emory College
30. Jan McSherry, Facilities Manager, Emory College
31. Amish Mody, Director of Operations, School of Law
32. Lisa Newbern, Chief of Public Affairs, Yerkes
33. Raghu Patil, IT Analysis, Office of the Provost
34. Laura Pokalsky, Client Services Rep, Emory College
35. Dwight Raby, Facilities Project Administrator, Emory College
36. Amelia Randall, Assistant Clinical Administrator, School of Medicine
37. Jackie Reese, Program Specialist, Disability Services
38. Harriet Ruskin, Director, International and Joint Degree, Goizueta Business School
39. John Sisk, Associate Director of Admissions, Office of Financial Aid
40. Shelby Smith, Senior Program Coordinator, School of Medicine Admissions
41. Garrett Southwell, Lead Applications Developer/ Analyst, Library & IT Services
42. Taylor Spicer, Program Coordinator, Office of Sustainability Initiatives
43. Lydia Stewart-Castle, Student Academic Services Specialist, Office of Undergraduate Education
44. Lisa Stone, Online Communication Strategist, Candler School of Theology
45. Eva Stotz, Academic Services Coordinator, School of Technology
46. Kathy Summers, Academic Department Administrator, Emory College
47. Chad Sunstein, Assistant Director, Campus Dining
48. Erica Weaver, Program Coordinator, School of Medicine
49. Kelly Weisinger, Assistant Director, Office of Sustainability Initiatives
50. Terez Whatley-White, Academic Department Administrator, Emory College
Sustainability Revolving Fund Working Group
1. Amy Andrews, Director, Debt Management, Finance
2. Mark DeLorenzo, Treasurer & Associated VP of Finance, Finance
3. Matthew Early, Vice President, Campus Services
4. Lucy Grantham, Director, Foundations & Corporate Relations, Development & Alumni Relations
5. Ciannat Howett, Director, Sustainability Initiatives
6. Carol Kissal, CFO and VP, Finance
7. Todd Kerzie, AVP, Facilities Management, Campus Services
8. Joan Kowal, Senior Director, Energy Strategy and Utilities, Campus Services
Green Lab Team
1. Christopher Fox, Mechanical Engineer, Facilities Management
2. Deena Keeler, Assistant Director of Auxiliary Services, Facilities Management
3. Mark Kyles, Oxford Facilities Manager, Campus Services
4. Debbie Lee, Doctoral Student, Laney Graduate School
5. Joshua Majors, Recycling Supervisor, Facilities Management
6. Samantha Pallas, EHS Professional, Environmental Health & Safety Department Office
7. Paula Pleger, EHS Professional, Environmental Health & Safety Department Office
8. Jimmy Powell, Director of Engineering and Exterior Services, Facilities Management
9. Kalpana Rengarajan, Associate Director of Research Safety, Environmental Health & Safety Office
10. Hilary Rosenthal, Strategic Sourcing Manager, Procurement
11. Wade Sanner, Associate Director of Strategic Sourcing, Procurement
12. Scott Thomaston, Associate Director, Environmental Health & Safety Office
Green Office Team
1. Alison Agnew, Executive Assistant, Alumni Relations
2. Stephen Branch, Building & Residential Services Director, Facilities Management
3. Susannah Conroy, Senior Research Admin Coordinator, Winship Cancer Institute
4. Robert Crowder, Senior Operations Manager, Campus Life
5. Robert Forbes, Senior Strategic Sourcing Manager, Procurement
6. Dawn Francis- Chewning, Educational Analyst, Student Digital Life
7. Janell Goodwin-Farley, Meeting Scheduler, Campus Life
8. Lorenza Houser, Academic Degree Program Coordinator, Emory College
9. Akelia Hypolite, Administrative Assistant, Office of Sustainability Initiatives
10. Deena Keeler, Assistant Director of Auxiliary Services, Facilities Management
11. Luetrell Langston, Building & Residential Services Area Manager, Campus Services
12. John Peterson, Department Computing Support Spec I, Candler School of Theology
13. Wade Sanner, Associate Director Procurement, Strategic Sourcing
14. Lydia Stewart-Castle, Student Academic Services Specialist, Office of Undergraduate Education
15. Shelby Smith, Senior Program Coordinator, School of Medicine Admissions
16. Emily Stills, Administrative Assistant, Emory College
17. Erica Weaver, Program Coordinator, School of Medicine
18. Kelly Weisinger, Assistant Director, Office of Sustainability Initiatives
Committee on the Environment
1. Laura Balotin, Student, Emory College
2. Chris Beck, Biology Professor of Pedagogy, Emory College, Co-Chair
3. Devon Becker, Student, Emory College
4. Zola Berger-Schmitz, Zola Berger-Schmitz
5. Halle Bradshaw, Zola Berger-Schmitz
6. Carolyn Brown, Library Specialist, Library & IT Services
7. Paul Byrnes, Associate Dean, Goizueta Business School
8. Eloise Carter, Professor, Oxford College
9. Elayne Elliott, Student, Emory College
10. Amy Hou, Student, Emory College
11. Jonathan Kaminski, Student, Emory College
12. Carol Kelly, Assistant Director, Nutrition Services, Campus Life
13. Yang Liu, Associate Professor, Environmental Health, Rollins School of Public Health
14. Kiran Maddu, Assistant Professor, School of medicine
15. Hiram Maxim Professor, Emory College, Chair
16. Sahar Merchant, Student, Emory College
17. Will Milligan, Student, Emory College
18. Ryan Myers, Student, Emory College
19. Michele Papotto, Program Coordinator, School of Law
20. Nicole Regan, Assistant Director, Academic Programs, Rollins School of Public Health
21. Jamie Smith, Senior Director of Operations, Finance
22. Carter Smith-Wellman, Student, Business School
23. Jeff Stehouwer, Assistant Professor, Sch

Members of other sustainability-related committees are too numerous to list here.


Does the institution have at least one sustainability office that includes more than 1 full-time equivalent (FTE) employee?:
Yes

A brief description of each sustainability office:

Emory's Office of Sustainability Initiatives was founded in September 2006, with the hiring of Ciannat Howett as Director. Emory’s Sustainability Vision calls on the Office of Sustainability to help restore our global ecosystem, foster healthy living, and reduce the University's impact on the local environment. Progress will be assessed using the environmental, economic, and social "triple bottom line" of sustainability. The Office of Sustainability Initiatives coordinates several key sustainability initiatives, including green building and greenspace protection, energy conservation, sustainable waste handling and waste minimization, water conservation, sustainable food, sustainable commute options, climate action, and Emory as Place. The Office also supports numerous sustainability efforts of faculty, staff, and students across the University and Emory’s Healthcare system.


Full-time equivalent (FTE) of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
4.50

Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:
Yes

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Ciannat Howett, J.D., Director of Sustainability. Kelly O'Day Weisinger, Assistant Director, Taylor Spicer, Sustainability Program Coordinator, Peggy F. Barlett, PhD, Faculty Liaison (part-time), Sam Boring, Sustainable Gardens Educator (part-time)

Does the institution have a mechanism for broad sustainability coordination for the entire institution (e.g. a campus-wide committee or an officer/office responsible for the entire campus)?:
Yes

A brief description of the activities and substantive accomplishments of the institution-wide coordinating body or officer during the previous three years:

Emory’s Office of Sustainability Initiatives has been guided by the vision established in the Strategic Plan of creating a community where economic, social and environmental systems support a healthy, productive and meaningful life for all its residents, present and future. To this end, Emory’s initiative has sought to create a model for healthy living, locally and globally and to collaborate beyond our campus gates to provide leadership in our community, the region, and beyond.

Since the launch of our initiative, Emory has made significant progress in achieving the aggressive goals established by the Sustainability Visioning Committee in 2006, including exceeding the goal of 25% energy use reduction per square foot by 2015 and recycling 95% of construction and demolition waste. Significant progress has also been made in the areas of ecosystem restoration, transportation, local and sustainable food procurement, sustainable building practices, awareness of sustainability practices, and integration of sustainability into the curriculum. Systems of measurement have been established to monitor our progress and encourage adaptive management.

In the past three years, significant accomplishments of the initiative include but are not limited to the following: development of a new Strategic Plan and Sustainability Vision 2015-2025; progress towards implementation of Emory’s Climate Action Plan and academic unit plans, continuation of the renowned Piedmont Project, funding of dozens of sustainability-related campus projects through its Sustainability Incentives Fund, expanded student engagement opportunities, roll-out of laboratory recycling and composting program, increased sustainable food education in the cafeterias, improvements to Green Office and Green Lab programs, installation of co-generation and solar energy facilities, waste and energy reduction programs in Emory’s healthcare facilities, enrolled all Emory hospitals in the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge, implemented comprehensive energy and water reduction strategies, conducted pilots and worked with outside consultants to increase Emory’s waste diversion from campus buildings, developed an organic farm at Emory’s Oxford Campus, acquired a grant to hire post-doctoral Sustainability Visiting Assistant Professor specializing in sustainability-related behavior change, developed and trained Residence Hall Association Sustainability Chairs, added sustainability training components to numerous academic orientations, and more.


Job title of the sustainability officer position:
Director of Sustainability Initiatives

Job description for the sustainability officer position:
Job description for the sustainability officer position:

JOB DESCRIPTION: Oversees all University initiatives related to sustainability.
Functions as a visionary leader and organizational strategist to help Emory University become a national model for sustainability in higher education. Creates the strategy to integrate sustainability into both the operational and academic functions of the University. Networks with and facilitates internal and external resources to accomplish that goal, and evaluates the needs of the University community. Responsible for developing programs and new initiatives to enhance Emory's stature and create detailed implementation plans for those initiatives. Creates and implements communication strategies to promote broad awareness of initiatives and develops University-wide processes and organizational structures to support sustainability inquiry, change, and assessment. Builds effective partnerships and relationships with surrounding communities and key Atlanta institutions and establishes effective linkages with units across campus that may have sustainability initiatives in process or as part of their overall strategy. Coordinates, supports, and expands opportunities for faculty, staff, students and administrators to learn about sustainability issues throughout the academic and operational dimensions of University life. Reports jointly to the Offices of the Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs (Provost),
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor's degree in an appropriate field, with an advanced degree (e.g., MA, MS, MD, PhD, JD) preferred. Seven years experience and leadership in the area of sustainability, resource management and/or related initiatives. Specific experience in the areas of sustainability policies, sustainable food systems, healthy living programs, conservation, energy, waste and/or water management is preferred. Experience within a University setting is preferred.


Job title of the sustainability officer position (2nd position):
Assistant Director

Job description for the sustainability officer position (2nd position):
Job description for the sustainability officer position (2nd position):

JOB DESCRIPTION: Collaborates with the Director of the Office of Sustainability Initiatives (OSI), university committees and campus groups in fulfilling Emory's enterprise-wide sustainability vision. Develops and executes work plans in various areas of sustainability, including each Academic Unit’s sustainability/climate action plan. Primary point of contact for University and Emory Healthcare Procurement. Develops and leads sustainability strategies for Emory Healthcare. Leads University and Emory Healthcare staff sustainability representative programs, has primary responsibility for completion and submission of annual national sustainability reporting and quarterly updates, staffs events and manages all communications efforts. Assists with hiring, training, and management of student employees on research projects and leads staff in finding ways to reduce environmental impacts from labs, offices and other aspects of staff life. Plans and leads meetings, identifies priorities, delegates action items, manages campaigns and outcomes and communicates with team about campus-wide efforts. Manages the OSI website and other web-based resources. Represents the sustainability initiative at school-wide forums and area sustainability committees, initiates and maintains relationships, and serves as a liaison with various campus, local, and national groups. Responsible for fundraising for Green Labs and Green Office incentives fund program, and assists Director with overall development efforts, special projects, and cross-cutting issues. Performs related responsibilities as required.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: A master’s degree and at least five years of sustainability-related experience. Excellent communication, outreach and presentation skills. Experience with website and communications management and demonstrated proficiency in social media. Proficiency with MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint and a desire to learn additional software as needed.


Job title of the sustainability officer position (3rd position):
Sustainability Program Coordinator

Job description for the sustainability officer position (3rd position):
Job description for the sustainability officer position (3rd position):

JOB DESCRIPTION: Collaborates with the Director of the Office of Sustainability Initiatives (OSI), university committees and campus groups in fulfilling Emory's sustainability vision. Develops and executes work plans in various areas of sustainability. Leads student and staff sustainability representative programs, assists with annual sustainability report cards and quarterly updates, staffs events and manages web-based communications efforts. Hires, trains and manages student employees on research projects and leads students in finding ways to reduce environmental impacts from student life. Plans and leads meetings, identifies priorities, delegates action items, manages campaigns and outcomes and communicates with team about campus-wide efforts. Manages the OSI website and other web-based resources. Represents the sustainability initiative at school-wide forums and area sustainability committees, initiates and maintains relationships, and serves as a liaison with various campus groups. Performs related responsibilities as required.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: A bachelor's degree and two years of sustainability-related experience or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience. Excellent communication, outreach and presentation skills. Experience as a webmaster preferred with demonstrated proficiency in social media. Proficiency with MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint and a desire to learn additional software as needed.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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