Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 75.69
Liaison Ciannat Howett
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

Emory University
IN-40: Sustainability Projects Fund

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Taylor Spicer
Programs Coordinator
Office of Sustainability Initiatives
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Name of the institution’s sustainability projects fund:
General Sustainability & Social Justice Incentives Fund

Which of the following best describes the primary source of funding for the sustainability projects fund?:
Department driven

Year the institution’s sustainability projects fund was established:
2,007

A brief description of the institution’s sustainability projects fund:

General Sustainability and Social Justice Fund grants are awarded each fall. General Sustainability and Social Justice grants are for up to $3,000. Funds may be used for supplies, materials, publicity and travel costs.

The General Sustainability & Social Justice Incentives Fund supports research, campus-based projects, and the development of new rituals to promote sustainability and social justice 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. Projects that are centered on the social justice facets of sustainability or highlight the social justice impacts of their project or research are encouraged to apply.

Emory's Office of Sustainability Initiatives also manages a Green Offices Incentives Fund and Green Labs Incentives Fund that allow certified offices and labs to apply for up to $5,000 to Funds may be used for supplies, equipment, materials, publicity and travel costs for more sustainable practices in campus spaces.

Additionally, Emory has a $1.5 million Sustainability Revolving Fund, a self-replenishing program that is used to fund capital-intensive energy and water efficiency projects across campus. The program is made possible by a $500,000 grant from The Kendeda Fund, an Atlanta-based private family foundation that invests in transformative leaders, ideas and community-driven solutions. The grant was matched by a $1 million investment by the University.


A brief description of the multi-stakeholder decision-making process used to determine which projects receive funding through the sustainability projects fund:

A committee of different staff, faculty and students are chosen every year to serve on the Incentives Funds selection committee. Committee members represent the Office of Sustainability Initiatives, Campus Services, Student Life, Procurement, and engaged faculty, undergraduate, and graduate students.

Additionally, the Sustainability Revolving Fund Working Group oversees Emory University’s $1.5 million revolving fund dedicated to funding energy and water efficiency projects that pay a return over time. Those funds are re-invested to finance future projects. The Working Group is composed of administrators from Emory’s Campus Services, Finance, Development, and Sustainability Offices. Projects reach the Working Group after being vetted by the Energy Task Force composed of staff, students and faculty.


Website URL where information about the sustainability projects fund is available:
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