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

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Emory University
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Taylor Spicer
Programs Coordinator
Office of 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. The Committee was reconvened with returning and new members in 2019 to review the 5 year progress toward Vision goals.

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.

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:
During the reporting year, the Waste Think Tank met every other week to brainstorm improvements in staffing, policies, and infrastructure necessary to adopt and implement the 2018 Waste Management Policy designed to guide the University’s progress toward the goal of 95% landfill waste diversion by 2025. The work of the Think Tank also resulted in the hiring of a third party consultant to do a comprehensive review of Emory's current waste materials handling.

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.

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:

2019 Vision Committee:
* Tjuan Dogan – Assistant Vice President, Social Impact Innovation, Government and Community Affairs
* Ioulia Fenton – PhD Candidate, Anthropology
* David S. Furhman– Senior Director of Finance, Administration & Operations, Food Services
* Mindy Goldstein – Director and Clinical Professor of Law, Turner Environmental Law Clinic; Director, Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program; School of Law
* Melissa Hage – Assistant Professor, Environmental Science, Oxford College
* Ciannat Howett – Associate Vice President, Sustainability, Resilience and Economic Inclusion; Adjunct Associate Professor; Office of Sustainability Initiatives
* Russell Kempker – Assistant Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, School of Medicine
* Joan Kowal – Senior Director, Resilience and Utility Strategy, Campus Services
* Wesley Longhofer – Associate Professor, Organization & Management, Goizueta Business School
* Hiram Maxim – Masse-Martin/NEH Distinguished Teaching Professor of German Studies and Linguistics, Chair of German Studies, Emory College
* Rebecca S. Purdom – Professor of Practice; Executive Director for Graduate and Online Programs; School of Law
* Daniel Rochberg – Instructor, Environmental Health, Rollins School of Public Health and Department of Environmental Science; Chief Strategy Officer, Climate@Emory
* Thomas Rogers – Associate Professor, History, Emory College
* Eri Saikawa – Associate Professor, Environmental Science, Department of Environmental Science and Rollins School of Public Health; Co-Founder, Climate@Emory
* Melissa Smarr – Adjunct Assistant Professor, Environmental Health, Rollins School of Public Health
* Lisa M. Thompson – Associate Professor, School of Nursing
* Lisa Underwood – Associate Vice President, Finance and Business Operations; Chief Business Officer; Campus Services

2018-2019 Faculty Advisory Council (FAC):
* Deirdre Abrams – Executive Administrative Assistant, School of Medicine
* Peggy Barlett – Goodrich C. White Professor of Anthropology, Emory College; Faculty Liaison to Office of Sustainability Initiatives, FAC co-chair
* Berry Brosi – Adjunct Professor, Environmental Science, Emory College
* Donita Crockett – Senior Executive Administrative Assistant, School of Nursing
* John William Eley – Executive Associate Dean, Medical Education & Student Affairs, School of Medicine
* Bree Ettinger – Senior Lecturer, Mathematics, Emory College
* Roderick W. Gilkey – Professor of Practice, Psychology, School of Medicine
* Mindy Goldstein – Director and Clinical Professor of Law, Turner Environmental Law Clinic; Director, Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program; School of Law
* Karen A. Hegtvedt – Professor, Sociology, Emory College
* Douglas Hicks – Dean, Oxford College; William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Religion; Affiliate Professor, Candler School of Theology
* Ciannat Howett – Associate Vice President, Sustainability, Resilience and Economic Inclusion; Adjunct Associate Professor; Office of Sustainability Initiatives, FAC co-chair
* Karen Levy – Adjunct Associate Professor, Environmental Health, Rollins School of Public Health
* Wesley Longhofer – Associate Professor, Organization & Management, Goizueta Business School
* David Lynn – Professor, Chemistry, Emory College
* Linda McCauley – Dean and Professor, School of Nursing
* Joanne McGriff – Assistant Dean, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Assistant Research Professor, Hubert Department of Global Health; Rollins School of Public Health
* Kristin D. Phillips – Senior Lecturer, Anthropology, Emory College
* Cassandra L. Quave – Associate Professor, Department of Dermatology, School of Medicine and the Center for the Study of Human Health, Emory College; Curator of the Emory Herbarium
* Daniel Rochberg – Instructor, Environmental Health, Rollins School of Public Health and Department of Environmental Science; Chief Strategy Officer, Climate@Emory
* Thomas Rogers – Associate Professor, History, Emory College
* Caroline Schaumann – Professor, German Studies, Emory College
* Melissa Smarr – Adjunct Assistant Professor, Environmental Health, Rollins School of Public Health
* Sydney A. Spangler – Associate Professor, School of Nursing
* Karen Summers – Executive Administrative Assistant to the Dean and Chief Executive Officer, Oxford College
* Kimberly Wallace-Sanders – Associate Professor, African American Studies, Emory College
* Emily Weinert – Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Emory College
* Deanna Ferree Womack – Assistant Professor, History of Religions and Multifaith Relations, Candler School of Theology

2018-2019 Emory Healthcare Sustainability Council (formerly the Sustainability in Health Sciences Task Force)
* Sarah Peek – Director, Facilities Management, Emory University Hospital Midtown
* Deb Baumgarten – Professor, Department of Radiology; Director, Abdominal Imaging Fellowship; School of Medicine
* Jane Duggan – Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology, School of Medicine
* Ciannat Howett – Associate Vice President, Sustainability, Resilience and Economic Inclusion; Adjunct Associate Professor; Office of Sustainability Initiatives
* Eric Holshouser – Student, Physical Therapy, School of Medicine
* Lynne Ometer – Director, Food & Nutrition Services, Emory Healthcare
* Sarah Blanton – Associate Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, School of Medicine
* Scott Thomaston – Director of Environmental Programs, Environmental Health & Safety Office
* Patty Olinger – Assistant Vice President, Office of Research Administration; Executive Director, Environmental Health & Safety Office
* Anne Nelson – Vice President, Organizational Effectiveness, Emory Healthcare
* Robin LaRocco – Program Director, Hematology, School of Medicine
* Catherine Maloney – Vice President, Operations, Emory University Hospital
* Rebecca Philipsborn – Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, School of Medicine
* Martin Li – Student, Emory College
* Kelly Weisinger – Director, Sustainability, Office of Sustainability Initiatives
* Germaine R. Rouser – Specialty Director, Surgical Nursing, Emory University Hospital
* David Hatcher – Director, Environmental Services, Emory University Hospital
* Melanie De Gennaro – Vice President, Human Resources, Emory Healthcare
* Chris Ware – Management Engineer II, Environmental Services, Emory University Hospital
* David Pugh – Vice President, Space Planning & Construction, Emory Healthcare
* Michael Lewis – Senior Manager, Business Operations, The Emory Clinic
* Janet Christenbury – Director, Media Relations, Emory Healthcare

2018-2019 Energy & Water Taskforce:
* Katelyn Boisvert – Student and Woodruff Scholar, Emory College
* Jody Dicarlo – Plant Operations Manager, Facilities Management
* Christopher Fox – Mechanical Engineer, Facilities Management (Engineering Services)
* Eric Gregory – Assistant Director, Commissioning & Controls, Facilities Management (Engineering Services)
* Trey Headrick – Commissioning Specialist, Facilities Management (Engineering Services)
* Kevin Keefe – Electrical Engineer, Facilities Management (Engineering Services)
* Joan Kowal – Senior Director, Resilience and Utility Strategy, Campus Services
* Tim Lian – Professor, Chemistry, Emory College
* Rob Manchester – Director of Engineering Services, Facilities Management
* Jason Martinez – HVAC Manager, Facilities Management
* Michael G. Robbins – Manager, Commissioning, Facilities Management (Engineering Services)
* Eri Saikawa – Associate Professor, Environmental Science, Department of Environmental Science and Rollins School of Public Health; Co-Founder, Climate@Emory
* Justin N. Thomas – Energy Analyst, Facilities Management (Energy Services)
* Daniel Uribe – Student, Emory College
* Eric Weber – Utilities Engineer, Facilities Management (Engineering Services)
* Kelly Weisinger – Director, Sustainability, Office of Sustainability Initiatives

2018-2019 Sustainability Revolving Loan Fund (if different from Energy & Water Taskforce):
* Mark V. DeLorenzo – Associate Vice President, Finance and Treasury
* Matthew Early – Vice President, Campus Services
* Lucy Grantham – Director II, Office of Foundation Relations
* Carol Kissal – Vice President, Finance; Chief Financial Officer
* Joan Kowal – Senior Director, Resilience and Utility Strategy, Campus Services
* Amy Reding Andrews – Director, Debt Management, Division of Finance

Bike/Ped Trail Network Working Group
* Tonio Andrade – Professor, History, Emory College
* Karlyn Beer – Epidemiologist, Mycotic Diseases Branch, CDC
* Adele Clements – Senior Director, Transportation, Parking & Fleet Services, Emory University
* Lauren Dufort – Acting Deputy Sustainability Officer, CDC
* Sally Flocks – President, Founder, & CEO, PEDS
* Ciannat Howett – Associate Vice President, Sustainability, Resilience and Economic Inclusion; Adjunct Associate Professor; Office of Sustainability Initiatives
* Mark Hutcheson – Managing Director, Emory Global Diabetes Research Center
* James R. Johnson – Project Manager, Campus Services, Emory University
* Becky Katz – Chief Bicycle Officer, City of Atlanta
* Patrece Keeter – Transportation Plan Engineering Manager, Department of Public Works DeKalb County
* Scott Kemp – Community Transportation Services Lead, CDC
* Todd Kerzie – Associate Vice President, Facilities Management, Emory University
* Alysse Kowalski – PhD Candidate, Nutrition & Health Sciences, Emory University
* Hiram Maxim – Masse-Martin/NEH Distinguished Teaching Professor of German Studies and Linguistics; Chair of German Studies; Emory College
* David Payne – Associate Vice President, Planning and Engagement, Campus Services, Emory University
* Jimmy Powell – Director of Exterior Services, Facilities Management, Emory University
* Carolyn Rader – Chair of the Board of Directors, PEDS
* Ken Rose – Senior Policy Advisor, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity, CDC
* Sally Sears – Founding Executive Director, South Fork Conservancy
* Rebecca Serna – Executive Director, Atlanta Bicycle Coalition
* Jamie Smith – Chief Performance Officer; Interim Associate Vice President, Finance Systems and Data Analytics
* Jean Welsh – Associate Professor, Pediatrics: Gastroenterology, School of Medicine
* Betty Willis – Senior Associate Vice President, Government and Community Affairs, Emory University
* Liz York – Associate Director, Quality & Sustainability; Chief Sustainability Officer; CDC

2019 Healthcare Waste Task Force
* Jane Duggan – Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology, School of Medicine
* David Hatcher – Director, Environmental Services, Emory University Hospital
* Anita Sharon Hester – Manager, Materials Management, The Emory Clinic
* Katie Kretschmar – Shift Nurse Manager III, The Emory Clinic
* Meredith Marchbank – Nurse Clinician III, Labor and Delivery, Emory Decatur Hospital
* Anne Nelson – Vice President, Organizational Effectiveness, Emory Healthcare
* Krystyna Rastorguieva – Outreach Liaison, The Emory Clinic
* Colin Swenson – Assistant Professor, Pulmonary, School of Medicine
* Scott Thomaston – Director, Environmental Programs, Environmental Health & Safety Office
* Brian Frislie – Director, Environmental Services, Emory University Hospital Midtown
* Vincent Graves – Environmental Health and Safety Professional II, Environmental Health & Safety Office
* Catherine Maloney – Vice President, Operations, Emory University Hospital
* Donna Nilsen – Director, Food Services, Emory St. Joseph’s Hospital
* Jigana Patel – Advanced Nurse Clinician, The Emory Clinic, Ambulatory Services Center, Dunwoody
* John Stone – Director, Facilities Management, Emory Johns Creek Hospital

2018-2019 Sustainability Reps:
* Alison Agnew – Executive Administrative Assistant, Office of the Secretary
* Megan Ahrens – Senior Manager, Operations, Goizueta Business School
* AnnMarie C. Arthur-Nedrick – Senior Coordinator, Facilities Planning, Emory College
* Carlee Beard – Program Coordinator, Emory College
* J Michelle Boone – Director, Strategic & Policy Communications, Emory Healthcare
* Marie P. Browne – Senior Administrative Assistant, Economics, Emory College
* Mark Burell – Bookshop Manager, Michael C. Carlos Museum
* Monica Cloyd – Research Facilities Administrator, Winship Cancer Institute
* Kim Comstock – Business Manager, Information Technology, Libraries & Information Technology
* Susannah Conroy – Project Support Specialist, Winship Cancer Institute
* Steve Ellwood – Director, Information Technology, School of Nursing
* Dawn Francis-Chewning – Educational Analyst III, Student Digital Life, Libraries and Information Technology
* Ami Franklin – Senior Director, Trustee Relations, Office of the Secretary
* Janell Goodwin-Farley – Meeting Services Coordinator, Student Center Operations & Events, Emory Campus Life
* James Harper – Administrative Assistant, Recycling, Auxiliary Services
* Michael Hodgin – Academic Department Administrator, Philosophy, Emory College
* Kate Hodgins – Manager, Research Projects, Environmental Health, Rollins School of Public Health
* Lorenza Houser – Senior Coordinator, Academic Degree Programs, Psychology, Emory College
* Ciannat Howett – Associate Vice President, Sustainability, Resilience and Economic Inclusion; Adjunct Associate Professor; Office of Sustainability Initiatives
* Michael Huerkamp – Director, Animal Resources, School of Medicine
* Michael Hyde – Associate Director, Athletics Facilities
* Deena Keeler – Assistant Director, Auxiliary Services, Facilities Management
* Jeff Lenhard – Administrative Assistant, University Music Administration, Emory College
* Sara McKlin – Coordinator, Site Operations, Candler School of Theology
* Jan McSherry – Senior Coordinator, Facilities Planning, Chemistry, Emory College
* Maya Encantada Meeks – Veterinary Technician IV, Division of Animal Resources, School of Medicine
* Amish Mody – Director, Operations, School of Law
* Lisa Newbern – Chief, Public Affairs, Yerkes National Primate Research Center
* Raghu B. Patil – IT Analyst, Office of the Provost
* Laura A. Pokalsky – Client Service Rep II, Emory College IT
* Dwight Raby – Associate Director, Facilities, Emory College
* Amelia Randall – Director, Business & Finance, Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine
* Jackie Reese – Assessment Resources Specialist, Accessibility Services
* Harriet Ruskin – Director, International and Joint Degree, Goizueta Business School
* Claire Scott – Procurement Assistant, Department of Chemistry, Emory College
* John Sisk – Assistant Director, Admissions, Office of Financial Aid
* Lisa R. Smith – Associate Director, Gift Planning Services, Emory Giving
* Shelby A. Smith – Senior Program Coordinator, School of Medicine
* Garrett Southwell – Lead Applications Developer/Analyst, Office of Information Technology
* Emily Stills – Administrative Assistant, Psychology, Emory College
* Eva Stotz – Coordinator, Academic Degree Programs, Anthropology, Emory College
* Kathy Summers – Academic Department Administrator, Music, Emory College
* Chad Sunstein III – Director, Campus Dining Services
* Erica Weaver – Senior Program Coordinator, School of Medicine
* Kelly Weisinger – Director, Sustainability, Office of Sustainability Initiatives
* Terez Whatley-White – Academic Department Administrator, German Studies, Emory College
* Angela Williams – Coordinator, Assessment Resources, Accessibility Services

Sustainable Food Committee 2018-2019:
* Deirdre Abrams – Executive Administrative Assistant, School of Medicine
* Peggy Barlett – Goodrich C. White Professor of Anthropology, Emory College
* Claire Barnes – Ultrasound Technician II, Radiology and Sonography, Emory University Hospital
* John William Eley – Executive Associate Dean, Medical Education & Student Affairs, School of Medicine
* Julie Elion – Director of Auxiliary, Parking & Transportation, Oxford College
* Lydia Fazzio – Assistant Professor, Psychiatry, School of Medicine
* Ioulia Fenton – PhD Candidate, Anthropology
* David S. Furhman – Senior Director of Finance, Administration, and Operations, Food Services
* Amy Webb Girard – Associate Professor, Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health
* Mindy Goldstein – Director and Clinical Professor of Law, Turner Environmental Law Clinic; Director, Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program; School of Law
* Lucas Gosdin – PhD Candidate, Nutrition & Health Sciences
* Kip Hardy – Manager, Food & Nutrition Projects and Performance Improvement, Emory University Hospital
* Elise Kulers – Student, Emory College
* Karen Levy – Adjunct Associate Professor, Environmental Health, Rollins School of Public Health
* Lynne Ometer – Director, Food & Nutrition Services, Emory Healthcare
* Daniel Parson – Organic Farmer/Educator, Oxford College Organic Farm
* Taylor Spicer – Assistant Director, Sustainability, Office of Sustainability Initiatives
* Michael Staufacker – Assistant Vice President, Health Management
* Chad Sunstein III – Director, Campus Dining Services

Waste Think Tank 2018-2019:
* Barry Atwood – Graphic Design Manager and Senior Designer
* Jonathan Cooper – Director, Housing Facilities & Operations
* Matthew Early – Vice President, Campus Services
* David Forbes – Associate Vice President, Facilities Management
* David S. Furhman – Senior Director of Finance, Administration, and Operations, Food Services
* David Glenn Horne – Coordinator, Recycling and Shredding Operations, Facilities Management
* Ciannat Howett – Associate Vice President, Sustainability, Resilience and Economic Inclusion; Adjunct Associate Professor; Office of Sustainability Initiatives
* Deena Keeler – Assistant Director, Auxiliary Services, Facilities Management
* Jacquelyn Linzer – Operations Specialist, Customer Experience, Division of Business and Administration
* Boubacar S. Maiga – Senior Director, Building and Residence Services/Recycling, Facilities Management
* Joshua Majors – Supervisor, Recycling/Waste/Document Management, Facilities Management
* Dwight Raby – Associate Director, Facilities, Emory College
* Taylor Spicer – Assistant Director, Sustainability, Office of Sustainability Initiatives
* Chad Sunstein III – Director, Campus Dining Services
* Scott W. Thomaston – Director, Environmental Programs, Environmental Health & Safety Office
* Rochie Tschirhart – EHS Professional IV, Environmental Health & Safety Office
* Kelly Weisinger – Director, Sustainability, Office of Sustainability Initiatives

Committee on the Environment of the University Senate 2018-2019
* Mariam Akbar – Student, Emory College
* James L. Bailey – Professor, Nephrology, School of Medicine
* Lauren Balotin – Student, Emory College
* Paul Byrnes – Associate Provost, Office of Planning and Administration
* Sofie diTommaso – Student, Emory College
* John F. Duncan – Associate Professor, Mathematics, Emory College
* Kryn Dykema – Student, Emory College
* Ellen Dymit – Student, Emory College
* Vincent Graves – Environmental Health and Safety Professional II, Environmental Health & Safety Office
* Matthew Heldman – Student, Emory College
* Carol Kelly – Associate Director, Nutrition Services, Student Health Services
* Yang Liu – Professor and Chair, Environmental Health, Rollins School of Public Health
* Kiran Maddu – Assistant Professor, Emergency Radiology, School of Medicine
* Cana McGhee – Student, Emory College
* Veronica Nitkin – Student, Emory College
* Samantha L. Pallas – Environmental Health & Safety Professional, Environmental Health & Safety Office
* Michele Papotto, Post-Award Research Administrator III, Pediatrics, School of Medicine
* Nicole Jeannette Regan – Associate Director, Academic Programs, Department of Epidemiology, School of Medicine
* Emmanuel Shepherd – Operations Coordinator, Goizueta Business School
* Kathy Smith – Director of Recruitment and Admissions, Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Laney Graduate School
* Caleb Sowers – Student, Emory College
* Gabrielle Stearns – Student, Emory College
* Dillon Wu – Student, Emory College
Non-voting members:
* Ciannat Howett – Associate Vice President, Sustainability, Resilience and Economic Inclusion; Adjunct Associate Professor; Office of Sustainability Initiatives
* James R. Johnson – Project Manager, Campus Services
* Taylor Spicer – Assistant Director, Sustainability, Office of Sustainability Initiatives
* Kelly Weisinger – Director, Sustainability, Office of Sustainability Initiatives

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 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 2005 Sustainability Vision called on the Office of Sustainability to help restore our global ecosystem, foster healthy living, and reduce the University's impact on the local environment. In 2015, Emory adopted a new Sustainability Vision & Strategic Plan outlining The Office of Sustainability Initiatives coordinates many programs and partnerships that can be categorized into the following initiatives: academics & research, biodiversity & landscapes, climate solutions, energy, food & dining, green buildings, purchasing, social justice, transportation, waste, water and wellbeing. The Office creates and joins multiple campus and community task forces and committees to support sustainability efforts of faculty, staff, and students across the University and Emory’s Healthcare system.


Full-time equivalent 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, AVP Sustainability, Resilience & Economic Inclusion; Kelly Weisinger, Director; Taylor Spicer, Asst. Director; Akelia Hypolite, Administrative Assistant; Erik Edwards, Educational Garden Project Coordinator

Does the institution have a mechanism for broad sustainability coordination for the entire institution?:
Yes

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

From the copy room to the operating room, from the classroom to the residence hall, the Emory Office of Sustainability Initiatives (OSI) guides the efforts to meet the challenges of sustainability across all of Emory’s institutions. Emory OSI carries out this imperative by helping to restore the global ecosystem, fostering healthy living and reducing the University’s impact on the local environment.

Founded in 2006, Emory OSI has firmly established the University’s place as a sustainability leader in higher education. Building on a decade of accomplishment to enhance sustainability at Emory University and Emory Healthcare, the Office of Sustainability Initiatives has worked with representatives of many academic, operational, and healthcare units to carry out a strategic planning effort to chart the next five to ten years. The effort resulted in the Sustainability Vision & Strategic Plan, 2025, which guides the enterprise’s efforts to be a model of transformative practices and sustainable choices at every level.

Since the launch of OSI, 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: reducing University GHG emissions by 31.5% from a 2010 baseline; adopting a University-wide waste management policy and accompanying rollout of a standardized waste management system; continuing the renowned Piedmont Project; funding almost $150,000 through OSI Incentives Funds and the Sustainability Revolving Fund to 50+ student-, faculty- and staff-led project teams; launching and managing the enterprise-wide Zero Waste Ambassador program; expanding of the roll-out of laboratory recycling and composting program; increasing sustainable food procurement to about 40% in Emory Dining locations and over 13% in 6 reporting Emory Healthcare locations; developing the WaterHub student docent program to lead tours of the award-winning water reclamation facility; expanding the bike-ped trail network on and connecting to campus; supporting the student-led multi-school Emory Student Sustainability Case Competition; adding two new plots to the on-campus Educational Garden Project; enrolling in the Department of Energy's Smart Lab Accelerator for which Emory was acknowledged in 2019; co-launching the United Nations Regional Centre of Expertise for Greater Atlanta (Greater Atlanta RCE) with Georgia Tech and Spelman; opening Emory's first LEED certified hospital building, Emory University Hospital Tower with LEED Silver certification; consisting being recognized by the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge as a "Top Performer" for energy and water reduction in Healthcare and University buildings; installing a co-generation turbine on an existing steam plant to generate 1 MW of clean energy; retrofitting campus parking decks with LED lighting; co-launching multiple faculty-led climate consortiums including Emory Climate Talks, the Georgia Climate Project, Georgia Climate Stories, and Drawdown GA; and opening Emory's first LEED Platinum building in May 2019, the Emory Student Center.


Job title of the sustainability officer position:
Associate Vice President, Sustainability, Resilience & Economic Inclusion

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

Reporting to the Vice President for Campus Services and Chief Planning Officer, the Associate Vice President for Sustainability, Resilience and Economic Inclusion oversees enterprise wide initiatives and strategies related to sustainability and resilience planning for Emory University and Emory Healthcare. Organizes and collaborates with disparate university resources to drive sustainable, resilient outcomes including energy and utilities' strategic planning efforts to promote economic inclusion through procurement and other operational programs.

Serves as a visionary leader and organizational strategist to help Emory become a national model for sustainability, resilience, and regenerative enterprise. Creates the strategy through broad institutional engagement to integrate sustainability and resiliency into operational and academic functions of Emory
University and Emory Healthcare; networks with and facilitates internal and external resources and evaluates the needs of the community in these areas. Is responsible for developing programs and new initiatives to enhance Emory's stature and creates detailed implementation plans for those initiatives. Engages internal and external constituents to define, develop and implement sustainable strategies while advocating the value proposition of sustainable and resilience programs. Formulates action plans with defined objectives, targets
and responsibilities to support agreed upon sustainability strategies. Ensures appropriate internal controls and measurement systems are in place to support sustainability efforts.

Reviews complex programs and projects and drives the development of pro formas to view sustainability investments a holistic nature creating client and institutional value. Develops and considers programs to improve employee health, well-being and material supply chains. Collaborates with the Enterprise Risk
Management program to assure sustainability initiatives are in alignment with the company's broader Enterprise Risk Management program.

Maintains, creates and implements communication strategies to promote broad awareness of initiatives and develops enterprise-wide processes and organizational structures to support inquiry, change and assessment in these areas of focus. Builds effective partnerships and relationships with surrounding communities and key metro Atlanta institutions and establishes effective linkages with units across campus to enhance their overall sustainability, resilience and economic inclusion efforts. Builds effective partnerships with external
organizations to support sustainability efforts. Coordinates, supports, and expands opportunities for faculty, staff, students and administrators to learn about these issues throughout the academic and operational dimensions of Emory's enterprise.

Is articulate and inspirational while speaking in public forms such as community events and academic environments. Provides briefings to Board of Trustees and various leadership across the enterprise.


Job title of the sustainability officer position (2nd position):
Director, Office of Sustainability Initiatives

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

Collaborates with the Associate Vice President for Resilience, Economic Inclusion, and Sustainability; the Senior Director of Resilience and Utility Strategies; university committees and campus groups in fulfilling Emory's enterprise-wide sustainability vision. Oversees staff responsible for implementation of all Emory University and Healthcare initiatives related to sustainability. Functions as leader and organizational strategist to help Emory become a national model for sustainability in higher education and
health systems.

Works with team to integrate sustainability into both the operational and academic functions of the University; networks with and facilitates internal and external resources to accomplish this goal and evaluates the needs of the Emory University and Healthcare community. Is responsible for developing programs and new initiatives to enhance Emory's stature and creating detailed implementation plans for these initiatives.

Oversees the implementation of communication strategies to promote broad awareness of initiatives and helps
develop enterprise-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 the institution 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 the enterprise. Reports to the Associate Vice President for Resilience, Economic
Inclusion and Sustainability. Performs related responsibilities as required.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Master's degree in an appropriate field and five years of 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
and waste and/or water management is preferred. Higher education experience preferred.


Job title of the sustainability officer position (3rd position):
Assistant Director, Office of Sustainability Initiatives

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

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. Serves as the 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, leads 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 three 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.


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