Sustainability

Green earthSUSTAINABILITY PRACTICES IN PROCUREMENT is meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising the needs of future generations.

BUYING SUSTAINABILE (GREEN) PRACTICES is the practice of promoting environmentally and socially responsibLe products.  Sustainable Procurement Statement for Emory University

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Think GreenGREEN OFFICE PILOT PROGRAM

Emory’s Office of Sustainability's Green Office program was created through a collaboration of volunteers representing a variety of departments and units, and complements existing Sustainable Events and Green Labs programs. These collaborative programs provide opportunities to engage the Emory community in achieving the goals and actions called for by Emory's Sustainability Vision in 2006.

The Green Office team is soliciting offices to volunteer to participate in the pilot program from November 2014 to April 2015. Pilot offices will conduct an initial review of the Green Office checklist, spend six months implementing strategic actions in categories such as energy, waste and purchasing, and provide essential feedback on the program before it is launched to the entire Emory community in 2015. The Green Office Team will assist with the implementation, supply feedback and give recognition to participating offices that are helping to make Emory a greener campus.    Read more...

October 23, 2014
Source: Melanie Aleman, Intern, Office of Sustainability Initiatives

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GREEN BUYING AND RECYCLING RESOURCES 


Select our Green Buying webpage to learn what is available for your purchases of sustainable green goods and services from Emory's Contract Suppliers and resources for recycling your office products. For example  
— office products
— copy paper (100% post-consumer waste recycling paper)
Green Cart— cartridge recycling program and contacts
— office furniture - education furniture
— printing and more
— energy efficient products, e.g., magnetic and electronic lamp and ballasts

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SUSTAINABLE PURCHASING GETS ITS OWN ORGANIZATION

SPLCThe Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council officially launched in 2013.  The SPLC is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support and recognize purchasing leadership that accelerates the transition to a prosperous and sustainable future. The Council’s programs and community of practice will help institutional purchasers to:

Emory University is one of the founding members of the SPLC.  Just as the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED program provides a shared platform for guiding, measuring and recognizing leadership in green building, the Council proposes a shared platform for guiding, measuring, and recognizing leadership in sustainable purchasing. 

You may stay informed of news and updates by subscribing to the SPLC Newsletter.

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STARSEMORY RECEIVES GOLD ON STARS CERTIFICATION!

The Office of Sustainability Initiatives announced July 29, 2014, that Emory has, once again, received a Gold rating through the Sustainability Tracking and Rating System (STARS).  STARS is a self-reporting framework for universities to measure and compare their overall sustainability performance. Procurement Services promotes sustainability with Emory suppliers as one of the top priorities and also encourages faculty and staff to help reduce the University's impact on the local environment.  Read about Emory's score here.