||Green Building/Green Space
|Emory's LEED Gold certified Psychology and Interdisciplinary Sciences Building|
According to the Southface Energy Institute, the construction, operation and maintenance of buildings produce close to 48 percent of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, making green building one of the most important things an institution can do to reduce its carbon footprint and impact on air quality. In 2001, Emory adopted the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards as a guiding principal in all new major construction projects. Currently, all construction projects must at a minimum meet LEED Silver Certification.
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Emory’s LEED buildings
The University holds the distinction of having one of the largest inventories by square footage of LEED-certified building space among campuses in America. Many buildings on campus have attained LEED certification ranging from “Certified” to “Gold” levels, including the first certified “Gold” LEED – EB (existing building) in the country, the Goizueta Business School in 2004, and the first LEED-certified building constructed in the Southeast in 2000 (Whitehead Biomedical Research Building).
What is LEED building?
The LEED program was established by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) to promote environmentally friendly, whole building design practices. By establishing these standards for green building, the demand for materials and supplies that are resource conscious will increase, thus, causing manufacturers to respond with more green products in the market place. Designers are encouraged to think in new and different ways to help create buildings that will conserve energy, water, and the project site's natural environment.
LEED certified buildings meet certain high standards for indoor air quality, energy and water conservation. A percentage of the materials are recycled, renewable or locally-sourced materials.
Emory University is a campus abundant with natural beauty, open spaces, trees and plant life. In fact, Emory's campus includes some of the most biodiverse forest inside Atlanta's I-285 perimeter. In 2004, Emory committed to:
- Leave roughly half of the University’s 700 acres of land undeveloped, supporting the protection of the Wesley Woods, Baker, and Lullwater forests.
- Beginning in 2003, a University policy has required that campus land suffer "No-Net-Loss-of-Forest-Canopy," ensuring every time a tree is removed, trees be replanted to maintain the same forest canopy.
175 Species of Wildlife in Lullwater Preserve
Right in the middle of Emory's campus, Lullwater Preserve offers acres of green space with trees, lawns and a lake for community members to enjoy. The estate is home to an English Tudor mansion where the University president lives with, by all appearances, at least 175 wildlife species as neighbors.
View the species list here.
Emory's Forest Management Plan
Emory is committed to restoring and maintaining the connectivity of Emory's forests, particularly the natural corridor along South Peachtree Creek from Wesley Woods, through Harwood Forest and the Lullwater Preserve, within the context of its Piedmont origins. Emory's Forest Management Plan outlines this effort.
Emory's Green Cleaning Policy
Campus Master Plan
United States Green Building Council
Emory University Environmental Mission Statement
Ad Hoc Committee on Environment Stewardship
• 6 Georgia Schools Make 'Green Colleges' List
• Students Restore Vacant Space
• Reused Trees Serve as Kiosks in Lullwater Preserve; Supports 'Emory as Place'
• Sustainability Update: How is Emory Doing?
• Emory Receives "LEED-Showcase Award for Innovation in Business"
• Emory University Named 'A Tree Campus USA University' by Arbor Day Foundation
• Lullwater Management Plan
• Emory Adds More 'Gold' to LEED Building Inventory
• Streaming improvements for Lullwater
• Procedure Green Cleaning
• A Look at the Growing Trend of Green Building in Higher Education
• Emory's New Green Residence Hall Opens Cultural Doors for Freshmen
• How Emory Beats Heat from Sprawl
• Campus Hot Spot Opens
• A Vision for Emory Forests
• Five Questions: Chris Beck, Biology Senior Lecturer at Emory and Chair of the University Senate's Committee on the Environment
• Conference Center Expansion Brings in Silver
• Green Buildings LEED to Reaching Goals
• Goizueta Foundation Center Strikes Gold
• Building Reaches Green Standard
• Oxford Residence Hall Receives Top Honors
• Emory's East Village residential complex is the University's first LEED Gold for new construction
• University Bookstore Consolidates Spaces
• Emory Freshmen Live "Green" in New Housing
• Few and Evans Residence Halls - The First in Emory’s Freshman Complex of ‘Green Housing’ Expected to Achieve LEED Gold Certification