At Emory & Henry, Blue and Gold makes Green. Emory & Henry has made an extraordinary commitment to sustainability and green initiatives, providing a model of leadership for its region as well as other institutions of higher education. Just this spring, the College announced plans to construct the first-ever, large-scale residence hall to be built with passive design. This house, which will be constructed with an eye toward LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environment Design) certification, will be the fifth time in as many years that an E&H building has attained this important designation. In addition to LEED certification, Emory & Henry has advanced sustainability through active environmental student organizations, award-winning recycling initiatives, electric college vehicles, and an impressive college garden that provides food to area farmers markets, restaurants and the College’s dining hall. This devotion to sustainability springs from Emory & Henry’s nationally recognized commitment to community service, which seeks to address issues in society at their foundations.
Buildings account for over 30% of total energy use and 65% of electricity consumption in the United States. We are working hard to reduce our energy conumption by not only ensuring that our new construction is energy-efficient, but also by retrofitting existing buildings and measuring their energy performance.
The cultivation and transportation of our food, as well as the resulting waste, represents a growing part of our ecological footprint. Click to find out what we're doing to to make dining at Emory more sustainable.
Fuel consumption by our vehicles not only represents a signifcant expense, but it also accounts for a measurable portion of our carbon footprint. See what we're doing to reduce our fleet's impacts.
Sustainability isn't just something we talk about; our students are actively engaged in making Emory & Henry's campus more sustainable through various programs both in and out of the classroom. Click to find out what they're doing and how to get involved.
The E&H Environmental Studies Program stresses respect for the multi-faceted and interdisciplinary nature of environmental problems, helping students become aware of the global dimensions of environmental issues and of the links between local and global scales.