Emory to receive environmental honor

10 09 2008


Stacy Shelton | AJC

Emory University will receive the top honor from one of the state’s largest environmental organizations at an annual fundraiser next month.

In an announcement made Wednesday, the Georgia Conservancy said it chose Emory as the Distinguished Conservationist of the Year for the university’s “extraordinary efforts to incorporate sustainability as a way to restore the global ecosystem, promote healthy living and reduce the university’s impact on the surrounding environment.”

Emory uses alternative fuels for its buses and other campus vehicles; has set aside more than half the campus for green space and is using stormwater runoff to irrigate its landscaping.

In addition, every new building constructed on campus must meet energy efficiency standards recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Emory recently was ranked one of the nation’s top “green” colleges by the Princeton Review, a college guide for students and their parents. Georgia Tech also ranked high in the green category.

The Georgia Conservancy will give Emory the award at its Eco-Benefête on Oct. 18. Chuck Leavell, an award-winning tree farmer from Middle Georgia and the keyboardist for the Rolling Stones, is this year’s honorary chair.

For more information on Eco-Benefête, contact the Georgia Conservancy at (404) 876-2900.




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