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Emory University is pledging to "break free from plastic"

July 2, 2021
The pledge reinforces the university’s commitment to divert 95% of its waste from landfills by 2025 and achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

Emory University in Atlanta is pledging to "Break Free From Plastic" to better the environment.  

The student-led initiative, Plastic Free Emory Project, outlines a five-year plan for reducing unnecessary single-use plastics on Emory’s Atlanta and Oxford campuses. 

By 2026, Emory University and Oxford College pledge to:

  • Establish a Plastic Free Task Force to engage stakeholders to enact the pledge.
  • Carry out a year-by-year single-use plastics reduction strategy.
  • Continue to use viable alternatives and establish purchasing guidelines to eliminate the procurement of unnecessary single-use plastics.
  • Further invest in education, resources and infrastructure to reduce single-use plastics on individual and institutional levels.
  • Increase efforts to eliminate plastic bags, plastic straws and styrofoam in accordance with the City of Atlanta’s ordinances.

Emory is the first higher education institution in Georgia to make a pledge of this kind, according to Post-Landfill Action Network. The  pledge reinforces Emory’s commitment to divert 95% of its waste from landfills by 2025, reduce Emory’s total greenhouse gas emissions by 45% by 2030 and achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

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