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Community Impact

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Our hometown of Atlanta and communities across the globe engage with Emory to benefit from its ability to share knowledge, improve conditions, and deliver care and compassion where it matters the most.

In Atlanta

Emory is the largest employer in the region, and in 2018 the university had a $11.4 billion economic impact on metro Atlanta.

As a member of the Georgia Research Alliance, Emory has partnerships with Georgia Tech, the University of Georgia, Georgia State University, Augusta University, and Clark Atlanta University that attract research dollars and jobs to the state.

Emory also benefits Atlanta through civic and volunteer relationships, including student community service and our Center for Civic and Community Engagement.

Through its Start:ME program, Goizueta Business School has provided mentorship and business training to more than 200 local small businesses, most of which are minority owned.

Through Sustainability

Emory’s 2025 Vision (pdf) is a model of transformative practice and sustainable choices at every level. 

Our Water Hub is the first and only water-reclamation facility in the US built around principles of biomimicry—imitating natural processes—to recycle sewage into water used for heating and cooling Emory’s buildings and toilet flushing.

Emory’s goal is to achieve 79 percent landfill waste diversion by January 2019, generating new recyclable products and compost for farmers.

Our food-procurement goal is to serve 75 percent local or sustainable food by 2025.

Emory supports education about local food with its Oxford Organic Farm, weekly Farmers Market, and 10 Educational Gardens.

Emory has more than four million gross square feet of LEED-certified building space.

Our shuttle system provides free public transit to the community, taking more than three million car trips off the road every year and running on a biofuel made from the used cooking oil from campus cafeterias.

Our Piedmont Project is a nationally recognized program to train faculty to incorporate sustainability into their research and curriculum.

Through Social Justice

Emory is dedicated to social justice. In our Peabody Award–winning podcast Buried Truths, produced in partnership with WABE public radio, undergraduates work to solve unsolved or unpunished racially motivated Georgia murders of the modern civil rights era.

Through the Arts

This year, the Michael C. Carlos Museum is celebrating 100 years of inspiring Emory faculty and students as well as visitors from Atlanta and beyond. Last year alone, the Carlos Museum welcomed 66,000 visitors, half of which were schoolchildren.

Through Public Health

Internationally, more than 3,000 Emory students have participated in The Carter Center’s humanitarian efforts and work to improve public health.

Emory has myriad partnerships and programs—involving experts in public health, medicine, business, and law—designed to extend and improve lives in the US and countries around the world.

Emory’s Institute for Developing Nations connects research and academic programs at

the university with Carter Center programs to strengthen scholarship on development and

provide direct support to development efforts in some of the poorest countries in the world.

Through Health Care

Our social impact is far-reaching in health care, as Emory commits millions of dollars to support indigent health care in metro Atlanta.

The Emory Healthcare Veterans Program is one of four national programs that constitute the Warrior Care Network, providing clinical and family-centered treatment to veterans.

The Emory Vaccine Center is one of the world’s largest academic vaccine centers seeking vaccines for Ebola, AIDS, malaria, hepatitis C, influenza, and tuberculosis.

The Emory Brain Health Center boasts more than 400 researchers and clinicians collaborating to predict, prevent, treat, or cure devastating brain diseases or disorders.

And Emory has changed the course of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, with more than 90 percent of US  HIV patients taking at least one of the drugs invented by Emory researchers.

Through Research

Emory received $685.5 million in health sciences research grants from external sources in 2018—including $359.2 million from the National Institutes of Health—used to conduct more than 2,000 clinical trials involving 21,000 participants that seek new lifesaving medicines, medical devices, and treatment protocols.

Through Patient Care

At Emory Healthcare, the education of our professionals is geared toward future needs, with 25 percent of all Georgia physicians trained at Emory and our Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing is addressing the national nursing shortage through its programs.

In 2018, Emory provided $558.8 million in community benefits to improve Georgians’ health care.

Currently, Emory University Hospital and Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital are ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in Georgia, respectively, by US News & World Report.

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