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Life University Goes Green

As one of the first 200 college and university presidents to sign on in support of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), Dr. Guy F. Riekeman has been offered, and has accepted, membership in the Leadership Circle as a Founding Member as of Feb. 17, 2007. As a member of the ACUPCC Leadership Circle, Dr. Riekeman has committed Life University to accept the responsibilities for recruiting other college and university chancellors and presidents in support of this initiative, as well as taking immediate action to implement initiatives for greening the campus and becoming a sustainable community.

Proud Partner with Grants to Green

Grants to Green provides environmentally focused knowledge and funding to strengthen nonprofits. This partnership between The Community Foundation and Southface gives metro Atlanta nonprofits the opportunity to renovate and build healthier work places that are energy, water and environmentally efficient. The ultimate goal is to improve a nonprofit organization’s building structure to not only have less of an environmental impact, but also to increase the cost-efficiency of operations, ideally saving more finances to provide more services. Life University is proud to partner with Grants to Green.

The following initiatives include eliminating greenhouse gas emissions over time on the Life University campus by completing an emissions inventory; setting a target date and interim milestones for becoming climate neutral within two years; taking immediate steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by choosing from a list of short term actions; integrating sustainability into the curriculum and making it part of the educational experience; and making the action plan, inventory and progress reports publicly available.

Georgia Clean Air Campaign

In 2011, Life University was recognized by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal for taking action to improve the air quality in Georgia and reduce traffic congestion on the roads. Life University encourages and provides incentives for all students, faculty and staff to carpool, use public transportation and tele-commute whenever possible. As a partner in the Georgia Clean Air Campaign, our efforts helped to reduce the state-wide vehicle miles from Georgia roads and kept 700 tons of carbon monoxide pollution out of the air we breathe.

Making LIFE a Healthier Place to Live

The mission of Life University is to educate its students in a set of core life proficiencies, equipping them to become skilled professionals, and preparing them for successful careers focused on serving the health needs of society. With this is in mind, one of the University’s priorities is to improve the health of the communities we serve. By becoming completely smoke free, we are furthering this mission and in doing so we are setting an example of wellness and prevention that is important to the health of our staff, students and community.

Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of disease and death in the United States. Life University is addressing the number one health risk of today by instituting a campus-wide no smoking policy. In addition, many people are unaware of how smoking affects their heath and their ability to recover from illness. We hope this policy will educate and remind our faculty, staff and the community about the health risks linked with smoking.

Our No Tobacco policy prohibits smoking or the use of any other tobacco product anywhere on the Life University campus. This policy prohibits smoking or other tobacco use within the buildings and on the grounds of Life University’s property. Eliminating all smoking on our campus reinforces our mission as a leading healthcare educational institution and sends a clear message that good health and health care do not include smoking or the use of other tobacco products. It also is a good way to support those who are trying to quit, effectively eliminating the triggers that make smoking cessation difficult.

All students, staff, faculty and visitors are prohibited from smoking, using, selling, free distributing and advertising tobacco products and electronic smoking devices (ex. e-cigarettes) in all facilities and on all University property, including University-owned vehicles and in any privately-owned vehicle parked or operated on University property.