Greater Homewood

Most Johns Hopkins undergraduates study at Homewood, the 140-acre North Baltimore campus that has been home to our School of Engineering since 1914 and our School of Arts & Sciences since 1916. Today, about 5,000 undergrad and 2,000 graduate students take courses offered by those two schools at Homewood, which is also home to dozens of research labs, two libraries, residence halls, administrative buildings, and athletic and recreation facilities. Greater Homewood includes the School of Education, just across the street, and the Eastern campus, an administrative building home to University and Hospital employees.

Want to know about the Homewood's sustainability performance? Check out the Homewood Campus and the Housing & Dining Sustainability Reports for 2015.

Highlights

  • Food and beverage containers in all campus dining locations are compostable.
  • Home to three green roofs: Decker Quad, the Cordish Lacrosse Facility, Fresh Food Cafe.
  • Integration of renewable energy through solar photovoltaic installations on Mattin Center, Eastern and the Athletic and Recreation Center.
  • Students, staff and faculty have access to 21 Zipcars right on campus.
  • Minimum LEED Silver equivalent building standard for all new construction and building renovations.
  • Garland and Mason, Krieger, Whiting, School of Education, Sheridan Libraries Green Teams meet regularly to promote sustainability internally.
What can you do? Check out our comprehensive how-to-be-sustainable-at-Homewood guide

Key Contacts

To request recycling services, including bins for your academic or administrative area, toter deliveries, or pickup for special items, please submit an online request or call 410-516-8063. To request recycling services in a housing area, contact Housing Facilities at 410-516-7962 or 410-516-8282. In Eastern, contact Property Management Office at 443-997-8988. In the School of Education, contact Campus Operations at 410-516-4925.

To report a plumbing and heating, cooling, ventilation, and exhaust air systems in your academic or administrative area, submit a ticket at www.jhfre.jhu.edu or contact the Service Center at 410-516-8063. To report an issue in a housing area, contact Housing Facilities at 410-516-7962 or 410-516-8282. In Eastern, contact Property Management Office at 443-997-8988. In the School of Education, contact Campus Operations at 410-516-4925.

To request facilities, recycling, and compost support for your event, submit an online request.

For questions or concerns relating to grounds and landscaping at Homewood, contact Grounds Services. In Eastern, contact Property Management Office at 443-997-8988.

FAQs


How do I recycle batteries and electronics?

Academic & Administrative Buildings: Submit a request for pickup of University property at www.jhfre.jhu.edu/recycling. You can drop off personal electronics at Wyman Building 3 inside the door marked "Custodial Receiving Area." Please collect batteries separately. Homewood Recycling can supply a locked bin for hard drives with confidential information upon request. They do not take responsibility for any confidential information left on loose devices. Please wipe before recycling.

Housing Buildings: Every residence hall/apartment building has an e-cyling receptacle for disposal of electronics and cell phones. Depending on the building, these are typically located near the main entry, mailroom, or by elevator area.

Eastern: Place in gaylord on loading dock.

School of Education: Recycle batteries in the outgoing mail bin in the second floor vending area. Recycle electronics through IT by calling 410-516-8922.

How do I recycle appliances and lightbulbs?

Academic & Administrative Buildings and School of Education: Submit a request for appliances to be picked up at www.jhfre.jhu.edu/recycling. There is a charge for refrigerant to be removed. Lightbulbs are recycled through the Electric Shop in Wyman 3. For bulk services, call the Service Center at 410-516-8063.

Housing Buildings: During finals week, small appliances can be donated to the Spring Cleaning with a Meaning program that partners with Goodwill. This program parks a Goodwill truck outside residential halls to accept donations.

Eastern: Place in gaylord on loading dock.

How do I recycle printer cartridges?

Homewood Recycling encourages returning cartridges back to HP directly or through Office Depot. You can also submit a request for pick up at www.jhfre.jhu.edu/recycling.

Eastern: Place in gaylord on loading dock.

School of Education: Place in first floor mailroom.

What is TerraCycle and what items are acceptable for recycling?

TerraCycle is a program that allows you to recycle items that are not accepted in traditional recycling bins, like writing utensils and energy bar wrappers.

Academic & Administrative Buildings: Collect items in a shoebox or small bin in your office. Submit a request for pickup at www.jhfre.jhu.edu/recycling.

Housing Buildings: Every residence hall/apartment building has a TerraCycle receptacle for disposal. Depending on the building, these are typically located near the main entry, mailroom, or by elevator area.

Eastern: Place in bin in kitchen - west side, first floor.

School of Education: Place in second floor vending room.

How do I recycle excess office and school supplies?

Academic & Administrative Buildings: The School of Education collects and distributes surplus school supplies to Baltimore City schoolteachers. Collect these items in your space and request a pickup at www.jhfre.jhu.edu/recycling. Homewood Recycling will transport the items to the School of Education.

Housing Buildings: During finals week, small appliances can be donated to the Spring Cleaning with a Meaning program that partners with Goodwill. This program parks a Goodwill truck outside residential halls to accept donations.

School of Education: The School of Education collects and distributes surplus school supplies to Baltimore City schoolteachers. Collect these items in your space and request a pickup by calling Campus Operations at 410-516-4925.

What can I recycle from a lab?

limited number of items are accepted for recycling from laboratory environments if they have not been exposed to biological, chemical or radiological contamination. They include all types of office paper, pipette tip racks and boxes (not tips!), and plastic bottles which previously contained buffers or other solutions that did not include biological materials such as serum, growth factors, media supplements, etc. Labels of such bottles must be defaced or removed. Items from BSL III labs are NOT acceptable. Materials from labs can be collected within the lab and disposed of in designated bins in the hallway or you can request a recycle bin for your lab by filling out the Recycling Request form. You can also use your own bin but it must be clearly labeled “Recycle." Hazardous chemical waste should be handled through Health, Safety, and Environment.

I have unwanted furniture. How can I dispose of it responsibly?

Academic & Administrative Buildings and School of Education: The Furniture Reuse Program, coordinated by Homewood Recycling, offers a closed-loop for usable campus furniture. If you have unwanted furniture, request a pickup at www.jhfre.jhu.edu/recycling. If you need to purchase furniture, contact the Furniture Reuse Coordinator. Please visit the Furniture Reuse Program page for more information. 

Housing Buildings: During finals week, furniture can be donated to the Spring Cleaning with a Meaning program that partners with Goodwill. This program parks a Goodwill truck outside residential halls to accept donations. Housing and Residential Life has an internal process to donate and recycle university furniture.

Can I recycle Styrofoam and film plastic on campus?

Academic & Administrative Buildings: Yes! As of Fall 2016, Homewood Recycling will pick up film and foam to be recycled. These materials are recyclable through a bulk process, but not in standard recycling bins. Film plastics include shopping bags, shrink, bubble, and product wrap, air-filled packing pillows, newspaper and dry cleaning bags, empty and dry bread bags and Ziploc bags. Styrofoam includes only #6 packaging foam and coolers - no loose p eanuts or food/beverage foam please. Collect at least one bag of material and then submit a request at www.jhfre.jhu.edu/recycling. Do not place them in campus recycling bins. 

Housing Buildings: If this material is related to packing materials, the Wolman Hall Mailroom maintains a receptacle for these items. Speak with a mailroom employee for assistance on this matter. 

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Office paper is highly recyclable, but a lot gets wasted. Waste reduction is more cost-effective than recycling because it reduces the amount of material that needs to be collected, transported and processed.