Johns Hopkins Hospital

The Johns Hopkins Hospital (JHH) is committed to avoiding harms to human health; promoting a safe patient atmosphere; identifying sustainable solutions to produce cost savings; and improving environmental quality by enhancing policies, programs and practices for all of its business activities

Sustainability efforts are built upon one another over the last few years. The Johns Hopkins Hospital became a member of Practice Greenhealth in 2014. Johns Hopkins Hospital was awarded as one of the top 10 greenest ORs across the US with a Greening the OR Leadership Circle of Excellence for “leadership in implementation an innovation in the surgical department.” Additionally, Johns Hopkins Hospital won the Greenhealth Emerald Award in both 2014 and 2015 which “recognizes the cream of the crop of the Greenhealth Partner for Change award applicants.”

In 2015, Johns Hopkins Hospital was awarded a Trailblazer from environmental leadership by Maryland Hospitals for a Healthier Environment for a pilot program to “bio-decontaminate over $90,000 worth of supplies from 18 isolation patient rooms using vaporized hydrogen peroxide during a 2014 pilot project. Previously, supplies from these rooms, when not used, were discarded after patient discharge. The JHH materials management team collected, decontaminated and used these supplies. The team captured and returned to inventory and circulation over 4,000 pounds of materials otherwise destined for the landfill.”

Other 2015 accomplishments include:

  • LED Lighting: converted to 500 LEDs in 33 ORs for annual savings of $65,000
  • Green Roof: installed 65,000 sq feet of green roofing
  • Cogeneration Technology: reduce 30,000 metric tons of CO2 annually
  • Heathy Beverages: reduced sugar sweetened beverages in our café
  • Reusable Cups: sold 2,000 reusable cups and offer free water refills
  • Less Meat: introduced “Meatless Mondays” and reduced chicken services from 6oz to 4oz
  • Antibiotic Free: 60% of total meat purchased is antibiotic-free
  • Supporting Local: participated in the MDH2E Buy Local Challenge in café
  • Print Management Program: over $3.5 million saved since introduced in 2012
  • Reprocessing Savings: nearly $2.8 million (2010-2014)
  • Recycling: segregate 13 separate waste streams for recycling
  • Regulated Medical Waste: reduced from 35.25% to 13.75% (FY10 to FY14)
  • Recycling: increased from <1% to nearly 16.5% (FY10 to FY14)



Farmers Market at the Hospital
Every Thursday from 10am to 2pm, April 21 through October 27
Jefferson St. Pathway, near the Cancer Research Buildings

Green Teem Meetings
Held monthly on the second Wednesday at 12-noon in the Chevy Chase Conference Center, Zayed 2117. See full 2016 schedule. Please email to join the mailing list and receive monthly newsletters.




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