Bloomberg School of Public Health

Found in 1916, the Bloomberg School of Public Health is consistently ranked the #1 school of public health by U.S. News and World Report. Its mission is simply put, but far from simple: protect health and save lives, millions at a time. Milestone contributions to global public health include eradicating smallpox, engineering water safe to drink, and uncovering the dangers of tobacco smoke. Researchers today are working to uncover ways to eliminate Zika, encourage healthy behaviors, and improve quality of life for those living with chronic disease.

Want to know about the Bloomberg School of Public Health's sustainability performance? Check out their Progress Report for 2016 or visit their sustainability webpage.


  • In fall 2016, the new Department of Environmental Health and Engineering (EHE) was launched, bringing together two current departments at the Bloomberg and Homewood campuses.
  • The Master of Public Health program offers a special concentration in global environmental sustainability and health.
  • Workspaces have been outfitted using a butcher block material reducing the need to replace worn down surfaces, and instead providing a durable product that can be rejuvenated through simple sanding when needed.
  • The Johns Hopkins Biorepository is currently home to 60 cryogenic freezing units, with room to expand to 80. Prior to the JHBR space, samples were stored in 8 to 10 various locations spread throughout the Bloomberg School of Public Health. The migration to this
    new facility not only streamlines the storage process, but it is a boon to the university’s sustainability efforts. By consolidating storage locations, it allows for greater energy efficiency for heating and cooling one space outfitted
  • The Wolfe Street building has had window films strategically applied to its many windows, to reduce glare and heat entry.
  • In early 2013, Facilities piloted a deskside composting program that was expanded to all departments later in the fall to increase cooperation with composting efforts.
  • Baltimore's first outdoor bike repair station was the result of JHSPH community members advocacy to increase infrastructure to improve bicycle commuting. 
  • Students, staff and faculty make up an "Environmental Stewardship Committee" and students help affect change on campus through LIFE (Leadership Initiative for the Environment).
  • Meatless Monday, an international movement to reduce meat consumption and environmental impact, was started in 2003 by the Center for a Livable Future at JHSPH.
  • The Center for a Livable Future runs a Food System Lab at the Cylburn Arboretum, serving as a teaching and learning tool for community members and organizations.

Key Contacts

To request recycling services, including bins or pickup for special items, report plumbing and HVAC issues, and request event support, please submit an online request. For any other Facilities issues, call 410-955-3451.


How do I recycle batteries, lightbulbs, and electronics?

Deposit batteries at central locations at 615 North Wolfe Street. Fluorescent lightbulbs will be stored and removed by Health, Safety, and Environment. Recycle computers and peripherals through IT by submitting a help ticket. Only university e-waste, not personal e-waste, is accepted. IT will wipe the hard drives before recycling.

How do I recycle appliances?

Small appliances should be recycled using an IT help ticket. For large appliances (i.e., refrigerator), coordinate with Facilities at 410-955-3451. When a new appliance is purchased, the vendor should take and recycle the old one. 

How do I recycle printer cartridges?

Facilities encourages returning cartridges back to HP directly or through Office Depot.

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.

Drop-off bins are located at 2007 E. Monument Street.

How do I recycle excess office and school supplies?

The School of Education collects and distributes surplus school supplies to Baltimore City schoolteachers. Collect these items in your space and send via campus mail to Homewood Recycling, who will transport the items to the School of Education. You can also bring directly to the School of Education.

What can I recycle from a lab?

Recycling bins are not permitted in labs, but you may recycle a limited number of items in the hallway recycling bins outside the lab if they have not been exposed to biological, chemical, or radiological contamination. Items 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. Materials from labs must be collected within the lab and recycled of in designated bins in the hallway.

Pipette tips must go to biohazard. Hazardous chemical waste is collected in W1303 near the loading dock and disposed of by Health, Safety, and Environment.

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

Coordinate with Facilities by putting in a request or calling 410-955-3451. They will re-purpose the furniture within the School of Public Health buildings and then donate to a local partner.

Can I recycle Styrofoam and film plastic on campus?

During Campus Sustainability Month and/or Earth Week, JHSPH Facilities, IT, and LIFE collaboratively host a Styrofoam and E-Waste recycling event. Details will be published on the JHSPH listservs and on the JHU Sustainability Facebook page.

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Ideas in Action

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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.