Schools of Medicine & Nursing

Founded in 1893, the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine helped fuse instruction, research, application and practice for the first time anywhere in the world. The School of Nursing was established in 1889, making it one of the nation's oldest schools for nursing education. Johns Hopkins University's East Baltimore campus is home to the School of Nursing, the School of Medicine, the Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Johns Hopkins Hospital. Given the resource intensity of medical facilities, there is tremendous opportunity to explore new technologies, pilot innovative solutions and provide world class services that keep environmental impact in mind. 

Want to know about the Schools' sustainability performance? Check out the School of Medicine and School of Nursing Progress Reports for 2016.
  • Energy efficiency and conservation projects have helped reduce consumption, and earned over two million dollars in energy rebates. Projects include retrofitting lighting systems, and upgrading and/or replacing transformers, air and chiller systems, and lab equipment with more efficient models
  • School facilities have comprehensive recycling and composting solutions throughout, along with special solutions for unique waste streams like electronic waste.
  • To discourage use of bottled water, bottle filling stations and Quench water filtration systems are being installed throughout facilities
  • Donated surplus furniture from construction and renovation projects to local organizations, diverting waste and giving back to the Baltimore community
  • The Facilities department earned three feathers in the Green Office Certification Program, and received an inaugural "Spirit of Sustainability" Green Blue Jay award in 2013 and "Division of the Year" in 2015
  • Students are engaged and involved through the Leadership Initiative for the Environment (LIFE) group

Key Contacts

School of Medicine and Nursing buildings are all operated by JHU, with the exception of the 550 and 1830 buildings, as well as Bayview, which are managed by Broadway Services, Inc (BSI). Below, all buildings other than 550, 1830, and Bayview are referred to as "University spaces."

To request recycling services, including bins for your University space, toter deliveries, or pickup for special items, please call 410-955-3324. To request recycling services in the 550 and 1830 buildings, contact the Property Office at 410-955-2156. At Bayview, contact Housekeeping.

To report a plumbing, heating, cooling, ventilation, and exhaust air systems issue in your University space, contact Maintenance Customer Service at 410-955-3323. To report an issue at Bayview, contact BSI Property Management at 410-550-1146.

To request facilities, recycling, and compost support for your event in a University space, contact Custodial Services at 410-955-3324. For event support at Bayview, contact Housekeeping.


How do I recycle batteries and electronics?

University space: Call 410-955-3324 to request pickup. Only university e-waste is accepted. Please collect batteries separately. Custodial Services does not take responsibilty for any confidential information left on loose devices. Please wipe before recycling.

Bayview: Call Safety at 410-550-0227 to request pickup.

How do I recycle appliances and lightbulbs?

University space: Call 410-955-3323 to request pickup of large appliances (i.e., refrigerator) and lightbulbs. Call 410-955-3324 to request pickup of small appliances (i.e., microwave). 

Bayview: Call Safety at 410-550-0227 to request pickup. Vendor will recycle fluorescent lightbulbs.

How do I recycle printer cartridges?

Custodial Services encourages returning cartridges back to HP directly or through Office Depot. You can also request a pickup by calling 410-955-3324 in a University space, and 410-550-1146 at Bayview.

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 then send via campus mail or drop off at Homewood Recycling, Wyman 3. Homewood Recycling will transport the items to the School of Education.

What can I recycle from a lab?

University space: 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. 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. Materials from labs must be collected within the lab and disposed of in designated bins in the hallway. Call Safety at 410-955-5918 to handle hazardous chemical waste. Call Custodial Services at 410-955-3324 to request pipette box recycling container.

Bayview: Call Safety at 410-550-0227 to handle hazardous chemical waste.

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

University space: The Furniture Reuse Program, coordinated by Maintenance, provides a closed-loop for campus furniture. If you have unwanted furniture, request a pickup by calling 410-955-3323.

550 and 1830 buildings: Call BSI Property Management at 410-955-2156 to request pickup.

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.

Past Years' Reports

2015: School of MedicineSchool of Nursing


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.