About JHU Sustainability

Johns Hopkins University Sustainability is a network of students, staff and faculty who are committed to promoting sustainability in their operations and among the larger Johns Hopkins community.

Defining Sustainability

Sustainability is the collection of smart and responsible actions that prioritize people, natural resources, and finances to safeguard the health of future generations.

With this in mind, we see sustainability as a common vision that helps guide decision-making; it is the framework for building solid strategies that produce long-ranging benefits.  Most importantly, sustainability is about people.  People in the Johns Hopkins community are the core of JHU Sustainability, and they are the key to success.

What would a sustainable Johns Hopkins look like?

As a concept, sustainability gives us some tools for evaluating different ideas and measures.  It is also important, though, to use the concept of sustainability to see where we want to go.  We ask everyone at Johns Hopkins University to think about what a truly sustainable Johns Hopkins would look like. While everyone’s personal vision may vary, common themes arise from students, staff, and faculty sustainability involvement.

A truly sustainable Johns Hopkins is where…

  • Natural resources are used responsibly so that they can be renewed naturally;
  • Buildings and the physical grounds contribute to a sense of revival and rejuvenation;
  • There is zero waste – all waste is reused, recycled, repurposed, retrofit, or composted;
  • Sustainability principles are embedded in decision making, planning and actions of individuals of the institution; and
  • All members of the community are enriched by the experience of working or studying within its boundaries.

Ideas in Action

Think before you print.

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.