Sheridan Libraries Green Team


Team Members:

Left to Right: Richard Gilmore, Glenn Gonzales, Heidi Herr, Adriane Koenig, Cindy Kommers, Shannon Simpson, Zoya Tsygan, and Cynthia York.



Current Activities:

In conjunction with the Office of Recycling, outdoor composting bins are being explored for MSEL. The team is also looking to create a 1-page onboarding document to inform all new employees about the many sustainable opportunities at MSEL and JHU.





The Green Team has achieved the following:

  • Hosted a meet and greet during Earth Day 2014 to introduce the Green Team to employees and promote sustainability.
  • Setup collection boxes for recycling pens and markers.
  • Given the "Above & Beyond" award from President Daniels on Earth Day 2014 in recognition of all the team and MSEL have done to promote sustainability.
  • Planned and organized the Libraries’ annual day of service at Baltimore City School’s Great Kids Farm. In May 2014, 23 volunteers gave 138 hours of service. Activities included weeding the beds, prepping the greenhouse, and processing beets for more than 6,000 students in Baltimore City to sample.
  • To date, the Sheridan Libraries has had the most Green Office Certifications of any JHU division. Two offices have achieved a difficult score of 4 feathers.
  • Created and maintains a sustainability guide on the Sheridan Libraries website.



Green Office Certifications:

Offices can pursue Green Office Certification by completing a sustainability checklist. A score up to 5 feathers can be earned and offices represented by Green Team members are listed below.


Academic Liaison Department



Special Collections



Sheridan Support Services



Entrepreneurial Library Program



Digital Research and Curation Center






Meeting Schedule & Contact Information:

The Sheridan Libraries Green Team meets on the 2nd Monday of every month at 11:00. To learn more about the team's efforts or to join, please contact the team's leader:



Page Last Updated: November 19, 2014

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