Campus Sustainability Month

Join the Office of Sustainability, campus departments, student groups, and other campus offices as we celebrate Campus Sustainability Month this October and all the successes it represents. 

This year's Campus Sustainability month is themed "Waste Less, B'more." We encourage members of the JHU community to examine and reduce their waste footprint at home and at work during the month of October.

Events, celebrations, and initiatives will take place across the university. See a full calendar of events below. We hope to see you there!


Campus Sustainability Month Marketing Kit

Help us spread the word about Campus Sustainability Month (CSM)! Here, you'll find materials you can use to promote our events. All events below are linked to Facebook events when applicable.

Connect with the Office of Sustainability to stay in the loop. We're on FacebookInstagram (new!), and Twitter, and we publish a monthly eNewsletter, Hopkins Eco-Smart Moments. See you there!


Calendar of Events

Week of October 3

Houskeeping High Fives
Homewood Recycling and Custodial Services
Week-long on social media
To celebrate Custodial Staff Appreciation Week, Homewood Recycling will celebrate the efforts of our custodial staff on their Facebook page. We encourage you to high five your Custodial Staff this week and thank them for their efforts. 

Week of October 10

Where's Your Waste? Trivia
Student Leadership & Involvement, Office of Sustainability
Monday October 10, 7:30 pm
Nolan's, Homewood Campus
Relax, have fun with an evening of trivia for a chance to win prizes. Learn more about waste on campus and what you can do about it.

BYOMug Event
Take Back the Tap (TBTT)
Thursday October 13, 11 am-1 pm
Brody Terrace
Free coffee or tea when you BYOmug. Fight back against a culture of disposability and save money!

FSL Tree Planting with Blue Water Baltimore
Fraternity and Sorority Life, Office of Sustainability
Saturday, October 15, 9 am-12 pm
Get your hands dirty for clean water! Members of Fraternity and Sorority Life will join Blue Water Baltimore for a volunteer tree planting. Be sure to sign up and check in for volunteer hour credit. 

Week of October 17

TerraCycle Bin Giveaway
Homewood Recycling, Office of Sustainability
Week-long. Pick-up location is TBD
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. Staff and faculty collect these items in their offices and request a pickup from Homewood Recycling when ready. We've made it easy by purchasing bins and attaching signage for you. Pick up a free bin and up your recycling game.

Campus Waste Audit
Homewood Recycling, Office of Sustainability, various students
Tuesday, October 18, 7 am-1 pm
Wyman loading dock, Homewood Campus
Homewood Recycling will work with their contracted waste hauler to do a comprehensive sort, audit, and study of trash from a number of buildings on campus. This data will help determine what recyclable material is not being recycled on campus as well as opportunities to reduce waste, guiding operations and outreach efforts.

JHFRE Litter Clean Up
Johns Hopkins Facilities & Real Estate
Wednesday, October 19, 9 am-12 pm
Facilities and Real Estate staff is partnering with Parks & People, Friends of Wyman Park, and the Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks to remove invasive species and clean up in the Wyman Park Dell, just across from the Homewood campus. 

Upcycle DIY Daytime Distractions
Student Leadership & Involvement, Office of Sustainability
Thursday, October 20, 11 am-1 pm
Levering Courtyard, Homewood Campus
Repurpose your old t-shirts into either a new tote bag or dog toy (that will be donated to BARC, the local animal shelter). Each craft takes only 10-20 minutes. 

Litter Clean-Up and Happy Hour
Leadership Initiative for the Environment (LIFE)
Friday, October 21, 4:30 pm
Join LIFE on October 21st for a community clean-up event! We'll meet on campus outside PCTB (NE corner of Monument & Wolfe) at 4:30pm, then go along campus and in some neighboring areas to help clean up our community by picking up the trash the sidewalks. When we get back, we'll head to Atwaters for a social hour. LIFE will provide trash bags and gloves for volunteers. Please RSVP so we can plan routes and have enough supplies on hand!

Week of October 24

East Baltimore Styrofoam and E-Waste Recycling Drive
Leadership Initiative for the Environment (LIFE), School of Medicine and School of Public Health Facilities Management, School of Public Health IT, Office of Sustainability
School of Medicine: Monday 10/24 in the MRB Prefunction area
School of Public Health: Tuesday 10/25 in the Wolfe Street Building Gallery
10 am-3 pm
Recycle your electronic and styrofoam waste in East Baltimore to celebrate Campus Sustainability Month! These items are actually highly recyclable, but can't be recycled in our traditional recycling bins. Drop off your lab and office electronics, styrofoam #6 (with no food or biohazard contamination) for all to be recycled. 

Eco-Smart Outing Happy Hour
Green Team Network, Office of Sustainability
Tuesday October 25
Dooby's in Mt. Vernon
Celebrate Campus Sustainability Month with your Green Team colleagues, meet and greet with the Office of Sustainability's newest staff member Jason Mathias, and enjoy beverages in a reusable glass. First 20 to arrive will receive a stainless steel straw to help them take "the last straw" and reduce waste. Light appetizers provided. Dooby's is commited to environmentally sustainable practices in their sourcing and operations. Let us know if you'll be there. 

Before the Flood Film Screening
Refuel Our Future
Thursday October 27, 6 pm
Gilman 50
Refuel our Future, JHU’s fossil fuel divestment campaign, was given the opportunity to provide an advanced screening of Leonardo DiCaprio's new climate change film, Before the Flood before it becomes available to the public. Pizza will be provided! Question and Answer session with Deanna Steege, Director of National Outreach of Defenders of Wildlife will follow.

Fall Garden Clean Up Day
Blue Jay's Perch. Real Food Hopkins
Saturday, October 29, 11 am-2 pm
Blue Jay's Perch Community Garden, Eastern Campus
Wrap up the planting season at JHU's community garden by cleaning up plots and preparing the area for winter.

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.