Earth Week 2013
Join the Office of Sustainability for Campus Earth Week as we reflect on sustainability action over the past year and look forward to continuing progress within our sustainability at Johns Hopkins University. Check out the calendar of events hosted by various departments and organizations across the different Hopkins' campuses!
Real Food Hopkins and Students for Environmental Action are teaming up with the youth-led nonprofit Teens Turning Green to inform students about conscious living, informed consumption, and the collective impact of our individual actions. As a very committed team of JHU students has been working with Teens Turning Green over the past two years on many of their campaigns, we are eager to share this message of conscious consumerism with our fellow students on our campus. As one of the Road Tour's 14 stops nationwide, JHU students will be joining thousands of college students in their eco-learning experiences. For more information, contact Ruthie Burrows at firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 18, 6-9pm, Gilman Atrium
Students, faculty, and administrators from diverse campus affiliations are invited to attend the Town Hall Meeting. It will start with a FREE dinner of sustainable food followed by a talk from Rachna Kejriwal, JHU alumna and marketing director of an eco-friendly paper company. Attendees will then be invited to discuss and develop how to bring The Freshman Green 15 Project, an initiative designed to raise awareness about conscious living and mindful consumption for incoming freshman, to JHU's campus in Fall 2013.
April 19, 11am-2pm, Levering Courtyard
This tabling event will engage and inspire students towards choosing a more conscious lifestyle by offering free demos, sampling, tastings, and green tips. The display will have informational boards and showcase the Conscious Collections, essential items for college life that promote conscious living.
Alternative Spring Weekend: Urban Environmental Justice
April 19-21, times and locations various
Are you interested in a career in public service or the nonprofit sector? Do you have a passion for helping others and supporting the community? Join the Center for Social Concern for its first Alternative Spring Weekend! You can be a part of the first Alternative Weekends and make a true difference in the Baltimore community. The Alternative Weekends program is a great opportunity to experience an Alternative Breaks trip, but in just a weekend! It can also be a great starting point for internship opportunities or a career in the public or nonprofit sector. Please complete the application and email it to Kirsten Bishop (email@example.com) or print a hard copy and submit it to the CSC no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, April 5th.
Mayor’s Spring Cleanup Coordination
Saturday, April 20th, 9am-1pm
Make an impact during Earth Week this year by joining the Center for Social Concern and nearby neighborhood groups to clean up the community around us! Join as an individual or a team for a morning of service. Lunch provided but you must RSVP.
Sunday, April 21, 1-3 pm at BJP Community Garden at Johns Hopkins Eastern Campus
This exciting day will feature kid-friendly activities, a composting workshop, vegetable planting, fresh local vegetable sales, official hanging of their garden sign, and the launch of a new astronomical sculpture project. Special guest speakers (TBD) will be making a brief commentary about the garden and a local musician will add to the vibe with some tunes! (Rain date: Sunday, April 28) Don’t know where the BJP is? Check out their Google map location.
**Campus Earth Day Showcase and Green Blue Jay Awards Ceremony **
Monday, April 22, 11am-2pm on the Gilman Quad
Celebrate another year of sustainability efforts and celebrate Earth Day! The first annual Green Blue Jay Awards Ceremony will commence at noon, with light refreshments to follow. An interactive exposition of student groups, JHU departments, and environmental organizations from greater Baltimore will line the footpaths on the quad and contribute games, small activities, and information.
Who will be there: Hopkins Honeybees, Students for Environmental Action, Refuel Our Future, Student Government’s Safety, Sustainability and Development Committee, E2SHI (Environment, Energy, Sustainability & Health Institute), Campus Kitchens at JHU, Real Food Hopkins, Outdoor Pursuits, Baltimore Green Currency Association :B-Note, Baltimore Energy Challenge, Johns Hopkins Outdoor Club, Take Back the Tap, Slow Food Baltimore, the JHU ECO-Reps, Engineers Without Borders, Carey Business School Energy and Environment Club, Aramark, Retrofit Baltimore and the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future.
Come learn about their efforts, uncover opportunities to get involved, and participate in fun games and activities like a waste sorting challenge, Hug-A-Tree Photo contest, getting “schooled” on local food and food waste, a Water Taste Challenge, tips for reducing energy use at home, sample honey and take a pledge on something new you’ll focus on over the next year!
Earth Day at Johns Hopkins Hospital
Monday, April 22, 10am-2pm in the Phipps Library
Join representatives from the Hospital Sustainability Network for games, activities and prizes, including recycling games and gardening activities. Bring your electronic waste to dispose of it properly through the Recycling E-Waste Drive, and learn about what the hospital is doing to reduce its footprint and make every day Earth Day!
Monday, April 22, 5:45-7pm in the Charles Commons Ballroom Salon B & C
The debate will feature Cindy Parker, Director of the Global Environmental Change and Sustainability Major/Minor, and Bruce Hamilton, Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Economics. They will be debating whether fossil fuel divestment is an effective strategy for public institutions to use to mitigate the effects of climate change. Best of all, the event will be catered. Sponsored By: Alpha Kappa Psi and Refuel Our Future
Recycling Skills Challenge
Wednesday, April 24, 11:30am-1:30pm, the Beach on Homewood campus
The Homewood Office of Recycling will be playing games on the Beach. See how fast you can sort your waste into recycle, compost or incinerate (bet you didn't know that the majority of Homewood's waste goes to an incinerator located right here in Baltimore!). The Queen of Green will also be there encouraging people to take photo pledges to recycle and compost.
Wednesday, April 24, 12:15-1:15pm at JHSPH, 615 N. Wolfe St., Room W3030
Five students and two instructors with the Baltimore Urban Gardening with Students program (BUGS) from the Living Classrooms Foundation will come to JHSPH and conduct an interactive seminar about their program and help us make a healthy snack. Audience members will learn about how urban gardening can be beneficial for both child development and environmental sustainability and about an ongoing effort within the Baltimore City community to teach kids about urban gardening, nutrition, and sustainability. They will have a slideshow and short, student-made cooking video. Sponsored by: Green Student Group, Anna Baetjer Society, Child Health Society, Student Assembly, SOURCE
Film Screening of "Queen of the Sun"
Thursday, April 25, 5-7pm at JHSPH, 615 N. Wolfe St., Room W2008
Did you know that this year, 60% of the bees in MD died and half of the bees in the US disappeared?! Come explore the issues and implications of this environmental disaster with a film screening. Honey-themed snacks provided! Sponsored by: JHSPH Apiary Association, GSG, SOURCE
Green Research and Sustainability Symposium (GRaSS)
Thursday, April 25, 7 pm in Bloomberg 272 (the auditorium)
The Green Research and Sustainability Symposium (GRaSS) will feature short presentations by students and faculty about innovative research that they have been working on that deals with a variety of energy, water, or other sustainability initiatives. Hosted by SHIP.
Toxic Tour of Baltimore City
Friday, April 26, 12-2pm at JHSPH, 615 N. Wolfe St., at the Monument St. entrance (RSVP required)
This event is a bus tour that covers some of the city's most in need of environmental clean-up. Toxic Tour through Baltimore will conduct the tour. The goal of the event is to increase awareness of areas in Baltimore City that need the most environmental cleanup. Generally, these areas disproportionately impact low-income and low-resource communities. Following the event, we will facilitate follow-up action with participating students who wish to participate in environmental cleanup projects in Baltimore. Sponsored by: Green Student Group, Health & Human Rights, Student Assembly, SOURCE
Earth Week Happy Hour
Friday, April 26, 4-6pm, Turner Concourse at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
LIFE – Leadership Initiative for the Environment – will have food and drinks and a raffle of items. There will be vendors from different businesses focused on sustainability and organizations to help increase awareness for the environment.