Earth Week 2014

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!


"Face the Waste" Showcase

April 21-25, various locations on Homewood Campus
Learn more about the behind the scenes process of recycling and composting with Homewood Recycling's photo bin series. Images of those who make the "magic" happen, as well as facilities that make it all possible, will help you as a consumer understand and appreciate the process behind waste diversion.

**Campus Earth Day Showcase and Green Blue Jay Awards Ceremony **

Tuesday, April 22, 11am-2pm on the Gilman Quad
Celebrate another year of sustainability efforts this Earth Day! The “State of Sustainability at JHU” address by President Daniels will commence at noon, followed immediately by the presentation of the second annual Green Blue Jay Awards. An interactive exposition of student groups, JHU departments, and environmental organizations from greater Baltimore will line the footpaths on the quad and contribute activities, information and inspiration.

Who will be there: Students for Environmental Action (SEA), Student Government’s Safety, Sustainability and Development Committee, E2SHI (Environment, Energy, Sustainability & Health Institute), Real Food Hopkins, Outdoor Pursuits, Johns Hopkins Outdoor Club, Take Back the Tap, JHU Dining & Bon Appetit, the School of Education Green Team, JHU Housing, Homewood Recycling, the School of Education Green Team, JHU Voice for Choice, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Food and Water Watch of Baltitmore and the Center for Social Concern.

Come learn about their efforts, uncover opportunities to get involved, and participate in fun games and activities like a waste sorting cornhole, JHOC's Hug-A-Tree Photo contest, SEA's "stuff swap," and bring unneeded school supplies for the School of Education to donate to local area schools.

Freestore "Stuff Swap" Exchange: Clear out those closets, lighten your load before move-out and bring SEA your unwanted items (clothing, shoes, book, housewares, etc.). You can take what you want, leave what you don't and help close the loop on consumption!

Earth Day at Johns Hopkins Hospital

Wednesday, April 23, 10am-2pm at the Chevy Chase Bank Auditorium
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!

Green Lacrosse Game

Wednesday, April 23, 6pm at Homewood Field
Blue Jay fans go green! In partnership with the university athletics department, the Office of Sustainability will be tabling with information and activities before and during the game, to engage fans and encouraging game day recycling.

Low Carbon Diet Day with Bon Appetit

Thursday, April 24, Lunch at FFC and Dinner at Nolan's
The Low Carbon Diet is Bon Appétit Management Company’s program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from our food service operations by 25% over five years, maintain lower emissions going forward, and to educate our staff and guests about how the food system contributes to climate change.

Earth Week Trivia Competition at JHSPH

Thursday, April 24, Wall of Wonder in the Wolfe Street Building
Come test your knowledge about public health and the environment! Join your friends for festive competition and a chance to learn more about our life-supporting blue planet. We'll provide a healthy lunch from Land of Kush and prizes for the winning team! Teams must have 4-6 members. Register now to reserve your spot! Individuals can arrive the day of the event and join a team, space permitting. All Hopkins staff, faculty, and students are welcome. Brought to you by the Environmental Stewardship Committee and the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future.

Real Food presents "Growing Cities"- A movie screening PARTY

Thursday, April 24, 6PM, Nolan's on 33rd Salon A
Growing Cities details urban farms across the United States, and helps inspire all to find their place in a changing food landscape. Free food will be provided!

Film Screening: WALL-E

Thursday, April 24, 6:30pm, Krieger 205
To celebrate Earth Week 2014, the Film Society is partnering with the JHU Office of Sustainability for a screening of the Pixar masterpiece, WALL-E! Aside from its poignant portrayal of robot-love, WALL-E offers a thoughtful critique on consumerism, and how wastefulness impacts the environment, making it an excellent choice of film for this time of year.

Film Screening: The Lorax

Thursday, April 24, 8pm, the Beach
Grab a chair or blanket and join Students for Environmental Action for "The Lorax."

Green Research and Sustainability Symposium (GRaSS)

Thursday, April 24th, 6PM,Shaffer 101
Join the Sustainable Hopkins Infrastructure Program (SHIP) as they host multiple speakers on the topic of Sustainability. Come and learn more about Aquaponics, Biofuels, the Lighting Industry, oil spills, and the electricity market!

Earth Week Celebration at Peabody

Friday, April 24, 11am-1pm, Peabody Plaza
Join the Peabody Green Group as they hand out vegetable and herb seeds in honor of Earth Week. There will be tons of choices so be sure to come on out and plant some yummy things to grow!

E²SHI Annual Symposium

Friday, April 25, 2-5PM, Olin Hall Auditorium (Homewood Campus)
Join the Johns Hopkins Environment, Energy, Sustainability & Health Institute (E²SHI) for its Annual Symposium featuring Dr. Ben Orlove from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, who will discuss how metrics and quantifying information influence decision-making, democratic debate, and sustainable development. The presentation will be followed by a reception and posters showcasing E²SHI seed grant and fellowship research. The symposium is free and open to the public.

Earth Week Happy Hour

Friday, April 25, 4-6pm, Ross Courtyard at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (Turner Concourse in the event of rain)
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.

Bonus Events

Toxic Tour with Glenn Ross

Friday, May 2, 12-1:30PM, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Join in on a bus tour given by Glenn Ross, voted Baltimore's "Best Community Activist" by City Paper in 2001. He will take us by bus to a few sites in Baltimore to talk about environmental justice issues, sharing his vision to educate residents and community stakeholders in “how our environment affects our health." Learn more about his efforts here:

Event is free but registration required as seats are limited. Register HERE! Bus will depart from the
East Monument St. side of JHSPH building.

Blue Jay’s Perch Spring Kickoff Party

Saturday, May 3, 12-2 pm at BJP Community Garden at Johns Hopkins Eastern Campus
Come out to the Blue Jay's Perch Community Garden to help us kick-off the start of the summer growing season. Food and drinks will be provided. Workshops about composting, weeding and watering will inform participants about how to sustain a garden. There will be live music and activites including scarecrow building. Event open to all community members

Blue Jay Bikes "Bike Month Kickoff"

Wednesday, April 30, 12-3PM, the Beach
Blue Jay Bikes would like to celebrate the official bike month of May with YOU, the students and faculty of JHU. Whether you drive, bike, take public transit or just plain walk, come out to Gilman Quad for some free music, a baked goods sale and a wonderful opportunity to learn about our the world's growing sustainable transportation movement. In appreciation of our biking crowd, we'll also be hosting complimentary bike tune-ups and biking tips, courtesy of the very awesome 20Twenty Cycling Company.  


School Supply Drive

Tuesday, April 22, 11AM-2PM, Keyser Quad on Homewood
As part of the Campus Earth Day event, Campus Operations and Krieger Hall Green Teams will be tabling with collection bins for items that can be donated to the School of Education/inner city schools for items used, unused, and new in demand in classrooms. From notebooks and binders, to paper clips, rubber bands, backpacks and writing utensils, the SoE can help find them a new home!

E-Waste Collection at the School of Public Health

Tuesday, April 22, 11AM-1PM, Wall of Wonder
The Bloomberg School of Public Health, through the offices of Information Technology and Facilities Management, will once again celebrate Earth Week by setting up a drop-off station for electronics recycling. All hard drives will be removed and shredded so there is no need to worry about data destruction.

We will be accepting the following items:
  • LCD/LED/CRT monitors
  • Desktop computers
  • Laptops
  • Mice & Keyboards
  • Printers and ink/toner cartridges
E-Waste Collection at School of Medicine

Wednesday, April 23, 9AM-5PM
LIFE – Leadership Initiative for the Environment – will be collecting old lab and office electronics for recycling & giving out raffle tickets for prizes to be awarded at the Friday happy hour. Open to students, staff and faculty.

Earth Week as Keswick

April 21-25
Areas will be set up in both the North and South lobby with boxes for eyeglass donations, cell phone contributions, old electronics and used batteries. Tree saplings will be given away by the Keswick Green Team on Tuesday at the cafeteria. While supplies last!

Earth Week at Mount Washington

April 21-25

Monday and Tuesday (SOUTH CAMPUS):

Printer Cartridges: Please bring any used printer cartridges to the McAuley Loading Dock to be recycled.� This is a new service that Johns Hopkins has started and will be available anytime throughout the year.

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday (SOUTH CAMPUS):

Cell Phone Donation: Working with GRC wireless recycling. The vendor has sent posters and shipping labels to ship all cell phones collected. They are being collected for “Operation Gratitude” which helps raise money to send soldiers care packages.

Battery Recycling: please bring in any used batteries to be recycled

Eyeglass Recycling: All collected eyeglasses to will be dropped off @ Pearl Vision by Transwestern, who is a partner with Lions Club eyeglass donation. Lions Club then donates the glasses, helping people to have a better quality of life.

Wednesday (SOUTH CAMPUS):

Campus Garden: Brickman will be offering information to plant and maintain Campus Garden. The items grown in the Garden will be used in the daily cooking by Aramark at both the North and South Campus Campuses.

Composting: Transwestern will set up a Composting table in the McAuley Café Lobby showing what are acceptable and unacceptable items. This will help assure that the tenants are composting as many items as possible. TW will also be holding a give-away for employees to win a bag of compost for your personal use.

Herbs: Transwestern will be providing herbs for tenants courtesy of Brickman.


E-Cycle: Tenants can drop off E-Scrap Recycling to the McAuley Loading Dock. Vangel will be picking up all e-scrap items the following week.