Earth Week 2015

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!

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**Campus Earth Day Showcase and Celebration **

Wednesday, April 22, 11am-2pm; The Beach on the Homewood Campus
Celebrate another year of sustainability efforts this Earth Day! 

An interactive exposition of student groups, JHU departments, and environmental organizations from greater Baltimore will line The Beach on the Homewood Campus and contribute activities, information and inspiration.

Who will be there: (List and include hyperlinks to their websites)
Students for Environmental Action (SEA)
Center for a Livable Future
Real Food Hopkins
Johns Hopkins Outdoor Pursuits
Johns Hopkins Outdoor Club
JHU Dining & Bon Appetit
The School of Education Green Team
JHU Housing and Residential Life
Homewood Recycling
Take Back the Tap
Zipcar
Refuel Our Future
Baltimore Community Toolbank

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.

Additionally, Synergy an exhibition and Earth Day event will take place at Johns Hopkins University’s Homewood campus. This interactive, temporary art installation/community sculpture will invite event attendees to participate in the creation of our River of Recyclables on Wednesday, April 22 from 8am-1pm, a. Baltimore Trash Talk will exchange 5¢ for each plastic or aluminum beverage container brought and counted at the event, awarding up to $25 to participate in our River of Recycling!

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Monday, April 20-Friday, April 24

Homewood Campus

Synergy Exhibition Team
Monday, April 6-Friday, May 22, Gallery Q in the Milton S. Eisenhower Library

  • Synergy is an exhibition and Earth Day event at Johns Hopkins University’s Homewood campus. The exhibition, which runs from April 6 – May 22 at Gallery Q in the Milton S. Eisenhower Library, includes four Baltimore artists—Brent Crothers, Leonard Streckfus, Max Shuster, and Bridget Parlato—and aims to initiate conversations about environmental issues. The exhibit will be punctuated by an Earth Day event on April 22nd that will transform Hopkins’ grand lawn (“the Beach”) into a River of Recyclables. A reception for the exhibition will happen on April 22nd from 5-7 PM in Gallery Q.  The work of the four artists presented in the exhibition will spark discussion about local environmental issues and current challenges related to consumer waste and fresh water in Baltimore. The artworks will be paired with essays written by Johns Hopkins students who have researched current environmental conservation efforts in Baltimore.

Meatless Monday Food Truck Rally and Veg Fest
Monday, April 20, 11am-2pm, The Beach on the Homewood Campus

  • The Center for a Livable Future, Students for Environmental Action and  Real Food Hopkins team up as a part of the Meatless Monday Refresh project.  A food truck rally and cooking competition between various chefs paired up with students featuring veggie centric items will take place.

Bike Tune-ups with Johns Hopkins Outdoors Club
Monday, April 20, 12-3pm on The Beach of the Homewood Campus

  • Pedal over and get a free bike tune-up!   While you’re there you can also learn proper bike car techniques to keep you safe and your bike in tip-top shape!

Project Cleanstream with Blue Water Baltimore
Monday, April 20, 1pm-4pm, TBD

  • Trash is not the largest problem that the Chesapeake Bay faces, but it is definitely one of the easiest to eliminate and that’s just what Green Team Members will do as part of this service project.

JHU Take Back the Tap Presents: Tapped
Monday, April 20, 6:30-8:30pm, Gilman 132

  • It’s time to find out the truth about bottled water.Tapped is an award-winning documentary that investigates the damaging effects of the bottled water industry on the environment, human health, and society. It poses the fundamental question: Is access to clean drinking water a basic human right, or a commodity that should be bought and sold like any other article of commerce? Food and refreshments will be provided. Bring your reusable water bottle!

Green Blue Jay Awards Ceremony
Tuesday, April 21, 5-6:30pm, UTL Commons Area

  • Help the Office of Sustainability celebrate another year of successes by recognizing those who make critical contributions to sustainability at JHU! The third annual Green Blue Jay Awards Ceremony will recognize students, staff or faculty receiving awards for their sustainability efforts, with light refreshments to follow.

Sustainable Action Speaker Series:  Brian Smiley
 Tuesday, April 21, 7:30pm, Mudd 26

  • Students for Environmental Action (SEA) hosts Brian Smiley, the architect behind the newly built Undergraduate Teaching Labs, to talk about the design and technology that went into creating the sustainable building.

Discussion Panel on Genetically Modified Organisms
Thursday, April 23, 6pm, Charles Commons East Room 304

  • Want to learn more about the food you eat? Want to learn about its impacts on the planet?  Join Students for Environmental Action for a lively discussion on the implications and future of genetically modified organisms.   

    Panelists include:
    Professor Alexios Monopolis, Ph.D, Earth and Planetary Sciences Department
    Raychel Santo, Hopkins alumna, former Co-President of Real Food Hopkins, and Program Coordinator with the Center for a Livable Future
    Juliana Vigorito (Public Health) and David Israel (Applied Math and Economics), Members of the Woodrow Wilson Debate Team

Green Research and Sustainability Symposium (GRaSS)
Thursday, April 23, 6-7:30pm, Hackerman B-17

  • Join the Sustainable Hopkins Infrastructure Program (SHIP) as they host scholars across the Homewood campus to discuss their research related to sustainability, and share opportunities for students to get involved.

Be Green and Hug a Tree Yoga with Athletics & Recreation
Thursday, April 23, 7-8:15pm,  Evans East 3rd Floor of the Ralph S. O’Connor Building

  • Be one with nature and celebrate Earth Day with an open-air Vinyasa Yoga class. This class is free for all Hopkins students, faculty and staff and appropriate for all fitness & experience levels. Some yoga mats will be available so please bring a mat if you have your own.

E²SHI Seminar: A Hydroeconomic Model for the Sudanese Blue Nile
Friday, April 24, 12:15 - 1:30pm, Maryland Hall, Room 201 (Homewood campus)

  • Saleh Satti, a doctoral student in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, will discuss a hydroeconomic model of the Sudanese Blue Nile that investigates the tradeoff between hydropower generation and agricultural production, as well as assesses Sudan’s sensitivities to varying economic and climatic conditions. A light lunch will be provided.

Bonus Event! Blue Jay’s Perch Community Garden 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.

Earth Week Celebrations the School of Medicine

Electronics and Styrofoam Recycling  
Wednesday, April 22, 9AM-5PM

  • Hopkins LIFE – Leadership Initiative for the Environment – will be collecting old lab and office electronics for recycling.  Additionally, they will be piloting a Styrofoam Collection program where clean Styrofoam products that are marked with the #6 recycle symbol will be collected and recycled.   Stop by to drop off your used materials and collect your raffle tickets for prizes to be awarded at the Friday happy hour. Open to students, staff and faculty.

Earth Week Happy Hour
Friday, April 24, 5-7pm, Ross Courtyard at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (The Daily Grind on the 3rd floor in between  Ross and Miller Research Building in the event of rain)

  • Hopkins 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.

Earth Week Celebrations the School of Education

E-Waste Collection at the School of Education
Monday, April 20-Friday, April 24
The Johns Hopkins School of Education Green Team and the Office of Facilities Management will celebrate Earth Week by setting up a drop-off station for electronics recycling throughout the building. All hard drives will be removed and shredded so there is no need to worry about data destruction.

Accepted items:

  • LCD/LED/CRT monitors
  • Desktop computers
  • Laptops
  • Mice & Keyboards
  • Printers and ink/toner cartridges

Earth Week Celebrations at Keswick

Monday, April 20-Friday, April 24, 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.

  • 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 donated to the Lions Club. The Organization then donates the glasses, helping people to have a betterquality of life.   
  • E-Cycle: Tenants can drop off E-Scrap Recycling to N2500 throughout the week.  Vangel will be picking up all e-scrap

Sustainable Lunch and Learn
Thursday, April 23, 11am-1:30pm
The Keswick Green Team and Transwestern will host a series of sustainably minded lectures during this brown bag Lunch and Learn Program in the Auditorium.  Attendees will receive a free herb, while supplies last!

  • 11:00 – Green Team Introduction and Welcome to include proper sorting techniques for Keswick Cafeteria
  • 11:15-11:45 – Patrick Richter with Waste Neutral:  Composting Tutorial
  • 12:00-12:30 – Bobby Prigel with Bellevale Farm & Prigel Family Creamery: Why switch to grass-fed meats and dairy
  • 12:30-1:00 – Mark Mills of Chocolate and Tomatoes:  TBD
  • 1:00-1:30 – Jon Camp, Executive Vice President of Vegan Outreach:  Eating Sustainably

 Earth Week Celebrations at the Whiting School of Engineering for Professionals

Monday, April 20-Friday, April 24, Dorsey Center 6810 Deerpath Rd, Suite 100 Elkridge,MD 21075

  • Electronic, battery, pen and printer cartridge recycling.  Computers and printers pickup by Sims Recycling

Earth Week at Mount Washington

Monday, April 20-Friday, April 24, Collection site will be a table located at McAuley Café Stairwell Lobby unless otherwise noted                                                              
Monday and Tuesday (SOUTH CAMPUS):

  • Printer Cartridges: Please bring any used printer cartridges to the McAuley Loading Dock to be recycled.
  • 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.  
  • 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. 
  • Battery Recycling: please bring in any used batteries to be recycled
  • Eyeglass Recycling: All collected eyeglasses to will be donated to the Lions Club.  The Organization then donates the glasses, helping people to have a better quality of life. 
  • Composting: Transwestern will be holding a raffle for individual compost bags. Winners will be chosen on Friday.
  • E-Cycle: Tenants can drop off E-Scrap Recycling to the McAuley Loading Dock throughout the week.  Vangel will be picking up all e-scrap items on Friday April 24. 2015.

Wednesday, April 22 (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.
  • Herbs: Transwestern will be providing herbs for tenants courtesy of Brickman.

Friday, April 24

  • Alternate Transportation Day:  Get to work in any way that saves energy and get a complimentary hot or fountain beverage from McAuley Café! (Courtesy of Aramark) Bring proof (take a picture of you and the mode of transportation) to McAuley Café between 8:30AM – 10AM to claim your reward!
  • 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.
  • Composting: Transwestern will set up a Composting table in the McAuley Café Lobby showing what acceptable and unacceptable items are. 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.

Earth Day at Johns Hopkins Hospital

Work Green, Live Green
Wednesday, April 22, 11am-2pm at the Zayed Chevy Chase Conference Room

This event will showcase a variety of vendors and programs implemented on campus to promote sustainability to get in touch with your inner green.

  • Forget the red carpet, Mr. Peterson will be rolling out the green carpet by awarding the “2015 Certified Green Offices”
  • Get your “green thumb” on while talking to a Master Gardener
  • See how we’re supporting local farmers and offering healthier options with our dietician staff
  • Learn how to recycle at home with the City of Baltimore DPW liaison
  • Spring cleaning time! Clean out your clutter and bring your old eye glasses or cell phones for recycling

The Earth Day Fair is part of a larger effort by the Sustainability Network, which includes Johns Hopkins Medicine and The Johns Hopkins University, to promoe sound environmental practices that benefit our patients, staff, and the community.

JMHI Farmers Market
Thursday, April 23; 10am-2pm at 500 North Broadway

  • The Johns Hopkins Hospital Farmers Market will be up and running for its 7th season on Tuesdays from April 23 until October 29.  The market is a fantastic place to grab a quick, locally made hot lunch, as well as produce, nuts, and fresh breads.