Meet the Staff

Jason Mathias

As the Sustainability Coordinator, Jason works to lower Johns Hopkins' carbon footprint through Smart Labs and other sustainability initiatives. He is also responsible for managing data and metrics. Jason joined the Office of Sustainability from Baltimore City government, with five years logged in the Office of Sustainable Energy managing energy and alternative transportation projects. He is a Certified Energy Manager and has a B.S. in Environmental Science and Studies from Towson University.

Growing up locally, Jason has a passion for both trees and seeing Baltimore prosper. He's part of the community in Thread and helps weekly at Sarah's Hope. In his spare time, Jason can often be found biking around Baltimore, or at a local vegan eatery. Jason is excited to be working with you to make Johns Hopkins a leader in sustainability!

Jessica Bast

As the new Sustainability Student Programming and Outreach Coordinator, Jessica is looking forward to engaging and educating members of the Johns Hopkins community to strengthen participation in sustainability initiatives. Jessica's passion for sustainability sparked early on, guiding her to graduate from Elon University with a B.A. in Environmental Studies and from the University of Pennsylvania with a Master's in Environmental Studies, where she conducted her capstone research in collaboration with Penn's Sustainability Office.

Having grown up in Maryland, Jessica is excited to bring her sustainability expertise back to her home state and to the Hopkins community!


The Office of Sustainability hires fall, spring, and summer interns. Below are our two summer 2018 interns!

Isabela Garces (right) is our full-time intern for the summer! Bela is a rising junior at Hopkins majoring in Environmental Studies and minoring in Computer Science. Aside from being an intern at the Office of Sustainability, she’s also a Real Food Calculator at the Dining Office. She has a strong interest in equitable, resilient, and sustainable urbanism. In her free time, Bela likes to learn new recipes to cook, shop second-hand, and teach herself how to knit. Her favorite place in Baltimore in the Cylburn Arboretum.

Cara Valencia (left) is a rising sophomore majoring in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, with a minor in Entrepreneurship and Management, and grew up in Clifton, New Jersey. At Hopkins, Cara enjoys being part of SLAM, a hip hop dance group, and Sustainable Hopkins Innovative Projects, where she and a cohort of other students organize ways for students to engage in sustainable activities and practices more often.She's excited to be an intern at the Office of Sustainability, and hopes to raise awareness about more sustainable choices that are available!

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.