Green Blue Jay Awards 2019

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During this year’s Earth Week, the Office of Sustainability celebrated the contributions of Hopkins sustainability leaders at the sixth annual Green Blue Jay Awards. The 2019 recipients span across campuses and include faculty, staff and students. Read here about this year’s amazing winners and their exciting contributions to sustainability at Hopkins:

The Change from Within Award recognizes those who have exemplified sustainability leadership in their departments by creating opportunities for their colleagues to learn more about sustainability in the office and in their daily lives.

The first Change from Within winner is Anne Haskins, leader of the San Martin Center Green Team. Anne has made tremendous achievements to create a greater culture of sustainability throughout the SMC building by planning and hosting San Martin Center sustainability events during Sustainability Month and Earth Week. Anne has continued to brainstorm new ways to involve different staff throughout her building and continues to motivate others to live and work more sustainably. 

The second Change from Within winner is Scott Klein, the Multimedia and Event Coordinator for the Bloomberg School of Public Health. Scott has been a long supporter of sustainability and recognizes the environmental impacts of events. To encourage his staff to incorporate sustainability principles into their events, he continuously utilizes and promotes the use of the Office of Sustainability’s resources that provide sustainable event planning guidance, which helps reduce the impact of his team’s events at Johns Hopkins.

The Spirit of Sustainability Award recognizes a person who demonstrates a unique enthusiasm for sustainability at Johns Hopkins that inspires change in others.

This award goes to Luise Lampe, a staff member in Donor and Volunteer Engagement and an active member of the San Martin Center Green Team. This past year, Luise completed the Green Office Certification on behalf of Donor and Volunteer Engagement and led her office to earn 4 out of 5 feathers. Since becoming certified, she has encouraged other offices in her building to complete the certification and has already begun thinking about how to move her office up to five feathers.

The Student Group of the Year award recognizes the Johns Hopkins student group that has made the biggest impact during the past year. 

This year’s award goes to Sustainable Hopkins Innovative Projects, otherwise known as SHIP. SHIP is one of the oldest sustainability student groups at Hopkins, and every year they work to coordinate new sustainability projects on campus. Additionally, SHIP played a vital role in the creation of the Sustainability Coalition, a group platform that brings together all of the sustainability student groups on the Homewood campus to encourage collaboration and relationship building.

This year we are honoring three graduating seniors with the Senior of the Year awards for their efforts throughout their time at Johns Hopkins.

The first Senior of the Year award goes to Clarissa Chen. Clarissa has studied sustainability since her freshman year as Public Health major with minors in Global Environmental Change and Sustainability and Social Policy. She has also been an active member of several sustainability student groups like Refuel Our Future and Students for Environmental Action. In her last semester at Hopkins, Clarissa was also part of the Office of Sustainability’s Eco-Reps internship program where she worked to engage her peers in sustainability by coordinating several well-attended events on the Homewood campus.

The second Senior of the Year award goes to Naadiya Hutchinson. Naadiya has been an active member in sustainability since her first year at Hopkins and has been the student leader for Blue Jay’s Perch, Hopkins’ student-run community garden, since 2018. Naadiya was also awarded the Mellon Arts Innovation grant in 2018 to install an art piece in Baltimore City that incorporates solar panels and black heritage.

The third Senior of the Year award goes to Roderick Bowlby. Roderick is a Political Science student with a minor in Global Environmental Change and Sustainability and Film and Media Production. Roderick began interning with the Homewood Recycling Office in January 2018, where he not only used his creativity to render a new vision for the Hop Reuse Hub showroom, but also provided maintenance knowledge and physical labor to make the space a reality. Additionally, Roderick has honed in on his talents and work ethic to plan events for the Homewood Recycling Office, develop professional-quality videos, and train the community on valuable reuse and repair skills.

The By the Book award recognizes the accomplishment of integrating sustainability principles and priorities into academics.

This year’s award goes to Dr. Megan Latshaw, an assistant scientist in the Environmental Health and Engineering Department at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Latshaw has worked to integrate sustainability into her lesson plans to increase knowledge of sustainability amongst Public Health students. For the past several years, Dr. Latshaw has also been the Chair of the American Public Health Association’s Environmental Challenges working group and was named one of 20 Pioneers under 40 in Environmental Public Health.

The Partner of the Year award recognizes an organization that has shown exceptional commitment to sustainability on one or more of the Johns Hopkins campuses.

This year’s Partner of the Year award goes to the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Irene Ferguson, Director of Student Enrichment Programs, helped recreate the Free Food Fridge to become a successful student-run food pantry that is now supported by the Maryland Food Bank. Additionally, Kwame Philips, the Multicultural Affairs Advisor, worked with the Office of Sustainability to co-host a documentary screening during Sustainability Month that brought awareness to food security issues in Baltimore.

The Above and Beyond award recognizes a JHU community member who has demonstrated the strongest commitment to campus sustainability efforts in a unique way.

This year’s Above and Beyond award winner is Peter Winch, a professor in the Social and Behavioral Interventions Program in the Department of International Health at the Bloomberg School of Public Health.  Throughout his courses, Peter has continuously incorporated sustainability into the curriculum to strengthen sustainability knowledge amongst his students. Additionally, Peter is currently the leader of the Healthy Environments thematic group for the Alliance for a Healthier World through the Bloomberg School of Public Health, which recently organized and hosted the Primary Air Care Symposium for the Hopkins community to learn more about global issues regarding, energy, climate change, and air pollution.

The Sustainability Champion award recognizes a long-time partner and supportive of sustainability projects, programming, education, advocacy and/or research at Johns Hopkins University.

Throughout the vacancy of the Director of Sustainability’s position, David Ashwood, Senior Director of Plant Operations, took the Office of Sustainability under his wing and provided supervisory support to its staff. Although tasked with managing several other staff at Hopkins and working to maintain the University’s plant operations, David has continuously dedicated his time to bring sustainability projects to fruition and support the Office of Sustainability’s programs.

The Office of Sustainability thanks this year’s winners for their meaningful contributions to a culture of sustainability at Johns Hopkins, and we look forward to seeing the work of future sustainability leaders throughout the institution.

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