The Johns Hopkins’ Office of Sustainability was developed in 2006 and works under the Facilities and Real Estate department. Sustainability at Hopkins encompasses a network of students, faculty and staff who are committed to promoting sustainability in their operations and among the larger Johns Hopkins community.
The Office of Sustainability’s mission is to provide tools and strategies to the Johns Hopkins community so that the institution is more sustainable and remains strong and vibrant. The Office of Sustainability works across all university departments and campuses and is housed at the Keswick Building near the Homewood campus.
Sustainability has been a core part of the Johns Hopkins experience for decades. Rachel Carson, one of the pioneers of the environmental movement, conducted her graduate training in zoology and genetics at Johns Hopkins in the 1920s and 1930s. Abel Wolman, the visionary for the modern urban clean water systems, spent the majority of his nearly eight decade career at Johns Hopkins. The Recycling department was created in the 1980s, well before most other universities had such dedicated resources, and in the year 2000, Johns Hopkins hosted a “Greening of the Campus” conference, one of the first in the nation (and several years before AASHE was established). During that conference, President Brody addressed the group:
At the start of this new millennium, it is even more apparent that how we use the earth and its resources will determine the kind of earth we leave our children and our children’s children. We face an enormous challenge: to protect the natural world and, at the same time, meet the needs of world’s growing population. Universities can help meet these challenges by forging new knowledge and providing the students with the necessary tools to solve problems.
I, therefore, declare the “Greening of Johns Hopkins Initiative.” Through this initiative, we will bring an environmental ethic to the university’s operations. The aim will be to create a sustainable future.
William R. Brody, April 21, 2000
Sustainability is the collection of smart and responsible actions that prioritize people, natural resources, and finances to safeguard the health of future generations.
With this in mind, we see sustainability as a common vision that helps guide decision-making; it is the framework for building solid strategies that produce long-ranging benefits. Most importantly, sustainability is about people. People in the Johns Hopkins community are the core of JHU Sustainability, and they are the key to success.
A truly sustainable Johns Hopkins is where…
The Office of Sustainability supports all divisions of Johns Hopkins University. The only division not supported by the Office is Johns Hopkins Hospital, which has its own sustainability group.
The Office of Sustainability receives requests for someone to speak to student groups and at staff meetings. If you’d like to make a request, please complete a request form.
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