The Johns Hopkins’ Office of Sustainability was developed in 2006 and is located within the Division of Facilities and Real Estate. Sustainability at Johns Hopkins encompasses a broad network of students, faculty, staff, and alumni partners who are committed to advancing a culture of sustainability across the university through practices and programs aimed at operations, behavior, and education.


The mission of the Office of Sustainability is to leverage the potential of Johns Hopkins to develop innovative environmentally and socially responsible solutions that support campus management, teaching, research, and co-curricular opportunities, while benefiting our region and the world. The Office of Sustainability works across all university schools and departments and is housed within the North 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).


Sustainability is the collection of smart and responsible actions that prioritize people, the planet, and economic vitality 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…

  • Natural resources are used responsibly so that they can be renewed naturally;
  • Buildings and the physical grounds contribute to a sense of revival and rejuvenation;
  • There is zero waste – all waste is reused, recycled, repurposed, retrofit, or composted;
  • Sustainability principles are embedded in decision making, planning and actions of individuals of the institution; and
  • All members of the community are enriched by the experience of working or studying within its boundaries.

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