The Johns Hopkins Sustainability Leadership Council (SLC) was formally announced on Earth Day 2019. The charge of the SLC is to provide advice and recommendations to the Provost on policies, programs, and other initiatives that will build a greater role for Johns Hopkins in teaching, research, and leadership on environmental sustainability, both locally and globally. It is also tasked with amplifying the University’s research and practice around environmental sustainability, through fostering academic collaboration and supporting the work of the Office of Sustainability. Learn more about the work of the SLC during its inaugural year in the 2019 – 2020 Annual Report and Hub article.

The Council will be hosting its 2nd Annual SLC Symposium: Collective Action for Environmental Justice on Friday, April 9th 2021 from 9 AM – 1 PM EST. For more details on the event and to register, visit the link HERE. To review the framing documents for the SLC’s work on Environmental Justice, please follow these links: Environmental Justice Scope Paper and Environmental Justice Working Group Charter.

STRUCTURE

The SLC is comprised of four committees with student, faculty and staff representation focusing in the following areas: 1) Academic, 2) Engagement, 3) Operations, and 4) Research. These areas are critical to advancing sustainability throughout the University.

COMMITTEES

The Academic Committee includes representatives of every department and academic program offering degrees and courses related to environmental sustainability. The committee seeks to build bridges and identify synergies between current and evolving academic offerings, facilitate collaboration between programs, and strengthen JHU’s role in preparing graduates for leadership and careers in environmental sustainability. 

The work of the Academic Committee is shared by two Working Groups:

  • Energy Minor: Develop an undergraduate minor program in energy. 
  • Environmental Literacy:  Identify touchpoints, outline learning outcomes, and design potential solutions to establish environmental literacy as a characteristic of all Hopkins’ graduates.

The Engagement subcommittee works to identify programs and strategies that foster sustainable behavior change among individuals at Johns Hopkins, enhance sustainability literacy and awareness throughout the university, and strengthen strategic communications solutions to improve information sharing.

The work of the Engagement Subcommittee is shared by two Working Groups:

  • Staff & Faculty Engagement: Identify broad opportunities to foster sustainable behavior and raise awareness of the university’s sustainability resources and commitments among staff and faculty.
  • Student & Alumni Engagement: Identify broad opportunities to foster sustainable behavior and raise awareness of the university’s sustainability resources and commitments among students and alumni.

The Operations subcommittee seeks to address opportunities for improving the daily operational and business practices of Johns Hopkins across all areas of its environmental footprint, including energy, waste, food, water, transportation, wellness, procurement, and more. 

The work of the Operations Subcommittee is shared by five Working Groups:

  • Green Labs: Develop a green labs initiative to reduce energy use and waste in lab spaces, to incentivize efficient equipment, and to recognize labs for their efforts.
  • Green Fleet: Assess electrification and alternative fuel options for university fleet, while examining programs to reduce the purchase and use of single-occupancy vehicles.
  • Sustainable Procurement: Develop sustainable procurement targets, standards, and tools to influence university-wide purchasing strategies and waste reduction.
  • High-Performance & Healthy Buildings: Create high-performance & healthy building standards to reduce energy consumption and promote wellness in university buildings.

The Research subcommittee promotes coordination and communication between different research groups working on environmental sustainability, in addition to identifying opportunities for new funding and projects involving multiple university divisions that strengthen sustainability research. 

The work of the Research Subcommittee is shared by four Working Groups:

  • Campus as Lab: Harness the built and natural environments of the Johns Hopkins campus for sustainability research and experiential learning.
  • DC Programming: Develop research and academic programs that address issues of sustainability and environmental policy which will operate at Johns Hopkins’ 555 Penn location in Washington, DC upon its completion. 
  • Bloomberg Distinguish Professors Proposal: Developing a proposal(s) for a sustainability-focused Bloomberg Distinguished Professor (BDP) cluster hire to be submitted for consideration by the Provost.
  • Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Highlighting research initiatives taking place across the university, create working partnerships to cultivate greater progress, interest, and availability of resources for sustainability-related research at Johns Hopkins, and/or sponsor activities promoting the formation of such partnerships, such as seminar series and workshops.

An Environmental Justice Working Group exists separate from the four committees and will serve to hold the SLC committees, working groups, and their members accountable for intentionally incorporating themes on environmental justice into their work.  

COUNCIL MEMBERS

Robert McLean; SLC Co-Chair and Operations Subcommittee Co-Chair and Vice President, Facilities and Real Estate
Peter Winch; SLC Co-Chair and Academic Subcommittee Co-Chair and Professor, Department of International Health
  • Jennifer Calhoun; Engagement Subcommittee Co-Chair and Senior Advisor to the Vice Provost for Student Affairs
  • Julian Goresko; Engagement Subcommittee Co-Chair and Director, Office of Sustainability
  • Lizzie Grabowski; Sustainability Leadership Council Coordinator
  • Benjamin Hobbs; Research Committee Co-Chair and Professor, Department of Environmental Health and Engineering
  • Celia Lane; Undergraduate Student, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
  • Sally MacConnell; Operations Subcommittee Co-Chair and Vice President of Facilities, Johns Hopkins Medical Institution
  • Hannah Marker; Research Associate, Department of International Health
  • Lanise Stevenson; Graduate Student, School of Education
  • Susanna Thon; Academic Subcommittee Co-Chair and Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Benjamin Zaitchik; Research Subcommittee Co-Chair and Associate Professor, Morton K. Blaustein Department of Earth and Planetary Science
Susanna Thon; Subcommittee Co-Chair & Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Peter Winch; Subcommittee Co-Chair and Professor, Department of International Health
  • Amberly Bark; Graduate Student and Staff, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
  • Madison Bates; Undergraduate Student, Department of International Studies
  • Colin Bowen; Graduate Student, Whiting School of Engineering
  • Thomas Burke; Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management
  • Stuart Chaitkin; Senior Associate, Department of Environmental Health and Engineering
  • Meghan Davis; Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Health and Engineering
  • Jessica Fanzo; Bloomberg Distinguished Associate Professor, Berman Institute of Bioethics
  • Rebecca Kelly; Associate Teaching Professor, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • Jordan Kuiper; Post-Doctorate, Department of Environmental Health and Engineering
  • Carl Latkin; Professor, Department of Health, Behavior, and Society
  • Megan Latshaw; Assistant Scientist, Department of Environmental Health and Engineering
  • Hannah Marker; Research Associate, Department of International Health
  • Scot Miller; Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Health and Engineering
  • Anand Pandian; Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Anthropology
  • Genee Smith; Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Health and Engineering
  • Dorothy Thomas; Undergraduate Student, Department of Environmental Engineering
  • Darryn Waugh; Professor, Morton K. Blaustein Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences
  • Lana Weidgenant; Undergraduate Junior, Department of Public Health Studies
  • Honor Zetzer; Undergraduate Student, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
Jennifer Calhoun; Subcommittee Co-Chair and Senior Advisor to the Vice Provost for Student Affairs
Julian Goresko; Subcommittee Co-Chair and Director, Office of Sustainability
  • Melanie Alfonzo; Undergraduate Student, Krieger School of Arts of and Sciences
  • Patti Anderson; Director of Wellness and Health Promotion, University Health Services
  • Brittany Claridge; Student Success Advisor, Office of Student Transitions & Family Engagement
  • Ginger Hanson; Assistant Professor, Department of Community Public Health Nursing
  • Anne Haskins; Associate Director, Regional Programs, Development and Alumni Relations
  • Leana Houser; Solid Waste & Recycling Specialist, Custodial Services
  • Celia Lane; Undergraduate Sophomore, Department of International Studies
  • Jennifer Mielke; Director of Community Affairs, University Administration
  • Amy Murphy; Organization Development & Effectiveness Manager, Talent Management
  • Ana Marie Rule; Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Health and Engineering
  • Laís Santoro; Undergraduate Student, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
  • Deborah Schwengel; Director of Communications, Center for a Livable Future
  • Lanise Stevenson; Graduate Student, School of Education
  • Mackinley Taylor; Undergraduate Student, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
Sally MacConnell; Subcommittee Co-Chair and Senior Vice President of Facilities, Johns Hopkins Medical Institution
Robert McLean; Subcommittee Co-Chair and Vice President, Facilities and Real Estate
  • Debbie Aguilar; Director of Operations, School of Advanced International Studies
  • Melanie Alfonzo; Undergraduate Student, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
  • Roger Becks; Executive Director, Student Auxiliary Services
  • Alexandra Bellows; Graduate Student, Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Zachary Britt; Graduate Student, Bloomberg School of Public Health and Carey School of Business
  • Quintina Erby; Category Portfolio Group Director, Procurement
  • Ross Fischer; Director of Asset Management, Facilities and Real Estate
  • Julian Goresko; Director, Office of Sustainability
  • Leana Houser; Solid Waste & Recycling Specialist, Custodial Services
  • Martin Kajic; Director of Facilities Management, Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Ryan Kennedy; Assistant Professor, Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Casey Levitt; Undergraduate Student, Whiting School of Engineering
  • Gregory Moormann; Group Supervisor of Facilities Engineering and Project Management, Applied Physics Lab
  • Karin Neufeld; Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  • Agathe Pierot; Sustainability Data Analyst, Office of Sustainability
  • Eda Reed; Graduate Student, Bloomberg School of Public Health and Carey Business School
  • Raychel Santo; Senior Program Coordinator, Center for a Livable Future
  • Kellogg Schwab; Professor, Department of Environmental Health and Engineering
  • Brian Smith; Chief Procurement Officer, Procurement
  • Greg Smith; Director, Transportation Services
  • Lanise Stevenson; Graduate Student, School of Education
  • Laís Santoro; Graduate Student, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
  • JJ Tie; Undergraduate Student, Whiting School of Engineering
  • Eugenia Volkova; Graduate Student, Whiting School of Engineering
  • Destin Webb; Graduate Student, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
  • Ryan Weeks; Graduate Student, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
  • Leah Weston; Graduate Student, School of Medicine
Benjamin Hobbs; Subcommittee Co-Chair and Professor, Department of Environmental Health and Engineering
Benjamin Zaitchik; Subcommittee Co-Chair and Associate Professor, Morton K. Blaustein Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences
  • Alexandra Bellows; Graduate Student, Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Colin Bowen; Graduate Student, Whiting School of Engineering
  • Thomas Burke; Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management
  • Will Checkley; Associate Professor, School of Medicine
  • Jonah Erlebacher; Department Chair and Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering
  • Jessica Fanzo; Bloomberg Distinguished Associate Professor, Berman Institute of Bioethics
  • Paul Ferraro; Bloomberg Distinguished Professor, Carey Business School and Whiting School of Engineering and Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Dennice Gayme; Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Sarah Jordaan; Assistant Professor, Department of Energy, Resources and Environment
  • Tammo Lossau; Graduate Student, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
  • Hannah Marker; Research Associate, Department of International Health
  • Elsie Moore; Graduate Student, Department of Environmental Health and Engineering
  • Emma Moynihan; Graduate Student, Department of Environmental Health and Engineering
  • Keeve Nachman; Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Health and Engineering
  • Genee Smith; Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Health and Engineering
  • Darryn Waugh; Professor, Morton K. Blaustein Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences
  • Peter Winch; Professor, Department of International Health
  • Bianca Corpuz; Graduate Student, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
  • Lizzie Grabowski; Sustainability Leadership Council Coordinator
  • Chris Heaney; Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Health and Engineering
  • Celia Lane; Undergraduate Student, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
  • Megan Latshaw; Assistant Scientist, Department of Environmental Health and Engineering
  • Hannah Marker; Research Associate, Department of International Health
  • Laís Santoro; Undergraduate Student, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
  • Genee Smith; Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Health and Engineering
  • Peter Winch; SLC Co-Chair and Academic Subcommittee Co-Chair and Professor, Department of International Health

EVENTS

On April 9th, 2021, the SLC will host it’s 2nd Annual Symposium: Collective Action for Environmental Justice. For more event details and to register, visit the event link HERE

On September 29th, 2020 the SLC hosted an Environmental Justice in Baltimore City Panel Discussion. This event brought together practitioner and community voices from Baltimore City to discuss the intersection of social justice and climate/environmental concerns. 

On April 17th, 2020 the SLC hosted its first Annual Symposium, “Earth Day at 50: Renewing JHU’s Commitment to a Livable Planet” as a virtual event—an exciting opportunity for members of the Johns Hopkins community to come together and discuss sustainability issues as they relate to the university, our broader community, and the planet. View symposium session and hear from sustainability experts in a variety of fields and reflect on both our collective action and the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Video links and session details can be found here.

STAY UPDATED

Follow along with the work of our members and partners university-wide, stay updated, and learn how to get involved with the Sustainability Leadership Council  through our monthly letters to the community.

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GET INVOLVED

The Sustainability Leadership Council welcomes faculty, student, and staff participation from across the entire University. Faculty and staff nominees are expected to serve a three-year term, while students are invited to serve a one-year appointment. The nomination is currently open through March 31st; for more information on this nomination process and/or to apply, please visit the Student Affairs webpage. Additionally, the SLC welcomes any and all feedback which can be directed to sustainability@jhu.edu