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 in the 2020-2021 Annual Report.

The Council will hosted its 3rd Annual SLC Symposium Keynote Address on Monday, April 11th. For more details on the event and to register, visit here

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 Engagement Committee 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 Committee 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 Committee 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 Committee 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 Committee 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 Committee 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

Bob McLean; SLC Co-Chair and Operations Committee Co-Chair and Vice President, Facilities and Real Estate
Peter Winch; SLC Co-Chair and Academic Committee Co-Chair and Professor, Department of International Health
  • Jennifer Calhoun; Engagement Committee Co-Chair and Senior Advisor to the Vice Provost for Student Affairs
  • Julian Goresko; Engagement Committee 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
  • Casey Levitt; Undergraduate Student, Whiting School of Engineering
  • Sally MacConnell; Operations Committee Co-Chair and Vice President of Facilities, Johns Hopkins Medical Institution
  • Lanise Stevenson; Graduate Student, School of Education
  • Benjamin Zaitchik; Research Committee Co-Chair and Associate Professor, Morton K. Blaustein Department of Earth and Planetary Science
Peter Winch; Committee Chair and Professor, Department of International Health
  • Sarah-Marie Alam El Din; Graduate Student, Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • 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
  • Susanna Thon; Associate Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering
  • Darryn Waugh; Professor, Morton K. Blaustein Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences
Jennifer Calhoun; Committee Co-Chair and Senior Advisor to the Vice Provost for Student Affairs
Julian Goresko; Committee Co-Chair and Director, Office of Sustainability
  • Patti Anderson; Director of Wellness and Health Promotion, University Health Services
  • Anne Haskins; Associate Director for the Capital Program, Facilities and Real Estate
  • Teressa Healy; Communications Specialist, Office of Sustainability
  • Tom Horton; Alumnus
  • Leana Houser; Waste Reduction and Recycling Manager, Custodial Services
  • Melina Krawchik; Undergraduate Student, Whiting School of Engineering
  • Will Matsuzaki; Alumnus
  • Jennifer Mielke; Director of Community Affairs, University Administration
  • Amy Murphy; Organization Development & Effectiveness Manager, Human Resources
  • Lisa Nehring; Graduate Student, School of Education
  • Nam Nguyen; Graduate Student, School of Education
  • Emmett Novick; Undergraduate Student, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
  • Talia Shadroui; Undergraduate Student, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
  • Lanise Stevenson; Graduate Student, School of Education
  • Dorothy Thompson; Undergraduate Student, Whiting School of Engineering
  • David Yaffe; Alumnus
Sally MacConnell; Committee Co-Chair and Senior Vice President of Facilities, Johns Hopkins Medical Institution
Bob McLean; Committee Co-Chair and Vice President, Facilities and Real Estate
  • Sarah-Marie Alam El Din; Graduate Student, Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Mark Baumgartner; Associate Director of Plant Operations, Facilities and Real Estate
  • Julia Comeau; Graduate Student, School of Advanced International Studies
  • Bianca Corpuz; Graduate Student, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
  • Ross Fischer; Director of Asset Management, Facilities and Real Estate
  • Julian Goresko; Director, Office of Sustainability
  • Samantha Hamilton; Graduate Student, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
  • Leana Houser; Waste Reduction and Recycling Manager, Custodial Services
  • Rachel Huang; Undergraduate Student, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
  • Kiley Jones; Undergraduate Student, Whiting School of Engineering
  • Martin Kajic; Director of Facilities Management, Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • James Leatherman; Laboratory Manager, School of Medicine
  • Casey Levitt; Undergraduate Student, Whiting School of Engineering
  • Rishiraj Mathur; Graduate 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
  • Raychel Santo; Senior Program Coordinator, Center for a Livable Future
  • Kellogg Schwab; Professor, Department of Environmental Health and Engineering
  • Rob Shearman; Transportation Manager, Transportation Services
  • Brian Smith; Chief Procurement Officer, Procurement
  • Greg Smith; Director, Transportation Services
  • Ryan Weeks; Graduate Student, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
  • David Yaffe; Alumnus
  • Bena Zeng; Energy Services Engineer
Benjamin Hobbs; Committee Co-Chair and Professor, Department of Environmental Health and Engineering
Benjamin Zaitchik; Committee Co-Chair and Associate Professor, Morton K. Blaustein Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences
  • Nathaniel Adams; Graduate Student, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
  • Angela Aherrera; Graduate Student, School of Medicine
  • Alexandra Bellows; Graduate Student, Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Will Checkley; Associate Professor, School of Medicine
  • Isaiah Chen; Graduate Student, Whiting School of Engineering
  • 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
  • Julian Goresko; Director, Office of Sustainability
  • 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, Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Emma Moynihan; Graduate Student, Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Julia Ross; Undergraduate Student, Whiting School of Engineering
  • Kellogg Schwab; Professor, Department of Environmental Health and Engineering
  • Darryn Waugh; Professor, Morton K. Blaustein Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences
  • Stephanie Wilcox; Graduate Student, Whiting School of Engineering
  • Peter Winch; Professor, Department of International Health
  • Cathy Zhang; Undergraduate Student, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
  • Soof Zlotnik; Graduate Student, School of Nursing

Chris Heaney; Working Group Co-Lead; Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Health and Engineering

Nicole Labruto; Working Group Co-Lead; Assistant Research Professor; Director, Program in Medicine, Science, and the Humanities

  • Nat Adams; Graduate Student, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
  • Mashiyat Ahmed; Undergraduate Student, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
  • Bianca Corpuz; Graduate Student, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
  • Lauren Deanes; Graduate Student, Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Lizzie Grabowski; Sustainability Leadership Council Coordinator
  • Leana Houser; Waste Reduction and Recycling Manager, Custodial Services
  • Elizabeth Jones; Undergraduate Student, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
  • Nicole Labruto; Assistant Research Professor and Director of Medicine, Science, and the Humanities, Department of Anthropology
  • Carl Latkin; Professor, Department of Health, Behavior, and Society
  • Megan Latshaw; Assistant Scientist, Department of Environmental Health and Engineering
  • Casey Levitt; Undergraduate Student, Whiting School of Engineering
  • Hannah Marker; Research Associate, Department of International Health
  • Genee Smith; Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Health and Engineering
  • Lanise Stevenson; Graduate Student, School of Education
  • Cameron Tattle; Graduate Student, School of Nursing
  • Peter Winch; SLC Co-Chair and Academic Subcommittee Co-Chair and Professor, Department of International Health

EVENTS

Upcoming Events

On April 11th, 2022, the SLC will hosts it’s 3rd Annual Symposium Keynote Address delivered by Dr. Daniel Wildcat. For more event details and to register, visit the link here.

Past Events  

April 9th, 2021 | 2nd Annual Symposium | Collective Action for Environmental Justice

April 17th, 2020 | 1st Annual Symposium | Earth Day at 50: Renewing JHU’s Commitment to a Livable Planet 

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.

March 2020May 2020August 2020December 2020March 2021March 2022
April 2020June 2020October 2020February 2021April 2021

Review projects and efforts of the Sustainability Leadership Council through the SLC Annual Reports.

Academic Year 2020-2021

Academic Year 2019-2020

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