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 2nd Annual SLC Symposium: Collective Action for Environmental Justice on Friday, April 9th 2021. For more details on the event including a recording of the keynote address by Dr. Carolyn Finney, visit 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
  • Casey Levitt; Undergraduate Student, Whiting School of Engineering
  • Sally MacConnell; Operations Subcommittee Co-Chair and Vice President of Facilities, Johns Hopkins Medical Institution
  • 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
  • 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
  • Darryn Waugh; Professor, Morton K. Blaustein Department of Earth & Planetary 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
  • 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
  • Leana Houser; Waste Reduction and Recycling Manager, Custodial Services
  • Melina Krawchik; Undergraduate Student, Whiting School of Engineering
  • 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; 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
  • Sarah-Marie Alam El Din; Graduate Student, Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Mark Baumgartner; Associate Director of Plant Operations, Facilities and Real Estate
  • Roger Becks; Executive Director, Student Auxiliary Services
  • Julia Comeau; Graduate Student, School of Advanced International Studies
  • Bianca Corpuz; Graduate Student, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
  • Quintina Erby; Category Portfolio Group Director, Procurement
  • 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; 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Chris Heaney; Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Health and Engineering
  • 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

On April 9th, 2021, the SLC hosted it’s 2nd Annual Symposium: Collective Action for Environmental Justice. For more event details and to view a recording of the keynote address delivered by Dr. Carolyn Finney, 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.

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

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

Academic Year 2019-2020

Academic Year 2020-2021

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 closed and will reopen in the spring; 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