Found in 1916, the Bloomberg School of Public Health is consistently ranked the #1 school of public health by U.S. News and World Report. Its mission is simply put, but far from simple: protect health and save lives, millions at a time. Milestone contributions to global public health include eradicating smallpox, engineering water safe to drink, and uncovering the dangers of tobacco smoke. Researchers today are working to uncover ways to eliminate Zika, encourage healthy behaviors, and improve quality of life for those living with chronic disease.


  • In fall 2016, the new Department of Environmental Health and Engineering (EHE) was launched, bringing together two current departments at the Bloomberg and Homewood campuses.
  • Workspaces have been outfitted using a butcher block material reducing the need to replace worn down surfaces, and instead providing a durable product that can be rejuvenated through simple sanding when needed.
  • The Johns Hopkins Biorepository is currently home to 60 cryogenic freezing units, with room to expand to 80. Prior to the JHBR space, samples were stored in 8 to 10 various locations spread throughout the Bloomberg School of Public Health. The migration to this
    new facility not only streamlines the storage process, but it is a boon to the university’s sustainability efforts. By consolidating storage locations, it allows for greater energy efficiency for heating and cooling one space outfitted
  • The Wolfe Street building has had window films strategically applied to its many windows, to reduce glare and heat entry.
  • In early 2013, Facilities piloted a desk-side composting program that was expanded to all departments later in the fall to increase cooperation with composting efforts.
  • Baltimore’s first outdoor bike repair station was the result of JHSPH community members advocacy to increase infrastructure to improve bicycle commuting.
  • Meatless Monday, an international movement to reduce meat consumption and environmental impact, was started in 2003 by the Center for a Livable Future at JHSPH.
  • The Center for a Livable Future runs a Food System Lab at the Cylburn Arboretum, serving as a teaching and learning tool for community members and organizations.


To request recycling services, including bins or pickup for special items, report plumbing and HVAC issues, and request event support, please submit an online request. For any other Facilities issues, call 410-955-3451.


Every fall and spring, the JHSPH hosts an electronics recycling events for students, faculty, and staff to bring in their old electronics and batteries to be properly recycled. 

To learn about how you can recycle your electronics throughout the year, please click HERE.

The Furniture Reuse Program, coordinated by Homewood Recycling, offers a closed-loop for campus furniture. If you have unwanted furniture, request a pickup online. If you need to purchase furniture, contact the HOP Reuse Hub coordinator, Brigid Gregory ( Please visit the Furniture Reuse Program page for more information.

Recycling bins are not permitted in labs, but you may recycle a limited number of items in the hallway recycling bins outside the lab if they have not been exposed to biological, chemical, or radiological contamination. Items include all types of office paper, pipette tip racks and boxes (not tips!), and plastic bottles which previously contained buffers or other solutions that did not include biological materials such as serum, growth factors, media supplements, etc. Labels of such bottles must be defaced or removed. Materials from labs must be collected within the lab and recycled of in designated bins in the hallway.

Pipette tips must go to biohazard. Hazardous chemical waste is collected in W1303 near the loading dock and disposed of by Health, Safety, and Environment.