A comprehensive Sustainability Plan development process is underway. This year-long project will culminate in a new 2030 vision framework vision for the university. 


The President’s Task Force on Climate Change was created to address the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at Johns Hopkins University, within the Baltimore area, and globally. Recognizing that universities must play a central role in meeting the challenge of climate change, three overarching goals were defined for the task force:

1. Develop a Comprehensive Climate Strategic Plan for addressing the emissions of greenhouse gases that derive from University operations, published by the Task Force in spring 2009.

2. Spur creativity, innovation, and new avenues of scholarship by reexamining various aspects of climate change from a multi-disciplinary and collaborative research perspective, and translate that perspective into education achievement.

3. Develop and nurture strong relationships with state, city and community groups within the Baltimore region, and explore collaborative ways to attain our respective goals, transfer knowledge, and share successes.

In the spring of 2009, Johns Hopkins President Ronald J. Daniels was presented with the President’s Task Force on Climate Change’s Final Report and soon after approved the Climate Change Implementation Plan designed to achieve a 51% reduction of university-wide greenhouse gas emissions by 2025.

These plans set Johns Hopkins on a path to climate action. Through the continued work of academics, researchers, and activists — our own faculty, staff, students, and alumni among them — global understanding of climate change, its drivers, and the technology available to us to combat the climate crisis has increased dramatically. In response to these changes and to maintain accountability to the goals outlined in the Final Report, the Johns Hopkins University Climate Action Plan – Five Year Progress Review was released in 2014; the Office of Sustainability and Sustainability Leadership Council continue to work towards the goals of conservation, efficiency, and innovative technologies & renewables defined in this review.



As a leader in higher education, Johns Hopkins is a signatory or member of the following organizations and commitments focused on advancing our sustainability efforts.

“218 campuses representing over 3.3 million students across the country are committing to take action on climate by signing the American Campuses on Climate Pledge:”

AASHE is the leading association for the advancement of sustainability in higher education. We serve a full range of higher education faculty, administrators, staff and students who are change agents and drivers of sustainability innovation. Established in 2005, AASHE is comprised of over 900 members across 48 U.S. states, 1 U.S. Territory, 9 Canadian provinces and 20 countries.”

“In April 2007, Yale University President Levin invited teams of representatives from Ivy Plus institutions to gather at Yale to focus on sustainability and greenhouse gas reduction commitments. The Ivy+ Sustainability Consortium emerged from that initial meeting with a focus on sharing best practices, research, and operational methodologies that advance each school’s commitments to greenhouse gas reductions and sustainability.”

Real Food Challenge aims to shift $1 billion (20%) of existing university food budgets away from industrial farms and unhealthy food and towards local & community-based, fair, ecologically sound, and humane food sources—what we call Real Food—by 2020.”

“The USGBC is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings, and works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities.”