Climate change presents one of the most urgent issues facing our world today. As a global leader in research and academics, Johns Hopkins University recognizes the need to take action. A new university-wide Sustainability Plan will leverage the university’s unique interdisciplinary expertise to create an ambitious and holistic vision for a sustainable future.
Set to be released in Fall 2022, the Plan will outline interim goals and key objectives until 2030, while laying the groundwork for milestones that require longer planning and coordination. Accompanying the establishment of a holistic vision for sustainability, the Plan will also provide a roadmap for reducing the institution’s greenhouse gas emissions, establish high-performance and healthy building guidelines, and assess climate risks and resilience strategies.
Hearing feedback from the JHU community is a significant priority. All members of JHU are invited to engage in the development of the Sustainability Plan throughout the process.
How you can participate:
The Sustainability Plan will be guided by a series of overarching committees comprised of faculty, student, staff, and community partners that will advise in the Plan creation process. These include:
A Steering Committee of representatives across JHU’s schools and divisions to provide strategic guidance and ensure the Plan outcomes represent JHU stakeholders, community partners, and advisory groups.
A Research & Academics Advisory Committee to leverage the university’s deep academic expertise and inform conceptual and technical aspects of the Sustainability Plan.
A Business and Operations Advisory Committee to provide expertise related to university operations and procurement strategies and to ensure the Plan vision can be fully implemented over the next five to eight years.
An External Advisory Committee comprised of community partners to inform how the Plan vision can positively impact surrounding communities.
This new Sustainability Plan builds off of the JHU Climate Change Implementation Plan, which was developed by the 2008 President’s Task Force on Climate Change under former President William R. Brody and signed by President Daniels in December of 2009.
The initial Task Force committed the university to a variety of strategies including reducing its greenhouse gas emissions 51% by 2025, which will be achieved in 2022 as a result of the university’s Solar Agreement announced on Earth Day 2019.