FACULTY & STAFF RESOURCES

Sustainability at Johns Hopkins is a core value that prioritizes people, our planet, and economic vitality to safeguard the needs of present and future generations.

Across the university, sustainability is embedded in our operational practices, community involvement, as well as the university’s teaching and research. With thousands of employees—every individual faculty and staff member has the ability to positively contribute to reducing our shared environmental impact.

The programs and resources below provide opportunities for employees to contribute to the university’s sustainability efforts and adopt more environmentally-conscious behaviors.

Triple Bottom Line

Triple Bottom Line

GREEN TEAMS

Green Teams are groups of motivated staff and faculty champions who collaborate to develop action-oriented groups within their respective offices to foster positive environmental change. Employees can join a pre-existing team in their office or launch a new team. Speak with your HR representative or supervisor to find out if a team is present in your office, and if not, you can reach out to us for resources and assistance to make your new Green Team launch as successful as possible.

Interested employees are also encouraged to register for the JHU Green Teams listserv to receive updates and information regarding social activities, campus sustainability tours, and events.

GREEN OFFICE CERTIFICATION

There are a variety of cost-effective resources and public transportation options for employees to commute and travel for work sustainably. Being located in an urban environment, many employees to walk or bike to work. For those unable to use these modes, Johns Hopkins’ Blue Jay Shuttle and Baltimore’s Collegetown Shuttle provide free and reliable transportation between JHU campuses and to various surrounding institutions, Penn Station, and several shopping centers. Utilizing these resources helps to reduce vehicle emissions and traffic congestion. 

Green Office 2020

GREEN LABS

Laboratories serve as a cornerstone of research throughout Johns Hopkins, and as such, have a sizable impact on the university’s environmental footprint in regards to energy consumption, chemical use, and waste disposal. By implementing sustainable lab practices below, you can help improve safety, specimen storage, and decrease waste and energy consumption.

Green lab tips:

  • Lower the sash on fume hoods when not in use to reduce energy consumption
  • Organize, maintain, and defrost freezers regularly
  • Conduct annual freezer cleanouts by removing old samples and chemicals
  • Use green chemical alternatives to reduce the amount of toxic chemicals used and disposed of in your lab

ZERO WASTE EVENTS

Events and catering have a large environmental impact throughout Johns Hopkins, from the type of foods and products we purchase, to how items are consumed and disposed of.

To minimize the impact from food purchasing and disposal, you can provide adequate plant-based and vegetarian options and refer to our Preferred Green Caterers List, which features Baltimore-based vendors that provide compostable serviceware at no additional cost. For additional guidance on how to reduce your event’s environmental impact including decorations, energy consumption, and waste practices, please refer to our Green Events Planning Guide.

TRANSPORTATION

There are a variety of cost-effective resources and public transportation options for employees to commute and travel for work sustainably. Being located in an urban environment, many employees to walk or bike to work. For those unable to use these modes, Johns Hopkins’ Blue Jay Shuttle and Baltimore’s Collegetown Shuttle provide free and reliable transportation between JHU campuses and to various surrounding institutions, Penn Station, and several shopping centers. Utilizing these resources helps to reduce vehicle emissions and traffic congestion. 

Blue Jay Shuttle

LIVE NEAR YOUR WORK

The Live Near Your Work Program offers homebuyer grants to staff and faculty who choose to live close to Johns Hopkins’ Baltimore campuses, reducing commuter distances and making it convenient to drive less, walk, bicycle, or use mass transportation in traveling to work. This program offers both a financial and environmental benefit to employees daily work-life balance.