The Office of Sustainability and other Hopkins departments offers opportunities for students at each Hopkins campus to get involved in sustainability


There are a multitude of student organizations and clubs that focus on different issues and areas of opportunity on campus, within the Baltimore region, and beyond. These span the various Johns Hopkins campuses. All community service, service-learning, and civic engagement is housed in the Center for Social Concern at the Homewood campus and at the Student Outreach Resource Center (SOURCE) in East Baltimore.


SHIP (Sustainable Hopkins Innovative Projects for students) is an innovative student organization in which students identify, promote, and carry out sustainability initiatives at Johns Hopkins University.

The Blue Jay’s Perch grows flowers and vegetables in a chemical free environment on the property at Johns Hopkins Eastern Campus. Surplus food from the garden is donated to Campus Kitchens who prepares and provides meals for hungry men and women in Baltimore City. The Garden welcomes eager hands to help with gardening.

Real Food Hopkins is a student-run chapter of the national Real Food Challenge movement committed to bringing local, sustainable, humane, and fair food to the Johns Hopkins campus and the surrounding Baltimore area through organizing food advocacy and awareness events, cooperating with the larger food movement, maintaining a sustainable campus garden, and promoting community-based learning about food and where it comes from.

Engineers Without Borders partners with disadvantaged communities to improve their quality of life through implementation of environmentally and economically sustainable engineering projects.

Alliance for Clean Water works toward the vision of clean water for everyone by providing an outlet for student outreach in Baltimore and promoting the value of clean water.

Campus Kitchens at Johns Hopkins University reduces waste by collecting donations of prepared foods and produce for distribution to the hungry in Baltimore.

Take Back The Tap is a coalition of students, researchers, and staff at Johns Hopkins University that are committed to reducing the university’s consumption of bottled water and transitioning the campus to more affordable, sustainable and convenient sources of drinking water.

Refuel Our Future‘s mission is to protect public health by divesting from fossil fuel companies.

Students for Environmental Action is a group that promotes environmental advocacy, outreach, and awareness on the Homewood campus.

SGA Health, Safety and Sustainability Committee aims to promote sustainable practices on campus and advance the interests of the student body with respect to campus developments and facilities usage.

The Green Student Group is an organization of Public Health graduate students that works to promote and advocate for environmentally sustainable practices at JHSPH including recycling, green catering, and reduction of bus idling. For more information or to join, contact

Hopkins Environmental Resourcefulness and Botanical Society (HERBS) focuses on the improvement of the Hopkins Students’ Community Garden. 

Net Impact is a student organization affiliated with the global Net Impact organization “A global network of leaders who are changing the world through business.“ Their local mission is to provide education to their members and the local business community on socially sound, economically just, and environmentally sustainable business practices.

The Blue Jay’s Perch Community Garden at Eastern is a space for Johns Hopkins students, faculty, and staff to join community members to learn and practice safe and environmentally sustainable food production.

Hopkins Cycling is a student club focused on promoting a healthy lifestyle of bicycle riding and racing. Club membership is open to all Hopkins students, faculty, and staff from all divisions of JHU and includes cyclists from all backgrounds, disciplines, and fitness levels.


The Office of Sustainability hires Sustainability Interns and student Eco-Reps every academic year and summer to assist with daily office tasks, data collection, event planning, and outreach. Sustainability Interns work 6-10 hours a week in the Office of Sustainability and help develop web and social media content, brochures and flyers, and research for internal reports. 

Eco-Reps work primarily on the Homewood campus for 4 hours a week to plan events for the Johns Hopkins community. Events planned by past Eco-Reps include but are not limited to clothing swaps, documentary screenings, Green Caffeines, and career panels. To learn more about this year’s Interns and Eco-Reps, please visit “Our Team” page!


The “Green Lead: Whole Impact Training” program provides a volunteer, professional development opportunity for Johns Hopkins University first year students on the Homewood campus that: introduces them to campus sustainability programs and initiatives; exposes them to critical concepts in behavior change and strategic project management; fosters a network of like-minded peers who can leverage each other’s potential to engage their peers; and equips them with the skills and knowledge needed to be effective change agents and leaders on campus and beyond. This program takes places in the spring semester, and applications are available in the fall.


There are a number of academic departments that support the research and advancement of sustainability. These include Environmental Sciences and Studies, Environmental Engineering and Health, Center for a Livable Future, Environmental Health Institute, Global Food Ethics and Policy Program and the Water Institute, and several more. 

The JHU Office of Study Abroad offers several programs related to sustainability. These include an Intersession trip to the Galapagos Islands and studying ocean sciences in Bermuda, among others.

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