Large amounts of waste are generated during move-in and move-out. To help reduce your waste, impact on the environment, and money spent on dorm necessities, we’ve created several resources and programs that’ll help you make more sustainable decisions and purchases.


While many students refer to general university packing lists prior to move-in, these lists often include unnecessary items because of supplies and resources available to students at their institutions at no additional cost. With this in mind, we’ve created a Green Packing List for students to follow when buying supplies, decor, clothes, and personal items before arriving at Hopkins. This list is intended to help you bring only what you need so you can reduce your resource consumption, save money, and reduce your environmental impact as soon as you arrive at Hopkins. 

While we encourage you to follow our Green Packing Guide and purchase your essentials second-hand, we also suggest that you use our Green Dorms Checklist as a resource to make your dorm a sustainable place to live throughout your time at Johns Hopkins.

General Tips & Tricks:

  • Coordinate with roommates to avoid unnecessary purchases
  • Pack in reusable containers
  • Use clothing and other soft personal items to pack instead of using bubblewrap and packing peanuts
  • Properly dispose of all packing materials e.g. break down boxes & recycle!
  • Store move-in boxes for move-out


For the past seven years, Hopkins has hosted a Green Move-Out program to help reduce waste and give back to the community. This program is available to students during move-out all on-campus housing, and bins are placed in residence hall lobbies to collect unopened, non-perishable foods and unopened toiletries, and these items are donated to a Baltimore City shelter, Project Plase. Goodwill trucks are also located in different parts of campus to collect all other unwanted items, excluding furniture. 

This year, Green Move-Out will be May 8th-15th! This program is an opportunity for on-campus Hopkins students to reduce their waste during move-out by donating items like toiletries, unopened non-perishables foods, clothes, and dorm accessories (excluding furniture).

Green Move Out Flyer


Shop Locally & Second-Hand

Shopping locally and buying second-hand items reduces emissions from the transportation of goods to the consumer, conserves resources used to create your products, and helps stimulate the local economy. For information regarding local vendors and second-hand product locations, please visit the links below:

Everyday Sustainability

There are many lifestyle choices that you can decide to take in order to live more sustainably every day. Below are just a few tips to help you stay eco-friendly on a day-to-day basis:
  • Use a reusable water bottle and/or water filtration jug for your dorm
  • Bring a bike to campus
  • Use green cleaning supplies
  • Use reusable grocery bags
  • Make use of in-dorm recycling bins

Sustainable Transportation

Johns Hopkins and the Baltimore area provides various resources for students to travel around Baltimore sustainably and at a low cost. Visit the links below to learn about public transportation and carpooling resources available to you: