The Johns Hopkins Sustainability Leadership Council (SLC) was formally announced on Earth Day 2019. The charge of the SLC is to provide advice and recommendations to the Provost on policies, programs, and other initiatives that will build a greater role for Johns Hopkins in teaching, research, and leadership on environmental sustainability, both locally and globally. It is also tasked with amplifying the University’s research and practice around environmental sustainability, through fostering academic collaboration and supporting the work of the Office of Sustainability.


The SLC is comprised of four subcommittees with student, faculty and staff representation focusing in the following areas: 1) Academic, 2) Engagement, 3) Operations, and 4) Research. These areas are critical to advancing sustainability throughout the University. 


The Academic sub-committee will include faculty representatives of every Department and academic program concerned with environmental sustainability. Holistic representation in this sub-committee will provide diverse insight into the current academic programs available to students interested in sustainability, in addition to facilitating collaboration across various academic program. 

The Engagement sub-committee will work to promote coordination and communication between different JHU groups working on sustainability engagement and education, in addition to identifying new initiatives to foster sustainable behavior change across Johns Hopkins. 

The Operations sub-committee will provide a wide variety of expertise to review and formulate recommendations for alternative courses of action in relation to sustainability to reduce the institution’s environmental impact across areas like waste, water, and energy. 

The Research sub-committee will be tasked with promoting coordination and communication between different research groups working on environmental sustainability, in addition to identifying opportunities for new funding and projects involving multiple JHU divisions. 


The SLC will hold its first meeting on Friday, September 13th. Students, faculty, and staff interested in joining the SLC can nominate themselves or others by contacting by Thursday, September 5th. 

Faculty and staff nominees are expected to serve a three-year term, while students are expected to serve a one-year appointment. Nominations will be reviewed during the early fall semester, and nominees will be contacted soon thereafter. 

Furthermore, as we continue to gather input to help shape the emerging priorities of the SLC, members of the JHU community are invited to share their feedback.

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