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.

STRUCTURE

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. 

SUBCOMMITTEES

The Academic Subcommittee includes representatives of every department and academic program offering degrees and courses related to environmental sustainability. The subcommittee seeks to build bridges and identify synergies between current and evolving academic offerings, facilitate collaboration between programs, and strengthen JHU’s role in preparing graduates for leadership and careers in environmental sustainability. 

The work of the Academic Subcommittee is shared by three Working Groups:

  • Graduate Sustainability Education: Assess current graduate programs and courses related to sustainability and make recommendations to expand academic offerings.
  • Undergraduate Sustainability Education:  Assess current undergraduate programs and courses related to sustainability and make recommendations to expand academic offerings.
  • Website Communications: Develop and manage the SLC website as a resource for prospective, current, and former students as well as JHU faculty and staff.

The Engagement subcommittee works to identify programs and strategies that foster sustainable behavior change among individuals at Johns Hopkins, enhance sustainability literacy throughout the university, and strengthen strategic communications solutions to improve information sharing.

The work of the Engagement Subcommittee is shared by two Working Groups:

  • Staff & Faculty Engagement: Identify broad opportunities to foster sustainable behavior and raise awareness of the university’s sustainability resources and commitments among staff and faculty.
  • Student & Alumni Engagement: Identify broad opportunities to foster sustainable behavior and raise awareness of the university’s sustainability resources and commitments among students and alumni.

The Operations subcommittee seeks to address opportunities for improving the daily operational and business practices of Johns Hopkins across all areas of its environmental footprint, including energy, waste, food, water, transportation, wellness, procurement, and more. 

The work of the Operations Subcommittee is shared by five Working Groups:

  • Green Labs: Develop a green labs initiative to reduce energy use and waste in lab spaces, to incentivize efficient equipment, and to recognize labs for their efforts.
  • Green Fleet: Assess electrification and alternative fuel options for university fleet, while examining programs to reduce the purchase and use of single-occupancy vehicles.
  • Plant Forward Dining: Promote plant-forward food and diets to support sustainability and health in dining establishments
  • Sustainable Procurement: Develop sustainable procurement targets, standards, and tools to influence university-wide purchasing strategies and waste reduction.
  • High-Performance & Healthy Buildings: Create high-performance & healthy building standards to reduce energy consumption and promote wellness in university buildings.

The Research subcommittee promotes coordination and communication between different research groups working on environmental sustainability, in addition to identifying opportunities for new funding and projects involving multiple university divisions that strengthen sustainability research. 

COUNCIL MEMBERS

Robert McLean; SLC Co-Chair and Operations Subcommittee Co-Chair and Vice President, Facilities and Real Estate
Peter Winch; SLC Co-Chair and Academic Subcommittee Co-Chair and Professor, Department of International Health
  • Jennifer Calhoun; Engagement Subcommittee Co-Chair and Senior Advisor to the Vice Provost for Student Affairs
  • Julian Goresko; Engagement Subcommittee Co-Chair and Director, Office of Sustainability
  • Lizzie Grabowski; Sustainability Leadership Council Coordinator
  • Benjamin Hobbs; Research Committee Co-Chair and Professor, Department of Environmental Health and Engineering
  • Thomas Howard; Senior Undergraduate Student, Department of Environmental Health and Engineering
  • Sally MacConnell; Operations Subcommittee Co-Chair and Vice President of Facilities, Johns Hopkins Medical Institution
  • Hannah Marker; Research Associate, Department of International Health
  • Stephen Ruckman; Senior Advisor to the President for Policy, Office of the President
  • Irena Steiner; Graduate Student, Department of Environmental Health and Engineering
  • Susanna Thon; Academic Subcommittee Co-Chair and Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Benjamin Zaitchik; Research Subcommittee Co-Chair and Associate Professor, Morton K. Blaustein Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Susanna Thon; Subcommittee Co-Chair & Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Peter Winch; Subcommittee Co-Chair and Professor, Department of International Health
  • Colin Bowen; Undergraduate Senior, Whiting School of Engineering
  • Thomas Burke; Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management
  • Stuart Chaitkin; Senior Associate, Department of Environmental Health and Engineering
  • Meghan Davis; Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Health and Engineering
  • Jessica Fanzo; Bloomberg Distinguished Associate Professor, Berman Institute of Bioethics
  • Julian Goresko; Director, Office of Sustainability
  • Kaitlyn Gulock; Graduate Student, School of Nursing
  • Rebecca Kelly; Associate Teaching Professor, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • Jordan Kuiper; Post-Doctorate, Department of Environmental Health and Engineering
  • Carl Latkin; Professor, Department of Health, Behavior, and Society
  • Megan Latshaw; Assistant Scientist, Department of Environmental Health and Engineering
  • Hannah Marker; Research Associate, Department of International Health
  • Anand Pandian; Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Anthropology
  • Yoga Prakasa; Graduate Student, Carey Business School
  • Genee Smith; Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Health and Engineering
  • Johannes Urpelainen; Director and Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Professor, Department of Energy, Resources and Environment
  • Darryn Waugh; Professor, Morton K. Blaustein Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences
  • Lana Weidgenant; Undergraduate Junior, Department of Public Health Studies
Jennifer Calhoun; Subcommittee Co-Chair and Senior Advisor to the Vice Provost for Student Affairs
Julian Goresko; Subcommittee Co-Chair and Director, Office of Sustainability
  • Sandra Alexander; Communications and Marketing Manager, Office of University Communications
  • Janice Allotey; Graduate Student, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
  • Marianne Amoss; Senior Communications and Marketing Manager, Bloomberg American Health Initiative
  • Patti Anderson; Director of Wellness and Health Promotion, University Health Services
  • Jessica Bast; Student Programming and Outreach Coordinator, Office of Sustainability
  • Brittany Claridge; Student Success Advisor, Office of Student Transitions & Family Engagement
  • Courtnee Connon; Communications Specialist, Center for Social Concern
  • Ginger Hanson; Assistant Professor, Department of Community Public Health Nursing
  • Anne Haskins; Associate Director, Regional Programs, Development and Alumni Relations
  • Leana Houser; Solid Waste & Recycling Specialist, Custodial Services
  • Sushmita Jena; Graduate Student, Nitze School of Advanced International Studies
  • Luise Lampe; Assistant Director, Donor Relations and Stewardship
  • Celia Lane; Undergraduate Sophomore, Department of International Studies
  • Omar Lloyd; Undergraduate Senior, Department of Environmental Studies
  • Jennifer Mielke; Director of Community Affairs, University Administration
  • Amy Murphy; Organization Development & Effectiveness Manager, Talent Management
  • Kylie Patterson; Director of Economic Inclusion, Office of Economic Development
  • Aliza Rosen; Communications Specialist, Office of University Communications
  • Ana Marie Rule; Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Health and Engineering
  • Deborah Schwengel; Director of Communications, Center for a Livable Future
Sally MacConnell; Subcommittee Co-Chair and Senior Vice President of Facilities, Johns Hopkins Medical Institution
Robert McLean; Subcommittee Co-Chair and Vice President, Facilities and Real Estate
  • Debbie Aguilar; Director of Operations, School of Advanced International Studies
  • David Ashwood; Senior Director of Plant Operations, Facilities and Real Estate
  • Roger Becks; Executive Director, Student Auxiliary Services
  • Ray Cho; Director, Construction and Planning
  • Quintina Erby; Category Portfolio Group Director, Procurement
  • Ross Fischer; Director of Asset Management, Facilities and Real Estate
  • Julian Goresko; Director, Office of Sustainability
  • Leana Houser; Solid Waste & Recycling Specialist, Custodial Services
  • Thomas Howard; Senior Undergraduate Student, Department of Environmental Engineering
  • Martin Kajic; Director of Facilities Management, Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Preethi Kaliappan; Undergraduate Sophomore, Department of Environmental Health and Engineering
  • Ryan Kennedy; Assistant Professor, Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Jason Mathias; Strategic Initiatives Coordinator, Office of Sustainability
  • Scot Miller; Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Health and Engineering
  • Gregory Moormann; Group Supervisor of Facilities Engineering and Project Management, Applied Physics Lab
  • Karin Neufeld; Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  • Stephen Ruckman; Senior Advisor to the President for Policy, Office of the President
  • Raychel Santo; Senior Program Coordinator, Center for a Livable Future
  • Kellogg Schwab; Professor, Department of Environmental Health and Engineering
  • Brian Smith; Chief Procurement Officer, Procurement
  • Greg Smith; Director, Transportation Services
  • Irena Steiner; Graduate Student, Department of Environmental Health and Engineering
  • Lanise Stevenson; Graduate Student, School of Education
  • Lana Weidgenant; Undergraduate Junior, Department of Public Health Studies
Benjamin Hobbs; Subcommittee Co-Chair and Professor, Department of Environmental Health and Engineering
Benjamin Zaitchik; Subcommittee Co-Chair and Associate Professor, Morton K. Blaustein Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences
  • Evans Brown; Resident in Internal Medicine, Bayview Medical Center
  • David Ashwood; Senior Director of Plant Operations, Facilities and Real Estate
  • Dennice Gayme; Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Thomas Burke; Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management
  • Will Checkley; Associate Professor, School of Medicine
  • Jonah Erlebacher; Department Chair and Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering
  • Jessica Fanzo; Bloomberg Distinguished Associate Professor, Berman Institute of Bioethics
  • Paul Ferraro; Bloomberg Distinguished Professor, Carey Business School and Whiting School of Engineering and Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Sarah Jordaan; Assistant Professor, Department of Energy, Resources and Environment
  • Hannah Marker; Research Associate, Department of International Health
  • Jason Mathias; Strategic Initiatives Coordinator, Office of Sustainability
  • Keeve Nachman; Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Health and Engineering
  • Yoga Prakasa; Graduate Student, Carey Business School
  • Kellogg Schwab; Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Health and Engineering
  • Gregory Moormann; Group Supervisor of Facilities Engineering and Project Management, Applied Physics Lab
  • Karin Neufeld; Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  • Stephen Ruckman; Senior Advisor to the President for Policy, Office of the President
  • Kellogg Schwab; Professor, Department of Environmental Health and Engineering
  • Genee Smith; Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Health and Engineering
  • William Swartz; Atmospheric Scientist, Principal Investigator, Applied Physics Laboratory
  • Johannes Urpelainen; Director and Professor, Department of Energy, Resources and Environment
  • Darryn Waugh; Professor, Morton K. Blaustein Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences
  • Peter Winch; Professor, Department of International Health

GET INVOLVED

The Sustainability Leadership Council welcomes faculty, student, and staff participation from across the entire University. Faculty and staff nominees are expected to serve a three-year term, while students are invited to serve a one-year appointment. The nomination period is currently closed, but will open again to students in the spring of 2020. For more information on this nomination process, please visit the Student Affairs webpage. Additionally, the SLC welcomes any and all feedback which can be directed to sustainability@jhu.edu