Advancing Sustainability Through Multidisciplinary Collaboration

Comprised of over 100 members from across the university, the Sustainability Leadership Council (SLC) provides advice and recommendations to the Provost on policies, programs, and other initiatives that build a greater role for Johns Hopkins University in teaching, research, and leadership on sustainability, both locally and globally. Since its formal announcement on Earth Day 2019, it has continually advanced the university’s initiatives around sustainability, fostering multidisciplinary collaboration and supporting the work of the Office of Sustainability.

Structure

  • Bob McLean; SLC Co-Chair, Operations Committee Co-Chair, and Vice President, Facilities and Real Estate 
  • Peter Winch; SLC Co-Chair, Research & Academics Committee Co-Chair, and Professor, BSPH Department of International Health 
  • Jennifer Calhoun; Engagement Committee Co-Chair and Assistant Vice Provost for Student Affairs 
  • Julian Goresko; Engagement Committee Co-Chair and Director, Office of Sustainability 
  • Benjamin Hobbs; Research & Academics Committee Co-Chair and Professor, Department of Environmental Health and Engineering 
  • Casey Levitt; Undergraduate Student, WSE 
  • Sally MacConnell; Operations Committee Co-Chair and Sr. Vice President of Facilities, Johns Hopkins Medical Institution 
  • Lanise Stevenson; Graduate Student and Doctoral Scholar Candidate, SOE 
  • Benjamin Zaitchik; Research & Academics Committee Co-Chair and Associate Professor, KSAS Department of Earth and Planetary Science 
  • Chris Heaney; Environmental Justice Committee Co-Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Health & Engineering
  • Nicole Labruto; Environmental Justice Committee Co-Chair and Associate Professor, KSAS Department of Anthropology

For a complete list of SLC members, please review the Annual Reports below.

Research & Academics

The Research & Academics Committee includes representatives of every department and academic program offering degrees and courses related to environmental sustainability. The committee 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 efforts of the Research & Academics Committee is supported by several working groups:

  1. Campus as Living Lab
    The Campus as Living Lab Working Group will help establish a new program beginning in Spring 2023 focusing on empowering students and faculty to use JHU’s physical campuses as testbeds for innovation that advance on-campus sustainability solutions.
  2. Sustainability Research Network
    The Sustainability Research Network Working Group will plan a series of university-wide seminars and events for students and researchers focusing on cross-disciplinary sustainability issues. 
  3. New Initiatives
    A New Initiatives Working Group will inventory existing research & academic initiatives and identify opportunities for new initiatives at JHU, such as new institutes or academic programs.

Engagement 

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

The work of the Engagement Committee is supported by several working groups: 

  1. Student Sustainability Collaboration & Governance
    The Student Sustainability Collaboration & Governance Working Group will work to strengthen connections between students organizations involved in sustainability across the university, in order to build a network of connected students and to increase communication, collaboration, and awareness of student sustainability efforts at all levels.

Operations 

The Operations Committee 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 Committee is supported by several working groups: 

  1. Green Labs
    The Green Labs Working Group supports the expansion of JHU’s Green Labs program focusing on engaging lab users to conserve and reduce energy, water, waste, and other resources through a mix of strategies. Participants collaborate to share and discuss best practices and opportunities for expanding the JHU Green Labs network across the university.
  2. Green Fleet
    The Green Fleet Working Group collaborates to address sustainable transportation initiatives at JHU, focusing on university vehicles and student and employee behaviors. Green Fleet members address topics ranging from vehicle electrification, employee commuting, procurement incentives, student transportation choices, and much more.
  3. Food and Dining
    The Food and Dining Working Group will convene stakeholders across the university to address sustainability in JHU’s food and dining locations. Topics range from local and sustainable food procurement, food security, climate-friendly diets and reducing GHG emissions in food programs, food growing opportunities, nutrition and menu design, and more.
  4. Zero Waste Planning Working Group 
    The Zero Waste Planning Working Group will convene key stakeholders and zero waste advocates across Johns Hopkins University to identify waste related opportunities and challenges, research zero waste best practices, and work collaboratively to implement programs to set Johns Hopkins University on a path to a zero waste future.

Environmental Justice 

The Environmental Justice Committee is committed to (1) mitigating the unfair exposure of poor, marginalized, and BIPOC communities to harms associated with pollution, waste, and industrial land & water use, and (2) supporting communities’ autonomy and visions of change. We work to promote environmental justice through various initiatives on the JHU campuses, in the greater Baltimore community, and beyond.

Learn More

Annual Reports

Review projects and efforts of the Sustainability Leadership Council through its Annual Reports.

Annual Symposium

The Annual SLC Symposium is held each spring, featuring guest speakers to share dialogue on critical topics including climate change, environmental justice, and more. Past speakers have included:

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 student nomination period is open March 1st – 31st every year for the following academic term, and faculty/staff nomination will take place in 2023. Student nomination information will be made available on the Student Affairs Website.