Who We Are
Founded in 2006, the Office of Sustainability was established to advance sustainability across the university in collaboration with students, faculty, staff, and community partners. From strategic planning to campus operations, technical guidance, behavior change education, and more, the Office of Sustainability’s work spans the physical, academic, and cultural environments of JHU. This office aims to empower students, faculty, and staff to contribute to a more just and sustainable world meaningfully.
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Climate change is a complex challenge requiring urgent action across all levels of society. We are setting ambitious targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enhance resiliency.
Enhancing environmental stewardship in the design and operation of Johns Hopkins University’s buildings and physical infrastructure is a guiding consideration in planning for both efficiency and well-being.
Maintaining ecologically beneficial landscapes and access to nature is fundamental to the well-being of the JHU community, our surrounding neighbors, and regional biodiversity.
Reducing waste and responsibly managing materials from procurement through end-of-life is essential to minimizing our impact on the environment and public health.
Transportation and Mobility
With campuses located throughout the Baltimore/Metropolitan D.C. region, multi-modal transportation options are essential to the daily lives of the Johns Hopkins University community.
Johns Hopkins University strives to advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and environmental justice to provide an equitable and fair environment free from harm for all people.
A new University-wide Climate Action and Sustainability Plan will leverage the university's unique multidisciplinary expertise to create an ambitious and holistic vision for a sustainable future. Developed with input from over 1,500 JHU students, faculty, staff, alums, and community members, the Plan outlines strategic goals, objectives, and key actions across areas of research, teaching & scholarship; climate action; built & natural environments; responsible consumption; and mobility & transportation. Find out how you can explore and contribute to the Sustainability Plan in Fall 2023.
Explore Our Initiatives
Sustainability Leadership Council
Comprised of over 125 members from across the university, the Sustainability Leadership Council advances the university’s sustainability initiatives through multidisciplinary communication, collaboration, and innovation across schools and divisions. Find out more about the SLC’s achievements and goals, and ways to join the effort.
With thousands of research and teaching laboratories on JHU’s Homewood, East Baltimore, and APL campuses, labs represent a significant portion of the university’s physical footprint. Learn about how Green Labs supports researchers in creating a culture of sustainability within their labs.
Sustainability Research Directory
Leveraging JHU’s position as a premier research institution, the Sustainability Research Directory includes all of the globally recognized research and teaching faculty at Hopkins approaching their work with a framework of sustainability. Search through the directory to start connecting with researchers across diverse disciplines.
Whether you're hosting an event, going to the grocery store, or commuting to work, greening your routine in small ways can make a big difference. Explore our collection of sustainability guides to help integrate sustainability into your daily life.