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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Our Commitments

  • Climate Action

    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.

  • Built Environment

    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.

  • Natural Environment

    Maintaining ecologically beneficial landscapes and access to nature is fundamental to the well-being of the JHU community, our surrounding neighbors, and regional biodiversity.

  • Responsible Consumption

    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.

  • Environmental Justice

    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.

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.

Green Labs

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.

Live Sustainably

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.

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