Campus Sustainability


E²SHI coordinates with the JHU Office of Sustainability to expand opportunities to engage faculty, staff and students in sustainability efforts across all Johns Hopkins campuses. In general, E²SHI addresses the academic aspects of sustainability, while the Office of Sustainability integrates sustainability as part of the university's operations and culture.

The Johns Hopkins Sustainability Office was launched in 2007 as an outgrowth of several successful greening programs on campus. The Office has three goals:

  1. Develop and facilitate projects to reduce the negative environmental impacts of the University, particularly in ways that make us better stewards of energy and our natural resources;
  2. Integrate the skills, experience, and creativity of students, faculty and staff into each project to the greatest extent possible; and
  3. Promote sustainability through education and outreach activities, collaboration between school divisions, and involvement in the larger Baltimore community.

A few of the Office's initiatives include:

Green Teams are comprised of faculty and staff who are committed to sharing knowledge and promoting environmental practices in their respective offices to build a culture of sustainability in the workplace. Members participate in challenges to reduce their impact in small ways as well as outings, such as a tour of the campus power plant, green roof, happy hour, or speaker event. Subscribe to the Green Teams listserv to stay in the loop. 

Green Lab Champions are researchers and staff who are helping the Office of Sustainability to identify ways to reduce the environmental impact of their lab’s operations and the go-to people when it comes to greening your lab.

Greening Events: If you plan campus events, check out the Green Event Planning Guide from the Office of Sustainability and get in touch to identify unique ways you can reduce the environmental impact of your event.

Green Lead is a leadership training program for freshmen to introduce them to campus sustainability programs and initiatives at Johns Hopkins and build skills to be change agents on campus and beyond. Applications are typically accepted late in the fall semester each year. 

Sustainable Hopkins Infrastructure Program (SHIP) is an internship program where students work with campus stakeholders to identify sustainable infrastructure projects. Students conduct engineering and financial analysis to make a case for campus investment, and projects are often funded. 

For more information about the Office of Sustainability, visit











Solar panels on the roof of the Newton H. White Athletic Center are among the 2,908 panels installed
on the Homewood and East Baltimore campuses. Photo credit: Will Kirk/

We never know the worth of water till the well is dry.
— Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1732