Our Mission

The Johns Hopkins Environment, Energy, Sustainability, and Health Institute (E²SHI) aims to coordinate and encourage innovative research and teaching that address the health and sustainability problems we face as a result of the changing global environment and to establish integrated approaches that cut across disciplines and divisions.


The overall goals of the Institute are to:

  1. Establish Johns Hopkins University as a world leader in, and provide a single point of contact for, integrative approaches to global environmental change, sustainability, and their related health challenges
  2. Promote the development of interdisciplinary research collaborations and proposals
  3. Stimulate enhancement and coordination of environmental curricula at the undergraduate and graduate levels
  4. Facilitate translation of research into sound policy
  5. Develop collaborative partnerships with the business sector, federal, state, and local agencies, environmental groups, and Baltimore community organizations

I think the environment should be put in the category of our national security. Defense of our resources is just as important as defense abroad. Otherwise what is there to defend?
— Robert Redford, Yosemite National Park dedication, 1985