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

Only when I saw the Earth from space, in all its ineffable beauty and fragility, did I realize that humankind's most urgent task is to cherish and preserve it for future generations.
— Sigmund Jahn, German Astronaut