E²SHI Releases Five Year Report

The Johns Hopkins Environment, Energy, Sustainability & Health Institute (E²SHI) has released its E²SHI Five-Year Report, 2011-2015 highlighting how faculty and students across the university are using interdisciplinary research and education approaches to understand the consequences of global environmental change and to develop solutions for a more healthy and sustainable world.

Highlights:

The Institute has convened faculty to discuss critical topics, to improve communications across disciplines, and to better understand research processes and strategies.

It has connected researchers across the university to established teams focused on projects such as climate change and food systems, waste management in low-income communities, and deploying large scale wind energy systems.

The Institute has awarded $394 thousand in seed grants to faculty teams focused on understanding complex issues and finding solutions in areas such as climate and health, ecosystems and technology development for sustainable energy.

Over $419 thousand in fellowships have been awarded to doctoral students for interdisciplinary study and innovative research in areas such as biofuel production, water treatment and urban challenges.

The Institute has generated $14.3 million in external grants and contracts as a result of E²SHI supported activities, such as connecting researchers, seed grants and institute projects.

E²SHI Director Ben Hobbs is excited by the quality of research resulting from E²SHI’s activities. “They pull together science, technology, public communications, public policy, or economics to take a fresh approach to widely recognized problems, or new ones that are just getting scientific and public attention,” says Hobbs, a professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering. “As a group, we are proving that innovative thinking and interdisciplinary collaboration opens our eyes to new understanding, and is essential for solving complex environmental challenges locally and globally.”

E²SHI was launched in 2010 with support from the Provost and the schools of Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Public Health to 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.

For the full report, including further information on E²SHI, visit http://e2shi.jhu.edu/about/publications/

 

About E²SHI

The Environment, Energy, Sustainability & Health Institute (E²SHI) is an interdisciplinary, university-wide institute of Hopkins that addresses critical issues related to environmental sustainability, including energy challenges and health impacts. E²SHI facilitates, coordinates, and motivates interdisciplinary and interdivisional projects focusing on research, education and policy. For more information, visit http://e2shi.jhu.edu.

For more information contact: Katie Igrec Lima at kilima@jhu.edu.

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