Johns Hopkins’ Role in Supporting Paris Climate Accord

June 8, 2017

On June 1, 2017, President Donald Trump announced the United States would withdraw from the Paris climate accord, a global agreement adopted in 2015 to lower greenhouse gas emissions and minimize the harm from climate change. Fortunately, cities, states, businesses and universities across the US are stepping up commitments address climate change. Johns Hopkins University joined 11 other research colleges and universities on June 5, 2017 in a joint statement to advance the tenets of the Paris climate accord.

President Ron Daniels noted "For Johns Hopkins, this includes not only further reducing our carbon footprint but also tapping our unique strength as a university to study and teach the impacts of climate change, and lift up innovative research into practices and technologies with the potential to slow and even reverse those impacts." For more information, visit the Hub article with the full statement.

For additional responses by the JHU community, see the Hub article, "U.S. withdrawal from Paris climate accord will have sweeping impacts, experts suggest." 

For questions about Johns Hopkins climate mitigation and campus sustainability efforts, contact Ashley Pennington.

For questions at Johns Hopkins research and education in climate, environment and sustainability areas, email Katie Igrec.

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Solar panels have producing energy on top of growing numbers of buildings at Johns Hopkins campuses.
This installation is located on the roof of the Newton H. White Athletic Center at the Homewood campus.
Learn more about JHU's energy and climate strategies. Photo credit: Will Kirk/

Climate change has happened because of human behavior, therefore it’s only natural it should be us, human beings, to address this issue. It may not be too late if we take decisive actions today.
— Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General