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The JHU Pledge

With President Daniels' pledge to reduce greenhouse emissions 51% by 2025, Johns Hopkins University is positioned to become an institutional leader in environmental sustainability.

The Sheridan Libraries, with the support of Winston Tabb, Dean of University Libraries and Museums, have already implemented several programs aimed at reducing our own footprint.

Sustainability Initiatives at the MSE Library

  • Motion sensor lights
    • Stacks
    • Staff lounge
    • C-level copy room
    • Group studies
    • Restrooms
  • Power saving mode after 30 minutes of inactivity on public PCs, reducing usage to 5 watts per hour
  • Enrollment in BGE's "Demand Load Response" program
  • Tap alternative to bottled water cooler in staff lounge
  • Low-flow toilets and urinals reduce water usage by 30%
    • Men's restrooms have 1.28gpm toilets and 1 pint urinals installed
    • Women's bathrooms have dual flush toilets with the option of 1.1gpm (up) or the standard 1.6gpm (down) flush
  • Charging for printing
  • Double-sided default setting
  • 30% post-consumer content paper
  • Air dryers in public restrooms
  • Organic waste composting program 
    • Indoor receptacles now available throughout MSEL and the BLC
    • Outdoor bins recently added
      • Tyler Terrace outside BLC Cafe
      • M-level entrance of MSEL
      • The Beach by Charles St. 
  • 34% average recycling rate throughout building (University goal is 35%)
    • Recycling program for bottles, cans, paper, toner cartridges, batteries, pens and microfilm
  • Green Seal -certified cleaning products
  • Zero-VOC paint

JHU Sustainability Programs & Resources

Office of Sustainability
Your primary go-to for sustainability questions & ideas

Recycling Program
University-wide recycling programs & guidelines

Student Groups & Activities
Active student organizations

Sustainable Hopkins Infrastructure Program (SHIP)
Petition for funding of your green projects

Climate Change Implementation Plan
How the university will cut carbon dioxide emissions in half by 2025

Sustainability Network Newsletter 
Join to receive updates on campus-wide greening projects

2010 Sustainability Report
Overview of University-wide inititiatives throughout the year



Live Near Your Work
Financial incentive to buy within the designated geographic footprints of the University

Hopkins Takes Time for Schools
Consider using two paid service days per fiscal year to help green Baltimore City Public Schools

Surplus Property Program 
After receiving departmental approval, post unused furniture, technology, etc. for another Hopkins dept or on eBay 

Requesting Recycling Bins
Need more bins? The Office of Recycling will deliver them right to your door!