Johns Hopkins Adopts Innovative Solutions to Reduce Carbon Footprint

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Climate action is no longer limited only to the direction provided by a country’s policy makers. Private organizations are playing a proactive role, governed by economic and ethical imperatives and supported by investors, consumers and other stakeholders.

Johns Hopkins has been making consistent progress toward its goal of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 51 percent by 2025. The university has now published its annual sustainability report, which shows it has considerably reduced environmental impact while growing operations.

The report highlights some of the innovative methods and solutions that Johns Hopkins has implemented to achieve a reduction of 35 percent in GHG emissions from a 2008 baseline. These include:

  • The Undergraduate Teaching Labs building – designed to use 40 percent less energy than a similar facility – received a LEED platinum rating in 2016.
  • The Bloomberg School of Public Health decreased GHG emissions by 29 percent. The school also cut its domestic water consumption almost in half compared to its all-time high in 2010.
  • 345 MWh of electricity was generated from solar panels at the Keswick and Mount Washington campuses.
  • On the Homewood campus, 66 percent of the events held in fiscal year 2016 campus were zero-waste events. Since 2013, a Hopkins Eco-Smart Move-out Program has captured donations to give back to the community.
  • The Peabody Institute reduced its paper usage by 17.5 percent, securing them a "Green Blue Jay Award" this past Earth Week.
  • For the second year, the university's Idea Lab included a sustainability challenge to help improve operational or cultural sustainability.
  • The School of Medicine was among three organizations to receive the Sustainability Partnership Game Changer Award from the National Waste and Recycling Association.
  • Campus Housing and Dining sourced 25 percent real food – defined as local- or community-based, fair, ecologically sound, and/or humane – for the eateries on Homewood campus.

Ashley Pennington, the sustainability manager for Johns Hopkins University, said that the sustainability report signals steady progress, and highlights the need for continued action through integration, innovation, and investment in its facilities, operations, and decision-making processes to 2025 and beyond.

Source: JHU