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Report Card 2011

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Johns Hopkins University
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Johns Hopkins University

School details:

  Grade lower than last year


Endowment: $1,977 million as of June 30, 2009

Location: Baltimore, Maryland


Campus Survey: No

Dining Survey: No

Endowment Survey: No

Student Survey: Yes (see response)


Please note: This school did not respond to any of the three administrator surveys. The data used for both the profile and grading was compiled from independent research. For more information on data collection and evaluation, please see the Methodology section.  


Please note: Data was collected in summer 2010 and may no longer be current.


Data compiled from survey responses, when available, and from independent research, when needed. For more information on data collection and evaluation, please see the  Methodology section.

Overall grade  
C +
The Johns Hopkins Sustainability Committee increased the percentage of recycled paper purchases by 51 percent between 2007 and 2008. The sustainability office employs seven staff and works on green building and energy conservation projects. Green Campus Reps promote sustainable practices in their offices, and Green Lab Champions coordinate recycling and other sustainability initiatives. The Sustainable Hopkins Infrastructure Program funds cost-saving energy projects.
The university has committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 51 percent from 2008 levels by 2025. A cogeneration facility is operated on campus, and numerous energy-saving measures have been implemented, including temperature setbacks and steam trap systems. A solar array on top of the Applied Physics Laboratory generates renewable energy.
Dining services purchases exclusively cage-free eggs and hormone- and antibiotic-free milk. The university has a trayless program and donates excess food to local food banks and shelters. Johns Hopkins also launched the Know Your Foodprint campaign to educate campus members of the environmental impact of their diets. The campus recycles all standard materials as well as electronics.
New construction must meet LEED Silver standards as well as other JHU green building guidelines. Currently, both cancer research buildings on the medical campus are LEED Silver certified, and the Ross Research Building is LEED Certified. Johns Hopkins has installed dual-flush toilets and waterless urinals to reduce water use. The campus features a green roof, and captured rainwater is used to wash cages in some laboratories.
New student orientation is paperless, and the university employs five sustainability interns. The Green Idea Generator, held annually since 2007, gives students an opportunity to propose potential sustainability projects to be implemented on campus. Students for Environmental Action promotes environmental awareness and maintains a campus community garden. Engineers for a Sustainable World works on recycling and biodiesel projects on campus.
Johns Hopkins offers online ride-matching to students, faculty, and staff, and also subsidizes public transit passes. A shuttle runs between the main campus and the medical campus, as well as to off-campus locations. The university partners with a car-sharing program.
The university makes a list of all holdings available to trustees and senior administrators. The university does not make its shareholder voting record public.
The university aims to optimize investment returns, and the endowment is currently invested in renewable energy funds.
The university asks that its investment managers handle the details of proxy voting.
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