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Report Card 2009

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Johns Hopkins University
College Sustainability Report Card 2009

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Johns Hopkins University

School details:

  Campus Sustainability Leader


Endowment: $2,800 million as of June 30, 2007

Location: Baltimore, Maryland

Enrollment: 18,262

Type: Private


Campus Survey: Yes

Dining Survey: Yes

Endowment Survey: No


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

Overall grade  
B -
Johns Hopkins University has adopted a climate change policy with the vision of carbon neutrality. The Task Force on Climate Change and the Sustainability Committee work on administrative policy. The university has six full-time employees devoted to sustainability.
The university is developing an emissions reduction strategy that includes partnerships in the greater Baltimore area. An ongoing energy efficiency program has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 10,000 tons since 2003, and energy retrofits have resulted in a 50 percent energy-use reduction in some buildings. The university intends to work with wind power developers to install renewable energy.
The university sources produce from 15 local farms, a local dairy, and an on-campus herb garden. A full-time coordinator oversees the recycling program that accepts bottles, cans, cardboard, and paper, as well as pilot programs for electronics, batteries, construction materials, and paints.
The university incorporates green building features in new construction and renovation efforts. The campus has four LEED-certified buildings, and eight additional buildings are currently undergoing the LEED certification process. The university has the largest green roof in Maryland, equal to 75,000-square-feet of green space, over a parking garage.
The university offers on-campus internships for undergraduate and graduate students through the Sustainability Initiative, as well as an Eco-Reps program. There are six student environmental groups and numerous campus conservation competitions.
Johns Hopkins has the second-largest bus service in the state of Maryland, with free biodiesel shuttles for students, faculty, and staff. The university offers bike commuting workshops, bike tune-ups, and incentives for participating in the bike program.
The university makes neither its proxy voting record nor a list of endowment holdings public. This information is only available to trustees and senior administrators upon request.
The university aims to optimize investment return and is exploring renewable energy investment funds and similar strategies.
The university asks that investment managers handle the details of proxy voting.
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