January 27, 2023
Sustainability Practices | Neighborhood Dwelling
Sustainability Practices | Neighborhood Dwelling

The Workplace of Sustainability was based in 2006 to advance sustainability throughout the college in collaboration with college students, school, workers, and extra campus companions.All through the 2021-2022 tutorial yr, the Workplace of Sustainability obtained enter from over 1,000 JHU college students, school, workers, alumni, and group members by means of quite a lot of engagements. This resulted in a university-wide Sustainability Plan that’s set to be launched in spring 2023. The Sustainability Plan will define interim objectives and key goals till 2030, whereas laying the groundwork for milestones that require longer planning and coordination. Finally, the Plan will present the muse for efforts that may cut back the establishment’s greenhouse gasoline emissions, set up efficiency and wholesome constructing and web site tips, and asses climate-related dangers and adaptation methods.


Housing buildings have single stream recycling which implies all recycling can go in the identical recycling bin.

The next gadgets must be positioned within the inexperienced recycle bin:

  • Blended workplace paper (together with envelopes with clear home windows, magazines, all
    colour copy paper, newspapers, and many others.)
  • Cardboard (together with cereal and packaged meals bins)
  • Aluminum and metal cans, clear foil
  • #1 and #2 plastic bottles and jugs solely (together with drink bottles, laundry detergent bottles, and many others.) All different plastics must be positioned within the incinerate bin

Meals and beverage containers must be empty earlier than recycling.


Electronics may be recycled within the designated bins within the lobbies of every residence corridor. Residents ought to erase any private data from units earlier than recycling.

Mainly something with a battery or twine may be e-cycled, together with:

  • Computer systems
  • Laptops
  • Screens
  • Printers
  • Cell telephones
  • Batteries
  • Printer cartridges
  • Pc equipment

Word: All batteries should be taped on each terminal ends and separated in zip high luggage by kind earlier than recycling.

Tutorial Buildings

Within the tutorial buildings on campus we do separate paper and cardboard from the container recycling (steel & plastic) as a result of extra paper is generated in tutorial areas and retaining it separate creates a cleaner recycling stream.

Please separate your waste as follows:

  • BLUE BINS: Paper and cardboard
  • GREEN BINS: Steel, Plastic #1 & #2, and Glass (Glass is accepted in tutorial buildings as a result of materials is shipped to a distinct recycling facility)
  • YELLOW BINS: Compost
  • GREY BINS: Trash


There are TerraCycle bins positioned within the lobbies of all buildings for arduous to recycle gadgets, together with:

  • Private care merchandise together with beauty packaging like lipstick tubes, hair care packaging, and physique lotion tubes
  • Oral care merchandise together with toothbrushes, floss containers, and toothpaste tubes
  • Vitality bar wrappers, chip luggage, and sweet wrappers
  • Writing utensils together with pens, markers, mechanical pencils, and highlighters

Different Waste

All different waste must be positioned within the grey trash (incinerate) bin.

Do your greatest to comply with the rules and pictures on the waste bins indicators however when doubtful, throw it out. Contamination in our recycling and compost bins may cause the masses to be rejected. Compost, trash, and recycling bins can be present in lobbies, kitchens and customary areas all through all the residence halls and tutorial buildings.

Sustainable Dwelling Suggestions

The Sustainable Dwelling Information is a set of sources and proposals supposed to help Johns Hopkins College group members obtain extra environmentally aware life.

Suggestions embody:

  • Flip off your laptop computer, monitor, printer, room lights, tv, gaming system, and many others. when not getting used and once you depart your room.
  • Flip off the tap when you brush your enamel, wash your face and fingers, shave, and many others.
  • Buy and use reusable merchandise together with water bottles, to-go mugs, utensil set, chrome steel straws, lunch bag, snack bag, produce bag, meals wrap, and extra. Inventory your room with reusable plates, bowls, and utensils to remove the necessity for single-use gadgets.

To be taught extra, go to JHU Sustainability at sustainability.jhu.edu or comply with us on Fb and Instagram: @jhusustainability

Inexperienced Transfer-in & Transfer-Out

Inexperienced dwelling begins with Transfer-In.

Whereas many college students check with basic college packing lists previous to move-in, these lists typically embody pointless gadgets which might be already made out there to college students by their establishments. With this in thoughts, we’ve created a Inexperienced Packing Listing for college students to comply with when shopping for provides, decor, garments, and private gadgets earlier than arriving at Hopkins. Utilizing this record, as well as, to purchasing gadgets second-hand and coordinating along with your roommate(s), are impactful and cost-effective methods to cut back your useful resource consumption and environmental influence previous to and through move-in.

As a part of Housing Operations’ dedication to sustainability and giving again to the group, a Inexperienced MoveOut program gives a chance for residents to donate all of their undesirable however usable clothes, sneakers, housewares, books, toiletries and home equipment in addition to unopened, non-perishable meals to the native non-profits. Attributable to COVID-19, plans for a Inexperienced Transfer-Out are on maintain.

Please test the Workplace of Sustainability web site for updates. To be taught extra, go to JHU Sustainability at: sustainability.jhu.edu/green-move-in-move-out.


The Workplace of Sustainability’s Homewood Sustainability GIS Map and StoryMap are interactive instruments designed to show viewers about sustainability efforts made on the Homewood Campus to enhance the pure and constructed atmosphere, lower vitality and useful resource use, and mitigate dangerous environmental impacts. You may click on and drag to discover the GIS map, and scroll by means of the extra contextual StoryMap, whereas strolling round campus to be taught concerning the options round you.


College students who’re considering getting extra concerned with sustainability initiatives throughout campus ought to go to the Workplace of Sustainability web site or electronic mail sustainability@jhu.edu to be taught extra about scholar teams, the Workplace of Sustainability, and the Sustainability Management Council.