What are we doing in SEA?

"Green Your Routine Week: This semester's big project is a week of activities dedicated to energy efficiency; see the Events page for more.

Newsletter Articles: every week we are provided a space in the Newsletter's Science section to publish an article on current issues related to the environment. Send us your ideas for articles or, even better, write your own!

Community Outreach

Community Garden: We were initially provided a plot of land off of San Martin Drive on which to develop a community garden for Hopkins affiliates, and we are now looking into the plot of land across from the bookstore (33rd and St. Paul). Crops including tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, peas, green beans, and radishes were harvested throughout the summer. Fall plantings like arugula, spinach, lettuce, radishes, beets, broccoli, pumpkins, and squash are being harvested. Contact Ian if you are interested in volunteering.

Elementary/Middle School Partnerships are another outlet into the community we are interested in developing. One of our ideas is to work with a local elementary school to develop a recycling program, environmental club, or vegetable garden.. Any work with elementary students will hopefully include sending club members to teach about current and upcoming environmental issues and to involve the students in interactive eco-activities like recycled art projects, field trips, stream clean-ups, or working in the community garden. This project is in need of member(s) to take charge of it! Our ideas are only a starting place, if you'd like to adopt it and refine the direction, click here!

Campus Sustainability

ECO-Reps: Freshmen are encouraged to consider applying for a position as an ECO-Rep. More information on the Eco-Rep program can be found on the JHU Office of Sustainability website.

Dorm Energy Competitions: We are planning events to partner with the Eco-Reps and put on competitions for students to conserve energy in a competitve setting. # Sustainable Water Management: on site wetland treatment of wastewater, pervious driveways, paths, & parking lots, green roofs, grey water used to water the community garden? Sound like interesting possibilities to you? Join us!

Dining Hall Composting/Biofuel Programs: Our dining halls generate an immense amount of useful "waste" products that the university presently throws away. Creating biofuel from cooking oil is an extremely easy and straightforward process -especially for Hopkins Engineers- and could be used to fuel Hopkins shuttle vans, the JHMI shuttle bus, and other university vehicles with little or no modifications to the existing vehicles! Dining Hall "waste" could be sent to a local dairy farm and burned with animal waste to generate electricity for the University, or it could provide compost for the community garden.

Adoption of Sustainability Policies: Great progress toward sustainability is being achieved by forward-thinking individuals in the Facilities Management, Recycling, and Grounds Departments, however Hopkins as a University refuses to make a committment to the environment. Policies specifically tailored to promote sustainable practices in construction, building/resource management, responsible purchasing, renewable energy use and energy efficiency measures are the platform upon which a University committment is built; a platform that is rapidly becoming standard at other higher education institutions of Hopkins' caliber but continues to encounter opposition here at JHU. We believe that educating administrators, faculty, and students from the bottom up is the best way of opening minds to the ideas inherent in these policies, eventually leading to the adoption of the policies themselves.

Last Updated: October 2010