University invites feedback on draft vision statement and set of guiding principles for sustainability


Johns Hopkins University is seeking feedback from affiliates and community partners on a draft vision statement and set of guiding principles for JHU’s 2030 sustainability plan.

In a message to the Hopkins community, Provost Sunil Kumar and Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration Laurent Heller shared a link to a survey for input and feedback on the plan, which will serve as a sheet. roadmap for the university’s sustainability priorities over the next decade. . The draft plan builds on existing efforts to address climate change, build enduring community partnerships, and set an ambitious course for university commitments in operations, teaching, and research.

The survey, which is open until April 1, follows several months of university-wide contributions, including a previous survey and a virtual town hall in December. So far, more than 1,000 JHU students, faculty, staff and community partners have shared their feedback, leading to a comprehensive vision statement and seven guiding principles focused on the urgency of climate action, the environmental justice and equity, research and innovation, and more.

The planning process is overseen by a steering committee chaired by Ben Zaitchik, Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences; Megan Latshaw, associate scientist in environmental health and engineering, a department shared by the Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Whiting School of Engineering; and Julian Goresko, Director of the Office of Sustainability. The Steering Committee is supported by several advisory groups as well as various technical working groups representing a myriad of topics.

In addition to responding to the survey, Kumar and Heller are encouraging affiliates and community partners to participate in a series of themed workshops from mid-March through April. Registration links are available on the Office of Sustainability website.


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