Released this week, the new Johns Hopkins Sustainable Living Guide features resources and recommendations to help the university community live more environmentally conscious lifestyles.
The document, assembled by the Student and Alumni Working Group of the Johns Hopkins Sustainability Leadership Council, provides specific advice for lowering individual environmental footprints, as well as links to Baltimore organizations and businesses that provide sustainable products and services. These organizations include Baltimore's SCRAP Creative Reuse program, the city's recycling centers, and information about the free composting locations and services provided by MOM's Organic Market, a grocery store local to the university's Homewood campus.
In addition to waste diversion, the document also provides resources and tips on energy consumption, cleaning products, water use, food and diet, and guides to sustainable personal care products.
Madison Bates, a sophomore environmental studies and international studies double major, is one of the undergraduate members of the Sustainability Leadership Council, which provides advice and recommendations to the Provost on environmental policies, programs, and other initiatives.
Bates said the guide has been designed to be accessible for the general public, but tailored so that those with an existing interest in sustainability will still be able to take away new ideas and resources from it.
"We wanted to center it specifically in the Baltimore area," Bates said. "We looked around the community to see who was working towards sustainable goals, or who had the best resources, so that we could highlight our local businesses and organizations in it."