University seeks input on a draft vision statement and set of guiding principles for sustainability

A survey is open to affiliates and community partners through April 1

Johns Hopkins University is seeking feedback from affiliates and community partners on a draft vision statement and set of guiding principles for the 2030 JHU Sustainability Plan.

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

The survey, which is open through April 1, follows several months of universitywide input, 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 feedback, leading to a comprehensive vision statement and seven guiding principles focusing on urgency for climate action, environmental justice and equity, research and innovation, and more.

The planning process is overseen by a steering committee chaired by Ben Zaitchik, a professor of Earth and planetary sciences in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences; Megan Latshaw, an 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 myriad topics.

Beyond taking the survey, Kumar and Heller encourage affiliates and community partners to participate in a series of topical workshops from mid-March to April—registration links are available on the Office of Sustainability website.