Johns Hopkins University was honored with one of the Maryland Green Registry Leadership Awards presented annually to five organizations that have shown a strong commitment to sustainable practices, measurable results, and continual improvement.
Applying for the award, the Homewood Recycling Office listed among its successful projects the Free Food Alert program and Hop Reuse Hub. Free Food Alert reduces waste by inviting members of the Hopkins community to help themselves to food left over from campus events; since its inception, it has hosted 70 food giveaway programs and enrolled 1,900 subscribers. Hop Reuse Hub collects no-longer-needed furniture from offices and sells it back to the Hopkins community, an effort that has so far sold 2,500 pieces of furniture and donated more than 1,500 pieces to local nonprofits.
Having tracked the campus's total waste and recycling rates since 2013, Homewood Recycling reports that it has increased its recycling rate from 26 percent to 44 percent.
The Leadership Awards event was held in June in conjunction with the One Montgomery Green Gala at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, Maryland. Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford and Maryland Department of the Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles presented the awards.
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