Johns Hopkins University

Fall 2008
Vol. 6, No.1

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Editors’ Note


The symbol itself is small—the outline of a tree, a checkmark incorporated into it—but its significance is great. We are proud with this issue to bring a little green to Arts and Sciences Magazine, printing on paper containing recycled content and certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. This move costs us more, but it's an investment in sustainability that's more than worth the money, and, frankly, it's overdue.

At Homewood, the campus is greener than ever. This fall, the university announced plans to build a cogeneration plant that will reduce the campus' carbon footprint by allowing us to reduce the amount of electricity we purchase from coal-burning power plants. At the same time, individual offices are doing their part, including the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, which has launched a paperless document management and imaging system.

As we shared with you in our last issue, Hopkins' director of energy management and environmental stewardship, Davis Bookhart, is harnessing the creativity and enthusiasm of our students to implement a number of sustainability initiatives. His group has put together a website showcasing innovative projects and providing resources for students interested in studying the environment. And, the ongoing renovation of Gilman Hall will result in the Homewood campus' first green building—LEED-certified as promoting a whole-building approach to sustainability.

We hope with future issues to be able to further reduce our magazine's environmental impact by allowing readers to opt out of the print version and instead receive the publication electronically via e-mail. If you have other ideas for how we could go green, please send us an e-mail at

As for the Fall 2008 magazine, we hope you find this to be our best issue yet. We continue to enhance its design and have re-organized the departments a bit to allow for greater flexibility to write about what's new and exciting in Arts and Sciences. And we have introduced some standing features that infuse the magazine with student and faculty perspectives, as well as letters from our readers and the latest in faculty books and in student research. Enjoy, and keep those opinions coming!

Sylvia Eggleston Wehr
Associate Dean for External Affairs

Angela Paik Schaeffer