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Roadmap to a Greener JHU and Beyond

The university task force on climate change convened three years ago by then-President William R. Brody has submitted its final report and series of major recommendations to President Daniels—complete with a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by more than 50 percent by 2025.

The task force, an interdisciplinary and interdivisional working group of experts, was charged with cultivating innovative and novel approaches for addressing climate change, as well as developing a comprehensive strategic plan for implementing them. The group's report recommends the university aggressively pursue opportunities that combine a sustainability focus with smart resource management. Some efforts in this area are already under way, including the cogeneration power plant being built on the Homewood campus that will supply a significant portion of the campus' energy needs—and, in turn, reduce its carbon footprint substantially.

The report makes academic recommendations: to develop undergraduate and graduate programs in sustainability and to create an environmental institute at Johns Hopkins that would direct climate change efforts, promote research, and disseminate knowledge to the rest of the world.

President Daniels was meeting this fall with deans and directors to develop a plan and timeline for addressing the report's recommendations. To read the full report and recommendations, visit


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