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Comments on Johns Hopkins’ Climate/Sustainability Plan

March 11, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Dennis O’Shea 
443-287-9960
dro@jhu.edu

Gov. Martin O’Malley: “Today’s announcement by Johns Hopkins University should serve as an example to institutions throughout Maryland that changing our culture and behavior with regard to energy consumption can have a tremendous impact on the long term health of our planet. I want to thank Hopkins for its commitment to our statewide goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 25 percent by 2020. Maryland is a national leader when it comes to curbing climate change, not only for its importance to the long-term health of our environment and our families, but also for the thousands of jobs that a clean energy infrastructure will bring to our state.” 

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake: “I like what I’m hearing. Johns Hopkins is focused not only on its own carbon footprint but also on helping us all to cut Baltimore’s footprint by at least a couple of shoe sizes. That’s one of the top priorities of Baltimore’s sustainability plan. The city and the university will soon be working together on a program to help nonprofits do energy audits and cut their costs and carbon emissions. I look forward to more good ideas and more collaboration on energy conservation and climate change.”

William C. Baker, president of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, vice chair of the board of Johns Hopkins Medicine and member of the Johns Hopkins President’s Task Force on Climate Change: “Johns Hopkins has created a plan that is the essence of sustainability: It reduces the university’s carbon footprint, it eliminates other sources of pollution and it saves money. This is the type of result we expect from Johns Hopkins; deliberate, well-informed, comprehensive and determined.”

Kenneth W. DeFontes, president of Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. and member of the Johns Hopkins President’s Task Force on Climate Change: “This compelling and comprehensive proposal should serve as a blueprint for how large institutions can proactively address one of the most challenging environmental and public policy issues of our times. The Johns Hopkins University is staking out a leadership position that will help Maryland achieve its ambitious environmental goals and establish Baltimore as a center of excellence for sustainable energy research and education.”

Pierce Linaweaver, trustee emeritus of the university and member of the Johns Hopkins President’s Task Force on Climate Change: Johns Hopkins University’s initiatives demonstrate its leadership in controlling greenhouse gas emissions and energy conservation. I was especially pleased to participate as a member of the President’s Task Force on Climate Change that set the stage and excited all facets of the university community, including students, faculty in their teaching and their research activities, and staff and management. They progressed rapidly to implementation and continued long-term oversight. Johns Hopkins is using its scientific and engineering capabilities to lead us all into the future on climate change and energy.”

Jack Ross, president of Ross Infrastructure LLC and member of the Johns Hopkins President’s Task Force on Climate Change: “This plan’s positive benefits to the Baltimore community are significant. When the plan is fully implemented, it will be equivalent to removing 26,000 automobiles from our streets or reforesting approximately 33,000 acres of land. Additionally, regional ozone, acid rain and mercury emissions are reduced. The development of this environmentally effective as well as cost-effective plan involved a focused and dedicated team representing all Johns Hopkins resources ranging from applied physics and earth sciences to public health. The unique aspect of this strategic plan is that all improvements are self-funded through operating cost savings. It was an honor and pleasure to be a small part of this meaningful endeavor.”

Connie Vogelmann ’10, president of Students for Environmental Action: “I am very glad that the President’s Task Force on Climate Change took the time to come up with a comprehensive and feasible plan. It’s easy to say, ‘Let’s reduce our carbon emissions;’ it’s much more difficult to come up with an effective way to do so. Furthermore, I appreciate the multifaceted nature of this plan — involving everything from changing technologies and decreasing energy use to involvement with the greater community of Baltimore.”

Mike Rogers ’11, a class ECO-Rep and a founding member of the Sustainable Hopkins Infrastructure Program: “As an undergraduate student, I’m absolutely thrilled to hear about these plans and especially about the new Environment, Sustainability and Health Institute. This kind of recognition of our global reach as an institution while still attending to local roots in Baltimore as we implement sustainable changes exemplifies, to me, the kind of cross-disciplinary work that has made and will continue to make Johns Hopkins University a leading intellectual force in the world.”

Benjamin McGuiggan ’12, sophomore class president: “As one of the most respected and innovative research institutions of the world, Hopkins has the responsibility to be at the forefront of environmental initiatives. I am proud that our university is a leader in the sustainability movement and that we have set out to accomplish this goal.”

Related links:
JHU to halve CO2 greenhouse gas emissions in 15 years
Fast Facts: Johns Hopkins University Climate/Sustainability Plan
Johns Hopkins climate change action plan

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