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Media Advisory: Johns Hopkins Students Help City Nonprofits Become More “Eco-Friendly”


August 2, 2010

TO:    Local assignment editors

FROM:    Lisa De Nike / 443-287-9960 / Lde@jhu.edu

RE: Climate Showcase Project

In an effort to engage a new and promising audience in Baltimore City’s greening efforts, six Johns Hopkins University students will be visiting three Baltimore City nonprofits this week to help assess their sustainability and to advise them on how to save their organizations money on energy and other resources. A collaboration between the university and Baltimore City, this “Climate Showcase Project” – which was launched in June — strives to help nonprofits become more eco-friendly, while educating students on both sustainability measures and the vital role that these socially focused organizations play in the community.

Each participating student was trained by the university’s Sustainability Office to help local organizations reduce their energy usage, greenhouse gas emissions and other associated environmental impacts. While onsite, the students, working in pairs, look at details such as weatherproofing, lighting fixtures, toilet and sink water flow, recycling efforts and even in-house food choices. Later in the week, the teams return to offer the organizations detailed reports recommending specific physical improvements, such as the use of energy-efficient light bulbs, additional insulation, plastic window coverings, low-flow toilets and “smart” power strips, or behavioral changes, such as recycling and composting programs. When the project ends this week, the students will have conducted 20 assessments.

Reporters may find the following planned site visits of interest:

• 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 4, at St. John’s United Methodist Church, 2640 St. Paul St., 21218. Students Dezeray Cephas and Karan Shah will be conducting a brainstorming session about ways that St. Johns can promote sustainable actions in their office and amongst their congregation and community. Point person at St. Johns is Lynne Plettenberg at 443-631-2879 or email at plettenbergel@gmail.com

• 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug 4, and 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 6, at Village Learning Place, 2521 St. Paul Street, 21218. On Wednesday, students Sean Murphy and ‘Gbenga Adeyinka will be conducting a brainstorming session about the ways that the Village Learning Place can promote sustainable actions in their offices, classrooms, and libraries. On Friday, they will be sharing their findings and recommendations for how the organization can implement physical improvements and adopt and promote more sustainable practices. Point person at VLP is Emily Gould at 410- 235-2210 or e-mail Emily.Gould@villagelearningplace.org

• 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 5, in basement office at Wyman Park Building, The Johns Hopkins University, 3100 Wyman Park Drive, 21218. All six students will be in the office working on writing their reports and recommendations. Point person is Joanna Calabrese, Climate Showcase Program Coordinator at 301- 318-4766 or e-mail jcalabrese@jhu.edu


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