April 24, 2013

Earth Day and Green Blue Jay Awards

Ginny Weinmann

Ginny Weinmann

Research Assistant

Center for a Livable Future

The Blue Jay's Perch community garden

Monday, April 22, was Earth Day. At JHU, this Earth Day was special—it marked the presentation of the first ever Green Blue Jay Awards. These awards were given to individuals, groups, and departments across the University that had demonstrated the sustainable ideals toward which the University strives.

The day was windy but sunny, and a crowd gathered on the grass outside Gilman Hall to watch Davis Bookhart, director of the Office of Sustainability, present awards to 10 outstanding recipients. Of note were three awardees that made CLF particularly proud. The Blue Jay’s Perch Community Garden at Eastern, run by CLF fellow Wei-ting Chen, won the “Three Legged Stool” award, which recognizes an effort that incorporates the three legs of sustainability—economic, environmental, and social—in a unique project. The garden engages JHU affiliates and community members in growing food together, and it’s an outstanding food engagement and outreach program.

The “Spirit of Sustainability” award went jointly to Jack Grinnalds of the School of Medicine and Mike Shoeffield of the Bloomberg School, the directors of Facilities Management for their respective locations. Here at the School, Mr. Shoeffield has worked tirelessly to provide sustainable infrastructure and practices. He, of course, continually demonstrates enthusiasm for sustainability that inspires change in others, as the award stipulates.

Finally, CLF student intern Raychel Santo accepted the “Student Group of the Year” award on behalf of Real Food Hopkins, a group that she founded at Hopkins her freshman year.  The group is “committed to bringing local, sustainable, humane, and fair food to the Johns Hopkins campus and the surrounding Baltimore area,” and is a chapter of the larger national Real Food Challenge.

Congratulations to all the recipients, and thank you for your contributions to the Johns Hopkins community and the Earth on Earth Day 2013.

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