Faculty Director: Jaafar El-Awady


 As the Earth crisis precipitates a humanitarian and global health crisis, it becomes clear that rapid structural shifts will be needed across energy and food systems, manufacturing, and the built environment to protect and regenerate the natural life support systems we depend upon. In addition to policies and new economic models that move society in these directions, innovations in technology and practice will be necessary. The engineering, technology, and data science communities within Johns Hopkins University can play critical roles in spearheading this innovation, including the Applied Physics Laboratory and Ralph O’Connor Sustainable Energy Institute (ROSEI). To assist in these efforts, the Johns Hopkins Institute for Planetary Health (JHIPH) will: 

  1. Sponsor workshops and convenings on particular areas of innovation and practice such as energy transition, protein revolution, wastewater treatment, waste management, built environment, etc. 
  1. Provide access to dedicated development staff to help identify support from internal and external sources to support new initiatives. 
  2. Connect with Planetary Health Alliance efforts in these areas through the Planetary Health annual meetings and networking across relevant communities. 
  1. Communications support to “tell the story” of Planetary Health innovation across these communities at JHU.

As workstreams within the Institute are established, we will post short summaries here to allow faculty and students to identify opportunities for collaboration.  

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The Open Sustainability Summit: JHIPH is a co-sponsor of this summit being led by Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering in partnership with LF Energy on May 2-3, 2024. This event will gather lawmakers, policymakers, electrical utility companies, automakers, technology vendors, researchers, and end users of energy to discuss the challenges and opportunities for an open-source model of building both technology and standards to drive the energy transition, with particular focus on how policy and regulation can support this collaborative approach and ensure communities are diverse and inclusive.