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E2SHI Plans To Break Ground By Studying How To Save It

E2SHI Is Launched At JHU

Ben Hobbs, seen in this file photo in front of the Homewood power plant, has been named inaugural director of the Environment, Energy, Sustainability and Health Institute. Photo: Will Kirk/

E2SHI, a new institute at Johns Hopkins University, plans to break ground by studying how to save it.

E2SHI (pronounced eh-shee), a new Environment, Energy, Sustainabilty and Health Institute at Johns Hopkins University, that began taking shape last year to promote research and education in topics ranging from green energy practices to climate change and related health issues, has officially launched.

The mission of the institute is to coordinate and encourage innovative research and teaching that addresses the health and sustainability problems we face as a result of the changing global environment and establish integrated approaches that cut across disciplines and divisions.  Another institutional goal, according to Benjamin Hobbs, director of the institute, is to “promote Johns Hopkins as a world leader in these areas.”

At its start, the institute is offering an internal seed grant program, up to $25,000 for 12 months of work. These funds will be awarded to launch institute-related research projects that involve cross-divisional collaborations and that are likely to receive longer-term funding from outside sources.

Additionally,  E2SHI is working to enhance and coordinate environmental curricula at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The institute has set up a fellowship program to support graduate students who will engage in multidisciplinary research on the environment, energy supply and use, economic and ecological sustainability, or projects that have a public health link to these topics.

E²SHI will host a kickoff event on April 20th, during Earth Week.  To learn more about the institute and its activites, visit the E²SHI website: CLICK HERE.


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