Mission Statement

Tufts Office of Sustainability serves as a resource, a catalyst, and an advocate for environmental sustainability at Tufts. Often we serve as a bridge between ideas and their practical implementation. The OOS is supported by the university and works to:

  • Enhance Tufts’ reputation as a leader.
  • Ensure that Tufts’ efforts are comprehensive and focused on meaningful projects
  • Identify, evaluate, and implement opportunities for leadership
  • Promote the strength of Tufts sustainability efforts, including those of faculty and students.
  • Measure Tufts’ progress toward commitments and regional goals
  • Identify sustainability opportunities that may provide Tufts with significant benefit such as reduced risk, financial savings, and avoided problems/fines.
      • Opportunities in new buildings and master plan implementation
      • Energy efficiency and climate change
      • Water
      • Solid waste
      • Coordinate among other existing programs and sustainability efforts (e.g., food, transportation, landscaping, planning and policy, personal action, and related citizenship activities)
  • Integrate sustainability issues into research, scholarship and student life.
    • Work with interested faculty to develop meaningful class projects and support students in those efforts.
    • Work with interested students on academic and extra-curricular projects
    • Provide student internships when possible.
    • Identify appropriate ways for faculty and student research to be pilot tested on campus

Tufts Environmental Policy

President Bacow’s Reflections on Tufts’ Environmental Commitment