Campus Sustainability Council

The Campus Sustainability Council, convened by President Tony Monaco in January 2012, has released a report outlining its recommendations in the areas of waste, water, and energy and emissions. (Read the President’s message.)

A draft report was circulated in March 2013 and feedback from the Tufts community was incorporated in the final version.

What’s in the report

The document contains four major sections; the first section on cross-cutting issues highlights themes that were common to all three working groups, and the following three sections each outline a series of new and revised visions, goals, objectives, and recommended strategies crafted by the working groups in the areas of waste, water, and energy and emissions.  It is important to note that the report is not a plan, but rather a starting point for the next phase, implementation planning.

The report also contains extensive appendices that present detailed lists and charts on what Tufts has done in the specific areas of greenhouse gas reduction, waste reduction, and water and energy usage. Historical documentation of some of Tufts’ sustainable milestones is also included.

What’s next

The vice president of operations will oversee the creation of a comprehensive work and implementation plan, which will provide the practical roadmap for achieving the goals outlines in the report.  This work plan will detail:

  • Specific strategies, initiatives, programs, and policies that will be executed in order to meet the visions, goals, and objectivesincluded in the report
    • Initiatives will be chosen and prioritized using evaluation criteria that takes into account factors such as environmental and social impact, marginal abatement cost curve analysis, educational value, public
      awareness value, and regulatory compliance.
    • The owner/project lead of each strategy and identification of key stakeholders
    • Project timelines and interim milestones and benchmarks
    • Metrics and key performance indicators
    • Reporting methodology
    • Processes for continuing feedback and program evaluation

Background
The Campus Sustainability Council was created in January 2012 and focuses on advancing work to create reductions in energy and greenhouse gas emissions, waste, and water.  The council will establish goals and monitor achievements in the areas of energy use and carbon emissions, building standards, waste management, and water usage.  The Council has:

  • Reviewed the current goals in these areas and progress to date in meeting the goals
  • Considered relevant benchmarks for comparison with other universities
  • Established three working groups to look at energy use/carbon emissions, waste management and water usage. The working groups provide recommendations to the Main Council
  • Recommended, with input from the working groups, mechanisms for broader Tufts community input regarding the proposed revised goals
  • Adopted revised goals and charge working groups with responsibility for recommending actions to achieve goals
  • Engaged outside consultant expertise, as needed, to support the work of the working groups

The Council will continue to monitor and report progress.