Active citizenship and community engagement are important parts of the Office of Sustainability’s mission.
Our main goals are to:
- Educate people about the different areas of sustainability.
- Inform people about actions they can take to incorporate sustainability into daily life & mitigate climate change.
- Educate people about the Office of Sustainability, its projects and its partners.
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In our outreach efforts to students, we focus on developing leadership skills in students who come with a passion for the environment and foster awareness and knowledge among the general student body.
Work with the OOS
Over two hundred fifty students have been involved in projects related to the Tufts Climate Initiative ’s emission reduction commitment. Faculty in various departments throughout the university have sponsored projects. The OOS plans to expand this precedent into diverse areas of campus and community sustainability.
The Office of Sustainability (OOS) regularly offers internships for graduates and undergraduates.
The OOS also offers the opportunity for student research projects.
Please e-mail email@example.com to inquire about student research projects.
The MTC Green Building Case Studies is one such research project. In 2005, the Tufts Climate Initiative collaborated with several graduate students from the Urban and Environmental Policy & Planning Department in researching four noted green buildings in the greater Boston area. With a grant from the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, the students did an in-depth analysis of the green features used in the buildings and the design processes that helped guide the implementation of energy-efficiency and other sustainability features.
Become an Eco-Rep
The Tufts Eco-Reps are a group of paid residential students who help to raise awareness about ecological issues, encourage environmentally responsible behavior in their hall-mates and peers, and plan related events and activities.
Tufts Sustainability Collective (TSC) (formerly Environmental Consciousness Outreach (ECO))
TSC is the beginning of a new chapter of student-led environmentalism at Tufts University. It will encourage action and progress while maintaining a steady presence on campus by being split into semi-autonomous branches, each in charge of a different aspect of campus sustainability. These branches are:
- Tufts Bikes, the new campus bike sharing system
- The Student Garden (the Tom Thumb’s Garden)
- The Sustainable Action Squad, a group that will pursue campaigns on campus, such as the fight against bottled water
- Students for a Just and Stable Future, a state-wide campaign for a 100% clean electricity.
- Food for Thought, the Tufts group dedicated to addressing contemporary food issues.
- The Green Team, which focuses on environmental education in local schools.
Energy Security Initiative (ESI)
An undergraduate student program focused on inquiry, research, and discussion regarding the military, political, economic, and environmental security aspects of energy.
Tufts Mountain Club (TMC)
A student-run group that organizes both local and overnight hiking, biking, skiing, canoeing, and other outing trips. Many of the club’s activities are based in and around the Loj, an old farm house located in Woodstock, NH. Popular campus-based activities include weekly rock climbing and mountain biking trips.
PANGEA is dedicated to cultivating a community aware of global issues, with a spirit of commitment to people around the world and a readiness to use its knowledge and experience to lead our generation in creating a more just world.
RA Community Building Events
The Office of Sustainability works closely with Residential Facilities and the Residential Directors and Residential Assistants (RAs) on educating students about environmental topics. OOS provides RAs with a list of topics and information packages designed for their community building educational events.
Courses and classes
Tufts University has a longstanding commitment to deepen and broaden environmental literacy of its students. Each semester, the university offers several courses in science, policy, economics, and engineering focused specifically on climate change-related issues. The Office of Sustainability has worked closely with several faculty members to introduce climate change and other aspects of sustainability into their curriculum. Click here for a list of past and present sustainability-focused and sustainability-related courses.
Become an Eco-Ambassador
Eco-Ambassadors are volunteers who spend a few hours per month of paid work time leading departmental efforts to conserve energy and water, select green office products, improve recycling rates and educate their colleagues about environmentally sustainable practices. See examples of Eco-Ambassadors at work.
Collaborate with the OOS
The OOS also offers the opportunity for collaboration between faculty and students on research projects. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about research projects.
Integrate Sustainability Into Your Course
The Tufts Environmental Literacy Institute, run by the Tufts Institute for the Environment, is a four-day course offered in May to faculty from any discipline who are interested in learning more about climate change and how to incorporate into their classroom. Stipends are provided for updating your course syllabus.
Be active in greening your office purchasing
Encourage your office to buy recycled content paper, Energy Star appliances, EPEAT gold computers, and to think carefully about whether or not purchases are truly necessary, you can help the university decrease its energy usage and waste disposal costs as well as ‘completing the recycling loop”. More…
Tufts University has long served as a role model in the sustainability movement at colleges and campuses around the country. Reaching out to and networking with other organizations and institutions is key in promoting sustainable practices, such as energy and resource efficiency. We offer the following services to other institutions and members of the community.
Workshops and Trainings
The OOS works with TCI to organize speakers, workshops and conferences on wide ranging topics pertaining climate change. Examples include:
- The Science of Climate Change
- Green building and energy efficiency
- Climate Change and the Media
- Solar and Wind Energy
- Sustainability in Higher Education
Home Energy Seminars
Through collaboration with the Stockholm Environment Institute, the Office of Sustainability can arrange for a free 1.5 hour seminar on saving energy & money in your home. More…
TCI 5-year report
This report summarizes work that took place through TCI during 2000-2005.
Download report as pdf.
Letter to President Bush
In May 2001, Tufts University President John DiBiaggio sent a letter to President Bush that was co-signed by 41 other university presidents, urging him to revise his energy policy to place greater emphasis on conservation and finding alternatives to fossil fuels.
Office of Sustainability Downloads
OOS makes many of its resources freely available. Many of our reports, research papers, and educational materials can be downloaded. More…