About the Office of Sustainability

The Office of Sustainability (OOS) serves as a resource, a catalyst, and an advocate for environmental sustainability at Tufts, often serving as the bridge between ideas and their practical implementation.

The OOS is supported by the university and works to:

  • 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 and report on Tufts’ progress toward commitments and regional goals
  • Identify sustainability opportunities that may provide Tufts with additional benefits such as educational opportunities, reduced risk, financial savings, and avoided problems/fines.
  • Coordinate among other existing programs and sustainability efforts (e.g., food, landscaping, transportation, planning and policy, personal action, and education)
  • Integrate sustainability issues into research, scholarship and student life.
    • Advise the Tufts Green House and the Tufts Sustainability Collective
    • Provide peer-to-peer training through the Eco-Reps and Eco-Ambassador programs
    • 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
    • Identify appropriate ways for faculty and student research to be pilot tested on campus

If you are interested in learning more about sustainability at Tufts, please contact the Office of Sustainability to be put in touch with the appropriate department.

 Staff

Program Director
Tina Woolston Tina Woolston, LEED Green Associate, joined the Office of Sustainability in September of 2007 as the project coordinator focusing on outreach and education. She created the Eco-Ambassador program for staff and faculty, the Ex-college course Environmental Action, Shifting from Saying to Doing and a re-envisioned the existing Eco-Representative program as student-led. She works closely with other departments at Tufts to facilitate environmental sustainability across the university. Prior to coming to Tufts, Tina directed the sustainability program at Earthwatch Institute and co-founded her town’s climate action committee. She was one of the first 1,000 people to be trained by Al Gore to give the Inconvenient Truth slideshow as part of The Climate Reality Project. She holds a B.S. and M.S. in Animal Science and Ruminant Nutrition from Cornell University and a certificate in Community Environmental Education from Tufts University.
Education and Outreach Program Administrator
Shoshana Blank 3 Shoshana Blank joined the Office of Sustainability in August 2016 as the Outreach and Education Program Administrator. Prior to coming to Tufts, Shoshana worked at a Boston non-profit called the Sustainable Endowments Institute, where she consulted with colleges, universities, cities and K-12 schools on financing their energy efficiency projects through green revolving funds. She also directed the development of a web tool called the Green Revolving Investment Tracking System (GRITS) to help colleges easily track the energy, carbon, and financial savings from their energy conservation projects. Shoshana was a Fulbright grant recipient where she conducted research on particulate matter emissions from wood-burning cookstoves in a village outside of Pune, India, testing out a more efficient stove with the villagers. Shoshana graduated from St. Olaf College in 2010 with majors in Biology and Environmental Studies. She enjoys gardening, ice cream, and environmental activism.
Communications Specialist

Lauren Diamond joined the Office of Sustainability in August 2014 as the Communications Specialist. She graduated from Dickinson College in 2010 with a B.A. in American Studies and received her M.S. in Urban and Regional Policy from Northeastern University in 2014. Lauren has pursued her interest in environmental issues while working for organizations including the University of Delaware Sustainability Task Force, Dickinson College Organic Farm, and Boston Natural Areas Network. She is particularly interested in creating a more sustainable food system. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening and running.

Interns

Senior Programs Intern Aviva Kardener (Fall 2015-Present)
Aviva is a senior from Oakland, California, the sunny side of the Bay Area. She is majoring in Environmental Studies and Peace & Justice Studies with plans to work in the field of environmental justice. On campus, she is also involved with Tufts Office of Alumni Relations, Tufts Energy Group, Peace Games, and Tufts Climate Action. She loves cooking, baking, hiking, reading, traveling, and spending time with her friends. Aviva is very excited to see how she can help reduce the environmental impacts Tufts and its students have on the community and world.
Communications Intern Sanya Pradhan (Fall 2017 – Present)
Sanya is a junior at Tufts University, studying Sociology, Economics and Entrepreneurial Leadership Studies. She has played an active part in sustainability projects for her local community in India, and hopes to do the same at Tufts! The snowstorms and extreme temperatures is not something she is used to, but has learned to adapt through baking warm goodies and experimenting with new recipes. Travelling, going to soul cycle, trying out new restaurants, and hanging out with friends is how Sanya loves to spend her free time. She is looking forward to implementing her creative ideas in the year to come and is excited to be the Communications Intern at the Office of Sustainability!
Video Production Intern Sarah Mathews (Fall 2017 – Present)
Sarah Mathews is a junior studying Sociology and Film & Media Studies. She has moved around a lot, but likes to call both Southern California and New Hampshire home. In her free time, you can find Sarah doing yoga, working on student media projects, working on sociology research, or blogging about films she’s watched lately. Sarah is passionate about environmental justice, reducing her carbon footprint and sustainable food systems. She is excited to begin learning how media can help to foster environmental change by creating videos for the Office of Sustainability!
Recycling & Waste Reduction Communications Intern  Elyssa Anneser (Fall 2017 – Present)
Elyssa is sophomore majoring in Political Science, Environmental Studies, and is on the Pre-Med track. Elyssa is from Franconia, New Hampshire, where she likes to spend her free time hiking mountains and swimming in rivers. When on campus, you can typically find Elyssa talking about public policy, passionately composting, playing quidditch, or running. Elyssa is passionate about making sustainable habits accessible for broad audiences that is why Elyssa is so excited to work in the Office of Sustainability as a recycling communications intern!
Programs Intern Celia Bottger (Fall 2017 – Present)
Celia Bottger is a sophomore majoring in Environmental Studies and International Relations. She has been involved in sustainability initiatives since her freshman year of high school, and is thrilled to be working on sustainability at Tufts. Celia is also involved in Tufts Climate Action, in which she helps run a campaign to divest Tufts from its holdings in fossil fuels. Her dream job would be to travel around the world, aiding governments in implementing environmental policies that mitigate climate change. In her free time, Celia loves hiking, traveling, kayaking, scuba diving, dancing, practicing yoga, and spending time with friends.

Past interns