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.
|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 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.|
|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.|