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Tina Woolston

Program Director

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.

Shoshana Blank

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.

Interns

Elyssa Anneser

Assisstant Eco-Rep Coordinator
Fall 2017 - Spring 2019

Elyssa is a Junior 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 and has previously worked for the Office of Sustainability as a Recycling Communications Intern.

Isabel Falls

Green Fund Committee
Fall 2018 - Spring 2019

Originally from Northern California, Isabel Falls is a senior double majoring in Sociology and Environmental Studies with a focus in sustainability and social change. Since her freshman year, Isabel has been working with the Office of Sustainability, first as an Eco-Rep, and later as the program’s coordinator. However, after returning from 8 months abroad in Madrid, she is excited to try something new and to now be a part of the Green Fund Committee. When she can, Isabel loves exploring the outdoors, whether that be taking a walk through Somerville, kayaking, or hiking and is hoping to explore more of New England’s outdoor beauty before her final year is up!

Maria Fong

Communications Intern
Spring 2018 - Spring 2019

Maria Fong is a second-year BFA student at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts. She is a member of the SMFA Sustainability Task Force and was an Eco-Rep for the Beacon Street dorms last year. She spent the first eighteen years of her life biking around Berkeley, California and enjoying fresh produce. Maria loves making stop motion animations, drawing, listening to podcasts, eating scones, and being outside. 

Lauren Gawel

Grafton Campus Sustainability Intern
Fall 2018 - Spring 2019

Lauren Gawel is a first-year veterinary student at the Cummings campus. Lauren is from Florida, where she completed her B.S in Animal Science and Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at the University of Florida. She is incredibly excited to now be living in New England and getting to experience real seasons (including winter)! In Lauren’s occasional free time, she is spending time with her dog, cat, 2 guinea pigs, and boyfriend. She also enjoys exploring, hiking, and seeing live theater. Lauren is passionate about wildlife conservation and zoo medicine, educating children about science and conservation, and encouraging others to be as sustainable as possible every day. She is excited to represent the Office of Sustainability at the Cummings campus!

Natalie Hench

Graduate Communications Intern
Fall 2018 - Spring 2019

Michaela Morse

Recycling Communications Intern
Fall 2018 - Spring 2019

Michaela is a junior transfer student to the combined degree program, endeavouring to split her time between the Tufts and SMFA campuses as she gets to know her new school. Prior to moving to Boston, Michaela studied apparel design for two years at the University of Minnesota before taking a break from her formal undergraduate studies and booking a one-way ticket to Buenos Aires. After seven months of language learning and travel between Argentina and Chile she found herself back in the U.S., applying to pursue her interests in art and design, spanish language and culture, and sustainability studies, all rolled up into one program at Tufts. Despite not having much free time, Michaela does her best to make it out to farmers markets and support locally sourced food.

Michael Orcutt

STARS intern
Fall 2018 - Spring 2019

Michael is a first-year master’s student at the Fletcher School of International Affairs, studying environment and resource policy. His family home is Charleston, SC, where the weather is warm and the beaches are sunny. Previous employment in parks and recreation and land conservation has built upon a childhood fascination with exploring and discovering the natural world. He spends his free time travelling to new places, enjoying a beautiful day outdoors, and trying out new recipes in the kitchen.

Katie Rooney

Video Intern
Spring 2019

Katie is a a sophomore transfer to Tufts, majoring in Drama. She grew up in Stratford, Connecticut right on the water and has always had a love for nature and its beauty, and as a child was given the job of gathering the household recycling because she wouldn't stop nagging her family about recycling rules in her town. As a photographer/videographer she has found herself constantly drawn to the outdoors for capturing images. She's excited to be working for the Office of Sustainability and to be able to do something she loves while helping the Tufts community.

Mike Wilkinson

Programs Intern
Spring 2018

Mike is a Sophomore from outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is a double major in Environmental Studies and International Relations with concentrations in Sustainability, Policy, and Equity and Global Health, Nutrition, and the Environment. Mike is excited to help the Tufts community achieve its long-term sustainability goals both as an Eco-Representative and as Programs Intern. He is also aspiring to work in sustainability consulting, corporate social responsibility, or sustainable development and real estate in the future. In his free time, Mike can be found on hikes to the Fells, talking with friends on President's Lawn, or singing Bass in the Tufts Chamber Singers.

Kayla Williams

Eco-Rep Coordinator
Spring 2019

Kayla is a Senior at Tufts majoring in Environmental Studies and Anthropology. She is from Red Bank, New Jersey and loves hailing from the Jersey Shore. On campus, you’ll likely find Kayla in the Africana Center or the big green chairs in Hotung. She works for the Office for Campus Life as an Event Staff Manager (catch her scanning your Spring Fling ticket). Her favorite memes are dog memes, and one of the biggest hardships of her life is her love for cheese while being lactose intolerant. Kayla super excited to bring environmental education and sustainability to new spaces on campus!!

Meet our recycling interns!

Take a look at our past interns too!