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.
Recycling and Waste Reduction Fellow
Summer 2019 – Summer 2020
Kristen is a recent graduate of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, where she studied Anthropology and interdisciplinary Sustainability. At Emory, Kristen transitioned through a variety of sustainability roles, from sustainability Programming intern to Waste Management Education and Outreach intern, and finally to a Zero Landfill Waste intern implementing a campus-wide waste policy rollout. Kristen also worked at a community development non-profit, where she coordinated a recycling program for local commercial office buildings. She is passionate about environmental philosophies, land rights, systems-thinking, and (of course) zero waste! In her spare time, Kristen enjoys hiking, hammocking, and exploring her community—wherever that may be. She is excited to join the Tufts sustainability folks in implementing the University’s recycling vision, and eager to learn more along the way!
Summer Programs Intern
Jennifer Frye is a rising Sophomore at Tufts double majoring in Spanish and International Relations with a concentration in Environment. Jennifer grew up surrounded by nature in Bellingham, Washington and gained an appreciation for sustainability from her family and friends. She also has a passion for traveling and spent a year volunteering in Ecuador as a Tufts 1+4 Fellow. On campus, Jennifer serves as the Logistics Coordinator for CIVIC, a nonpartisan political discussion group, and sings and plays piano with Public Harmony, a community service music group.
Summer Donations Intern
Serena is a rising senior at Tufts majoring in Applied Environmental Studies with a concentration in Food Systems and Nutrition. She is also pursuing minors in Theater/Performance Studies and Spanish. She has a passion for sustainability and collects her single use coffee cups each time she forgets to bring her reusable mug in order to better visualize waste that may otherwise be thrown out of sight. Aside from being a waste-warrior, Serena's other passion is for Quidditch. During the school year she plays as a beater for the Tufts University Tufflepuffs.
Fall 2017 - Summer 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.
Fall 2018 - Summer 2019
Michaela is a Minnesota-native who transferred into the SMFA at Tufts combined degree program in Fall 2018, after taking some time off her formal undergrad studies to focus on Spanish language learning and travel in Argentina and Chile. She is now developing a studio art thesis in the SMFA Senior Thesis program, as well as preparing for a written thesis to complete her Interdisciplinary Studies degree, which intersects food systems, visual media, and Latino and Latin American studies. Michaela strives to be a conscious consumer and live a zero-waste, plastic-free lifestyle. She can be found visiting farmers markets and local businesses year round in pursuit of these goals!
Grafton Campus Sustainability Intern
Fall 2018 - Summer 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!