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
June 2019 – Present
Kristen is a 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 supporting a campus-wide waste policy roll-out. 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.
Communications Special Projects Intern
Fall 2018 - Present
Michaela is a Minnesota-native who will enter her last semester of the SMFA at Tufts Combined Degree program in Fall 2020. She participated in the BFA Senior Thesis Program and developed the SMFA Garden, an ongoing project supported by the Green Fund to establish pollinator-friendly gardens on the SMFA campus. For her BA in Interdisciplinary Studies, Michaela is researching the materiality of food & drink ingredients in contemporary Puerto Rican and Latinx artworks. Michaela strives to be a conscious citizen and live a low-waste, plastic-free lifestyle. She can be found biking to farmers markets and local businesses year-round in pursuit of these goals. She has previously worked for the office as a Recycling Communications and Lead Communications Intern.
Fall 2018 - Present
Taite Pierson is a senior double majoring in Environmental Studies and Psychology and double minoring in Drama and Dance. Before taking on the role of Eco-Rep coordinator, she worked as the Assistant Coordinator of the program for the 2019-2020 school year. Prior to that, she served as an Eco-Rep for Hodgdon Hall where she also worked as an RA. She has a passion for environmental education and loves to be creative with environmental messaging. Sustainability informs her work outside of the office as well, including when she worked as an intern at the Tufts campus in Talloires, France in 2019. She is also the president of Tufts’ student musical theatre group, Torn Ticket II.
Sustainability Communications Intern
Fall 2019 - Present
Bella is a rising senior in the Combined Degree Program with Tufts and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. She is pursuing a B.S. in Environmental Studies and Urban Studies and a B.F.A. in Studio Art. Currently, her interests include architecture, inflatable sculptures, and sustainable cities - which she one day hopes to design. As a communications intern at the Tufts Office of Sustainability, Bella hopes to spread environmental awareness and sustainable behaviors to the greater Tufts community.
Green Fund Intern
Summer 2020 - Present
Tom is a sophomore from Wayland Massachusetts majoring in Community Health and Political Science. Tom loves getting outside whenever he can and has a goal of hiking all of the 4,000+ ft mountains in New Hampshire by the time he graduates. He currently has hiked 5 of them. On campus, Tom is involved with the Tufts Democrats and plays for the Tufts Club Hockey team. Tom is eager to work with the Green Fund this year and is ready to make a positive impact on campus in his position.