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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.

Kristen Kaufman

Recycling and Waste Reduction Fellow
June 2019 – Present

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!


Jennifer Frye

Summer Programs Intern
Summer 2019
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.

Michaela Morse

Communications Intern
Fall 2018 - Present

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. During the 2018-2019 academic year she worked as a Recycling Communications Intern.

Serena Monteiro

Summer Donations Intern
Summer 2019
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.

Elyssa Anneser

Eco-Rep Coordinator
Fall 2017 - Present

Elyssa is a rising senior 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. She worked as an Eco-Rep and a Recycling Communications Intern in the 2017-2018 academic year and as the Assistant Eco-Rep Coordinator in Spring 2019, returning to the Office of Sustainability after a semester abroad.

Eliza Hilfer

Assistant Eco-Rep Coordinator
Fall 2017 - Present

Eliza is a rising senior from Chappaqua, NY double majoring in Environmental Studies and Community Health. She plays flute in the Tufts Wind Ensemble and is the technology director and a stand-up/sketch comedian with TFL comedy. She is also a member of  UP3 (Urban Policy, Planning, and Prosperity) and the Sharewood Public Health Committee. In her free time, Eliza enjoys drawing, spending time in nature, watching Friends, drinking tea, and listening to/overanalyzing Broadway musicals. Her favorite tree is the ginkgo tree (in case you were wondering, and, of course, you were). Eliza is thrilled to be an Assistant Eco-Rep Coordinator after two years as an Eco-Rep and looks forward to helping her peers live more sustainably!

Taite Pierson

Assistant Eco-Rep Coordinator
Fall 2018 - Present

Taite is a rising junior from Los Angeles, California who has always been an East Coaster at heart. She intends to double major in Psychology and Environmental Studies, so she can understand why people don’t believe in climate change/convince them to think otherwise. She loves theatre and dance and is incredibly grateful to do both at Tufts. She is the Education Director of Tufts’ chapter of Generation Citizen. Come talk to her about musicals, vegetarianism, her planner, podcasts, or dachshunds; or just come hang out with her! She worked as an Eco-Rep for Hodgdon Hall in the 2018-2019 academic year.

Lauren Gawel

Grafton Campus Sustainability Intern
Fall 2018 - Present

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!

Take a look at our past interns too!