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.
Ana Sophia Acosta
Ana Sophia is a Junior at Tufts University majoring in Film and Media Studies. She is interested in sharing stories through video narratives, especially about sustainability. A proud New Yorker, Ana Sophia likes to spend her free time going on long city walks, visiting museums, and seeing musicals. In addition to interning at the Office of Sustainability this semester, she is the Executive Video Editor at The Tufts Daily and the Social Media Manager for Tufts Quidditch.
Celia is a Junior majoring in Environmental Studies and International Relations. She has been involved in sustainability initiatives since her freshman year of high school, and is thrilled to be working on sustainability at Tufts. Celia is also involved in Tufts Climate Action, in which she helps run a campaign to divest Tufts from its holdings in fossil fuels. Her dream job would be to travel around the world, aiding governments in implementing environmental policies that mitigate climate change. In her free time, Celia loves hiking, traveling, kayaking, scuba diving, dancing, practicing yoga, and spending time with friends
Green Fund Committee
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 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.
Paul is a Junior from southern New Jersey, outside of Philadelphia, PA. He is majoring in Sociology and Environmental Studies, with a concentration in sustainability. Paul loves to spend time outside running, biking, kayaking, and going to the beach. Paul is a member of Tufts Burlesque Troupe and the Tufts Urban Policy, Planning, and Prosperity club and loves everything about urban planning. Paul has been an Eco-Rep since freshman year and is excited to start as Eco-Rep Coordinator this fall!
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.
Grafton Campus Sustainability Intern
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!
Eco-Rep Assistant Coordinator
Kayla is a Senior at Tufts majoring in Environmental Studies and Anthropology. She is from Red Bank, New Jersey and for the past three summers she has worked in the town’s Parks and Rec department. On campus, you’ll likely find Kayla in the Africana Center or the big blue chairs in Hotung. She plays rugby for Tufts and works for the Office for Campus Life as an Office Assistant and Event Staff (catch her scanning your fall gala 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!!
Boston Campus Sustainability Intern
Miriam is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Health at Tufts University, School of Medicine. Miriam loves to read, travel and spend time with her family and friends. As a Boston sustainability intern, she hopes to find ways to improve recycling, more specifically, lab recycling on the Boston campus. Miriam is excited about educating students, staff, and the community on sustainability and its impact on the environment.
Recycling Communications Intern
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.