Dano Weisbord, second from the right, joins the Office of Sustainability staff, from left to right, Jenn Reilly, Tina Woolston, and Ann Ward.
In line with its commitment to sustainability, Tufts University is increasing its capacity to become a higher education leader in sustainability and climate matters. As one piece of this effort, Dano Weisbord became Tufts new executive director of sustainability and chief sustainability officer on October 24th, 2022. The University plans to use this added capacity to bridge sustainability efforts in campus operations with education, co-curricular, and research activities.
The creation of this position demonstrates the commitment by the University to make Tufts a truly outstanding institution for students that want to engage in one of the most urgent issues of our time: addressing climate change and its impact on all peoples of the Earth, in particular the most vulnerable and least equipped populations. Our goal as an education and research institution is for all students at Tufts to understand climate change, its impacts, and the road to a more sustainable society; train those who wish to work in related fields with exceptional skills; and create research and scholarship that assists policymakers, engineers, and others to successfully tackle the challenges of the future.
Creating this position and filling it with someone of Dano’s caliber is a great opportunity for the University to continue to advance as a leader by further integrating academics and operations. Dano brings to Tufts decades of sustainability strategic thinking and planning with over his fourteen years spent at Smith College directing the Center for the Environment, Ecological Design and Sustainability and founding the director of sustainability position while establishing sustainability and campus planning functions. A Jumbo, Dano has a Master of Arts in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Industrial Design from Rhode Island School of Design.