There are many opportunities for students to get involved Tufts sustainability initiatives. Students on all of Tufts' campuses in Somerville/Medford, Grafton, and Boston engage in sustainability in a variety of ways. Click on any of the buttons below for details, or read the descriptions below for an overview.
In our outreach efforts to students, we help develop leadership skills in students who come with a passion for the environment. We also help foster awareness and knowledge among the general student body.
Work with the OOS
The Office of Sustainability (OOS) regularly offers internships for graduate and undergraduate students. Information will be posted to our website and social media channels when openings are available. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The OOS also offers the opportunity for student research projects.
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Become an Eco-Rep
The Tufts Eco-Reps are a group of residential students paid by the Office of Sustainability. They help to raise awareness about ecological issues, encourage environmentally responsible behavior in their hall-mates and peers, and plan green-related events and activities.
There are currently two sustainability-themed housing options on the Tufts Medford Campus, The Hive and The Green House. These residences are special interest housing units for students interested in sustainability. Students living in sustainability-themed houses participate in environmental groups on campus, put on various events and other initiatives throughout the year, and complete sustainability-related projects.
Take a Sustainability-Related Class
Tufts University has a longstanding commitment to deepen and broaden environmental literacy of its students. Each semester, the university offers several courses in science, policy, economics, and engineering focused specifically on sustainability-related issues. The Office of Sustainability works closely with several faculty members to introduce climate change and sustainability into their curriculum.
The Green Fund
The Green Fund (a.k.a Campus Sustainability Fund) is a program to provide funding for the implementation of sustainability projects and ideas from and for the Tufts community. Students, faculty, and staff from all of Tufts' campuses are eligible and encouraged to apply. The funds come from the Sustainable Investment Fund’s endowment payout, which refreshes every year, making the program accessible to non-payback sustainability enhancements. Each year, the program can fund any number of projects with budgets totaling $40,000. In the 2018-2019 school year, two rounds of applications were released: the first solicited proposals for projects of up to $10,000 and the second funded five projects totaling $30,000.
Student Sustainability Training
This training will help you learn all the basics of sustainability at Tufts, from understanding the three pillars of sustainability to environmental justice to the correct recycling rules. It is important that all students understand how to incorporate sustainable behaviors into their lives on campus so that Tufts as a whole can reduce waste and energy and improve social equity. This training takes about an hour, and is designed so that you will really be able to remember the information. Once you’ve completed it, you will be Tufts Sustainability certified and you will get a reusable cloth face mask, your name on the Office of Sustainability website, and an email footer to put on your signature. Enjoy the training!
Get Green Room Certified
Green Room Certification consists of a short survey created by the Tufts Eco-Reps that helps residents think about their daily behaviors. The goal of these certificates is to help Tufts students think about ways that they can lead more sustainable lives, today and every day.
Become Part of Tufts Energy Conference
The Tufts Energy Conference (TEC) is an annual event that brings together professionals, students, and experts from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors to discuss critical global energy issues. The conference is student-run and has grown into one of the largest entirely student-run energy conferences in the region, attracting nearly 300 attendees each year.
Sustainability Career Guide
The Sustainability Career Guide includes information on how to pursue a career path in an environmentally conscious field. Explore different academic and career paths you can take and look through our sustainability jobs resources and postings.