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The Green Fund was established to benefit the whole of Tufts University. Some previously funded projects are on-going, so check them out below and consider getting involved today!

Funded During the 2021-22 Cycle

Tufts Pollinator Initiative 2.0

Funded 2021-22

Tufts Pollinator Initiative 2.0 (TPI 2.0) is a project that will build off a previous Green Fund proposal, Tufts Pollinator Initiative. The Green Fund selection committee awarded TPI 2.0 $11,000 to enhance urban pollinator conservation by planting new pollinator gardens, training Tufts undergraduate students to become environmental educators, and to strengthen Tufts Pollinator Initiative’s research mentorship program. Previous Green Fund support has enabled TPI to plant 2500+ square feet of pollinator habitat on campus which supports 115+ insect species, helped them teach hundreds of Tufts undergraduate students about urban pollinators, conduct community outreach, and earn Bee Campus USA certification from the Xerces Society.

Save the Fishes and Do the Dishes

Funded 2021-22

With students being in a rush, it is very common to order food within a mile radius of campus and running back to lab or the library. Save the Fishes and Do the Dishes will provide Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) students with reusable, plastic silverware kits. These kits can be as cheap as $5 each, and they include a spoon, fork, knife, and chopsticks. This is a great way for all students to have silverware in their backpacks and to decrease the need to use and buy single-use plastic utensils. This would also decrease the waste produced by takeout food. Moreover, it can allow students to have their own utensils, which is great for COVID-restricted events since meals need to be individually-packaged and served. The Green Fund selection committee awarded this project $1,090 for purchase of utensils and outreach for the project.

SciTech Autoclave

Funded 2021-22

SciTech Autoclave is a project to purchase a smaller, more efficient autoclave for the SciTech Center at Tufts. Currently, the SciTech Center has a large autoclave for sterilizing lab equipment that is highly inefficient in water and electricity usage. The Green Fund selection committee awarded the $6,330.77 to the SciTech Autoclave team for purchase of a smaller, more efficient autoclave. The CHBE and BME departments agreed to match up to $5,500 for the purchase of a smaller autoclave. It is estimated that a smaller autoclave will save Tufts around $3,200 annually in electricity and water costs, and it is the hope of the project team and the Green Fund committee that results from this project will prompt other labs at Tufts to purchase more efficient equipment that will provide cost savings in the long term. It is estimated that a smaller capacity autoclave will divert 50% of the usage of the inefficient large autoclave. 

Pearson Bike Rack Project

Funded 2021-22

The Pearson Bike Rack Project will install two additional bike racks next to existing racks outside of the Pearson Chemistry building on Tufts’ Medford/Somerville campus. Βy providing secure and accessible bike parking, Tufts can promote bike riding to campus, which is more sustainable, safer, and takes up less space on campus than driving. As the surrounding community improves its bike infrastructure, Tufts must keep up with the induced biking demand. The Green Fund committee awarded this project $6,770 for the construction and installation of two new bike racks, opening up 14 new spots for students and faculty to park their bikes outside of Pearson.

Grafton Campus Mask Recycling Program

Funded 2021-22

Five Terracycle Zero Waste Boxes for Disposable Masks will be set up in the Grafton Campus to provide an easy way for the community to dispose of masks sustainably. The Green Fund committee granted this project funding ahead of schedule due to the immediate impact of the project.

Greening Boston

Funded 2021-22

Two Terracycle Zero Waste Boxes for Disposable Masks will be set up at the Tufts Medical School Campus in Boston to provide an easy way for the community to dispose of masks sustainably. The Green Fund committee granted this project funding ahead of schedule due to the immediate impact of the project.

Funded During the 2020-21 Cycle

Tufts Hydroponics Collaboration

Funded 2020-21

Tufts/New Entry, in collaboration with Building Audacity and Essex North Shore Agriculture & Technology School will design, build, and operate commercial hydroponic equipment to foster community engagement, address food insecurity, and enhance student learning. This will serve as a training ground for urban farmers, a living laboratory for plant scientists, and a source of fresh produce year round for the community.

Since receiving funding, New Entry has hired three student interns to support the project. Building Audacity has also been able to secure the lease for the building to set up the hydroponic equipment.

FlowGreen at Tufts

Funded 2020-21

FlowGreen capitalizes on QR code and landing page technology to make recycling information readily accessible and dynamic for Tufts community members, encouraging both a greener campus and a community more engaged in green campus initiatives.

Funded During the 2019-20 Cycle

Every Watt Counts

Funded 2019-20

This campaign, created by the Tufts Technology Service (TTS) Sustainability Team, aims to reduce energy usage at Tufts by encouraging the community to power down devices or put them on standby when not in use. Their budget funds: sticker design, sticker production, and educational outreach roadshows. The sticker serves as a visual reminder that every small action matters in supporting the broader Tufts sustainability strategic theme.


Funded 2019-20

Multi-Site Conference Hosting Initiative (MULCH), led by Tufts University, will develop and pilot an innovative format for hosting simultaneous linked in-person conferences in multiple sites. We will offer links for 4 main conference components:

  1. Keynote Presentations. Building on proven existing technology, we will enhance procedures for remote questions and effective testing protocols to avoid mishaps.
  2. Panel Discussions. For panels of 1 to 4 people, we will enable varying combinations of in-person and remote participation.
  3. Receptions and Social Settings. We will develop and pilot an arrangement for numbered camera/screen locations along a wall in a reception hall, linked across sites.
  4. Online participation. For participants not attending one of the in-person sites, we will provide an online participation option. Blair MacIntyre, a professor at Georgia Tech and a developer with Mozilla Hubs, is helping us develop a virtual reality (VR) space for online participants.

New Entry Fall Harvest Week

Funded 2019-20

New Entry and Tufts Dining will collaborate for a weeklong series of events in the fall of 2021 that will center around local food and community education. The event will help inform the Tufts community about local food systems, issues facing small-scale beginning farmers, and the work of New Entry which is becoming a more integral feature of food system programming offered at Tufts. This event will also help bridge academic programs and colleges, bringing together graduate and undergraduate students across Medford and Boston campuses. Further, it will provide delicious, locally grown food to students, staff, and faculty, while supporting small farmers in the region and opening additional opportunities for local food procurement by Tufts Dining.

SMFA Garden

Funded 2019-20

The SMFA Garden is an ongoing collaborative space that ignites the cross-pollination of the artists and artistic ideas of the SMFA at Tufts community.
The SMFA Garden involves:

  •  Three container garden sites at 230 Fenway
  • Native plant species for local insect pollinator populations
  • Space for the exhibition of student artwork & events
  • Collaborative design and development between students, staff, studio managers & faculty

Take Out at Elm Cafe

Funded 2019-20

Currently, Elm Café uses plastic wrap or boxes coated with plastic that cannot be composted or recycled. Reusable takeout containers at Elm Café can drastically cut down on waste on the Grafton campus and raise more awareness for sustainability.

Currently, Elm Café uses plastic wrap or boxes coated with plastic that cannot be composted or recycled. Reusable takeout containers at Elm Café can drastically cut down on waste on the Grafton campus and raise more awareness for sustainability. *This project was funded in 2020, but began as of March 2022.*

Tisch Rooftop Revitalization

Funded 2019-20

The Tisch Rooftop Revitalization project, run by The Tufts Student Garden, will revitalize the current rooftop garden on top of the Tisch Library roof. This project will materialize by planting native species of plants that are meant to target native pollinators, whose numbers are declining at alarming rates. The gardens will be used for educational purposes that can be carried out from the public Tisch Roof space via a sign and potentially partner with the academic departments on studies or projects related to the garden. In any case, it will definitely serve as a means of helping native pollinator populations, reducing stormwater runoff, and absorbing solar radiation.

TMC Compost

Funded 2019-20

The TMC composting project will:

  • Be 100% student-designed and built.
    • Foster collaboration between student organizations faculty, and alumni
    • Teach basic design and carpentry skills to student volunteers in Nolop maker space
  • Teach 700 students and Loj guests to compost properly every year.
    • Motivate Loj guests to compost on campus and at home
    • Train 20+ caretakers each semester in detailed compost management
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
    • Divert estimated 660 gallons organic material per year from the waste stream

Funded During the 2018-19 Cycle

Nitrile Glove Recycling

Funded 2018-19

The goal of this project is to implement a recycling stream for single use disposable gloves at Tufts. These gloves are necessary in laboratories and clinics for personnel and patient safety, and can be recycled into consumer goods. This pilot program will focus on research laboratories on the Medford campus and non-infectious clinics at the Cummings Veterinary Medical Center.

Activities since funding:

  • Created a running glove recycling program in the STC
  • Diverted over 200 lbs of waste from landfills
  • Currently expanding across Medford, Grafton, and Boston

Tufts Pollinator Initiative

Funded 2018-19

Tufts Pollinator Initiative (TPI) is an educational, ecological, and collaborative plan to bolster pollinator health and promote community awareness by:
1. installing interpretive signage around campus
2. cultivating new pollinator gardens
3. developing new pollinator-focused undergraduate curricula
4. leading community-oriented workshops and guided walks
5. receiving Xerces Society for Insect Conservation Bee Campus USA Accreditation

Activities since funding:
  • Received Bee Campus USA accreditation for the Medford-Somerville Campus
  • Reached over 1,900 people at events through formal instructor and outreach
  • Observed over 100 species of pollinators
  • Planted three native pollinator gardens outside 574 Boston Ave., Tisch Library, and Barnum former Biology department beds
For more information check out their website, Facebook page, Twitter, or #pollinatetufts on Instagram.