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
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.
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 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 usageof the inefficient large autoclave.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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:
Keynote Presentations. Building on proven existing technology, we will enhance procedures for remote questions and effective testing protocols to avoid mishaps.
Panel Discussions. For panels of 1 to 4 people, we will enable varying combinations of in-person and remote participation.
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.
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 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.
Currently, Elm Cafe uses plastic wrap or boxes coated with plastic that cannot be composted or recycled. Reusable takeout containers at Elm Cafe can drastically cut down on waste on the Grafton campus and raise more awareness for sustainability.
*This project's operations are postponed until further notice* Currently, Elm Cafe uses plastic wrap or boxes coated with plastic that cannot be composted or recycled. Reusable takeout containers at Elm Cafe can drastically cut down on waste on the Grafton campus and raise more awareness for sustainability.
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.
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 (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