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 2020-21 Cycle
Tufts Hydroponics Collaboration
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.
Two Terracycle Zero Waste Boxes for Disposable Masks were set up in the Grafton Campus to provide an easy way for the community to dispose of masks sustainably. Two collection boxes were set up on campus on February 11th, 2021. As of April 30th, 2021 they are almost full and ready to be shipped to TerraCycle.
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.
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