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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!

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:
  • 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.

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 Food Security Assessment

Funded 2018-19

The Tufts Food Security Assessment (TFSA) is part one of a research-action plan to comprehensively gain an understanding of and address food security in the Tufts community. Only after data collection and analysis, armed with a strong understanding of the current state of food security at Tufts, will it be appropriate to consider solutions and take action. The TFSA was the only undergraduate student-led project awarded funding by the Green Fund.

Composting on the Boston Health Sciences Campus

Funded Summer 2018

Compost was previously unavailable on the Boston Health Sciences Campus. This project encouraged and facilitated the diversion of food scraps from landfills by providing easy access to compost bins. Bins are located on the second floor of the Jaharis Center in the Student Lounge, the Staff Kitchen, and the Faculty and Staff Lounge. For more information about this project, check out their Instagram. For more about how to compost on the Boston Campus, check out our Recycling and Waste Management website.Food Security Assessment Updated for Green Fund