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The Grafton Green Team is a group of students, staff, and faculty working to affect change, serve as leaders, and promote sustainable behaviors at the Cummings School. For questions or to get involved, contact

Green Teams lead efforts to implement, and educate the campus community about, environmentally sustainable practices and receive ongoing resources and support from the Office of Sustainability.  The program was developed in 2014 as a grassroots effort by a dedicated group of Cummings School students with support from staff EcoAmbassadors at the Cummings School and the Tufts Office of Sustainability.

Sustainability efforts on the Grafton campus date back to 1990, and for years the group was named Green Grafton.

The Green Team has put together an Eco-Guide for first-year students with information such as where to buy sustainable food, local farmer’s markets, composting, recycling, and more. (For example, did you know that Elm’s Cafe will give you a 25 cents discount when you bring a reusable mug for your coffee?) This guide is useful for all Grafton students who need to know their sustainable living options in the area!


If you have an idea for a new project, email Arshiya Goel at

Compost Program

Now in your classrooms!

Through the combined efforts of the Cummings Eco-Ambassador group and support of many on campus, a compost program launched on Monday, March 23, 2015. This program was an expansion of the great composting already occurring on the Grafton campus, composting all of the farm’s waste. This compost program aims to provide a composting option for any TCSVM students, faculty, and staff to bring their compostable goods from home to campus to be composted. And now we will also have compost buckets set up at each lecture hall to collect compostable waste generated during the day. We encourage you all to participate!

The compostable goods drop-off location is still conveniently located at the dump truck parked near the Goat Barn 1/Amelia Peabody Pavilion, which will be emptied regularly by farm staff. Information on what can and cannot be composted is posted on the sign by the dump truck.

Registration for the program is free. The only requirement we ask is that you kindly review the Composting Sign and fill out the survey below to register for the program. This will evaluate your basic knowledge of composting on our campus in an effort to minimize compost contamination. Upon your successful completion of the online survey, we will contact you via email to confirm your registration with the program.

Please do not hesitate to contact DVM student Arshiya Goel ( with any questions or concerns.

Reusable Dishware

Are you hosting a lunch talk? Please encourage members to bring their own dishware and utensils. Email Arshiya with questions about hosting green events.


Green bins are for all kinds of glass, plastic and metal, including bottles, cans, fluid bottles, uncontaminated labwear.


Blue bins are for all paper and cardboard products, including things with staples, magazines, newspapers, phone books, catalogs, envelopes with windows…Cardboard boxes should be collapsed and set aside behind or next to the paper collection bins.

No pizza boxes, paper ream covers or carbon paper please.