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The Green Fund (a.k.a Campus Sustainability Fund) is a program to provide funding for the implementation of sustainability projects and ideas from and for the Tufts community—students, faculty, and staff. The funds will come from the Sustainable Investment Fund’s endowment payout, which refreshes every year, making the program accessible to non-payback sustainability enhancements as well. Each year, the program can fund any number of projects with budgets adding up to $40,000. A soft launch of the program solicited proposals for projects up to $10,000 during the summer of 2018. The official launch of the fund will be during the 2018-2019 academic year, when projects up to $30,000 will be considered. The application will be released at the end of November, and funded projects will be notified by the beginning of March.

Who manages the Green Fund?

The fund is managed by a committee made up of students, faculty, and staff from all of Tufts' four campuses. The committee's charter can be found here, which further lists the expectations of the members and the workings of the committee.

Committee Members

  • Jim Mooradian, Director of Facilities, Boston campuses
  • John Durant, Associate Professor, School of Engineering
  • Silvia Bottinelli, Lecturer, Visual & Critical Studies Department, SMFA at Tufts
  • Sean Cash, Associate Professor, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy
  • Whitney Stiehler, Wildlife Clinic Coordinator, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Paul Henjes, A20, School of Arts and Sciences
  • Isabel Falls, A19, School of Arts and Sciences
  • Emily Leonard, E19, Graduate School of Engineering
  • Tina Woolston, Office of Sustainability Program Director
What types of projects can the Green Fund support?
Potential projects that could be approved by the Green Fund Committee include any type of educational project or event (e.g. art exhibit, speaker, workshop, performance art) related to sustainability, sustainability enhancements (e.g. student-designed green roof or rain garden, solar charging stations, drinking water solution for events), pilot programs, student projects to study potential resource saving strategies, etc. Projects are not required to have a financial payback.
How can I get involved?

Tufts community members can get involved in several ways: submit an original idea for a sustainability project or educational event; join an existing team; or provide feedback and/or support ideas of others. To do any of the above, go to Tufts Idea Hub.

Please note that individuals may only be the lead author of one proposal and all subsequent proposals will be ignored.

Tufts community members, as well as non-Tufts members, can support the projects that the Green Fund supports by donating directly to Sustainability at Tufts.

What is the application process?
  1. Interested parties submit a couple of sentences explaining their idea to the Tufts IdeaHub platform. The Green Fund committee reviews all the proposals for duplicates, redundancy, and any unattainable ideas (e.g. putting a wind turbine on a building that has known structural issues).
  2. Applicants may be asked clarifying questions or provided with feedback to help refine their idea (through the Idea Hub).
  3. Other students, faculty or staff can request to join an existing project idea.
  4. The committee members will read through the ideas to decide which projects adhere to the guidelines and solicit feedback from relevant departments impacted by the proposals. An initial score, based on the selection criteria, would be completed by the committee members (each member will score the proposals independently and the average of their scores would be used). At least 2 members would read each proposal. Committee members cannot score their own proposals.
    The top 5-10 proposals (depending on the number and quality of proposals received) will be invited to complete a full application.
  5. Applicants of the top proposals would then be invited to present their ideas (5 min presentation) to the full committee in an open forum that anyone is welcome to attend.
  6. The proposals would then be scored based on the selection criteria. Depending on the funding requested, 1 or more finalists would be selected.
How will projects be implemented?
Funded proposals approved for implementation may be provided with assistance in the form of staff time in order to begin the implementation process of the project(s) within the next calendar year. Project teams must submit a report at the conclusion of the project that outlines the impact it has had on the Tufts community, including metrics such as energy or emissions saved, people, reached, etc.
What are the selection criteria?
  • Environmental impact (energy savings, emissions reductions, water reductions, etc.)
  • Social impact
  • Education
  • Feasibility (including whether or not the applicant is willing and able to contribute time to any project requiring heavy student involvement and adherence to all federal, state, local and Tufts rules and regulations)
  • Ability to measure success
  • Immediate cost savings (if relevant)
  • Life Cycle Cost savings (including impacts on operating budget)
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Public relations value
  • The Tufts Community’s interest and support
  • Number of collaborators from different disciplines/constituents (e.g. faculty, staff and students)
  • Sustainability of the project in regards to the timeline of the overall initiative (e.g. one time and ongoing projects will both be considered)
What does the full application form look like?

Coming soon, but will include:

  • Name(s) and affiliation(s) of submitters*
  • Date
  • Contact info for team leader (email and phone) & at least one other member of project.
  • Project role of all team members (e.g. advisor, project member)
  • Description of project
  • Proposed timeline
  • Budget (total cost must be under $40,000, but there is no minimum budget. All projects, regardless of budget size, will be considered.)
  • Explanation of how the project will benefit Tufts
  • Methods and metrics for evaluating the success of the project (e.g. description of how people will know if the project was a success) and a description of what would constitute a successful completion of the project.
  • List of stakeholders (e.g. anyone who would be impacted by the project)
  • (optional) Letters of support from key stakeholders

*Affiliation includes status (staff, faculty, student), department or major, job title or year. Please note that individuals may only be the lead author of one proposal and all subsequent proposals will be ignored.

What projects have been funded in the past?

The first round of proposals were reviewed Spring 2018.

Spring 2018's winning proposals (total of $10,000):

  • Hodgdon Solar Panels - $6500 (project)
    • Donated solar panels are going to be installed on Hodgdon hall to electrify power outlets for charging electronic devices
  • Tufts Dental School Rapid Water Bottle Filling Stations - $3000 (installation)
    • In order to promote the use of reusable water bottles, the Dental School will be installing additional water bottle filling stations on high-traffic floors of their building
  • Composting on the Health Sciences Campus - $500 (ongoing initiative)
    • Composting will now be available at the Boston Health Sciences Campus, where it was previously unavailable
How much funding is available for each project?

Each year, there is $40,000 available to fund projects. These funds can be allocated to a single project, or split between several projects. All projects will be considered, regardless of their budget, and are encouraged to apply. There is no minimum amount of funding that needs to be requested.

Does funding awarded by the Green Fund cover the cost of student workers?

If the success of the project is contingent upon the presence of student workers, projects can include the funds needed for student workers as part of their proposal. The temporality of student labor contracts will be tied to the temporality of the proposed project.

What if I have an idea for a sustainability project at Tufts, but do not have the capacity to lead or develop it?

Please use this form if you are not interested in applying for funding by the Green Fund, but would still like to describe a sustainability project that you are interested in having implemented at Tufts.

Contact Info
Have questions? Email us at GreenFund@tufts.edu.