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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 from all of Tufts' campuses are eligible and encouraged to apply. The funds come from the Sustainable Investment Fund’s endowment payout, which refreshes every year, making the program accessible to non-payback sustainability enhancements. Each year, the program can fund any number of projects with budgets totaling $40,000. In the 2018-2019 school year, two rounds of applications were released: the first solicited proposals for projects of up to $10,000 and the second funded five projects totaling $30,000.
 
Spring 2019 Fund Recipients:
  1. Tufts Food Security Assessment, submitted by Madeleine Clarke and Marissa Donohue, awarded $4,100
  2. Edible Insect Festival (April 17-18, 2019), submitted by Sara Lewis, awarded $5,500
  3. Glove Recycling, submitted by Breanna Duffy, awarded $2,600
  4. SMFA Health, Safety, and Sustainability Day (April 18, 2019 - to RSVP or for questions, contact laurel.hoffer@tufts.edu), submitted by Ethan Murrow, awarded $6,750
  5. Tufts Pollinator Initiative, submitted by Nick Dorian, awarded $11,050
 
To learn more about the funded projects, visit the section "What projects have been funded in the past?"
 
Interested in learning more? You can also listen to a recording of our Green Fund Informational Session here or email greenfund@tufts.edu.
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, joined Fall 2018, term ending Fall 2021
  • John Durant, Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, School of Engineering, joined Fall 2018, term ending Fall 2021
  • Silvia Bottinelli, Lecturer, Visual & Critical Studies Department, SMFA at Tufts, joined Spring 2018, term ending Spring 2021
  • Sean Cash, Associate Professor, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, joined Spring 2018, term ending Spring 2021
  • Whitney Stiehler, Wildlife Clinic Coordinator, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, joined Spring 2018, term ending Spring 2021
  • Chloe Malouf, A20, School of Arts and Sciences, joined Spring 2018, term ending Spring 2019
  • Isabel Falls, A19, School of Arts and Sciences, joined Fall 2018, term ending Spring 2019
  • Emily Leonard, E19, Graduate School of Engineering, joined Fall 2018, term ending Spring 2019
  • Tina Woolston, Office of Sustainability Program Director, joined Spring 2018, term ending Spring 2021
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. Projects should take place on one of the campus locations and be focused on serving the Tufts community.
What projects have been funded in the past?
Spring 2019 Funded Projects (totaling $30,000)
  • Tufts Food Security Assessment - $4,100 (research project)
    • A research assessment of food insecurity and security at Tufts, spearheaded by two undergraduates on the Medford campus.
  • Edible Insect Festival - $5,500 (event: April 18, 2019)
    • In partnership with innovative Chef and founder of Brooklyn Bugs, Joseph Yoon, this event will sponsor an educational workshop, presentation and tasting dinner. The mission will be to raise appreciation and awareness that insects are a sustainable protein source that can be delicious and healthy.
  • Glove Recycling - $2,600 (initiative)
    • This pilot program will establish of a recycling stream for the non-hazardous nitrile gloves we are currently sending to landfills on both the Medford and Grafton campuses.
  • SMFA Health, Safety, and Sustainability Day - $6,750 (event: April 18, 2019)
    • The Sustainability Task Force at the SMFA has planned this event to honor Julie Graham, a professor at the SMFA who recently passed of lung cancer. This day will be used to celebrate and investigate the ways in which artists can make an environmental difference locally, give the community access to new and safe tools, remind ourselves of ways to operate responsibly in the studio and remember an artist who dedicated her life to creative material solutions.
  • Tufts Pollinator Initiative - $11,050 (project)
    • This project is an educational, ecological, and collaborative plan to bolster pollinator health and promote community awareness on the Medford/Somerville campus.

Spring 2018 Funded Projects (total of $10,000):

  • Hodgdon Solar Panels - $6500 (project)
    • Donated solar panels were 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 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?
While the Green Fund is not currently accepting applications, here is the timeline from the Spring 2019 application process:
  • By January 22, 2019 at 5:00pm, interested parties will submit a couple of sentences explaining their idea to the Tufts IdeaHub platform. Other students, faculty, or staff can request to join an existing project idea.
  • 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).
  • By January 31st, applicants may be asked clarifying questions or provided with feedback to help refine their idea (through the IdeaHub). Projects that the committee views as attainable will be moved to a "Revise Proposal" stage.
  • All revised proposals are due to IdeaScale by February 11, 2019 at 5:00pm
  • The Green Fund committee will then independently read through the ideas to decide which projects adhere to the guidelines and solicit feedback from relevant departments impacted by the proposals. The Committee will decide which of the ideas will be invited to complete a full proposal.
  • In mid-February, the ideas chosen to complete a full proposal will be notified. Full proposals are due March 4, 2019 at 5:00pm.
  • Each committee member will score the proposals based on our selection criteria. If a committee member submits a proposals, they are unable to score their own.
  • Those who submitted a full proposal will be asked to present their project in front of the committee and the Tufts Community on March 8, 2019 from 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM. If there are scheduling issues, these will be worked out by the committee and the finalists.
  • Depending on the funding requested, one or more finalists will be selected. All decisions will be made by mid-March.
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?

The Green Fund is not accepting project proposals, at this time. The next round will take place during the 2019- 2020 school year.

How much funding is available for each project?

Each year, the program can fund any number of projects with budgets adding up to $40,000. 

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 to describe a sustainability project that you are interested in having implemented at Tufts.

Contact Info

Have questions? Email our Green Fund Intern, Isabel Falls, at GreenFund@tufts.edu.