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The Office of Sustainability (OOS) serves as a resource, a catalyst, and an advocate for environmental sustainability at Tufts, often serving as the bridge between ideas and their practical implementation.

Tufts plays a crucial role in helping the world adapt to a changing planet while tackling such challenging issues as climate change and resource depletion. Our goal is to be leaders in the responsible stewardship of the physical environment by cultivating knowledge in our students and faculty of sustainable issues and solutions across disciplines.

From campus operations to the classroom, sustainability at Tufts is a collective effort spanning departments, offices, and our campuses in Boston, Grafton, and Medford/Somerville.

The OOS is supported by the university and works to:

  • Ensure that Tufts’ efforts are comprehensive and focused on meaningful projects
  • Identify, evaluate, and implement opportunities for leadership
  • Promote the strength of Tufts sustainability efforts, including those of faculty and students.
  • Measure and report on Tufts’ progress toward commitments and regional goals
  • Identify sustainability opportunities that may provide Tufts with additional benefits such as educational opportunities, reduced risk, financial savings, and avoided problems/fines.
  • Coordinate among other existing programs and sustainability efforts (e.g., food, landscaping, transportation, planning and policy, personal action, and education)
  • Integrate sustainability issues into research, scholarship and student life.
    • Advise the Tufts Green House and the Tufts Sustainability Collective
    • Provide peer-to-peer training through the Eco-Reps and Eco-Ambassador programs
    • Work with interested faculty to develop meaningful class projects and support students in those efforts.
    • Work with interested students on academic and extra-curricular projects
    • Provide student internships
    • Identify appropriate ways for faculty and student research to be pilot tested on campus

If you are interested in learning more about sustainability at Tufts, please contact the Office of Sustainability to be put in touch with the appropriate department.

Staff

Tina Woolston

Program Director

Tina Woolston, LEED Green Associate, joined the Office of Sustainability in September of 2007 as the project coordinator focusing on outreach and education. She created the Eco-Ambassador program for staff and faculty, the Ex-college course Environmental Action, Shifting from Saying to Doing and a re-envisioned the existing Eco-Representative program as student-led. She works closely with other departments at Tufts to facilitate environmental sustainability across the university. Prior to coming to Tufts, Tina directed the sustainability program at Earthwatch Institute and co-founded her town’s climate action committee. She was one of the first 1,000 people to be trained by Al Gore to give the Inconvenient Truth slideshow as part of The Climate Reality Project. She holds a B.S. and M.S. in Animal Science and Ruminant Nutrition from Cornell University and a certificate in Community Environmental Education from Tufts University.

Shoshana Blank

Education and Outreach Program Administrator

Shoshana Blank joined the Office of Sustainability in August 2016 as the Outreach and Education Program Administrator. Prior to coming to Tufts, Shoshana worked at a Boston non-profit called the Sustainable Endowments Institute, where she consulted with colleges, universities, cities and K-12 schools on financing their energy efficiency projects through green revolving funds. She also directed the development of a web tool called the Green Revolving Investment Tracking System (GRITS) to help colleges easily track the energy, carbon, and financial savings from their energy conservation projects. Shoshana was a Fulbright grant recipient where she conducted research on particulate matter emissions from wood-burning cookstoves in a village outside of Pune, India, testing out a more efficient stove with the villagers. Shoshana graduated from St. Olaf College in 2010 with majors in Biology and Environmental Studies. She enjoys gardening, ice cream, and environmental activism.

Interns

Aviva Kardener

Sustainability Communications Manager
Fall 2015-Present

Aviva Kardener is a Senior from Oakland, California, the sunny side of the Bay Area. She is majoring in Environmental Studies and Peace & Justice Studies with plans to work in the field of environmental justice. On campus, she is also involved with Tufts Office of Alumni Relations, Tufts Energy Group, Peace Games, and Tufts Climate Action. She loves cooking, baking, hiking, reading, traveling, and spending time with her friends. Aviva is very excited to see how she can help reduce the environmental impacts Tufts and its students have on the community and world. 

Elyssa Anneser

Recycling & Waste Reduction Communications Intern
Fall 2017-Present

Elyssa Anneser is Sophomore majoring in Political Science, Environmental Studies, and is on the Pre-Med track. Elyssa is from Franconia, New Hampshire, where she likes to spend her free time hiking mountains and swimming in rivers. When on campus, you can typically find Elyssa talking about public policy, passionately composting, playing quidditch, or running. Elyssa is passionate about making sustainable habits accessible for broad audiences that is why Elyssa is so excited to work in the Office of Sustainability as a recycling communications intern! 

Maria Fong

Communications Intern
Spring 2017- Present

Maria Fong is a first-year student at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts. She spent the last eighteen years of her life biking around Berkeley, California and enjoying fresh produce. Maria loves art, but also plays viola and ultimate frisbee and listens to podcasts. 

Sarah Mathews

Video Production Intern
Fall 2017-Present

Sarah Mathews is a Junior studying Sociology and Film & Media Studies. She has moved around a lot, but likes to call both Southern California and New Hampshire home. In her free time, you can find Sarah doing yoga, working on student media projects, working on sociology research, or blogging about films she's watched lately. Sarah is passionate about environmental justice, reducing her carbon footprint and sustainable food systems. She is excited to begin learning how media can help to foster environmental change by creating videos for the Office of Sustainability! 

Celia Bottger

Programs Intern
Fall 2017-Present

Celia Bottger is a Sophomore majoring in Environmental Studies and International Relations. She has been involved in sustainability initiatives since her freshman year of high school, and is thrilled to be working on sustainability at Tufts. Celia is also involved in Tufts Climate Action, in which she helps run a campaign to divest Tufts from its holdings in fossil fuels. Her dream job would be to travel around the world, aiding governments in implementing environmental policies that mitigate climate change. In her free time, Celia loves hiking, traveling, kayaking, scuba diving, dancing, practicing yoga, and spending time with friends

Michael Orcutt

STARS Data Intern
Spring 2018-Present

Michael Orcutt is a first-year master’s student at the Fletcher School of International Affairs, studying environment and resource policy. His family home is Charleston, SC, where the weather is warm and the beaches are sunny. Previous employment in parks and recreation and land conservation has built upon a childhood fascination with exploring and discovering the natural world. He spends his free time travelling to new places, enjoying a beautiful day outdoors, and trying out new recipes in the kitchen.

Meet our recycling interns!

Take a look at our Past interns too!