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An online collection of environmental sustainability-related resources for Tufts students, faculty, and staff, as well as members of the greater Tufts community. We include resources from Tufts University, other members of the academic community, government agencies, nonprofits, and NGOs, among others. If you have any online resources you would like for us to feature here, please email us at

Tufts Office of Sustainability Online Resources

Tufts Sites

Applied Sustainability
Academic Programs and Research Centers

Applied Sustainability

Programs, Departments & Organizations involved in promoting environmental sustainability at Tufts

  • Tufts Division of Operations
    Tufts Division of Operations collaborates closely with OOS on many projects, ranging from new construction to energy-efficiency upgrades.
  • Tufts Facilities
    Tufts Facilities is responsible for the operation and maintenance of buildings and grounds on the university’s Massachusetts campuses. These responsibilities include energy management, recycling, administration of the space inventory system, and planning and implementation of deferred maintenance projects.
  • Tufts Department of Public & Environmental Safety
    Tufts Public and Environmental Safety is responsible for safety, security and loss prevention at Tufts. Includes: Tufts University Police Department, Environmental Health & Safety, Fire Safety, and Tufts Emergency Medical Services (TEMS). In addition, Public Safety Administrative Services encompasses parking services, shuttle services, photo ID cards, and access systems to campus facilities.
  • Tufts Environmental Health and Safety
    EH&S oversees the university’s compliance. Over the last 15 years they have increased training and awareness, implemented improved procedures for hazardous materials handling and disposal. Unlike most other area research universities, Tufts has not had major violations.
  • Tufts Dining
    Tufts Dining has many sustainability related initiatives to ensure that Tufts students, faculty, and staff have access to food that is flavorful, nutritious, and prepared in environmentally sustainable ways.
  • Recycling
    The Tufts University recycling program was established in 1990 to promote recycling awareness and participation in a broad range of related environmental issues. Recycling runs through the Office of Sustainability and Facilities Department. The program works closely with our custodial staff and recycling contractor to ensure that recycling at Tufts is carried out to its fullest potential.
  • The WaterSHED Center
    Tufts University’s center for water research and the associated health of ecosystems and human populations.
  • Greening Initiatives on the Grafton Campus
    An initiative to address the environmental impact of activities occurring on the Grafton Campus. The Greening Initiatives committee strives to be responsive to the community as a whole and welcomes any suggestions that members of the greater Grafton community bring to the committee’s attention.

Academic Programs and Research Centers

  • Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service
    Tisch College prepares students to become engaged public citizens and community leaders who will help build a more equitable world.
  • Tufts Institute of the Environment
    Tufts Institute of the Environment (TIE) is an interdisciplinary, university-wide education and research institute which facilitates and coordinates environmental programs at the University. TIE helps to coordinate environmental education, research and outreach at Tufts; provides a calendar of environmental events on campus and in the surrounding communities; and organizes numerous environmental conferences and lectures.
  • Global Development And Environment Institute
    The Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE) is a research institute at Tufts University dedicated to promoting a better understanding of how societies can pursue their economic and community goals in an environmentally and socially sustainable manner. GDAE pursues its mission through original research, policy work, publication projects, curriculum development, conferences and other activities.
  • Center for International Environment and Resource Policy
    Established in 1990 to support the growing demand for international environmental leaders, the Center for Environmental and Resource Policy (CIERP) provides an interdisciplinary approach to educate graduate students at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. The program integrates emerging science, engineering, and business concepts with more traditional subjects such as economics, international law, negotiation, diplomacy, resource management and governance systems.
  • Water: Systems, Science, and Society (WSSS)
    A graduate-level program established to develop an integrated, interdisciplinary approach to understanding the complexity of water issues worldwide. WSSS provides its students with the perspectives and tools to manage water related problems.
  • Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning
    UEP is a master’s environmental policy and planning program with a focus on environmental management skills and urban studies.
  • School Of Medicine
    The Tufts University School of Medicine offers an M.P.H / M.D. in Public Health, with a thematic concentration in Environmental Health.
  • Stockholm Environment Institute
    A research affiliate of Tufts, SEI is an international research organization working on sustainable development.
  • Friedman School of Nutrition, Science & Policy
    The Agriculture, Food and Environment (AFE) program within the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy is a graduate-level program which fuses the disciplines of nutrition, agricultural science, environmental studies, and public policy.
  • Center for Animals and Public Policy at The Cummings Veterinary School
    In 1995, Tufts University established the the M.S. in Animals and Public Policy, the first graduate degree program in the United States focusing on the field of field of human/animal relationships and related public policies.The Center sponsors workshops and lectures, many of which are open to the public, on issues related to animal welfare and the ethics of the human-animal relationship.

Other Colleges and Universities

Tufts University is not alone in its commitment to environmental sustainability. Below is a list of programs similar to ours at just a few Colleges and Universities in the United States.

Associations, Non-Profits, and NGOs

  • Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)
    AASHE is a professional, membership-based association of colleges and universities working to advance sustainability in higher education in the U.S. and Canada. The association also provides a professional home for campus sustainability coordinators, directors, and other practitioners. Its mission is to promote sustainability in all sectors of higher education – from governance and operations to curriculum and outreach – through education, communication, research and professional development. AASHE Partners include Businesses, NGO’s, and government agencies.Tufts is an AASHE member. Tufts students, faculty, and staff have access to AASHE’s extensive collection of resources and can take advantage of professional development opportunities.
  • Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future (ULSF)
    ULSF’s mission is to make sustainability a major focus of teaching, research, operations and outreach at colleges and universities worldwide.
  • Campus Ecology Program of the National Wildlife Federation
    A conservation initiative in higher education working to transform the nation’s college campuses into living models of an ecologically sustainable society, to train a new generation of environmental leaders, and to ensure a strong future for America’s environmental movement.
  • Second Nature
    Second Nature guides institutions in their quest to make sustainability an integral part of the institution and to help expand their efforts to make human activity sustainable.
  • Clean Air-Cool Planet
    An NGO with a focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the Northeast by working together with other NGOs, businesses, and institutions.
  • The Climate Group
    The Climate Group is building a leadership coalition of organisations committed to reducing their greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Cities for Climate Protection (ICLEI)
    ICLEI is a world-wide initiative to help cities reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Massachusetts Climate Action Network (MCAN)
    MCAN is a network of local and statewide groups that have joined together in a cooperative effort to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases in Massachusetts.
  • Northeast Sustainable Energy Association
    The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) is the nation’s leading regional membership organization focused on promoting the understanding, development, and adoption of energy conservation and non-polluting, renewable energy technologies.

Other Sustainability Resources

  • US Department of Energy
    The Department of Energy’s “Your Home” section on their website offers advice on how to more efficiently use energy in your own home. The website also offers resources on how to use renewable energy to provide your home with electricity, heating, cooling, and water heating.
  • Green Student U
    Green Student U is a blog-style site that introduces today’s students to a wide variety of global environmental issues by recognizing on-campus green initiatives and personal success stories, as well as how the world is being shaped by political environmental reform.
  • GoodGuide
    GoodGuide ranks over 65,000 consumer products based on their impact on consumer health, the environment, and society.
    Features a list of “101 Terrific Sites on Renewable Energy” and information about green living!
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