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Over the years, sustainability has become an integral part of the every day operations and infrastructure of the university. Many Programs, Departments & Organizations help promote environmental sustainability at Tufts.

Tufts Division of Operations collaborates closely with OOS on many projects, ranging from new construction to energy-efficiency upgrades.

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 Public and Environmental Safety is responsible for safety, security and loss prevention at Tufts. Includes: Tufts University Police DepartmentEnvironmental Health & SafetyFire Safety, and Tufts Emergency Medical Services (TEMS). In addition, Public Safety Administrative Servicesencompasses parking servicesshuttle services, photo ID cards, and access systems to campus facilities.

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 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.

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.