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President Monaco committed Tufts to achieving carbon neutrality on the Medford/Somerville campus as soon as possible, but no later than 2050.  This transformation will be complex and includes technology choices, capital investment decisions, and consideration of operational continuity and community learning. The planning process to achieve carbon neutrality on the Tufts University Medford/Somerville campus is quite challenging. To reach this goal, Tufts has hired a carbon neutrality consultant, the Ramboll Group, to help coordinate the planning process. This involves and encourages the engagement of students, faculty, and staff to ensure the consideration of a wide array of perspectives.

Fall 2018

The first community engagement workshop of the carbon neutrality planning process is held on November 2, 2018. Learn more about the event on our blog post.

Ramboll analyzes Tufts’ energy data to better understand how much energy Tufts consumes, where we use it, and how we plan to use it in the future. Following this analysis, Ramboll forecasts future campus energy use, taking into account any future construction projects.

Winter 2018 – Spring 2019

The project team maps out potential scenarios consisting of various projects Tufts could implement to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. Scenarios are then evaluated for cost, feasibility and timeline considerations. Scenarios that are not feasible are eliminated from the analysis and efforts are focused on analyzing in greater depth the top three or four potential scenarios.

January 25, 2019 – Community Workshop

Students, faculty, and staff have the chance to learn and ask questions about project goals and objectives, the current state of energy and carbon, and possible scenarios and options for reaching carbon neutrality. Please see our blog post on this event and watch the recording here.

March 29, 2019 – Community Workshop

Ramboll presents a further refined energy supply scenario and energy model data for a path to achieve carbon neutrality. This workshop provides students, faculty, and staff with an opportunity to hear about these different options and dig into the calculations and assumptions used. Take a look at our blog post on the event here.

Summer 2019

Ramboll recommends a set of projects, a schedule, and a cost estimate for achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.

At the same time, a climate action plan is developed to fulfill the requirements of the Second Nature Climate Commitment.

Ramboll finalizes the pathway to carbon neutrality implementation. Ramboll delivers a final report with their findings and suggested implementation projects, timelines, and cost estimates.

Next Steps

Ideally, after an analysis of the needs of the Medford/Somerville campus, we will turn to the other Massachusetts campuses to begin further carbon neutrality planning.

We greatly value the input of community members and welcome comments, questions, and concerns as our campus continues to move in the direction of carbon neutrality. The Tufts Office of Sustainability is looking forward to supporting this crucial work and is excited to help maintain this campus-wide commitment.

For more information, please contact: sustainabilityoffice@tufts.edu