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Tufts has committed to aiming for carbon neutrality by 2050 as a part of the Second Nature Climate Leadership Commitment

Talloires Declaration

President Mayer convened a group of university presidents from around the world at Tufts campus in Talloires France, where they created and signed the Talloires Declaration, a 10-point action plan for incorporating sustainability and environmental literacy in teaching, research, operations, and outreach at colleges and universities. The declaration  has since been signed by almost 500 institutions from over 50 countries.

Tufts Environmental Policy

In 1990 Tufts President Jean Mayer presided over the creation of the Tufts Environmental Policy. This policy affirms the university's responsibility to take a leadership role in conducting activities as responsible stewards of the physical environment and using educational activities to promote environmental awareness, local action and global thinking.

Kyoto Protocol

In 1999, Tufts University president John DiBiaggio committed Tufts to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions consistent with the goals of the Kyoto Protocol (7% below 1990 levels by 2012).

New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers

In 2003, Tufts President Lawrence Bacow renewed the University’s dedication to climate protection by adopting the goals of the New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP). The CCAP calls for a return to 1990 greenhouse gas levels by 2010, and a further reduction of 10% below 1990 levels by 2020.  The region has also set a reduction target of 75-85% below 2001 levels by 2050.  These goals represent a more significant decrease in emissions than called for in the Kyoto Protocols.

Campus Sustainability Council

The Tufts Campus Sustainability Council is tasked with creating an overarching sustainability vision and goals for the university. The council, made up of students, staff, and faculty with in-depth experience and expertise in climate change and sustainability, helps Tufts select effective, impactful goals and strategies leading to a sustainable university that serves current and future students and employees equally while supporting the health and wellbeing of all of humanity and our home planet.

Read about the history of the council and its current work on our Council page.

View the list of Current Council Members.

Waste Reduction by 3% Each Year

Following the 2013 Campus Sustainability Council Report, a university-wide goal was established to reduce waste produced by Tufts campuses by 3% each year.

President's Health Educators Climate Commitment

In December 2015, the Tufts School of Medicine and Public Health joined 47 other schools in signing the President’s Health Educators Climate Commitment, in recognition of the health impacts of climate change and in dedication to educating students to address those impacts.

Second Nature Climate Leadership Commitment

On April 21, 2016, President Tony Monaco signed the Second Nature Climate Leadership Commitment, an integrated climate commitment for university leaders on carbon neutrality and resilience.

Energy Reduction Consumption

Tufts University will reduce energy consumption 5 to 7 percent per year for three years starting in 2013 with additional targets set for consumption reduction in 2016.

White House Educators Commitment on Resilient Design

Following the May 2016 conference on Resilient Building Codes, the Tufts University Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning endorsed the White House Educators Commitment on Resilient Design as an ACSA (Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture) member. The statement defines resilience as "the ability to prepare and plan for, absorb, recover from, and more successfully adapt to adverse events."

We Are Still In Coalition
In 2017, President Monaco signed on to the joint statement asserting that, despite the federal government’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, the nation remains committed to climate action and meeting its climate goals.
Equity and Justice Commitments

The Tufts Office of Sustainability is committed to embedding environmental justice into our work to uphold the right for all people to have access to a clean and safe environment.

Sustainability is centered around three pillars: environment, society, and economy. Our office recognizes the importance of giving full weight to social sustainability in the work that we do by amplifying the voices of BIPOC and other marginalized communities, addressing the connections between environmental degradation and racial and social injustice, and working to rectify instances of inequity in sustainability, among other actions.

Read more about our office's commitments and annual equity and justice goals.