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The Office of Sustainability is committed to centering justice in 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 important 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.

We, as members of the Tufts Office of Sustainability, have drafted these Equity and Justice Commitments. These commitments help to ground our work in justice and equity. They also provide consistent guidance in our efforts and help to align our office with the efforts of the Office of Institutional Inclusive Excellence and the university at large. Working towards just sustainability is a critical part of our office’s mission to create inspiring, resilient campuses and leaders by linking institutional challenges with education and research.

Research shows that the sustainability field and the environmental field more broadly is made up primarily of folks who identify as white (Green 2.0 Report 2023; The State of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Sustainability 2021). Our office recognizes the need to hold ourselves and each other accountable by making clear, well defined, and actionable equity and justice SMART goals based on the commitments listed below. This means embedding justice and equity into the work we do and revisiting our goals and commitments annually to adapt and revise our approach in the ever-changing world.

Help Improve Our Work

The Tufts OOS Equity and Justice Plan is a living document open to change based on community feedback. We want to hear your thoughts, opinions, additions, and revisions so that we can build a plan that is most representative of the Tufts community and its values. After reviewing our plan, Tufts Community members are invited to submit feedback through our anonymous Qualtrics survey or email us at for more personal and in-depth discussions. We appreciate your commitment to helping Tufts OOS uphold the values of environmental justice!