The Sustainability Champion Awards celebrate the passion and hard work of the people and offices on campus contributing to university sustainability efforts. This yearly event recognizes newly trained Eco-Ambassadors and recently certified Green Offices. In 2019, two new awards were introduced: Sustainability Champions and Eco-Rep of the Year.
Through an education- and action-focused curriculum, the Eco-Ambassador (EA) program provides participants with the resources, skills, and knowledge necessary to effect change, serve as leaders, and promote sustainable behaviors both in their offices and in the larger Tufts community.
At the Sustainability Champion Ceremony, Eco-Ambassadors who have recently completed Eco-Ambassador training receive their certificate of achievement. All Eco-Ambassadors are recognized and welcome to attend this event.
The Green Office Certification program supports, promotes, and recognizes offices that are engaging in sustainable practices. Offices may achieve certification based on the score they receive on a checklist of green office criteria, which can be found on the program's webpage.
There are 4 levels of certification: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. These levels are based on how much of the criteria an office completed, allowing offices to be recognized for their current conservation efforts while still providing offices with a goal to work toward.
Each year, those who participate and get certification during the Green Office Certification Challenge receive their certificate at the ceremony.
This award recognizes Tufts students or employees who go above and beyond what their traditional responsibilities might be in order to help make Tufts more sustainable.
Eco-Rep of the Year
The Tufts Eco-Reps are a group of students working in the residential halls who help to raise awareness about ecological issues, encourage environmentally responsible behavior among their hall mates and peers, and plan related events and activities.
The Eco-Rep of the Year award is given to an undergraduate student who most exemplified the mission of the Eco-Rep program: to engage students in the residential halls around climate change, ecological issues, and environmentally responsible behavior, during that year.