Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 62.73
Liaison Tina Woolston
Submission Date Aug. 1, 2011
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Tufts University
PAE-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Tina Woolston
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have a sustainability committee?:

The charter or mission statement of the committee or a brief description of the committee's purview and activities :

Nearly 20 years ago, Tufts had a university-wide sustainability committee, however as the work has become more in-depth and specialized, we have found that the smaller working groups are able to get more done. We are looking a forming a new committee to assist the new President in setting the future direction of Sustainability at Tufts.

Currently The Administrative Council, a group of administrative deans and university vice presidents and senior managers, is available to act on policy. Dedicated working groups focus within specialty areas including energy procurement, energy use, waste management, dining services, procurement, construction standards, print services, lab standards etc. About 20 of these working groups are currently active to advance policies and implementation. The Office of Sustainability is involved in coordinating many of these groups.

Members of the committee, including affiliations:

Please contact the Office of Sustainability (sustainabilityoffice@tufts.edu) for this information.

The website URL where information about the sustainability committee is available:
Does the institution have a sustainability office?:

A brief description of the sustainability office:

The Tufts Office of Sustainability serves as a resource, a catalyst, and an advocate for environmental sustainability at Tufts. The Office of Sustainability mission statement is available at http://sustainability.tufts.edu/?pid=5.

The number of people employed in the sustainability office:

The website URL where information about the sustainability office is available:
Does the institution have a sustainability coordinator?:

Sustainability coordinator's name:
In FY10: Sarah Hammond Creighton, in FY11: Tina Woolston

Sustainability coordinator's position title:
Director, Office of Sustainability

A brief description of the sustainability coordinator’s position:

Responsible for fostering a culture of sustainability among students, faculty, and staff by leading a coherent, campus-wide sustainability program. Coordinates staff and student sustainability activities and collaborates with academic and research units to enhance sustainability learning and application at Tufts. Identifies, prioritizes and assesses the cost effectiveness, technical feasibility, and means of achieving acceptance of potential and existing sustainability practices. Plans and develops long- and short-range programs to enhance university sustainability. Engages with institutional leaders to foster sustainability broadly across campus units.

Serves as a point‐person for all sustainability activities on campus, annual reporting requirements and other University policies related to sustainability. Coordinates and consults with all Tufts campuses. Facilitates communications as the campus spokesperson on sustainability issues. Receives guidance from and supports the activities of the Sustainability Committee; and represents the University at national professional conferences.

The website URL where information about the sustainability coordinator is available:

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