Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 69.61
Liaison Tina Woolston
Submission Date Nov. 2, 2022

STARS v2.2

Tufts University
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Tina Woolston
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have a central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution’s sustainability efforts?:

Website URL for the central sustainability website:
Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter or social media platform that focuses specifically on campus sustainability?:

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter or social media platform:

The Office of Sustainability monthly newsletter includes news, on- and off-campus events, job opportunities, educational opportunities, and more. Each issue contains highlights from events and job postings from the office's blog. Interested students, staff, and faculty can easily sign up online, or sign-up sheets are available at many Office of Sustainability affiliated events. We currently have 2,587 subscribers.

Does the institution have signage that highlights sustainability features on campus?:

A brief description of the signage that highlights sustainability features on campus:

The most prominent signage appears in Sophia Gordon Hall, an on-campus apartment building that is LEED Gold certified. There is wall display in the foyer hall of the building, bringing attention to all of its sustainable features. Signage is also included in hallways and individual apartments, highlighting sustainable features such as the dual-flush toilets. Additionally, the residence has a community meeting space that is used for many gatherings and provides further opportunities for educating the community about green buildings.

The Collaborative Learning and Innovation Complex (CLIC) is LEED Silver and has a comprehensive educational signage program that includes braille signs and an audio tour. Dial 617-627-1444 to listen to the tour. The audio tour can be accessed from anywhere, and you can also read the text online. https://sustainability.tufts.edu/clic-building-574-boston-ave/

Residence halls also contain signage drawing attention to the sustainable washing machines used on campus.

Signs that explain the energy-efficient LED lighting are present in the Dowling Hall parking garage, and there are also signs on the Tisch Library roof, a prominent student and community gathering space, explaining the Library's "green roof" project. We also have implemented signage across campus on how to recycle masks and the mask recycling locations on campus.

Does the institution provide a sustainability walking map or tour?:

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

The Office of Sustainability produces and distributes an "Eco-Map". This is a map of the Medford campus that identifies sustainability hotspots, such as outdoor recycling bins, compost drop-off locations, dining locations offering Fair Trade coffee, specialty recycling bins (such as batteries, ink cartridges, or textiles), electric vehicle charging stations, shuttle stops, public transportation pick-up points, and solar panels. It is printed and also available on our website for anyone in the community to access. (to access: https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?mid=1Zdi-PtSileX13Biv-FW3LPzgzWE&ll=42.406413003715905%2C-71.11610460984497&z=17 )

Does the institution produce a guide for green living and/or incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:

A brief description of the guide for green living and/or incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:

There are two residential communities, the Hive (for all undergraduates and the Green House (for upperclassmen), for students to live with other sustainability oriented students (https://sustainability.tufts.edu/sustainability-house-at-tufts/).

The Office of Sustainability also provides resources and tips for students to live greener in their lives and in their dorms. The Eco-Rep program also incorporates sustainability into residential life as one Eco-Rep is assigned to each residence hall and promotes sustainability and sustainability-related events – they even host green events in the residence halls.

A brief description of other comprehensive sustainability outreach materials and publications not covered above:

There are signs above or on the recycling bins located in all residential and academic buildings. These signs tell people what can and cannot be recycled and remind everyone to recycle and properly dispose of waste. Additionally, the Office of Sustainability manages a Recycling & Waste Management website with detail recycling and composting information: https://access.tufts.edu/recycling-compost-waste

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