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

STARS v2.2

Tufts University
EN-5: Outreach Campaign

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Tina Woolston
Director
Office of Sustainability
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Has the institution held a sustainability-related outreach campaign during the previous three years that was directed at students and yielded measurable, positive results in advancing sustainability?:
Yes

Has the institution held a sustainability-related outreach campaign during the previous three years that was directed at employees and yielded measurable, positive results in advancing sustainability?:
Yes

Name of the campaign:
Eco-Reps' Meatless Mondays

A brief description of the campaign:

Throughout 2019 and 2020 the EcoReps have engaged in campaigning for students to sign a pledge that they will not eat meat or reduce their meat consumption on Monday at dinner. They had 4,756 individual pledges.

https://tuftsdaily.com/features/2021/03/25/to-increase-sustainability-carmichael-dining-center-implements-meatless-mondays/


A brief description of the measured positive impact(s) of the campaign:

In correlation to the campaign, one of the two main dining halls on campus piloted serving only vegetarian food on Mondays.


Name of the campaign (2nd campaign):
Sustainability Certifications

A brief description of the campaign (2nd campaign):

The Student Sustainability Training will help students learn all the basics of sustainability at Tufts, from understanding the three pillars of sustainability to environmental justice to the correct recycling rules. It is important that all students understand how to incorporate sustainable behaviors into their lives on campus so that Tufts as a whole can reduce waste and energy and improve social equity. This training less than an hour, and is designed so that students will really be able to remember the information.

Employee Sustainability Training
Sustainability is integral to Tufts' mission and success as a university. The purpose of this course is to define sustainability, describe the university's sustainability history and current commitments, and provide concrete action items and programs to integrate sustainability into Tufts employees' roles at work and outside of work. For the average person, this training would take about 40 minutes. The training is split into three parts:

Part 1: Sustainability, Tufts' Mission, and You
Part 2: How Tufts is Working on Sustainability and Climate Change
Part 3: What YOU Can Do

The state of Massachusetts has a waste ban on recyclables, meaning that by law you are not allowed to place recyclables in the trash. You will need to complete this recycling and waste disposal training within your first two weeks to ensure that Tufts is in compliance with this state law. Please reach out to sustainabilityoffice@tufts.edu with issues or questions. This training takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.

Sustainability is integral to Tufts’ mission and success as a university. The purpose of this course is to define sustainability, describe the university’s sustainability history and current commitments, and provide concrete action items and programs to integrate sustainability into Tufts employees’ roles at work and outside of work. For the average person, this training would take about 40 minutes.


A brief description of the measured positive impact(s) of the campaign (2nd campaign):
A brief description of other sustainability-related outreach campaigns:

Green Room Certification
The green room certificate is a short survey created by the Tufts Eco-Reps that helps residents think about their daily behaviors. The goal of these certificates is to help Tufts students think about ways that they can lead more sustainable lives, today and every day. Once a student completes the form, their Eco-Rep will provide them with a certificate.

The form includes questions regarding water and electricity use in their rooms. In the Fall 2020 semester, Eco Reps gave out 40 Green Room Certifications.

https://sustainability.tufts.edu/sustainability-at-tufts/programs/ecorepresentatives/green-room-certification/

There is now a greater contingent of roughly 300 students who have actively taken a step to make their residence more sustainable and have taken the time to reflect on their environmental footprint.


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