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Join the Conversation about a More Sustainable Campus

Members of the Tufts Medford/Somerville campus are invited to share ideas about carbon neutrality
October 23, 2018

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Students, faculty, and staff on the Tufts Medford/Somerville campus are invited to share their thoughts on the concept of carbon neutrality at Tufts on Friday, November 2 from noon to 3 p.m. at the Science and Engineering Complex (SEC) atrium.

“We would like to hear from people what is important to them and what are their values,” said Ann Rappaport, EG92, faculty member in Urban and Environmental Planning and Policy and co-chair of the Campus Sustainability Council.

Tina Woolston, director of the sustainability program at Tufts, said active campus engagement is important to how the university moves toward achieving carbon neutrality.

“Students, staff, and faculty have many different viewpoints about how they see carbon neutrality at Tufts,” she said. “How they see it fitting into the culture of the university will help us begin to frame next steps. We encourage everyone on the Medford/Somerville campus to drop by—they can spend fifteen minutes with us or much longer—whatever time permits.”

The event is sponsored by the Sustainability Council, which is also planning two additional community events, one on December 7 to review the potential carbon neutrality pathways for the Medford/Somerville campus, and another in the spring to review further development of the plan to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

The session on November 2 will be led by GreenerU and facilitated by the Dallase Scott, AG10, director of change management for the Watertown firm. The latter two sessions will be organized by Ramboll USA, the consulting company supporting the university’s carbon neutral planning.

The Sustainability Council is leading the development of a plan for Tufts to reach carbon neutrality by 2050, as expressed in the American College of University Presidents’ Second Nature Climate Commitment, which was signed by Tufts in 2016. 

Tufts has made significant strides since the council was formed in 2012 as one of President Anthony P. Monaco’s first priorities. Most recently the SEC earned the distinction of being one of the most energy-efficient buildings if its kind in the nation, and the new Central Energy Plant, replacing a sixty-year-old facility, uses energy-efficient cogeneration technology to produce electricity in addition to steam.

This summer, three projects dedicated towards campus sustainability also received the first-round of funding from Tufts’ Green Fund: solar panels on Hodgdon Hall, water bottle filling stations at the School of Dental Medicine, and composting on the Boston health sciences campus.

Laura Ferguson can be reached at laura.ferguson@tufts.edu.

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