Log In

The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 57.39
Liaison Tina Woolston
Submission Date Nov. 12, 2015
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

Tufts University
AC-5: Immersive Experience

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Tina Woolston
Office of Sustainability
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Does the institution offer at least one immersive, sustainability-focused educational study program that meets the criteria for this credit?:

A brief description of the sustainability-focused immersive program(s) offered by the institution:

Graduate students in the Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning program (UEP) are required to fulfill a professional internship during their time at Tufts. The professional internship consists of a minimum of 150 hours of supervised work, usually completed during the summer between the two academic years. Most internships are located in a public or nonprofit agency. Students may also elect a research internship where they would work on a university-based project. (http://ase.tufts.edu/uep/degrees/Internships.aspx)

First-year UEP master’s students are required to take the “Field Projects: Planning and Practice” course during the spring semester. This course integrates theory and practice by providing students with an opportunity to work intensely on real-world challenges in their areas of interest, while offering community organizations and agencies the opportunity to gain insight into priority issues and advance strategic objectives through expert analysis and advice. Students operate as consultants, usually in teams of four, on behalf of their chosen client, performing background research, gathering critical data, providing an assessment of a proposed course of action, addressing high-priority concerns, or revising a strategic plan. Examples of past field projects are surveying the opportunities for urban farming in Boston, preparing a community planning guide for public health on food access and sustainable transportation, coming up with ideas to save energy through creative competition and assessing ways to reform school food at the Boston Arts Academy. Past projects and additional information can be found on the UEP website: http://ase.tufts.edu/uep/degrees/FieldProjects.aspx

Internships in the undergraduate Environmental Studies program add first-hand experience by getting students out of the classroom and into environmental work. Internship locations are varied, but all involve at least 100 hours of service (paid or unpaid) in the summer or during the school year. Students are required to complete a poster of their work at the end of the internship and are strongly encouraged to present at the annual Tufts internship symposium. http://as.tufts.edu/environmentalStudies/internships/

Internships are required for Peace and Justice Studies majors or certificate candidates. Students who are not Peace and Justice Studies majors but are still interested in the internship and seminar have the ability to enroll. The goal of the internships is to help students think about the effectiveness of different strategies and their own personal role in the social change process. Organizations promoting nonviolence, public service, and social responsibility are the "real world" learning process in the Peace and Justice Studies program, and the opportunity to participate in their activities provides students with a different way to learn about ideas, interests, values, and personal growth. Students may select an internship based on their interests, such as Environment or Social Justice. http://pjs.tufts.edu/academic/internships.htm

Tufts in Talloires, a six-week summer program for college students from Tufts and other universities, offers students a dynamic group of courses taught by Tufts faculty. Students enrolled in this program choose two courses from a selection of undergraduate offerings — most of which are taught in English. The local tradition of sustainable living is used as a lens for all courses, even if they are not specifically sustainability-focused, although many are. 2014 courses included The Emerging Global Health Crisis: Epidemics, the Environment, and Public Policy; Environmental Economics and Policy, Flowers of the Alps, and Readings on Alpine Nature in French Literature. The Talloires experience extends outside the classroom, as students live with local families and spend free time participating in organized outdoor activities and learning about local customs and sustainable initiatives. (http://ase.tufts.edu/europeancenter/programs/talloires/)

The website URL where information about the immersive program(s) is available:

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.