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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
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STARS v2.0

Tufts University
AC-9: Academic Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 9.47 / 12.00 Antje Danielson
Administrative Director, Tufts Institute of the Environment & Water: Systems, Science and Society (WSSS) program
Tufts Institute of the Environment
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Number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff engaged in sustainability research:
157

Total number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff engaged in research:
629

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that include at least one faculty or staff member that conducts sustainability research:
33

The total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that conduct research:
76

A copy of the sustainability research inventory that includes the names and department affiliations of faculty and staff engaged in sustainability research:
Names and department affiliations of faculty and staff engaged in sustainability research:

*Please note that the attached excel spreadsheet (Faculty Affiliated with Sustainability AC-9.xlsx) also includes the School/Institute that each faculty member belongs to.

Aaron Dell, English
Adriana Zavala, Art and Art History
Albert Robbat, Chemistry
Alex Blanchette, Anthropology
Alex Stenkovich, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Alison Robbins, Conservation Medicine
Allen Rutberg, Conservation Medicine
Amahl Bishara, Anthropology
Andrew Kemp, Earth and Ocean Sciences
Andrew Ramsburg, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Andrew Tirrell, Political Science
Anil Saigal, Mechanical Engineering
Ann Rappaport, Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning
Anne Gardulski, Earth and Ocean Sciences
Anne Marie-Desmarais, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Antje Danielson, Tufts Institute of the Environment
Avery Cohn, CIERP
Ayşe Asatekin, Chemical and Biological Engineering
Babak Moaveni, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Barbara Paramenter, Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning
Beatrice Rogers, Friedman School
Ben Shapiro, Computer Science
Beth Rosenberg, Public Health
Brian Roach, Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE)
Bruce Hitchner, History
Caroline Gelmi, English
Charles Heaps, Stockholm Environment Institute (US Center)
Chris Rogers, Mechanical Engineering
Christian Peters, Friedman School
Christine Payson, English
Christine Rioux, Public Health and Community Medicine
Christopher Swan, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Colin Orians, Biology
Cornelia Photopoulos, English
Dale Bryan, Peace and Justice Studies
Daniel Ryder, Chemical and Biological Engineering
Daniele Lantagne, Civil and Environmental Engineering
David Gute, Civil and Environmental Engineering
David Kaplan, Chemical and Biological Engineering
Daniel Maxwell, Feinstein Int'l Center
David Small, Civil and Environmental Engineering
David Walt, Chemistry
Doug Brugge, Public Health
Ekaterina Gnedenko, Economics
Elena Naumova, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Elizabeth Lemons, Religion
Emma Schneider, English
Eric Miller, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Eric Thompson, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Erik Dopman, Biology
Felicia Nutter, Conservation Medicine
Flo Tseng, Conservation Medicine
Frank Ackerman, Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE)
Gary Leisk, Mechanical Engineering
George Ellmore, Biology
George Saperstein, Environment and Population Health
Gilbert Metcalf, Economics
Grant Garven, Earth and Ocean Sciences
Gulfer Goze, English
Howard Saltsburg, Chemical and Biological Engineering
Hugh Joseph, Friedman School
Hyunmin Yi, Chemical and Biological Engineering
Igor Sokolov, Mechanical Engineering
Ingar Palmlund, Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning
Jack Ridge, Earth and Ocean Sciences
James Jennings, Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning
Jan Pechenik, Biology
Janet Forrester, Public Health
Janetrix Hellen Amuguni, Conservation Medicine
Jeff Griffiths, Public Health
Jeff Hopwood, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Jeff Zabel, Economics
Jennifer Allen, Community Health
Jenny Aker, The Fletcher School
Jeronim Capaldo, Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE)
Jerry Meldon, Chemical and Biological Engineering
Joe Debold, Psychology
John Durant, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Jonathan Harris, Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE)
Jonathan Kenny, Chemistry
Jonathan Witten, Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning
Julian Agyeman, Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning
Julie Ellis, Conservation Medicine
Julie Nelson, GDAE
Justin Hollander, Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning
Karen Kosinsky, Community Health
Kelly Sims-Gallagher, The Center for International Environment and Resource Policy (CIERP)
Kelsey Jack, Economics
Kenneth Chui, Public Health
Kurt Pennell, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Laurie Baise, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Leila Fawaz, The Fletcher School
Linda Abriola, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Lisa Lowe, Education
Liz Ammons, English
Liz Stanton, Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE)
Luis Dorfmann, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Luisa Chiesa, Mechanical Engineering
Lyuba Zarsky, Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE)
Magaly Koch, Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning
Marc Hodes, Mechanical Engineering
Mareike Stanitzke, English
Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos, Chemical and Biological Engineering
Mariano Torras, Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE)
Mark Pokras, Conservation Medicine
Mark Woodin, Public Health and Community Medicine
Mary Davis, Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning
Mary Shultz, Chemistry
Masoud Sanayei, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Matt Panzer, Chemical and Biological Engineering
Maureen Murray, Conservation Medicine
Maxwell Daniel, Friedman School
Michael Reed, Biology
Michael Romero, Biology
Modhumita Roy, English
Morgan Hynes, Chemical and Biological Engineering
Natalie Cápiro, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Neva Goodwin, Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE)
Norman Ramsey, Computer Science
Parke Wilde, Friedman School
Patrick Skelly, Conservation Medicine
Patrick Webb, Friedman School
Penn Loh, Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning
Peter Wong, Mechanical Engineering
Phil Starks, Biology
Rachel Bratt, Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning
Rachel Massey, Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE)
Rebecca Harris, Conservation Medicine
Richard Goode, Gordon Institute
Richard Vogel, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Richard Wlezien, Mechanical Engineering
Robert Hannemann, Mechanical Engineering
Robert Viesca, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Ryan Centner, Sociology
Sarah Courchesne, Conservation Medicine
Scott Horsley, Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning
Sean Cash, Friedman School
Shafiqul Islam, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Shaun Paul, Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE)
Sheldon Krimsky, Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning
Shinsuke Tanaka, CIERP
Stephen Matson, Chemical and Biological Engineering
Steve Chapra, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Steve Cohen, Public Health
Steve Levine, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Steven Block, Friedman School
Thomas Vandervelde, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Tim Griffin, Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning
Timothy Wise, Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE)
Ujjayant Chakravorty, Economics
Valencia Joyner, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Wayne Chudyck, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Weiping Wu, Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning
William Masters, Friedman School
William Moomaw, CIERP
William Woods, Biology
Yonggang Wang, Civil and Environmental Engineering


A brief description of the methodology the institution followed to complete the research inventory:

The Tufts Institute of the Environment, in conjunction with the Office of Institutional Research and Evaluation, keeps records of faculty and staff who have been identified as engaging in environmentally-focused research.

Faculty and staff in this list include professors, research faculty, adjunct faculty, and research institute fellows.


A brief description of notable accomplishments during the previous three years by faculty and/or staff engaged in sustainability research:

1. Sustainability researchers at Tufts were awarded over $17 million in research grants over the last three years.

2. At the Lima Climate Change Conference (December 1-12, 2014), Tufts University organized a side event on adaptation finance.

3. Tufts University held 9 sustainability related conferences in the last three years.

4. As part of a panel hosted by Tufts' Center for International Environment & Resource Policy (CIERP), Professor Elena Naumova (Civil and Environmental Engineering) discussed "From Burden Bearing to Opportunity Sharing: Reframing Environmental Negotiations," in conjunction with the United Nations' Rio+20 summit held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on June 18, 2012.

5. In March 2012, Biology Professor Colin Orians received a Tufts Collaborate Award to study how the quality of tea from different management systems responds to increases in climate variability. This is a collaborative project and brings together experts from across the University.

6. Professor Richard Vogel (Civil and Environmental Engineering) was featured in the "Life" section of The Atlantic online, in which he talks about urbanization as an important sustainability trend and the politicization of science.

7. Professor Kent Portney (Political Science) published his latest report, 2012 Greenest Cities in America, in the Canadian magazine Corporate Knights in summer 2012.


The website URL where information about sustainability research 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.