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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
EN-10: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Tina Woolston
Director
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution collaborate with other colleges and universities to support and help build the campus sustainability community?:
Yes

A brief summary of papers, guides, presentations, and other resources the institution has developed to share their sustainability experience with other institutions:

The Office of Sustainability has created and maintains a website and a number of educational materials (all available online) for other universities and interested parties. In particular, the "Get Involved" section of the website (http://sustainability.tufts.edu/get-involved/) contains specific links and resources for parties "beyond Tufts." A list of archived educational materials developed by the office can be found here: http://sustainability.tufts.edu/resources/educational-materials/

Staff members at Tufts also regularly engage in both formal and informal information-sharing with colleagues at other colleges and universities, in addition to presenting at sustainability conferences around the country.


The names of local, state/provincial, regional, national, or international campus sustainability organizations or consortia in which the institution participates and/or is a member:

AASHE
NECSC (Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium)
USGBC
MSSCOR (Massachusetts School Sustainability Coordinators)
Northeast Sustainability Student Leaders symposium (started by Tufts) (http://sustainability.tufts.edu/programs/ecorepresentatives/ssl-symposium/)
Boston Mayor's Green Ribbon Commission's Higher Education Working Group (http://www.greenribboncommission.org/)
The Talloires Network (http://talloiresnetwork.tufts.edu/)

Tufts is affiliated with the Stockholm Environment Institute. See more at http://sei-international.org/index.php.

Tufts is also a member of a variety of social sustainability-related groups, such as those related to civic engagement, diversity, etc.


A brief summary of additional ways the institution collaborates with other campuses to advance sustainability :

Tufts has a long history of collaboration with other institutes of higher education as well as other organizations. Tufts was one of the founding members of the NECSC (Northeast College Sustainability Coordinators).

The Office of Sustainability and its predecessors (the Tufts Climate Initiative and Tufts CLEAN!, among others) have hosted many conferences over the past 20 years, from the Massachusetts Climate Action Network's first conference to Sustainable Dining conferences to a regional Eco-Rep conference (hosted at Tufts in 2009 and 2014 - see http://sustainability.tufts.edu/programs/ecorepresentatives/ssl-symposium/). The Director of the Office of Sustainability currently chairs a the Board of Curators for the recently re-branded Eco-Rep Symposium (now called the Student Sustainability Leaders Symposium). In addition, many publications related to sustainability on campuses have come out of Tufts, both from faculty as well as staff.

Staff and faculty members also regularly speak at events and conferences to share information with other colleges and universities. For example, Professors Ann Rappaport and Jonathan Kenny, along with student co-authors Axum Teferra, Ninya Loeppky, Marcy Ostberg, and Ryan Miamis, spoke at the 2012 "Sustaining Justice, Greening Peace" conference about the course "Telling the Climate Justice Story."

At the 2013 AASHE Conference and Expo, Tufts’ Communications Specialist appeared on a panel at the "Sharing your Sustainability Story: the Role of Communications" session with representatives from North Carolina State University, Middlebury College, Oberlin College, and Northwestern University. (http://conference.aashe.org/2013/conference-schedule/sessions/sharing-your-sustainability-story-the-role-of-communications/)


The website URL where information about cross-campus collaboration is available:
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Tufts faculty present as keynote speakers and presenters at a variety of conferences on sustainability-related topics, including energy and social justice.

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.