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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-11: Continuing Education

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.14 / 5.00 Betsy Byrum
Education & Outreach Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution offer continuing education courses that address sustainability?:
Yes

Number of continuing education courses offered that address sustainability:
2

Total number of continuing education courses offered:
438

A copy of the list and brief descriptions of the continuing education courses that address sustainability:
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A list and brief descriptions of the continuing education courses that address sustainability:

1. A Casino on the Mystic? Current and Future Development, Issues, and
Vision Along the Mystic River and Its Tributaries

The proposals for a casino in Everett and East Boston will serve as our starting point as we examine a wide variety of current and potential changes for communities on the Mystic River and its tributaries, from Winchester to Chelsea. We'll explore residential and commercial development, bike paths and other recreational opportunities, infrastructure improvements, and environmental concerns. What is the area now? What might the vision be for its future? While not required, the text for the class, Mystic River: A Natural & Human History & Recreation Guide (available online and through local bookstores), is strongly recommended to set the stage. We'll allow ample time for discussion, guided at times by guest speakers. Participation in our earlier class on the Mystic River would be helpful but is not required. Links to additional resources will be provided by your study group leader.

2. Drawing a Line in the Tar Sands

In 2012, President Obama’s administration delayed a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline, a $7 billion conduit that would carry tars and oil from Canada to the gulf ports of Texas. The President stated that he would approve the 1,200-mile pipeline from Morgan, Montana to Steele City, Nebraska if it would not significantly exacerbate the problem of greenhouse gas emissions. Recently, the State Department released its long-awaited Environmental Impact Statement on the pipeline to Secretary Kerry, who will review it before he advises the President. What are the political, economic, and environmental effects of the pipeline? Will it provide jobs, energy independence, cheaper and more secure energy? Or will the pipeline usher in a climate change Armageddon? If passed, will civil disobedience take center stage? A line in the sand has been drawn by both sides. Join us as we discuss this explosive and polarizing issue.


Does the institution have at least one sustainability-themed certificate program through its continuing education or extension department?:
No

A brief description of the certificate program:
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Year the certificate program was created:
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The website URL where information about sustainability in continuing education courses is available :

The number of continuing education courses offered varies from year to year, and sustainability-related classes are not necessarily offered every term.

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.