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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-14: Participation in Public Policy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Tina Woolston
Director
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution advocate for national, state/provincial, or local public policies that support campus sustainability or that otherwise advance sustainability?:
Yes

A brief description of how the institution engages in public policy advocacy for sustainability, including the issues, legislation, and ordinances for or against which the institution has advocated:

Tufts supports legislation that funds research, some of which may be used for sustainability-related research.

Tufts faculty often serve as resources for federal and state decision makers. For example, Professor Bill Moomaw and other faculty members frequently testify before congress and other state bodies about climate change.

Members of the Tufts community will comment on public policy--education, housing, environment, and the like--in major news publications and published research. Other faculty members participate in rulemaking bodies or advisory groups, such as the Boston Chamber of Commerce Energy Committee and the DEP stormwater regulations group. Numerous Tufts alums are in policy making roles at the DEP, EPA, and in the federal government.

The University does advocate on behalf of federal funding for the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Agricultural Research Service.


A brief description of other political positions the institution has taken during the previous three years:

The University is interested in and supports organizations that advocate on behalf of higher education for federal legislation related to higher education including research and financial aid.


A brief description of political donations the institution made during the previous three years (if applicable):

The University doesn’t give political donations. It is prohibited by federal law.


The website URL where information about the institution’s advocacy efforts is available:

The student group Students for a Just and Stable Future previously worked with others from around the state to lobby the Massachusetts government to switch to 100% clean energy, divest from fossil fuels, and implement a UPass program for access to public transit.

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.