It is with great enthusiasm that we announce the release of the report of the Tufts University Campus Sustainability Council. In implementing the recommendations of the Sustainability Council, Tufts will renew its commitment to reduce its environmental footprint in the vital areas of waste, water, energy, and emissions.
Universities play a crucial role in helping the world adapt to a changing planet and to challenging issues such as climate change and resource depletion. Tufts faculty address these issues at the highest level of insight both in their teaching and with our students to break new ground in research. At the same time, our faculty, students, staff, and alumni are all providing leadership in the public and private sector responses.
But it is not only through our teaching and research that we can play an important role in shaping a sustainable future. As members of an educational community with a deep commitment to active citizenship, we have opportunities to address these challenging issues institutionally as well as individually, using evidence-based approaches that are both innovative and effective. We can demonstrate on campus how it is possible to take action in ways that are fiscally responsible and enhance our collective quality of life.
We can be proud of the university’s long history of dedication to environmental sustainability. The Campus Sustainability Council was established in order to renew our commitments and set new, specific goals for a more sustainable campus. The Council has concentrated on reducing Tufts’ own footprint, and its priorities for action were the areas where we have the greatest impact on the environment: energy and water use, waste management, and greenhouse gas emissions production.
The Council has developed goals and objectives related to each of these key areas of impact. We are grateful to everyone who provided feedback when the draft recommendations were released to the community for comment in February 2013. We owe a special debt to the members of the Council and its working groups, comprised of faculty, staff, and students from across all of Tufts’ schools and Massachusetts campuses.
The Council’s recommendations are intended to serve as a starting point. The next phase, implementation planning, will be overseen by vice president of operations Linda Snyder and will provide the practical roadmap for achieving the goals outlined in the report. Key stakeholders will be engaged to develop these plans. Success, however, will require the full engagement of the entire university community. We encourage you to read the report of the Sustainability Council and hope we can count on you to collaborate in our efforts to make Tufts a safer, healthier, and more sustainable place to live and work.
Anthony P. Monaco
President; Chair, Campus Sustainability Council
Patricia L. Campbell
Executive Vice President; Co-Chair, Campus Sustainability Council