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President Monaco has pointed out that the university “has a very strong obligation toward the environment. We’re going to hand this earth over to the next generation, and it is a definite priority to work together to improve its sustainability.”

In September 2011, the President noted it had become clear to him that the Tufts community as a whole is truly passionate about its commitment to sustainability, and “it is up to all of us to work together to sustain our momentum.” He announced the formation of a university-wide Council on Campus Sustainability to advance this shared commitment in a message to the university community in mid-February 2012.

The Council began meeting in January 2012, concentrating on reducing Tufts’ own footprint. Its first priorities were to develop goals and recommendations in the areas where the university has the greatest impact on the environment – in energy and greenhouse gas emissions, waste, and water use. In February 2013 the Council sought comment from the campus community on a draft report. The final Campus Sustainability Council Report was released in May 2013.

Tufts University has long been a pioneer in campus sustainability. In 1990, the university developed the first university environmental policy and launched the international Talloires Declaration, now endorsed by 433 university leaders worldwide. Information on current sustainability initiatives at Tufts is available on the website of the Office of Sustainability.

President Monaco himself has a longstanding involvement in sustainability issues, having led the Sustainability Steering Group at Oxford University when he served as that university’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Planning and Resources.