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Report Card 2011

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Tufts University
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Tufts University

School details:

Endowment: $1,103 million as of June 30, 2009

Location: Medford, Massachusetts


Campus Survey: No

Dining Survey: No

Endowment Survey: No

Student Survey: No


Please note: This school did not respond to any of the three administrator surveys. The data used for both the profile and grading was compiled from independent research. For more information on data collection and evaluation, please see the Methodology section.  


Please note: Data was collected in summer 2010 and may no longer be current.


Data compiled from survey responses, when available, and from independent research, when needed. For more information on data collection and evaluation, please see the  Methodology section.

Overall grade  
Tufts is committed to sustainability through a formal plan as well as components of the campus master plan. The Office of Sustainability and several staff members and subcommittees work to implement environmental initiatives on campus. All envelopes and office paper used on campus are environmentally preferable, and all computers and electronics are EPEAT certified. An eco-ambassadors program facilitates sustainable behavior among faculty and staff.
The university has reduced greenhouse gas emissions 27 percent from 2005 levels and aims to achieve a 75 to 85 percent reduction from 1990 levels by 2050. Energy efficiency technologies, such as metering and control timers, have been installed across campus; three buildings feature solar panels; and two buildings utilize solar hot water systems. Tufts purchases renewable energy credits for campus electricity.
Tufts purchases local products, including produce and baked goods, as well as items from a student-run garden. The school buys organic items, such as grains and tofu, and uses only cage-free liquid eggs and hormone-free milk. A quarter of seafood purchases meet sustainability guidelines. Fair trade coffee is available in all dining locations along with fair trade bananas, and the university runs a trayless dining program.
Sophia Gordon Hall, a campus residence, is LEED Gold certified, and two other buildings meet LEED criteria. Efficient laundry technology and low-flow faucets and toilets have been installed across campus.
New students learn about campus sustainability efforts through events such as green tours, open houses, and a zero-waste meal. Tufts employs many student sustainability interns and eco-reps, and students participate in the RecycleMania and Do It in the Dark competitions to promote waste reduction and energy conservation. A wide variety of student groups, such as the Energy Security Initiative, address local and global environmental issues.
Tufts offers ride-matching services and discounts on public transit passes to the campus community, and runs a shuttle service between campuses and to local off-campus destinations. The university partners with a car-sharing program. The motor fleet contains some electric, hybrid, and biodiesel vehicles.
The university makes only asset allocation information available online to the general public. A list of votes cast on proxy resolutions on a company-specific level, including the number of shares, is made available upon request to trustees, senior administrators, and select members of the school community.
The university aims to optimize investment returns, and the endowment is currently invested in community development loan funds.
The university is unable to vote proxies for the portion of the endowment that is invested in mutual funds or other commingled investment vehicles. A multi-stakeholder advisory committee makes proxy voting recommendations to the administration and finance committee for eligible funds.
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