An elephant steps through the mud

Sustaining a Healthy Planet

At Tufts, we take sustainability to heart. Our campus planning gets steadily “greener” as our academic enterprises continue to generate promising ideas and solutions, in areas spanning renewable energy, conservation, urban planning and international policy.  

  • In the 2014–2015 school year, Tufts Dining on the Medford/Somerville campus composted 300 tons of food waste—more than 50 percent of which was post-consumer, or food sent to the dish room by students/customers.
Syrian refugee children

The project seemed simple—create structures out of marshmallows and toothpicks, then test their stability on an earthquake simulator fashioned from ping pong balls and rubber bands. But when Ayman Halaseh, EG15, urged the children to “go bigger—make a building,” they stared at him blankly.

Illustration of a large lightbulb with faceless people on ladders working around it with batteries to power it
The Crowdfunding at Tufts website, crowdfund.tufts.edu, showcases the wide range of these projects, including some you might not have suspected were going on at the university.
Boston Harbor

In 1825, a local engineer named Loammi Baldwin, Jr., was commissioned by federal government to build a dry dock at Charlestown Navy Yard. Baldwin began by taking cues from the sea itself, measuring low and high tides every day for several years.