Sustainability at Tufts
Tufts' Office of Sustainability (OOS) serves as a resource, a catalyst, and an advocate for environmental sustainability across the entire university and runs many programs across all our schools. In addition, SMFA community members actively support sustainability goals though programs such as the below:
The Eco-Reps are a group of residential students who work in their dorm communities to raise awareness about ecological issues, encourage environmentally responsible behavior, and plan fun, creative, and environmentally geared events and activities. They also help the Office of Sustainability plan campus events. If you are passionate about the environment, then the Eco-Rep program may be for you!
The CArte Util is a sustainability initiative at SMFA to both reduce art material waste and provide reusable materials to students for free. Instead of throwing away art supplies that you no longer need, the CArte Util takes donations of used art supplies to then be checked out by students who need them throughout the school year. Materials donated by designers, art supply manufacturers, alumni, and more, are also made available for free to students through the CArte Util.
Sustainability Committee (SC)
The Sustainability Committee (SC) is made up of an enthusiastic cohort of students, faculty, and staff whose mission is to bring sustainability and environmental practices to the forefront here at SMFA. Whether they are organizing the CArte Util program, coordinating the Health, Safety, and Sustainability Day, working towards making the entire campus Green Certified, or championing composting and overall waste reduction, they strive to make a positive change happen. There are several ways you can get involved. Interested in joining? Email Silvia Bottinelli.
In early March, the SMFA Sustainability Committee hosted our annual Health, Safety, and Sustainability (HSS) event which reached over 200 participants from the Tufts community.
SMFA Health, Safety, and Sustainability Day featured a talk by visiting artist John Sabraw and workshops facilitated by students, faculty, and staff.