Office of Sustainability Training
The Office of Sustainability runs the Eco-Ambassadors Program which is open to all interested staff and faculty. Eco-Ambassadors are “green champions” who spend a few hours per month leading and inspiring grass-roots action in their own departments while educating others and increasing awareness throughout the university about environmentally sustainable practices.
Launched in 2008, the Eco-Ambassador is an education- and action-focused program that provides participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to promote sustainable behaviors and infrastructure changes in their office. Eco-Ambassadors learn about a variety of topics, including sustainability at Tufts, waste, energy, and strategies to effectively communicate with their co-workers.
Regular Eco-Ambassador program
The original program was designed to run from September to August every fiscal year. Participants attend one (1) two-hour meeting per month with colleagues from across the university to learn about a particular environmental concern (e.g. water, energy). The specific days and times is based on the availability of the people accepted into the program.
Meetings take place on the Medford campus and are broadcasted via videoconference for participants in other locations. Participants must attend 8 or more of the 12 sessions to become an Eco-Ambassador and be eligible to apply for grants towards office greening activities.
Registration for FY2012-2013 is now open! Each campus’ program has its own application, so be sure to use the link that corresponds with your location.
For questions about enrollment, please contact Dani Jenkins.
Condensed program for Boston and Grafton
Developed for people who cannot attend the year-long program, the condensed version consists of two half-day sessions. It is is offered in Boston twice a year. Similar half-day sessions or one full-day session are available on demand in Grafton.
The first session will cover sustainability information and concepts, energy, communication and behavior change, and finally, climate change. The second session will go over transportation, waste, water, and purchasing. These topics were chosen because they are thought to be the areas in which Boston campus employees can affect the greatest change in their offices.