Sustainability at Tufts


Director of Conference and Events, AASHE (Philadelphia, PA)

The Director of Conference & Events provides managerial oversight and direction for the coordination and planning of the AASHE Annual Conference & Expo as well as logistical support for other meetings including workshops, retreats and other events. Specific duties include site visit planning, pre and onsite registration management, scheduling, vendor management, room management, budgeting, contract negotiation, Request for Proposal management, site research, and hotel negotiation. AASHE’s Annual Conference is a multi-faceted event that brings together more than 2,300 attendees to participate in pre and post conference workshops and tours plus two days of educational sessions with more than 900 presenters, an exhibit hall with more than 90 exhibitors and 150 volunteers.

Learn more and apply.
 Application deadline: open until filled

AmeriCorps Education & Outreach Coordinator (Raleigh, NC)

This position is based at the NC State University Sustainability Office in Raleigh, NC. The University Sustainability Office’s mission is to equip the NC State community for a leaner, smarter, stronger future. Our vision is to build a culture that creates leaders and sustainable solutions for global challenges.

Purpose of the position

The purpose of this position is to:

  • Build strong connections across campus
  • Promote environmental education through service learning
  • Create concrete ways sustainability programs can connect with underserved populations
  • Help define and articulate the interconnectedness of sustainability and diversity on campus
  • Infuse cultural competence into sustainability programs
  • Create network and programs that can be carried forward
  • Determine a focus for NC State’s sustainability and diversity focus
  • Use environmental education as a connector for the local solutions that support all people
  • Provide environmental educational training and resources to diverse audiences on campus

Position responsibilities

Position responsibilities and duties will include the following:

  • Outreach: workshops, presentations
  • Planning: events, service projects
  • Build relationships: connect departments, student groups, community groups
  • Set the direction, identify priorities
  • Be a catalyst to join movements
  • Program development: create presentations tailored to  specific audiences


The ideal candidate will have the following:

  • Strong communication skills
  • Creativity
  • Interest in sustainability and/or environmental education
  • Organizational skills
  • Interest in learning about and working with diverse populations
  • Planning skills

Essential Functions/physical demands

The member will primarily work in an office space.

Preferred schedule

Monday- Friday 8 am – 5pm (but flexible)

Some after hours (only when necessary)


Sustainability Fellow (Collegeville, MN)

The Department of Sustainability and Saint John’s University invite applications for a full-time, 1 year benefit eligible position of Sustainability Fellow. This position will begin approximately June 1, 2015 through May 30, 2016.  This position exists to provide a job-based learning opportunity for a recent college graduate interested in a career in campus or corporate sustainability. Individuals graduating in May 2015 will be considered.

This position is responsible to educate and engage the campus community about sustainability issues and initiatives. Additionally, the fellow works to move the University towards its sustainability goals and to monitor our progress.


Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following: 1. Organize events to increase campus involvement in our sustainability efforts

2. Maintain institution’s compliance with sustainability-focused organizations and climate agreements including ACUPCC, AASHE, and STARS.

3. Update and maintain the greenhouse gas inventory and STARS audit.

4. Manage a team of interns and a number of volunteers on projects such as dorm room energy audits.

5. Write, edit, and publish a newsletter about sustainability projects and events on campus.

6. Serve as a resource for campus offices and individuals.

7. Develop and sustain relationships with staff, faculty, students, monastics, visitors and beyond the campus to provide opportunities for education, volunteering and research on campus sustainability.


1. Bachelor’s degree required.

2. Strong oral and written communication skills.

3. Self-motivated with the ability to work independently.

4. Passion for sustainability and environmental issues.

5. Computer skills and knowledge of Excel, Word, and Outlook are required.

6. Experience in web design, video production, and graphic design with Microsoft Publisher and Photoshop would be helpful.

7. Previous experience with campus organizing, event planning, energy efficiency, or sustainability initiatives is desirable.

8. Significant knowledge of SJU energy systems is desirable.

9. All academic majors are invited to apply.





Oct. 14: AASHE Conference 2012


Head to LA on October 14th for the 2012 Student Summit of the annual Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) conference.

At the summit, students have the opportunity to present their unique sustainability projects. They can each contribute their ideas, resources, and opinions on sustainability efforts, and will have the opportunity to network with other students from different schools after these student presentations. The summit will also include a variety of workshops that can guide students in starting sustainability efforts at their school.

The summit will also feature keynote speaker Billy Parish, the Co-Founder and President of Solar Mosaic, a solar investment marketplace. Among his many accomplishments, he founded the Energy Action Coalition, the largest youth advocacy organization in the world focused on climate crisis, and was honored as a “Climate Hero” by Rolling Stone magazine.

The Student Summit provides opportunities for information and resources to start initiatives on your campus. AASHE also provides students with the opportunity to submit their individual research, as well as apply for their two awards: the Student Sustainability Leadership Award and the Student Research on Campus Sustainability Award.

For a full schedule of events and to sign up, visit the AASHE website!

Tufts earns a Silver in STARS

This August, Tufts earned a Silver rating for its sustainability achievements under the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS), a new program that measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education.

Tufts got a 62.73% overall score for its submission, just shy of a Gold rating.

“Tufts’ Silver rating in the recent STARS assessment provides strong recognition of our institutional achievements in sustainability,” University President Tony Monaco noted. “This is a priority for me personally, and in light of the clear support across the university for intensifying our commitment, I am certain that we will accomplish even more in the years ahead.”

In STARS, institutions evaluate performance in four main areas: Education and Research; Operations; Planning, Administration and Engagement; and Innovation.

Tufts received full points in several areas and above average scores in two out of three main categories, earning maximum credits for innovation; student-led initiatives such as trayless dining; sustainability outreach and publications; research initiatives, incentives for developing sustainability courses; diversity and affordability; and human resources.

The STARS Silver rating is the latest accomplishment in Tufts’ long history of leadership involving sustainability and the environment. In 1990, then-President Jean Mayer convened a conference of global educational leaders at the Tufts European Center in Talloires, France. The conference led to the Talloires Declaration, a ten-point action plan for incorporating sustainability and environmental literacy in teaching, research, operations and outreach at colleges and universities that has since been signed by 433 institutions in over 40 countries.

Tufts was also a founding (and the first university) member of the Chicago Climate Exchange. In 1999, under then-President DiBiaggio, the university publicly committed to meet the Kyoto goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Developed by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. It is the only program of its kind that involved publicly reporting comprehensive information related to a college or university’s sustainability performance.

Unlike other rating or ranking systems, STARS is open to all institutions of higher education in the U.S. and Canada, and the criteria that determine a STARS Rating are transparent and accessible to anyone. Because STARS is a program based on credits earned, it allows for both internal comparisons as well as comparisons with similar institutions.

Of  121 STARS rated institutions in the U.S. and Canada, 22 earned Gold, 65 earned Silver, and 27 earned Bronze designations.

See the full scorecard for Tufts at the STARS website.