Over the last few decades, Tufts has won the reputation of being one of the top ‘green’ schools in the nation. However, we are not only greening the campus; with nearly 300 courses with environmental content, we are also teaching students to become leaders in all environmental fields. We have major research programs in environmental law & diplomacy and environmental science & engineering, on topics related to urban planning, energy, water, and health.
TIE was created in 1998 in response to a need that developed out of the rich history of earlier environmental programs and activity at Tufts University. As early as 1962, Tufts offered environmentally focused classes, long before most other universities saw the need for such programs. In 1984 The Center for Environmental Management was established, which with the help of the EPA focused on interdisciplinary training and outreach. A precursor to TIE it supported more than 65 faculty members to conduct research projects, training, and outreach. In 1990 Tufts was the birthplace of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future and lead signatory on the Talloires Declaration, which articulated the responsibility of universities to work on environmental problems. 1990, 1993, and 1997 saw the birth of the Tufts Environmental Literacy Institute (TELI), The Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), and the Tufts Center for Conservation Medicine (TuftsCCM), respectively.
Today, with core funding from the Provost Office, TIE is the hub for environmental research, teaching, and leadership at Tufts. We support many research projects, host and co-sponsor events, and help to highlight the ongoing and growing number environmental activities.