Within the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, CIERP combines rigorous research, multi-disciplinary graduate education, and executive training to equip current and future policy entrepreneurs with both the knowledge to craft evidence-based policy in a global context and the skills to implement it. The program develops innovative approaches to shift global development onto an environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable path. The Center conducts scholarly research on today’s environmental and resource challenges to provide empirical evidence for academics and policy makers. Students of CIERP contribute to the interdisciplinary community of TIE within various programs and initiatives. A number of CIERP professors are also TIE faculty members, bringing their expertise and network to the TIE programs. Additionally, TIE and CIERP have organized and sponsored a number of exciting events for Tufts University and community.
Water Diplomacy | IGERT (Integrated Graduate Education and Research Traineeship) is an innovative and integrative approach to address complex water problems. At Tufts University, we educate the next generation of water diplomats to envision a different future for water, transforming their understanding of water as a fixed resource into a flexible and sustainably shared resource to create new avenues for negotiating and resolving water conflicts.This doctoral program seeks to educate reflective water professionals who will: think across boundaries, integrate knowledge and action, and develop non-zero sum solutions. Many Water Diplomacy students take advantage of and contribute to TIE programs, especially the Water: Systems, Science and Society graduate certificate program.
Founded in 1984, The Environmental Studies Program (ENVS) was one of the first multidisciplinary environmental programs in the United States. Our students and alumni have become effective practitioners and advocates for the environment in medicine, law, finance, industry, government, and other academic fields.
Tufts Office of Sustainability serves as a resource, a catalyst, and an advocate for environmental sustainability at Tufts. Often we serve as a bridge between ideas and their practical implementation. OOS works to enhance Tufts’ reputation as a leader, ensure that Tufts’ efforts are comprehensive and focused on meaningful projects, and measure Tufts’ progress toward commitments and regional goals identify sustainability opportunities that may provide Tufts with significant benefit such as reduced risk, financial savings, and avoided problems/fines. OOS integrates sustainability issues into research, scholarship and student life.
The Global Development And Environment Institute was founded in 1993 to combine the research and curricular development activities of the Program for Sustainable Change and Development in the School of Arts and Sciences, and the Center for Environmental and Resource Policy. The combination creates a center of expertise in economics, policy, science and technology. GDAE's name reflects their mission: the capitalized "A" of "And" emphasizes the interrelation between Development And Environment as a special focus; studies or policies relating to either of those terms alone have too often resulted in one or another kind of failure. We use the word "Global" to indicate that we are concerned with the linkages between Development And Environment in all parts of the world. This integrative approach to educational enrichment makes GDAE a natural partner of TIE.
The Center for Conservation Medicine at Tufts University's Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine advances the health of animals, people and the environment through professional training, research and service to communities around the globe, utilizing a Conservation Medicine approach. CCM faculty and students collaborate in research, project development and event planning.
The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Lab at Tufts is a new university-wide resource that provides information about GIS technology resources across the three Tufts campuses. Tufts provides a variety of GIS courses, workshops and other learning opportunities. The Data Lab, a full-service computing and instructional facility, maintains the GIS site and serves as the central hub to GIS activities and services at Tufts.
The Tufts Initiative for the Forecasting and Modeling of Infectious Diseases (InForMID) was established to conduct research and provide a venue for training in the fields of computational epidemiology, conservation medicine, biostatistics, and bioinformatics with the emphasis on public health applications. The mission of the Initiative is to improve the quality of bio-medical research and health care by developing innovative analytical and computational tools and systems to life-science researchers, public health professionals, and policy makers. The Initiative offers training opportunities and hands-on experience in research and practical applications for an audience with wide range of professional backgrounds.
The Institute for Global Leadership at Tufts University is an incubator of innovative ways to educate learners at all levels to understand and engage with difficult global issues. We develop new generations of effective and ethical leaders who are able and driven to comprehend complexity, reflect cultural and political nuance, and engage as responsible global citizens in anticipating and confronting the world's most pressing problems.
Tufts Recycles was launched by students in 1990 and today is a robust program of the Facilities Services department on all three campuses. Recycling bins for cardboard, paper, bottles and cans are located throughout all of the university’s administrative and academic buildings. Tufts Recycles works closely with Tufts' custodial contractor and the recycling contractors, Save That Stuff and Herb’s Disposal, to ensure that campus recycling reaches its fullest potential. Tufts Recycles strives to be at the forefront of promoting the wise use and conservation of resources. Its goal is to bring all campuses to “zero-waste” status.
The Stockholm Environment Institute is an international non-profit research organization that has worked with environment and development issues from local to global policy levels for a quarter of a century. SEI works to shift policy and practice towards sustainability.
The Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA) was founded in 1972 to protect and restore natural resources in the 22-community watershed. MyRWA accomplishes this work through the efforts of professional staff and thousands of volunteers working together on a project-by-project basis.
The National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) advances informed environmental policy and decision making through science. Our work and programs include interdisciplinary research, scientific assessment, information dissemination, training and curriculum development.
Tufts Energy Conference (TEC) The 2011 Tufts Energy Conference will explore some of the great debates that are leading towards innovative thinking in the energy industry. What is the price of energy security? Can renewable energy ever compete in this fossil fuel-based world? Are resource-intensive energy alternatives too hot to handle? Can the transportation industry evolve in time to meet the climate change imperative? Will energy efficiency gain widespread buy-in and what does this movement mean for our energy landscape? How do developed and developing nations share the benefits of an alternative energy future?
The Tufts Eco-Reps are a group of residential students who help to raise awareness about ecological issues, encourage environmentally responsible behavior among their hall mates and peers, and plan related events and activities. Other duties will include group activities, collaborative projects, and opportunities to represent the Eco-Reps Program at various campus events. Eco-Reps must attend a training retreat as well as weekly meetings. At each meeting you’ll be introduced to a new topic, help plan activities, and brainstorm actions to take in your residence halls over the following weeks. Any returning student that lives in university housing is eligible to apply.
The mission of the Student Planning and Policy Association (SPPA) is to help broaden students' knowledge of urban and environmental planning and policy issues on a local, regional and national scale, and also to provide opportunities for career development in these fields. The SPPA's activities are open to all UEP students, and the group emphasizes that its goals and outreach efforts embrace all the various "disciplines" housed within UEP. SPPA also works to connect students with the professional planning community, as well as with students at the other planning schools in Massachusetts. Overall, the SPPA seeks to provide a forum for activities that promote awareness of current trends and issues in urban and environmental policy and planning.
Energy in all its myriad forms impinges on virtually every aspect of international relations and informs debate concerning the environment, economic development, and security. The Fletcher Energy Consortium (FLEC) is a student organization dedicated to providing a venue for the presentation of energy-related research from those within the Fletcher community, both students and faculty, as well as invited guests.
Tufts SAVMA is the Tufts Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association. The American Veterinary Medical Association is one of the largest and oldest not-for-profit associations for veterinarians in the world, representing over 75,000 veterinarians practicing in a wide variety of areas.
Food Education and Action for Sustainability at Tufts (feast) is a partnership between Tufts students, the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy at the Fletcher School, Office of Sustainability, Tufts Dining Services, and food service operations on all Tufts campuses. feast is devoted to educating the Tufts community about the environmental, social, and health challenges involved in food production, and promoting the benefits of local farms, organic growing methods, and Fair Trade.
Wildlife Aquatics Zoo Exotics (WAZE) is the largest student organization on the Tufts Vet School campus. Its aim is to promote veterinary education in the field of exotic and aquatic animals, wildlife husbandry, conservation, pathology, therapeutics, and surgery. This is a rapidly expanding field that can only be covered briefly in the Tufts curriculum. This society exists to present more in-depth research and current knowledge through a variety of lunchtime lectures, workshops, field trips and rounds throughout the year. WAZE annually holds a Spring Symposium with speakers from around the country, which is open to all members of the campus and community, as well as offering Continuing Education credit to technicians and professionals. WAZE members receive discounts to activities with fees and priority in limited-admission workshops or field trips.