Climate and Energy

On our research initiatives on climate and energy, TIE is proud to partner with the Center for International Environment and Research Policy (CIERP) at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

Tufts Energy ConferenceThe Tufts Institute of the Environment (TIE) has proudly supported the Tufts Energy Conference since the inaugural event in 2006. Tufts Energy Conference, an annual symposium that brings together people across sectors to exchange ideas about how to solve society’s most pressing energy-related challenges. TIE helps to advance the conference’s interdisciplinary examination of critical global energy issues by providing organizational support to this exceptional student-led conference. TEC 2017 was held February 11th.

CLIMB: Tufts faculty collaborated with researchers from Boston University and the University of Maryland on a research study called Climate’s Long-Term Impact on Metro Boston (CLIMB). The study, which ran from 1999 to 2004, examined the potential impacts of climate change on infrastructure systems in metro Boston and to recommend strategies to prevent, reduce, or manage the risk. Among its many other findings, the CLIMB report estimated that sea levels along the Boston area’s coast could rise 24 inches in the 21st century. Read the full CLIMB report with all of its findings here (PDF).

Solar Decathlon: TIE helped fund Tufts’ entry in the 2009 Solar Decathlon, a biennial competition in which 20 teams of university students strive to design and build a solar-powered house. Tufts collaborated with the Boston Architectural College to build the Curio House, which has its own dedicated website here.

CCCJ: Climate Change, Climate Justice (CCCJ) at Tufts is an ad hoc committee that aims to connect environmental and social justice movements and initiatives inside and outside of Tufts. One of CCCJ’s main priorities currently is preparing for the 2012 Conference of the National Peace and Justice Studies Association, which will be focused on climate change and social justice and will be held at Tufts University in October 2012. The committee’s other initiatives include the creation of a summer scholarship program for climate justice-related student projects and the development of interdisciplinary courses at Tufts.

For a list of the faculty affiliated with TIE involved in this research, please see our Affiliated Faculty Page.