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Our History

In 1962 Tufts University became one of the first academic institutions that prioritized environmental changes and concerns by offering courses that addressed humanity's impact on the environment. Today, Tufts has a reputation for being one of the top  "Green" schools in the U.S. TIE was created in 1998 in response to a need for a university-wide organization that worked toward environmental research, learning, outreach, and service. After twenty years of operation, TIE continues to support the Tufts community by helping students and faculty pursue their research goals through fellowships, grants, internships, workshops, and programs, allowing them to engage in contemporary environmental conversations and contribute to emerging scholarship. In addition to campus-based action, TIE has also partnered with several organizations local to the Boston area and worldwide which have provided further connections and opportunities for Tufts students and staff to engage in environmental projects and activism. With core funding from the Provost Office, TIE is the center of environmental research, teaching, and leadership at Tufts University.

Our Mission and Values

The Tufts Institute of the Environment (TIE) is an interdisciplinary, university-wide institute that initiates, facilitates, and promotes environmental education, service, and research. In addition to supporting the Office of Sustainability in their efforts to improve campus sustainability, TIE follows and promotes practices that limit environmental impact at all our events and functions and within our programs. These practices include following sustainable travel guidelines, plant-based, meatless catering, and resource conservation relating to food waste, water, promotional items, and office supplies. In accordance with our mission, TIE works in pursuit of a more justly sustainable future.