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TIE is located on the Medford Campus and its physical space is used by many students to study, work, and meet other students and faculty members. TIE holds and supports events for the environmental community throughout the year, and has facilities that can be utilized by anyone wanting to put up an event. TIE offers fellowships and travel grants and hosts guest researchers. We also support the Office of Sustainability in its efforts to improve campus sustainability.

Our Mission

The Tufts Institute of the Environment (TIE) is an interdisciplinary, university-wide institute that initiates, facilitates, and promotes environmental education, research, and outreach toward a sustainable future.

Our History

In 1962, Tufts University became one of the first academic institutions that prioritized environmental issues by offering courses that responded to the growing concerns of humanity’s impact on the environment. Over the last decades, Tufts has won the reputation of being one of the top "green" schools in the nation. TIE was created in 1998 in response to a need for a university-wide organization that worked toward environmental research, learning, outreach, and service across all schools in the Tufts community. 

After nearly twenty years of operation that has seen the successful completion of multiple programs and initiatives, TIE continues to support the Tufts community by responding to a growing demand for environmental leaders in an increasingly global context. With core funding from the Provost Office, TIE is the center of environmental research, teaching, and leadership at Tufts. Supporting research in three core areas: water, energy and climate, and health, TIE promotes interdisciplinary environmental education that encourages the consideration of multiple viewpoints and perspectives. Since its founding, TIE has helped students and faculty pursue their research goals and continues to assist by providing fellowships, travel grants, internships, workshops, and programs in order for the Tufts community to engage in contemporary environmental conversations. Today, TIE supports many research projects, host and co-sponsor events, and help to highlight the ongoing and growing number of environmental activities. In addition to campus-based action, TIE has also partnered with several organizations both in the Boston area and worldwide which have provided further connections and opportunities for Tufts students and staff to engage in environmental projects and activism. By providing support and connection for the Tufts community, TIE helps to highlight the ongoing and growing number of environmental activities in pursuit of a more sustainable future.