Eco Map - Tufts Office of Sustainability - Tufts University

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Hubway, Metro Boston’s bike share system, has a station right on campus! Members can check out and leave bikes at any Hubway station in Boston, Cambridge, Somerville and Brookline. Nearby locations include Davis, Powderhouse, Porter, Teele, and Ball Squares.





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When President Tony Monaco took office in August 2011, he identified sustainability as one of the key strategic priorities of his administration and formed the Campus Sustainability Council, which he chairs. The Council released a final report of recommendations in May 2013, renewing Tufts’ commitments to environmental sustainability and setting new goals in the areas of waste, water, energy, and greenhouse gas emissions.

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Tufts University has long been a pioneer in campus sustainability. In 1990, Tufts developed the first university environmental policy and launched the international Talloires Declaration, now endorsed by over 433 university leaders. Tufts also committed to, and achieved, a 7% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions below 1990 levels by 2012, in accordance with the Kyoto Protocol.





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was founded in 1984. It was one of the first multidisciplinary environmental programs in the United States. ENVS is offered as a dual undergraduate major in conjunction with any departmental major in the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering. Visit to learn more.



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is an interdisciplinary university-wide institute that initiates, facilitates, and promotes environmental education, research, and outreach toward a sustainable future. TIE offers fellowships and travel grants, and hosts guest researchers. Learn more at

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Department in charge of all things related to waste reduction, recycling, and composting at Tufts. It is working hard towards a zero-waste future for the university. To request a bin or get more information about what to recycle and where, visit


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a resource, catalyst and advocate for environmental sustainability at Tufts and often serves as a bridge between ideas and their practical implementation. We run several programs to promote sustainable behavior on campus, including the EcoRepresentatives program for students and EcoTufts University Ambassador program for staff Eco-Ambassadors & faculty. We are located at the rear entrance of Miller Hall (across the parking lot from Hillel Hall). Learn more at

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Sustainable Dining Greening Tufts one bite at a time Buy Local. Pick local grocers committed to supporting local farmers and sustainable ingredients, such as Whole Foods (Medford, Cambridge & Boston), Harvest Co-op (Cambridge), and Boston Organics (home delivery). Sign up for a farm share. The Office of Sustainability in Medford and the Jaharis Building in Boston are drop-off locations for vegetables grown by local farms through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs, available throughout the whole year. Look out for academic shares tailored for the Tufts community, which follow the semestral schedule. Shop at Farmers’ Markets. There are a number of Farmers’ Markets close to Tufts. They are generally open from Memorial Day through Thanksgiving. Visit for information about CSAs and Farmers’ Markets in the Tufts area.

Tufts Dining holds a Farmers’ Market on Wednesdays in September and October on the Lower Patio of Mayer Campus Center in Medford.

Waste: What Goes Where? Mixed Paper & Cardboard Bins • • • • •

Cardboard Magazines & newspapers Envelopes Books Notebooks & folders

• Beverage cartons • Boxboard (e.g. cereal & cracker boxes) • White, colored & glossy paper • Clean, empty paper cups

Glass, Metal & Plastic Bins

Please rinse very dirty containers. • Empty aerosol cans • Rigid plastics #1–7 (no bioplastics) • Aseptic boxes like juice & • Metal cans milk cartons • Glass bottles & jars • Aluminum cans, foil, trays

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Greasy pizza boxes, styrofoam, dirty coffee cups, plastic bags/film, bioplastics

Battery Containers Batteries (except liquid and lead acid), cell phones, small electronics & inkjet cartridges can all go in battery recycling containers. Tape ends of batteries to prevent fire.

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Fruit & vegetable scraps Eggshells Coffee grounds & tea bags Unbleached napkins & paper towels Paper plates & cups without plastic coating or chlorine bleach

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Take the Tufts

Eco Tour

Featuring highlights from Tufts’ environmental history This interactive, self-guided tour highlights green initiatives and milestones from Tufts’ long history as a pioneer in campus sustainability. It is a great way to find out what we’ve done, what we’re working on, and what you can do to get involved. To take the tour: Start at the Mayer Campus Center. Look for the distinctive signs with a QR code embedded in the leafy branches of a tree. Scan the QR code with your smart phone to get information on that particular location, plus directions to the next stop on the EcoTour. If you don’t already have an app to scan QR codes, download one for free at your app store.



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Car and Bike Share Programs Check out for all the latest details on car/ride sharing and commuting.


Zipcar is a car-sharing service that offers 24/7 access to vehicles parked right here on campus. Tufts students aged 18+ can join Zipcar for $15; faculty and staff for $25. Hourly charges of $8–12 cover gas, insurance, and 180 free miles per reservation. Members age 18–20 can only use the cars on campus, but members age 21+ also have access to thousands of Zipcars all around the world. Visit to sign up.


TuftsBikes is a student-run bike share program on the Medford campus that also operates a bike workshop, holds safety and urban riding classes, and organizes group rides. Bikes, helmets and locks can be checked out from the library for FREE. Visit for more information. If you own a bike, don’t forget to register it with TUPD.


Metro Boston’s bike sharing system has stations in Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, and Brookline – and one right on the Tufts Medford campus at the corner of Packard Ave and Powderhouse Blvd! Hubway offers annual, 3-day and 24-hour memberships. Rides less than 30 minutes are free for members. Visit for more information. RelayRides is a neighbor-to-neighbor car sharing company that connects people who need cars with vehicle owners whose rides would otherwise be sitting unused. Learn more at Borrowers as young as 18 can use this service as long as they are on their parents’ car insurance.

The Eco Map of Tufts



Collect a prize when you arrive at the last stop!


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The entire route is just over a mile and takes about an hour to complete.



Have only half an hour? Break the tour in two! Stops #1–5 are downhill and stops #6–10 are uphill.


Find the greenest way to get around Medford Campus


Campus Shuttles

Don’t Drive. Take the T.

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The MBTA is a great way to get to and from the Tufts campus, as well as downtown Boston and other locations in the greater Boston area. Plan your route through the online MBTA “Trip Planner” or use mobile MBTA apps such as OpenMBTA or NextBus.

Subway to Tufts

To access the Tufts campus, take the Red Line to Davis Square. The Tufts campus is a quick 10-minute walk from the T stop.

Bus to Tufts The following buses stop at Tufts: #80 Lechmere Station #94 Medford Square via West Medford #96 Medford Square via Davis Square

All buses stop at: College Ave & Powder House Sq College Ave & Professors Row College Ave & Boston Ave Boston Ave & Tufts Garage (Dowling Hall) Boston Ave & Fairmount St Boston Ave & Winthrop St

MBTA Discounts for Tufts Students and Staff

Students: Discounted MBTA passes are available to Medford campus students. Order forms can be accessed at SS_StudentForms.asp and should be returned to Student Financial Services in Dowling Hall. The deadline to order fall semester passes is August, and the deadline to order spring semester passes is January. Faculty and Staff: Faculty and staff can use pre-tax funds to pay for transit passes and tickets. Visit and click on “Commuter Benefit Program” under “Benefits” for more information.

The “Joey” shuttle service runs between the Tufts campus and Davis Square throughout the school year. The shuttle route starts at the Mayer Campus Center’s Upper Patio.

Joey Schedule Monday-Wednesday 7:10 am-8:40 am every 30 min 8:40 am-4:00 pm every 20 min 4:00 pm-Midnight every 30 min Thursday-Friday 7:10 am-8:40 am 8:40 am-4:00 pm 4:00 pm-6:30 pm 6:30 pm-11:30 pm 11:30 pm-1:30 am

every 30 min every 20 min every 30 min every 15 min every 30 min

Shuttle Stops • Mayer Campus Center (upper patio) • Davis Square (in front of JP Licks) • Wren Hall • Olin Center

Saturday 10:00 am-6:30 pm every 30 min 6:45 am-1:30 pm every 15 min 11:30 pm-1:30 am every 30 min Sunday 10:00 am-Midnight every 30 min

Where to catch the Joey in Davis Square

Tufts also operates a shuttle service to New England Conservatory (NEC) & the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA), as well as a Boston Avenue Shuttle that stops at 4 Colby (SciTech), Halligan Hall, 200 Boston Ave, and Dowling Hall.