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Tufts Recognized By EPA

Tufts Recognized By EPAThe Tufts Climate Initiative, which works reduce greenhouse emissions across the University, has been honored for its efforts by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Medford/Somerville, Mass. [05.18.05] The Tufts Climate Initiative (TCI) has received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2005 Climate Protection Award. TCI is one of just 17 award winners from the U.S., India and Japan to receive this prestigious recognition for “exemplary efforts and achievements in protecting the climate.”

"Climate change is one of the most complex and important environmental issues of our time,” said Tufts President Lawrence S. Bacow. “At Tufts, we are trying to help address this problem through our teaching, scholarship and the management of our own resources. We are honored by the EPA's recognition of our efforts."

TCI coordinates the University's efforts to meet goals for greenhouse gas emissions reduction. In 1999 – the same year in which Fletcher School professor of environmental policy William Moomaw founded TCI – Tufts committed to exceeding the requirements of the Kyoto Protocol, reducing emissions of climate-altering gases from University activities to seven percent of 1990 levels by 2012.

In 2003, Bacow committed Tufts to meeting the goals of the New England Governors/Eastern Canadian Premiers Climate Change Action Plan.

"TheTufts Climate Initiative is an exemplary program that moves global warming beyond a classroom topic and promotes practical actions to help solve this critical environmental problem,” said Samuel Silverman, deputy director of EPA New England's Office of Environmental Stewardship. “This, in EPA's view, represents the highest form of commitment to an educational mission."

TCI's accomplishmentsinclude planning for photovoltaic and solar hot water systems in Sophia Gordon Hall (currently under construction), electric vehicle use by staff and students, and effective energy efficiency measures on the Medford/Somerville campus.

“TCI is a bridge between ideas and implementation,” explained Moomaw, the program's director. “TCI acts as a university catalyst, a social entrepreneur, educator, and researcher. This flexibility has led to some of the most innovative and effective projects on any college campus today.”

Tufts' commitment to the environment is long standing, from founding one of the first environmental studies programs to coordinating the Talloires Declaration, signed by 300 university presidents worldwide as a commitment to environmental sustainability at the university level.

"Tufts is a flagship school in the fight against global warming, making wise energy investments that also save the University money on energy costs," said Silverman.

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