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climate, food & water

As our world’s population grows and geopolitical powers shift, humanity faces global challenges to the protection of our planet as a habitable place for all. These challenges affect both the social order (through migration, economic disparity, and availability of water, natural resources, healthcare, data security) and the natural order (through depletion of non-renewable resources, food waste, climate change). Tufts has the expertise to address these challenges, which lie at the junction of society, natural resources, and our changing ecosystem. The strength of our impact will depend on synergies between schools and programs devoted to these concerns from the School of Arts and Sciences, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Friedman School, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, School of Engineering, and School of Medicine.

Climate & Energy Funded Proposal

Energy and climate are inextricably intertwined. Greenhouse gas emissions must be reduced 80% by 2050 to prevent catastrophic climate change.

Establishing Tufts University as a leader in integrated energy research, education, and impact; becoming widely recognized for having helped the United States and the world transition to a clean energy economy; defining energy literacy; and educating a new generation of professionals who can tackle all aspects of renewable energy development and help prevent catastrophic climate change.

  • Refine focus on energy and climate research at Tufts
    • Metric: Complete comparative assessment with other universities, integrating input from guest speakers.
  • Establish a research area footprint within Tufts
    • Metric: Host one off-site retreat with relevant faculty to develop a vision for a Tufts-wide initiative with external visibility.
    • Metric: Draft plan for an externally visible umbrella or initiative that could encompass existing strengths in social science and engineering.
  • Develop and begin to implement plans to engage a broad spectrum of faculty.
    • Metric: Host three faculty dinners where we invite a faculty member from peer institutions to describe their own work and how they’ve accomplished it (with the side benefit of these dinners being that we get to know each other better).
  • Develop plans for student engagement in subsequent years
    • Metric: Develop ideas for an umbrella initiative bringing together expertise in Energy Policy, Economics and Engineering, and include strategies to support student engagement.
  • Draft an external funding strategy with specific funding targets
    • Metric: Identify potential corporate and foundation funders
  • Identify needs/gaps team must fill to be competitive for external funding
    • Metric: Address the barrier created by the Tufts Assessment to corporate and foundation grants.
  • Establish a multi-disciplinary leadership team for subsequent efforts
    • Metric: Engage faculty across the university and assess their interest in participating in a leadership team. Assess the willingness of guest speakers to be part of this team.

Food & Water Nexus Funded Proposal

Feeding the growing global population and providing access to clean water are two of the 21st century’s biggest challenges.

Food and water are inextricably linked. Tufts can make an impact through systems-level advancements in natural resource impacts and use, nutrition and health, and governance and policy.

Tufts is a leader in scholarship and education on food, water, and the food system. Integrating this expertise would position Tufts as a leader at the nexus of food, water, and their interdependent systems.

Convene regular discussion on the nexus with leadership provided by a small set of faculty, staff, and students to set specific objectives and monitor progress against milestones. Position Tufts as a leader in the U.S. and globally in defining the critical intersections of food and water and developing innovative solutions.