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.
Energy and climate are inextricably intertwined. Greenhouse gas emissions must be reduced 80% by 2050 to prevent catastrophic climate change.
Leverage Tufts’ strengths in economics, policy, and engineering to help transition the world to a clean energy economy.
Tufts strengths in the energy-climate domain include: energy and climate policy; environment and development economics; climate change impact on natural systems; and renewable energy generation, transmission and storage.
Develop a collaborative, cross-cutting energy and climate research program that establishes Tufts as a thoughtful, creative and trusted resource for public-sector decision making, private sector innovation, and the education of future leaders.
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.