A two-day symposium sponsored by the Tufts Office of the Provost and Institute of the Environment in collaboration with Tufts Climate Action

This is the 25th anniversary of the Talloires Declaration, the pioneering commitment by university leaders to environmental sustainability that was spearheaded by Jean Mayer, the president of Tufts University at the time. Today there are over 499 signatories to this Declaration from more than 55 countries. As the world moves to implementing the Paris Agreement, universities will play a critical leadership role in developing green technologies, assessing and crafting low-cost policies to help the world make the shift to a low carbon society, and to train the next generation of leaders in the importance of sustainability in both developed and developing economies. The symposium will also consider institutional actions the University can take, including fossil fuel divestment. An October 2015 meeting of representatives from the board of trustees, the administration, the faculty, and Tufts Climate Action resulted in the commitment to a University symposium on these issues. The symposium is a University-wide examination of the role Tufts in particular and universities more generally can play on this issue, and students, faculty and the administration have shared in its planning and execution.


Climate research at tufts university

Institutional social responsibility


The university after paris

Tufts University Medford Campus
Pearson Hall - Room 104 (62 Talbot Avenue, Somerville, MA)
Alumnae Lounge (40 Talbot Avenue, Medford, MA)

Keynote — THURSDAY, March 31



Jeffrey Sachs                                     


Jeffrey D. Sachs is a world-renowned professor of economics, leader in sustainable development, senior UN advisor, bestselling author, and syndicated columnist whose monthly newspaper columns appear in more than 100 countries. He is the co-recipient of the 2015 Blue Planet Prize, the leading global prize for environmental leadership. He has twice been named among Time Magazine’s 100 most influential world leaders. He was called by the New York Times, “probably the most important economist in the world,” and by Time Magazine “the world’s best known economist.” A recent survey by The Economist Magazine ranked Professor Sachs as among the world’s three most influential living economists of the past decade.

Professor Sachs serves as the Director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University. He is Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the Sustainable Development Goals, and previously advised both UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan on the Millennium Development Goals.  He is a Distinguished Fellow of the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis in Laxenburg, Austria. Sachs is Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network under the auspices of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Sachs is co-founder and Chief Strategist of Millennium Promise Alliance, and is director of the Millennium Villages Project. Sachs is also one of the Secretary-General’s MDG Advocates, and a Commissioner of the ITU/UNESCO Broadband Commission for Development. He has authored five books, including three New York Times bestsellers (*), in the past decade years: The End of Poverty (2005*), Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet (2008*), The Price of Civilization (2011*), To Move the World: JFK’s Quest for Peace (2013) and The Age of Sustainable Development (2015).

Professor Sachs is widely considered to be one of the world’s leading experts on economic development, global macroeconomics, and the fight against poverty. His work on ending poverty, overcoming macroeconomic instability, promoting economic growth, fighting hunger and disease, and promoting sustainable environmental practices, has taken him to more than 125 countries with more than 90 percent of the world’s population. For more than thirty years he has advised dozens of heads of state and governments on economic strategy, in the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. He was among the outside advisors to Pope John Paul II on the encyclical Centesimus Annus and in recent years has worked closely with the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences on the issues of sustainable development.

Sachs is the recipient of many awards and honors, including the Blue Planet Prize, membership in the United States Institute of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Harvard Society of Fellows, and the Fellows of the World Econometric Society. His conversation with Tyler Cowen won the Quartz Podcast Award for best business/economics podcast of 2015. He has received more than 20 honorary degrees, and many awards and honors around the world. Professor Sachs is also a frequent contributor to major publications such as the Financial Times of London, the International Herald Tribune, Scientific American, and Time magazine.

Prior to joining Columbia, Sachs spent over twenty years as a professor at Harvard University, most recently as the Galen L. Stone Professor of International Trade. A native of Detroit, Michigan, Sachs received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees at Harvard.

Panel discussions — Friday, april 1


Welcome Address
Anthony Monaco — President


Climate Research at Tufts University


9:00 - 10:30 AM
Alumnae Lounge

This panel explores why university research across schools and disciplines is essential in addressing climate change. The panelists are faculty and student researchers from three different schools at Tufts working on mitigation and adaptation engineering, the impact of climate change on agriculture, and technology transfer policy.

William Moomaw — Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

Camila Rovalino — International Relations and Environmental Studies

Kelly Sims Gallagher — Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
Rebecca Boehm — Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy
Kenneth Strzepek — School of Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Institutional Social Responsibility: Divestment and Other Actions


10:45 AM - 12:15 PM
Alumnae Lounge

This faculty and student panel discusses actions relevant to climate change that the University does or might undertake, as well as their effectiveness and feasibility.

Alan Solomont — Tisch College

Boris Hasselblatt — Associate Provost

Ann Rappaport — School of Arts and Sciences, Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning
Chris Swan — School of Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering / Tisch College
Dan Richards — School of Arts and Sciences, Department of Economics
Luke Sherman — School of Arts and Sciences, Environmental Studies Program

A light lunch will be provided in the Alumnae Lounge.


12:15 – 1:30PM

The University after Paris


  1:30 – 3:00PM
Alumnae Lounge

Faculty and administrators discuss paths forward for Tufts as the imperatives of climate change interact with the core mission of the University: the creation, dissemination, and application of knowledge.

Sivan Kartha — Stockholm Environment Institute

David Harris — Provost and Senior Vice President

Gilbert Metcalf — School of Arts and Sciences, Department of Economics
Patricia Campbell — Executive Vice President
Colin Orians — School of Arts and Sciences, Department of Biology / Tufts Institute of the Environment
Barry Levy — School of Medicine