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FEATURED
Blog: Green Fund 2020 Winners Announced
On Friday, January 30th, finalists for the Green Fund presented their project ideas to committee members and interested public. In the spirit of the Green Fund, the projects needed to demonstrate that they would support Tufts mission to enhance sustainability education and campus operations. Seven faculty, staff, and students from all 4 campuses were selected to implement their projects, ranging from a waste-minimizing take out dining program on the Grafton campus to a new collaborative garden at the SMFA. Read more about the winning projects on our blog.
Register for the 2020 Green Office Challenge here
NEWS
Fall in Love with Sustainability this Valentine's Day

Check out this short blog post with helpful tips on how to use resources across campus to keep your Valentine's Day green!
Launching 2020 Green Office Certification Challenge

Sign up for the Green Office Certification Challenge, launching Monday, March 2nd. Over 12 weeks, you will receive weekly emails outlining manageable tasks you can complete that week. At the end of the 12 weeks, you should have completed enough actions to earn your office a certificate. It’s that easy! Offices who complete the checklist within 12 weeks will be presented with their certificate at a summer reception with President Monaco and other senior leaders at Tufts.
 
Upcoming Sustainability webinars for Staff and Faculty

Thinking of partaking in the Green Office Certification Challenge? Give yourself a boost in reaching your goal with the "How to Complete the Green Office Challenge" webinar offered February 25th and March 9th.

Fill up your office's sustainability toolkit with the "How to Make your Events Environmentally Friendly" webinar offered March 31st.
Office of Sustainability Communications Specialist Position Open

Join our team! The Office of Sustainability is looking for a communications professional to manage internal and external communications with the goal of promoting Tufts’ sustainability efforts to the university community and building a culture of environmental sustainability on campus. Apply today.

Energy Efficiency Project Manager Position Open

Looking to take the next step in your career? Tufts Facilities Operations team is on the lookout for a Project Manager to coordinate across departments to identify energy efficiency project and program opportunities across all campuses. Learn more here. 

Leap Day- An Extra Day to be Extra Sustainable

Leap Day only comes around once every four years, and this year the 29th falls on a Saturday-- what a perfect opportunity to take advantage of that extra day and reduce your eco footprint!

Watch this short video for our tips on what you can do this Leap Day (or any day!)
Boston Community Resilience Building Workshop

The Second Nature Climate Commitment, signed by President Tony Monaco, commits Tufts to lead and complete a “campus-community resilience assessment.” On Friday, Jan 31st, a CRB workshop for the Tufts Boston-based campuses was held. Read a blog recap now and watch for the forthcoming report.
New Entry CSA 2020 Registration Open

Sign up for yourself or as a group for the coming Summer or Summer/Fall farm shares from New Entry. Be on the lookout for CSA Your Way, a new, flexible program now allowing customers to choose the types and quantities of fruits and veggies each week. Register before CSA Day, February 25th, to save an additional 5% off the cost.
SWANA Mid-Atlantic Chapter 2020 Scholarships

The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of Solid Waste Association of North America is currently offering college scholarships to eligible students working toward undergraduate or graduate college degrees. They will also be submitting the application of the most-qualified, eligible candidate for the Grant H. Flint Scholarship Awards Program. The application deadline is May 1, 2020. 
RECYCLING AT TUFTS
Notice: Energy Bar Wrapper Recycling Program Closure
The Office of Sustainability was recently informed that the Terracycle Energy Bar Wrapper recycling program which Tufts participates in is shutting down.
The program was a partnership between Terracycle and CLIF bar through which all CLIF product packaging could be recycled (and, conveniently, some other foil-lined energy bar wrappers). CLIF recently made a commitment to make all its packaging recyclable, compostable, or re-usable anyway, so the partnership underpinning this brigade became moot.
Anyone who has been collecting energy bar wrappers to be recycled at Tufts will need to bring or campus mail their wrappers to Barnum Hall 207 (Medford campus) ASAP so that we can mail it back to Terracycle before March.
Of course, we still have a number of other specialty recycling programs at Tufts! And don’t forget—reducing this type of waste in the first place is the most important step.
Explore the Eco-Map!

Have you ever used the Eco-Map before? It is a one-stop-shop Google Map for figuring out where to go for your recycling and sustainability needs at Tufts! The Eco-Map covers all four Tufts campuses. Simply zoom out to find your location. Browse the map to view bin locations for all different specialty recycling streams, compost toter locations, outdoor waste stations, and more!
Let's Talk: Plastic Film

Ever wonder if there was a way you could recycle all those grocery bags building up under the sink? What about those plastic-padded envelopes you get from Amazon?

Soft filmy plastics like these are not recyclable in normal recycling bins, but fear not! There are special plastic film collection bins located around campus, including in the Campus Center, Barnum Hall, Sci Tech, and at mail services. More information about bin locations can be found on our Eco-Map.
Items accepted in plastic film recycling bins include grocery bags, Zip-loc bags, bubble wrap,air pillows, blue and white plastic padded envelopes from Amazon, and cereal and produce bags.

Read more about plastic film recycling at Tufts or view our specialty sign. And don’t forget! If you can’t access one of these bins, place these items in the trash.
ECO-REPS
Join the Eco-Reps for these events this month!
  • Sustainable snack soiree, 2/14 at 1pm in Tilton Lounge
  • Sunday Morning Sustainable Coffee, 2/23 at 10:30am in the Lewis common room
Scrape Your Plate results
The results from the February Scrape your Plate earlier this month are in and we reduced the amount of waste per person in Dewick. As a university we are producing about half of the Massachusetts average waste per meal of 5.5 oz. The next Scrape your Plate will be in April.
EVENTS
February
21
The Northeast Healthy Soil Network Symposium 

9:30am-6:00pm
Cabot Center- 170 Packard Avenue

Attend the Northeast Healthy Soil Network's upcoming Symposium: Preparing the Northeast Agricultural Sector for an Uncertain Future. Discuss and promote widespread healthy soil management practices and policies.
February
28-29
15th Annual Tufts Energy Conference
2/28- 2/29
Science and Engineering Complex, Barnum Hall, and Cabot Center

This year's Tufts Energy Conference seeks to answer key questions around energy policy, technology in financing necessary for such a transition to take place. The theme is Climate Emergency: Solutions for a Clean Energy Transition
February
27
MINE: A Family History of Carbon, Race, Place, and Planetary Health
12:00pm-1:00pm
Multipurpose Room- Curtis Hall

Join Amy Moran-Thomas in the next lecture of the Hoch Cunningham Lunch Lecture series as she delves into the intersection of American fossil fuel extraction and polarization in the U.S. This talk will not be filmed or recorded. 
March
4
SMFA Health, Safety and Sustainability Day
3/4, 12-3:30pm
School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts

Through a series workshops, participants will learn about sustainable and less-toxic techniques and materials for art-making. SMFA HSS Day was first held last year, 2019, as a project funded by the Green Fund.
April
17
EarthFest
4/17
Tufts' Academic Quad

Join the Tufts Eco-Reps, Recycling Team and sustainability related clubs in their annual EarthFest event held on the Academic Quad. This day celebrates sustainability in the community in honor of Earth Day.
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