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FEATURED
Letter of Solidarity from the Tufts Office of Sustainability
In case you missed our letter of solidarity, please take a moment to read it now. We have also compiled an ever-growing list of Antiracist, Environmental Justice, and Racial Justice resources. Please email sustainabilityoffice@tufts.edu to suggest resources. 

Read President Monaco's Community Message on Racial Injustice and The Dean of Tisch College’s statement of solidarity for additional community messages and resources on the justice movement.

 
LEARN MORE ABOUT ENVIRONMENTAL + RACIAL JUSTICE
NEWS
How to Start Commuting by Bike

Looking to start commuting by bike this summer? Check out our latest blog post, "How to Start Commuting by Bike," for tips and tricks on how to safely and efficiently bike throughout the Boston metro area. Learn how to get a bike, take care of your bike, plan your route, and stay safe on the road! Learn more
Summer Sustainability Webinar Series

Don't forget to register for our Summer Sustainability Webinar Series!

This summer, the Office of Sustainability is partnering with staff around the University to bring Tufts employees a weekly webinar series on various topics of sustainability. Learn more

 
New App Available to Record Sustainable Commutes

As a benefit of our membership with A Better City TMA, we’re excited to share a new tool for logging and claiming benefits from your sustainable transportation choices. RideAmigos is an online platform and app that you can access for free as an employee of Tufts University's Boston campuses. Learn more
Donate to New Entry Food Hub

Donations to the New Entry Food Hub directly benefit the 20+ beginning and immigrant farmers who market their produce through the New Entry Food Hub, support New Entry educational and technical assistance programs, and provide healthy produce to our food-insecure friends and neighbors. Learn more.
DONATE TODAY!
Tufts Professor Co-authors New Article on Sea Level Rise

Tufts assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences, Andrew Kemp, is co-author of a new article with the results of a collaborative study titled “Estimating global mean sea-level rise and its uncertainties by 2100 and 2300 from an expert survey". Read more
 
RECYCLING CORNER
Recycling from Home 

It’s summer in the age of COVID-19 and many of us are either working or studying from home. Luckily, recycling from home doesn’t have to be hard! Did you know that the recycling rules are the same across the whole state of Massachusetts? You can visit recyclesmartma.org to learn all the MA recycling rules. If you have a question about how to properly dispose of a specific item, search for it on the recyclopedia! 

If you missed it, don’t forget that you can also watch our Recycling Town Hall to learn about recycling properly and hear our discussion on recycling and waste reduction during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tufts is now an EPA WasteWise partner!

After a data submission, review, and analysis process, the Tufts recycling program has been verified as an official partner of the EPA’s WasteWise program, through which our recycling program is part of a nationwide effort to reduce and divert waste. Through participation in the program, we are equipped with additional resources to implement best practices in purchasing, waste reduction, and performance analysis, and we look forward to this new partnership!
ECO-REPS
Summer Update

The Eco-Rep coordinators are working to adjust the program to have a meaningful impact on campus life during the modified fall semester. The Eco-Reps will be prepared to serve as peer educators and leaders to promote sustainability as well as safety and health amongst the student body. We are working on introducing touchless compost bins, recommendations for safely using reusable masks, and alternative formats for Eco-Rep events that will provide worthwhile opportunities for education and community building.
EVENTS

*Starred webinars are required courses to achieve Eco-Ambassador certification

June
23
Webinar Series: Composting at Home and at Tufts
1:00pm EDT
Remote

Did you know that 28% of the average American’s trash can instead be composted? There’s a better way! Come learn how to start diverting your food/yard waste from the landfill at home and learn how you can do this in your office when back at Tufts. We’ll discuss options for city, suburb, and rural dwellers.
June
24
AASHE Webinar: The Intersection of Safety and Sustainability
3:00pm EDT
Remote

This presentation will explore the psychologies of sustainability and safety and will demonstrate how differing narratives are often describing the same action.
June
24
WalkBoston Virtual Event: Walkability and Main Street Resilience
1:00pm EDT
Remote


Join WalkBoston, main streets and municipal representatives on June 24th to discuss how small, local businesses influence walkability and how COVID-19 is affecting walkability.
June
25
Maine Climate Table: Climate Communications 101
2:00-3:30 pm EDT
Remote


If you would like to hone your skills for having productive conversations about climate change with friends, family, neighbors, or strangers, join Tyler Kidder (Onion Foundation) and the Maine Climate Table for a VIRTUAL climate communications workshop this summer.
July
7
Webinar Series: Adding Sustainability to your Performance Plan
1:00pm EDT
Remote

It’s that time of year to create SMART goals for your fiscal year 2021 performance plan. Would you like to incorporate sustainability into one or more of your KPIs? Sustainability helps the university save money and conserve resources while working towards our carbon neutrality by 2050 goal. Find out simple ways to put sustainability into your performance plan.
July
14
*Webinar Series: Behavior Change with Community Based Social Marketing
1:00pm EDT
Remote


How do you get people to change behaviors so that they use less energy and waste? As you’ve probably already learned, it’s not as easy as just telling them to change. Learn how to use Community Based Social Marketing, a technique that uses social psychology to change behavior.
July
16
Webinar Series: Social Sustainability: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
11:00am EDT
Remote


Sustainability differentially impacts communities. In this session, we will discuss the influence of power, privilege, and marginalization on various domains of sustainability and ways we can be more reflective and active in challenging the inequities that exist across the globe.
July
21
*Webinar Series: Water Consumption and Conservation
1:00pm EDT
Remote

This webinar will be an A to Z on water consumption, and how to conserve water at home and at Tufts. It will also cover drinking water and dive into stormwater issues.
July
22
Maine Climate Table: Climate Communications 101
10:00-11:30 am EDT
Remote


If you would like to hone your skills for having productive conversations about climate change with friends, family, neighbors, or strangers, join Tyler Kidder (Onion Foundation) and the Maine Climate Table for a VIRTUAL climate communications workshop this summer.
July
28
*Webinar Series: Energy at Tufts
1:00pm EDT
Remote

Ever wonder how we heat and cool our buildings at Tufts? And where does our electricity come from? What is Tufts doing to save energy and how can you do your part? Come find out on this webinar.
August
4
*Webinar Series: Sustainable Transportation
1:00pm EDT
Remote

This webinar will look at how transportation contributes to Tufts and individuals’ carbon footprints and some strategies for reducing these transportation footprints. It will cover the numerous benefits and resources for sustainable commuting at Tufts. Even air travel will be discussed
August
11
Webinar Series: Sustainable Events and Purchasing
1:00pm EDT
Remote

Do you plan small or large events at Tufts and want to make them more sustainable? Are you in charge of office purchasing? There are many tips and tricks to reduce waste and consumption and purchase items that are better for the environment. Come find out on this webinar.
August
18
*Webinar Series: Health, Wellness, and Eco-Ambassador Conclusion.
1:00pm EDT
Remote

Health and Wellness help you sustain yourself and are essential to your work in sustainability. Come find out about the numerous resources that Tufts has to help you stay well. This last half will be a conclusion for summer Eco-Ambassadors to discuss lessons learned.
August
27
Maine Climate Table: Climate Communications 101
11:00 am-12:30 pm EDT
Remote


If you would like to hone your skills for having productive conversations about climate change with friends, family, neighbors, or strangers, join Tyler Kidder (Onion Foundation) and the Maine Climate Table for a VIRTUAL climate communications workshop this summer.
COVID-19 RESOURCES

COVID-19 AND THE CLIMATE CRISIS

Explore an online library on the connection between COVID-19 and the Climate Crisis from Healthcare Without Harm.
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