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FEATURED
Tufts Fall Reopening Plans Announced

On June 23, President Monaco announced the university’s plans for the fall semester undergraduate and graduate programs in the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts and the School of Engineering. Read President Monaco's June 23 letter. Visit https://coronavirus.tufts.edu/ to read and download the guidelines for coming back to campus. As campus reopens, the Office of Sustainability will continue to work remotely.  

UPDATE ON TUFTS' FALL PLANS
Video: Top 5 Things to Know About Sustainability at Tufts
Learn the top 5 things to know about sustainability at Tufts by watching our latest video made by our Video Intern, Ana Sophia. 
NEWS
President Monaco Responds to New Visa Guidelines for International Students' Attendance this Fall

"...I want to make it very clear that the university is opposed to any policy that forces our students out of the country due to changes made to our curriculum and programs in response to COVID-19...At a time when people throughout the world have had their lives upended by the pandemic, the policy appears to needlessly exacerbate the worry and uncertainty that we deal with today." Read the full statement.
ICYMI: Juneteenth Event: Racial Justice and Sustainability

In case you missed our Juneteenth Event: Racial Justice and Sustainability on Tufts' Day of Reflection, Commitment, and Action for Racial Justice, you can watch the recording on our website. "Racial Justice and Sustainability" was a discussion about the intersections between racial justice and the environment and an exploration of potential steps forward, as well as a celebration of Black environmentalists. Learn more.
Get Outside! A Brief Overview of Local Greenspaces

Bored of distancing at home this summer and want to get outside? Greenspaces have a range of benefits from individual and community health benefits to environmental sustainability. Read our latest blog post, Get outside! A brief overview of Local Greenspaces, to learn about local Tufts greenspace options, the benefits of greenspace, and some tips for staying safe outdoors.
Reusable Containers are Safe to Use During Covid-19 Pandemic

Have you been thinking about the future of reusables during this pandemic? So have we. This article from the Guardian is helping reassure us that reusable options are still safe! "More than 100 scientists [have published] a signed statement... to reassure the public that reusable containers are safe during the Covid-19 pandemic." For more information read the full Guardian article, or check out Post Landfill Action Network's study on using reusable dishware during the pandemic.
Sign Up for Tufts Organic Farming and Food Systems Practicum

Workshop participants will learn basic horticulture principles and practices associated with organic vegetable production while exploring how to harvest, wash, and pack vegetables for a variety of local market outlets. Work with the New Entry Food Hub to explore aggregation and distribution of local produce, in addition to working in the field to harvest and maintain crops. Learn more.
RECYCLING CORNER
Summer Compost Toters

Due to the reduced amount of people on campus over the summer, we will temporarily remove some yellow compost toters from the Medford/Somerville campus. To view which toters will be removed and which are still available for use, please view the "Compost Toter" section on the Eco-Map. Compost toters that will be temporarily removed are grey-ed out and labeled accordingly.
Returning to campus? Think Ahead About Reducing Waste!

Moving into a new residence hall, apartment, or even back to the office after some time away can create a lot of waste. Start thinking ahead about how you can reduce waste during the move-in process this year: only bring supplies that you need, wait on big purchases, buy used, and use reusable containers rather than boxes. Read more on our blog.
It's Plastic Free July!
Image from GreenPeace.

Did you know that plastics are an environmental justice issue? Plastic production emits toxic pollutants and often occurs in low-income and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) communities. Plastics also release toxins and greenhouse gases when sent to landfills and incinerators, which are disproportionately located next to low-income and BIPOC communities and lead to negative health outcomes for these communities. Do your part and say no to single-use plastics! Learn more about Plastic Free July and find out what you can do to reduce your plastic waste.
ECO-REPS
Video:Eco-Reps Instagram Takeover
The Eco-Reps took over the @TuftsOWeek2020 Instagram account on July 7th. They informed incoming first-year students all about Sustainability at Tufts! Check out the full Instagram story takeover by watching this video!
EVENTS
*Starred webinars are required courses to achieve Eco-Ambassador certification
July
16
Webinar Series: Social Sustainability: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
11:00 am 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
16
COVID-19, Climate and Higher Ed: Defining the sector’s responsibility in solving global challenges
1:00 pm EDT
Remote


Join Elsa M. Núñez, John Kerry, and Rafael Reif to learn about higher education's capacity to respond to the climate crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic, and structural racism.
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
22-24
Stay-In-Stitute for Climate Change Education
Various Times
Remote

Join Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy and educators from around the country for virtual training on climate change education. Gain skills, tools, and resources to teach climate change concepts and empower students in all subject areas, and receive on-going support throughout the year. 
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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