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Happy Holidays from the OOS Staff!
The OOS staff just successfully wrapped up a fully virtual semester! Thank you to all our staff members for their hard work throughout the semester! We look forward to continuing this important work with you in January!
VIDEO: Office of Sustainability - Semester in Review
Watch this quick recap of all Office of Sustainability achievements this semester!
Sustainable Gift Giving
Keep sustainability in mind during this holiday season by seeking eco-friendly alternatives for your friends and loved ones! This webpage by the Center for Biological Diversity provides great guidance on initial steps to take when considering sustainable gifts!
RECYCLING CORNER
Happy Holidays from the OOS Recycling Team!
To celebrate the season, the Office of Sustainability Recycling Team hosted a winter clothing drive for Tufts students in need of winter clothes, from jackets and sweaters to hats and gloves. Clothing items were originally collected as donations during student Move Out last year and saved for the cold weather. Thanks to everyone who donated and/or received items! To learn more about this event and the full cycle of our donation collection and redistribution program, view our blog post.
Trash Talk: Recycling and Environmental Justice
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Ever wonder what recycling has to do with social justice? Well actually, a lot! Last month, we shared regular installations of Trash Talks in which we explored the intersections between waste and environmental racism and explain how recycling properly and reducing waste is a form of environmental justice. Check out each of our installations on our blog.
Tufts Daily Article: Campus sees spike in waste due to COVID-19 guidelines, takeout dining.

The Tufts Daily interviewed the OOS recycling team and some of our Eco-Reps about waste on campus during COVID. Check out the article to learn more about how and why to reduce waste and recycle properly on campus! Read the article here.
ECO-REPS
Sustainable Departure Checklist

The Eco-Reps have recently compiled this checklist to help students sustainably move out of their dorms and off-campus apartments! Check out this list to make sure you're departure is sustainable!

Sustainable Holiday Tips

Check out the the Tufts Eco Reps Sustainable Holiday Guide using the link above! Ideas ranging from gift giving and tips to decorations to holiday activities are all included in the document.
 
Record Number of Applications!

We received over 55 new Eco Rep applications and will be excited to announce our 9 new reps soon! Thank you to everyone who applied; we will be hiring for Fall 2021 in April.
 
NEWS
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Discounted Spring MBTA Passes available!

Discounted MBTA passes for the Spring Semester are now available! Students must purchase a discounted pass from December 9 to January 8. The pass will be valid from February to May. For more information, visit this page.


 
Last Chance to Submit Entries for the Health Safety Sustainability Award

Submissions for the Health Safety and Sustainability Award has been extended to December 15th! Submit proposals that explore collaborations across art and science to win $1500! The committee is now accepting proposals from individual applicants.

For more information, view the award call or contact silivia.bottinelli@tufts.edu.
Apply to Live in Sustainability-Themed Housing!

The on-campus housing process is starting for the next academic year, 2021-22. There are two environmental special interest houses: The Hive and Green House, you can read more about them on this webpage! Apply to live in The Hive via the housing portal on SIS from December 1st to December 22nd. For Green House, submit a "Create Your Own House Application" and select the sustainability focused house option. Applications are due by 9am on December 22 and selected housing groups will be announced in January 2021.
Tufts Now: Staying Home in COVID-19 Means Higher Electricity Bills

Tufts Economics Professor Steve Cicala found that staying home increased financial burdens on households across the nation. From April to July, it is estimated that households spent almost $6 billion due to increased energy demand. Read more about Professor Cicala's research here.
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