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FEATURED
Tufts Prohibits Direct Investment in Coal and Tar Sands Companies
We are excited to support Tufts University in its announcement to prohibit direct investment in coal and tar sands companies as part of a multi-part plan to support sustainability.

“Climate change has been a top concern for many students at Tufts as something that will impact the way they live and work for the rest of their life. This was passed after 8 years of concerted effort by the Tufts community and is a testament to the power of civic action and the commitment of many “generations” of Tufts students. 'Using every opportunity to raise [public and industry awareness] by openly addressing the urgent need to move toward an environmentally sustainable future' was action item #1 in the Talloires Declaration facilitated by Tufts in 1990 to outline higher education’s responsibility to “creating an equitable and sustainable future for all humankind in harmony with nature.' This action by the trustees is true to that long-standing commitment to civic and environmental leadership by the University.” - Tina Woolston, Program Director 
Read the Full Announcement Here
Celebrating Black Legacy Month
The Office of Sustainability is celebrating Black History Month through exploring the legacy of Black Environmentalists and their contribution to sustainability and the globe. To learn more: 

Urban Ecology Center: Honoring Black Environmentalist Leaders

Rainforest Action Network: Celebrating African American Environmentalists

Urban Green Lab: 7 Black Environmentalists Who Truly Made History
News from the OOS

Even virtually, the OOS has been busy this year. Grace van Deelen, OOS Research Intern, has compiled a list of all the sustainability-related courses at Tufts. The Comms Team has added Tik Tok to its outreach repertoire in collaboration with the Eco Reps. Shoshana Dodge, the Education and Outreach Program Administrator, is on parental leave and Michaela Morse (A'20) has stepped in as the Education and Outreach Assistant. We are also excited to welcome Hailey Wiper the new Grafton Intern, to the OOS Team! The OOS is looking forward to planning for Earth Month in April and beyond.

RECYCLING CORNER
Plastic Film Specialty Recycling is back at the Medford Campus! 

After a hiatus due to COVID-19, our plastic film specialty recycling program is officially back up and running at our Medford/Somerville campus. Learn more about which items are plastic film recyclable and where to find the nearest bin on our webpage. You can also learn about how our plastic film is recycled from Trex, our plastic film recycling partner. And don't forget – you can find bin locations on our Eco-Map!
Trash Talk February: Circular Economy and Product Transformation

Ever wonder what happens to your recycling when it is recycled? This month we are sharing weekly installations of #TrashTalks, in which we review examples of how different materials are transformed into new products after they are recycled at Tufts. Check out our first post here and follow us on IG @greentufts for upcoming installations in the series.
How are we doing?

Across all four Tufts campuses, we diverted 26.3 tons of recycling and 4.9 tons of compost from landfills and incinerators in January. Our January diversion rate was 30% and our contamination rate, which indicates the percentage of our recycling that was contaminated with non-recyclables, met our goal of less than 15%. Keep recycling your paper, cardboard, and clean plastic, metal, and glass food and beverage containers to help increase our diversion rate!
ECO-REPS
Look out for New Programming from the Eco-Reps!

The Eco Reps are getting started on projects for the semester, and we are excited to introduce four new areas organized by topic! This semester, the areas are focusing on Institutionalized Environmental Education, Minimalism and the Waste Lifecycle, Recycling Education, and Sustainability and Food.
NEWS
2021 New Entry CSA Now Open!

Sign up now and save $75!
Founded in 2005, the New Entry CSA brings sustainable, local produce to you. We work with over 30 beginning and immigrant farmers in our network to bring you the best of what's in season. Purchase a traditional CSA share or a CSA Your Way to choose exactly what produce and specialty products you want each week. Buy now and support local farmers this season!
Apply to the 2021 Alpine Summer Institute

ALPINE (Academics for Land Protection in New England) is looking for students or recent graduates who are interested in learning more about land conservation at their Summer Institute. The program is particularly popular and appropriate for students that have an internship with a land conservation organization for the summer, and is offered free of charge. This year for the first time, students will have the opportunity to get 2 credits for the program thorough the University Without Walls at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. 

Applications are open on a rolling basis until April 1st. Learn more here.
Bike & Build Programs

Through service-oriented cycling experiences and long-term service programs, Bike & Build raises awareness for affordable housing and empowers young adults for a lifetime of service and civic engagement. Here are a few of their 2021 programs:

1. Hub: Pedaling for Affordable Housing in Boston (June 1 - July 31, every weekend)

2. Volunteer, Awareness, & Advocacy Program (VAAP) In partnership with affordable housing organizations across the US, Bike & Builders will participate in an 8-week term of service. VAAP service will vary depending on your placement.

 
Earth Month 2021! 

This April is the 51st Earth Month! Over at the OOS, we have already began planning Earth Month-related programming to engage the community in all things sustainability!

Is your student organization planning any events for Earth Month? Send us your events at sustainabilityoffice@tufts.edu and we'll make sure to include it in our outreach and promotions.
 
EVENTS
February
25
HoCu Lecture – The Global Environmental Justice Atlas: A Tool for Research and Activism
12:00pm - 1:00pm EST
Remote | Register here

In this talk, Dr. Arnim Scheidel will introduce the Global Environmental Justice Atlas (EJAtlas) which documents environmental struggles worldwide through a collaborative process between academics and activists. 
February
25
VAAP (Bike & Build): Meet Our 2021 Partners
12:00pm - 1:00pm EST
Remote | Register here

Join Bike & Build for a virtual panel and networking event to explore their 2021 Volunteer, Awareness, & Advocacy Program (VAAP) from their affordable housing partners. Learn more about their partners' missions, VAAP projects, and impact in their region!
March
1-4
Tufts Food & Nutrition Research and Data Symposium
Daily sessions from 12:00pm-1:00pm EST and 3:00pm-8:00pm EST
Remote | Register here

This year's symposium theme is Translating Nutrition Science from Data to Action. The symposium provides a forum for sharing nutrition research, discussing real-world challenges and controversies, and exploring the role of data analytics in nutrition and public health.
March
3
MS4SF Speaker Series – Dr. Caleb Dresser
6:00pm - 7:00pm EST
Remote | Register here

Extreme weather events and their effects on the COVID-19 pandemic
This series is about climate change and its health impacts in various fields, healthcare's impact on the environment, and ways that physicians can be advocates. Anyone in the Tufts community is welcome to participate.
March
4
HoCu Lecture – Formation of a Mid-Atlantic Ghost Forest
12:00pm - 1:00pm EST
Remote | Register here

In this talk, Dr. Keryn Gedan explores ghost forests, which are formed when sea level rise and saltwater intrusion kill trees at the coastal interface. The Mid-Atlantic is a hot spot of sea level rise and provides a window through which to view the future of coastal change.
March
4
Clean Energy in the Biden Administration: Policy, Finance, Women's Leadership
5:45pm - 7:15pm EST
Remote | Register here

Please join the Women in Energy Group for a panel on clean energy under the Biden-Harris Administration with panelists, Prof. Barbara-Kates Garnick, Maria Jelescu, and Angeliki Diance Rigos. Moderated by Prof. Amy Myers Jaffe.
March
4
MS4SF Speaker Series – Dr. Amy Collins and Dr. Jonathan Slutzman
6:00pm - 7:00pm EST
Remote | Register here

Climate Smart Healthcare and Healthcare Waste
This series is about climate change and its health impacts in various fields, healthcare's impact on the environment, and ways that physicians can be advocates. Anyone in the Tufts community is welcome to participate.
March
6
C2C Fellows Sustainability Leadership Training
9:00am - 5:00pm EST
Remote | Apply here

C2C workshops are for undergraduate students and recent graduate who want high-impact sustainability careers that can change the future, in policy, business and politics. Led by Dr. Eban Goodstein, Director of Bard's Center for Environmental Policy, C2C trainings focus on key leadership skills: vision, courage, developing your network, telling your story, and raising funds.

Note: The registration fee of $10 is to be paid after acceptance into the program. Tufts students can apply for a career building award to cover this fee here.
March
9
MS4SF Speaker Series – Dr. Regina LaRocque
4:00pm - 5:00pm EST
Remote | Register here

How to be a physician advocate for climate change
This series is about climate change and its health impacts in various fields, healthcare's impact on the environment, and wawys that physicians can be advocates. Anyone in the Tufts community is welcome to participate.
March
11
HoCu Lecture – Novel Analytical Approaches in Guiding Big Cat Conservation and Management
12:00pm - 1:00pm EST
Remote | Register here

In this talk, Dr. Lisanne Petracca will discuss novel quantitative applications to inform the conservation of large cats ranging from the tropical forests of Central America to the svannas of Angola and Zimbabwe, with a special focus on the integration of Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK). 
March
11-13
Tufts Energy Conference 2021
Sessions held throughout the days
Remote | Interest survey

Mark you calendars for TEC 2021! This year's conference, held virtually in March, will focus on Tipping Points in the Global Energy Landscape. Check out their website and follow them on social media for announcements, engaging energy content, and to connect with the energy community at Tufts and beyond! 

Instagram: @tufts.energy.conference | Facebook and LinkedIn: @TuftsEnergyConference | Twitter @TuftsEnergyConf | Email: tec@tufts.edu
March
17
MS4SF Speaker Series – Dr. Ari Bernstein
4:00pm - 5:00pm EST
Remote | Register here

Impacts of climate change on children's health
This series is about climate change and its health impacts in various fields, healthcare's impact on the environment, and ways that physicians can be advocates. Anyone in the Tufts community is welcome to participate.
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