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OOS Zoom Office Hours!

Have a question about sustainability at Tufts or beyond? We have an open ear, three times a week! Come chat with each of the three OOS staff members at our weekly office hours on Zoom.

Kristen Kaufman (Recycling and Waste): Mondays, 3 – 4 pm

Shoshana Blank (Education, Outreach, and Data): Tuesdays, 3 – 4 pm

Tina Woolston (Sustainability Director): Fridays, 1 – 2 pm

Learn more
Trash Talk November: Recycling, Waste, and Environmental Justice

Ever wonder what recycling has to do with social justice? Well actually, a lot! This month, we are sharing weekly installations of Trash Talks in which we explore the intersections between waste and environmental racism and explain how recycling properly and reducing waste is a form of environmental justice. Check out our first post here, and follow us on IG @greentufts or like us on Facebook /greentufts for upcoming installations in the series.
Reuse your bag with Tufts Dining!
If you’re on a meal plan this semester, head’s up! You can now take your own reusable bag or reuse one from Tufts Dining for your dining hall meals. And don’t forget to use your reusable utensils as well! 
Apply to be an Eco-Rep!

Apply to be an Eco-Rep! We're looking for first-years and sophomores who live in residence halls on campus. The application is due on November 30th and can be found here!
Eco-Reps at SSLS 

On Sunday, November 8, the Eco-Reps attended the Student Sustainability Leadership Symposium (SSLS), which was hosted by Southern New Hampshire University this year. Four Eco-Reps presented on successful virtual eco events, while the coordinators and two other reps led discussions about sustainability and the election.
Students: Apply to Become a Member of the Tufts Green Fund Selection Committee Today!

The Green Fund selection committee is composed of students, faculty, and staff who review projects and make decisions regarding funding allocation. We are seeking undergraduate and graduate students to serve on the committee for at least one year. Email with a statement of intent that includes your name, year, major, why you are interested in working on the Green Fund, and how you think you could bring a unique perspective to the committee. Please submit your statement of intent no later than December 1, 2020. If you're a staff or faculty member interested in joining the committee, please email as well.

Green Fund Finalists will be presenting their projects on December 10th! See Events below for more info.

Harnessing Big Data to Save Endangered Coral

Computer Science Professor Lenore Cowen co-led a data science project to determine what factors make corals more resilient to stresses caused by climate change. 

Read more about the project in this article.
Health Safety Sustainability Award Call

There is still time to form a team and explore collaborations across art and science to win $1500! Tufts students, faculty, staff and alumni are invited to work together and submit their proposals by December 1st. A meet & greet to form teams will be held on November 18th at 5:00pm. Read the award call for more information.
Join Students for Environmental Awareness

The Students for Environmental Awareness Club is back! After a short hiatus, SEA is recruiting members who are passionate about fostering sustainable habits and environmental literacy on campus. SEA, formerly known as the Tufts Sustainability Collective, is continuing its ten-year legacy of bringing together students of wide-ranging disciplines who share a dedication to creating a sustainable, environmentally conscious Tufts. Participating in SEA is what you make of it, and there are ample opportunities for leadership roles.

The SEA General Interest Meeting will be in the coming months. Please reach out with any questions.
Apply to Live in Sustainability-Themed Housing!

The on-campus housing process is starting for the next academic year, 2021-2022. There are currently two environmentally special interest houses: The Hive and the 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 the Green House, submit a "Create Your Own House Application" and select the sustainability focused house option. These applications are due by 9am on December 22 and selected housing groups will be announced in January 2021.
ECOS FellowShip

ECOS Fellows are volunteers who spend 4-6 hours each week working on high impact projects that meet the strategic goals of ECOS and advance sustainability and informed climate action around the world. Fellows are selected on an ongoing basis and should be familiar with the goals and backgrounds of ECOS. Learn more about them through their website!
HoCu Lecture: Waste Siege: The Life of Infrastructure in Palestine
12:00 - 1:00 pm EST
Remote | Register here

Based on the book, Waste Siege: The Life of Infrastructure in Palestine, this talk offers an analysis unusual in the study of Palestine: it begins with the environmental, infrastructural, and aesthetic context in which Palestinians forge their lives, naming that context a "waste siege."
Sustainability Leadership Training: Gain the Knowledge to Change the Future
9:00 am - 5:00 pm EST
Remote | Apply Here

The C2C Fellows Network at the Bard Center for Environmental Policy is a national program for undergraduates and recent graduates aspiring to leadership work in sustainable politics, NGO’s and business. C2C’s intensive, interactive skills-based virtual workshops teach skills they don't teach at university, skills you need to change the future.

C2C Fellows are leaders whose vision is to make a difference soon. Our mission is to accelerate their life’s work. 
HoCu Lecture: Make the World You Want to See: An Artist's Perspective on Sustainable Practices and Community
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST
Remote | Register Here

There is a growing need for innovative and sustainable practices since the extent of human-made ecological degradation continues to destroy rather than renew the physical and social environments we live in.
Green Fund Final Presentations
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST
Remote | Register Here

The Green Fund Committee invites you to attend this year's round of finalist presentations. The committee will be awarding up to $40,000 to one or more of the students, faculty, and staff whose sustainability projects made it through the rigorous selection process. To learn more about the Green Fund and see this year’s finalists, visit We look forward to seeing you there!

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

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