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FEATURED
Welcome and Welcome Back to Tufts!
Become Tufts Sustainability Certified

This new Student Sustainability Training will help you learn all the basics of sustainability at Tufts, from understanding the three pillars of sustainability to environmental justice to the correct recycling rules. Once you've completed it, you will be Tufts Sustainability certified and you will get a reusable cloth face mask, your name on the OOS website, and an email footer to put on your signature. Take the training now!

 
Apply to the Green Fund!
The 2020-21 cycle of the Green Fund is now open! Apply with your project to make Tufts more sustainable by October 1, 2020 at 11:59 pm EDT. Students, faculty, and staff from all campuses are welcome to apply. Learn more at go.tufts.edu/greenfund.
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Green Fund Information Sessions

To hear about past projects that have been funded and how you can get involved with the Tufts Green Fund, attend a virtual information session this month. Email greenfund@tufts.edu to receive a Zoom link for your preferred date and time: 9/16 at 8pm, 9/21 at 8pm, and 9/25 at 3pm (all times EDT).
RECYCLING CORNER
Interested in lab recycling? Complete this survey!

If you work in a lab and would like to increase its recycling initiatives, please complete this Lab Recycling Feasibility Survey. We are reaching out to labs across Tufts to gauge interest in various lab recycling programs as well as logistical feasibility of adapting these programs. Recycling programs of interest include pipette tip boxes, media bottles, and Styrofoam coolers. Your input and information are valuable to us! For other tips on how to make your lab sustainable check out the recent Sustainability in Labs webinar.
Check Out the Back-to-School Sale!
Still looking for those final home goods for your dorm room or apartment? Every year during Move Out, we collect donation items that departing students no longer need, diverting them from the landfill. We then return them for use by students arriving in the Fall in our annual Back-to-School Sale. This year, items remaining after the FIRST Resource Center students have met their needs will be available to the entire Tufts student body on Sunday, September 20th, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. The sale embodies the first tenants of waste stewardship: REDUCE and REUSE. Plus, everything is priced to go! In fact, anything left after noon will be given away for free! Check out what's available during our IG-live sessions Saturday at 2:00pm and Sunday at 11:45am (@greentufts on IG). Sale location: 550 Boston Ave, entrance facing Semolina. Cash and Jumbo Cash accepted.
Plastic Film Specialty Recycling Update

Unfortunately, our nearby plastic film recycling partners are not accepting plastic film during COVID-19. We hope that later in the academic year we will be able to form a new partnership to continue our program. Until then, plastic film specialty recycling at Tufts is temporarily paused. Please place your plastic film items—such as grocery bags, air pillows, bubble wrap, and plastic padded Amazon envelopes—in the landfill bin so as not to contaminate our recycling stream.  
ECO-REPS
Find Your Eco-Rep
Welcome to or welcome back to campus from the Eco-Reps! Find your Fall 2020 Eco-Rep, even if you are completing this semester virtually!
NEWS
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Opportunities with the Tufts Energy Conference

Participate in TEC'21! Help organize the Tufts Energy Conference, a student-run event that combines global, interdisciplinary scholars, students, and working professionals to explore key issues in energy and technology. TEC will be virtual in February 2021. To get involved, take the general interest survey
SMFA Student Sustainability Intern

Do you know an SMFA student who is passionate about sustainability and in-person this fall? (Is that you?) The SMFA Sustainability Committee is looking for an intern to assist with the CArte Util and other committee projects. Check out the position on Handshake and apply today.
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Environmental Lectures up & running for Academic Year

Every week during the academic year, the Hoch Cunningham Environmental Lectures feature speakers from government, industry, academia, and non-profit organizations to give presentations on environmental topics. View the fall roster and sign up for weekly emails with registration links.
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Tufts Now: Tufts Farming Project Joins Covid-19 Food Insecurity Effort

The Friedman School's New Entry Sustainable Farming Project is participating in Farmers to Families, a USDA program that gets fresh produce to families in need. Read the whole article on how Boston families in need are receiving assistance at Tufts Now.
EVENTS
September
17
Alternate Food Movements and Farmer Viability: An International Perspective
12 pm EDT
Remote | Register Here


Part of the Hoch Cunningham Environmental Lectures series. See full event description at bit.ly/hoculectures.
September
22
Webinar Series: Sustainability in Healthcare
1 pm EDT
Remote | Register Here


There is a connection between the work done at Tufts clinics and hospitals, saving energy, water, and waste, and climate change. But how can those who work in clinics, whether medical, dental, or veterinary, make changes to reduce their environmental impact? There is a larger global movement towards sustainability in healthcare, and this webinar will help make that connection for Tufts faculty, staff, and students who work in clinics and hospitals. 
September
24
A Conversation with L.A. Times Environment Reporter Rosanna Xia
12 pm EDT
Remote | Register Here


Part of the Hoch Cunningham Environmental Lectures series. See full event description at bit.ly/hoculectures.
September
24
Toward Carbon Neutrality in Higher Education: Cost-Effective, Actionable Pathways to a Net-Zero Future
3 pm EDT
Remote | Register Here

This dynamic conversation will address the long-term planning and implementation of campus decarbonization, exploring actionable and cost-effective pathways to progress.

September
25
Environmental Brunch
11 am-12 pm EDT
Remote | Register Here, RSVP required.

Network with students, faculty, and groups, find environmental opportunities on campus, and discuss environmental topics and issues. The event will feature brief presentations by the following faculty and staff regarding their departments:

  • Shoshana Blank, Office of Sustainability
  • Professor Laura Corlin, Public Health and Community Medicine
  • Allison Robbins, Master's of Conservation Medicine
  • Sylvia Bottenelli, SMFA
  • with more units and speakers to be announced!
October
1
Farm to College in New England: Past, Present, and Post-Pandemic
12 pm EDT 
Remote | Register Here


Part of the Hoch Cunningham Environmental Lectures series. See full event description at bit.ly/hoculectures.
October
8
Sustainability in Curriculum
4 pm EDT
Remote | Register Here


The world is facing a number of unique challenges: racial injustice, climate change, economic inequalities, and a public health crisis. All of these topics are part of the sustainability discipline and are essential for our students to learn about in their coursework at Tufts if they are to “innovate in the face of complex challenges” after graduation. Any faculty member can integrate sustainability into their curriculum, no matter what department. In this webinar, four faculty members will demonstrate how they have done this. 
October
8
Modern Environmental Politics: Big Data, Behavioral Science, and Getting Out The Vote
12 pm EDT
Remote | Register Here


Part of the Hoch Cunningham Environmental Lectures series. See full event description at bit.ly/hoculectures.
October
5-9
National Voter Education Week
Week of Action
Remote 


This generation of new voters is enthusiastic about civic participation and eager to make their voices heard. National Voter Education Week is a campaign that will equip voters with the tools, information, and confidence they need to cast their ballots this fall.
October
5-9
Wall Street Green Summit
11 am-1 pm EDT
Remote | Register Here


The 19th annual Wall Street Green Summit has gone virtual. It is the oldest sustainable finance event in North America. This year the Wall Street Green Summit will take place as a 5 session week-long webinar from 11 am to 1 pm EDT where participants can pick and choose what sessions they wish to sign up for. The cost is $10 per session.
October
20-22
Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education
All Day
Remote | Register Here


Attend the #GCSHE to exchange effective models, policies, research, collaborations, and transformative actions that advance sustainability in higher education and surrounding communities.
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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