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ICYMI: A recap of Earth Month 2020 at Tufts

Some of the Earth Week Bingo cards we received on Instagram, along with the actions people took to complete their boards!
 
The 50th Anniversary of Earth Day has come and gone! The Office of Sustainability marked the occasion with #TuftsEarthWeek2020; a week of education and action. Even as we are spread out across the world, the Tufts community stayed engaged together through sustainable events and challenges to celebrate fifty years of fighting for our planet. Check out the links below to catch up on events you may have missed!
#TuftsEarthWeek2020 events you can watch online:
  • Hoch Cunningham lecture series 50th Anniversary of Earth Day panel: Solving the Pandemic and Climate Crises with a Just Transition. Co-hosted by the Office of Sustainability, the Environmental Studies Department, the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, Tufts Institute of the Environment and the Center for International Environment & Resource Policy.
  • Recycling Town Hall: An all-purpose recycling discussion led by Tufts Recycling and Waste Management fellow, Kristen Kaufman and Gretchen Carey of Republic Services.
  • The Eco-Reps present: Masks and Masks! Learn how to make your own protective face covering out of reused materials while repurposing coffee grounds for a soothing face mask.
We would also like to give a special shout out to our #AtHomeActivism Bingo winners! Congratulations to Mikhala Kasewater, Katie Darvin, Sharon Solomon, and our Grand Prize Winner, Hannah Bray! Each of these folks won a gift certificate to Package Free Shop.
Mikhala Kasewater, Cummings Student, gave us some great gardening and upcycling tips - she used an oat milk container to start seedlings. "I found that Tetrapaks and similar cartons aren't recyclable in North Grafton, so I turned them into a balcony garden." Congrats Mikhala!
Sharon Solomon, Tufts Staff Member, gave us some great advice for leftovers. Congrats Sharon!

“I’ll tell you a story about reducing food waste and using leftovers creatively. My husband isn’t too keen on leftovers. I usually throw leftovers in a salad, if it is an item that fits with salad. Since we’ve been home these last 6 weeks (now on week 7) we are focusing on trying to use leftovers as much as possible and are getting better at it. Casseroles are great for using leftovers. You can throw anything into a casserole—protein, veggies, pasta, creamed soup or broth, some spices—and it all blends. Some leftovers are used for breakfast—meat and veggies in an omelet.” 

 
Katie Darvin, Tufts Undergraduate Student, applied to be an Eco-Rep when completing her bingo board!
Congrats Katie!
Hannah Bray, Tufts Undergraduate Student, was our only participant who completed her entire board for Blackout Bingo, making her our Grand Prize Winner! Her activities included going on long walks with her dogs. Amazing effort and Congrats Hannah!
VIDEO: OOS Tips on Sustainability from Home- Part 2!
Watch the OOS staff and interns share how they have been staying sustainable while staying home. Their tips include everything from how to reduce energy usage from laundry to tips on supporting local agriculture and staying active!
Earth Month 2020 in #'s
  • 280 visits to go.tufts.edu/EarthMonth during Earth Week.
  • 2,249 people received our Earth Month newsletter that kicked-off #TuftsEarthWeek2020 in mid-April
  • 21,094 impressions, 404 comments/tags, 23 new followers were received by our social media during Earth Week.
  • 237 people virtually attended the Hoch Cunningham lecture (watch using the link above if you missed it!)
  • 20 participants in our Recycling Town Hall (watch above!)
  • 124 views and counting on the Eco Reps' Masks and Masks tutorial video (watch above!)
BLOG: New Beginnings for Barnum Hall
Read this blog post about the renovation of Barnum Hall, the Office of Sustainability's new home base since last summer. The building was repurposed and updated to now house the university's environmental offices, Tisch College, the Medford/Somerville campus's first SMFA studio spaces, and other programs.
Tufts Digital Collection and Archives for Earth Day
For the People and the Earth: Looking Back on the Legacy of Lois Gibbs

In recognition of the anniversary of the first Earth Day, Tufts Digital Collection and Archives is highlighting the papers of environmental activist Lois Gibbs as their current featured collection. Learn more and get access to her papers here
Were you inspired this month? Bring your sustainable ideas to life with the Green Fund!


Have an idea for making Tufts more sustainable? Need resources to make it a reality? Now is the perfect time to start brainstorming your pitch for the 2020-21 Green Fund. Applications are available now and will be due by October 1st.
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