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Happy Sustainability Month!
Help us celebrate Sustainability Month by learning more about environmental justice, environmental racism, climate change, other environmental issues, and what you can do to help! All month long, we have been sharing resources on our social media platforms, and it's a great place to start! For more information on how to celebrate, visit this AASHE webpage.
Take-Out Recycling Rules

Are you on a meal plan this semester? Curious to know what to do with your take-out packaging? Fear not! We’ve created these cardinal rules:  

  1. Recycle: brown paper bags, clear plastic take-out containers, pizza boxes, plastic cups (without removable lids) 
    Compost: paper-based soup cups, food waste, napkins 
    Trash: Soup cups, food waste, and napkins if no compost bin is available, removable lids 

  2. Recyclables must be clean and dry. Do it right, scrape food out

  3. To prevent contamination, brown paper bags must be empty and flattened

Pro tips:  

Reuse your paper bags when possible, and don’t forget to use your reusable utensils!  

Check out @greentufts on IG this month for relevant visuals and videos.  

Specialty Recycling During COVID-19

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been some minor changes to our specialty recycling program. For updated information on what you can specialty recycle at Tufts and where, visit our specialty recycling webpage and view bin locations on our Eco-Map.  
Get Involved with Recycling at Tufts!

Want to get more involved with recycling initiatives at Tufts? Join our on-call workers program! On-call workers are students who are paid to help with campus recycling initiatives, such as Move-In, Move Out, the Back to School Sale, and other projects.  

To register for the on-call workers program, please complete this brief form.

Participate in #OfflineOctober

With the general election less than a month away, the Eco-Reps are partnering with Tufts JumboVote to promote civic engagement among environmentalists. Check out this helpful Environmental Voter Guide made by Eco-Reps and JumboVote’s website for voting resources. Also, for students who live on Tufts’ Medford/Somerville campus, make sure to limit non-election related mail during the month of October to help mail services efficiently deliver ballots and ballot requests.  
Congratulations to the 2019-2020 Eco-Rep of the Year, Joanna Kleszczewski

The 2019-20 Eco-Rep of the Year has been awarded to Joanna Kleszczewski for her dedication to the program and for all of the amazing sustainability work that she has done! Congrats Joanna!
Share your ideas for pollinator-friendly garden boxes, to be installed on the SMFA atrium balcony at 230 Fenway. Anything from sketches to detailed site plans are welcome. More info and design templates can be found using this link. Send your ideas by November 8th!
HSS Award Call for Participation

Explore collaborations across art and science to win $1500! Tufts students, faculty, staff and alumni are invited to form cross-disciplinary teams and submit their proposals by Dec. 1st. A meet & greet to form teams will be held on 10/22 at 5:30 pm. Read the award call for more information.
OOS Staff Weekly 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

The application process for The Green Fund has recently wrapped up. A total of 8 projects were submitted. Project proposals included everything from an educational robot to collect recyclables on campus to the development of Tufts' very own hydroponic farm for research and training.

To learn more about all of the projects submitted, visit this webpage!
Sustainability Student Leaders Symposium (SSLS)

The 2020 Sustainability Student Leaders Symposium (SSLS) will be hosted virtually by Southern New Hampshire University! The event will be held on Sunday, November 8 from 1:00 – 4:00 PM.

Join student leaders from across the Northeast in sharing sustainability successes and new ideas.

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.
HoCu Lecture: Data, Data Everywhere: Dealing with the Deluge to Address Issues of Environmental Concern
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST
Remote | Register Here

This lecture will present "big data" projects, the complex nature and sensitivities of interpreting and sharing results, and implications for combatting issues of environmental and conservation concern.
Spatial Toolkits of White Supremacy
4:30 - 5:30 pm EST
Remote | Register Here

Learn how space-based policy, from urban planning to redistricting, has entrenched racial disenfranchisement and what we can do about it.
HoCu Lecture: U.S. Environmental Law and TRUMP: Four Years of Undoing 50 Years of Progress
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST
Remote | Register Here

Join Earl Phillips in discussing the effect Trump's presidency has had on environmental law and policy. "To understand what we have lost and may be losing, it is necessary to know what we protected and what we have had."
Environmental Hub – Open Room to Discuss Election Results
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST
Remote | Register Here

This will be an open space for those who want or need to process how sustainability and climate change have been affected by recent politics, including the election results. There will be no agenda, no presentation, just an open space to process and talk.

This event is hosted by the Office of Sustainability, the Tufts Institute of the Environment (TIE), and the Environmental Studies Department.
HoCu Lecture: What if Nature Had a Seat at the Table?
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST
Remote | Register Here

As the UN celebrates an important milestone, amid unprecedented challenges to multilateral cooperation, can we imagine how we may give nature a seat at the table and what would change if its voice, needs and contributions could be heard.
MIT Sustainability Summit – Food For Thought: Leveraging Food for a Sustainable Future
8:00 am - 8:00 pm EST
Remote | Register Here

"Participants will have the opportunity to explore the food system as a whole and engage in discussions around food production, transportation, storage, consumption, and disposal." Tickets range from $5 - $15.
2020 Student Sustainability Leaders Symposium
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST

Join student leaders from across the Northeast in sharing sustainability successes and new ideas. This year's theme is Strengthening Connections Through Sustainability. The event is free to attend, and registration will be opened soon.
HoCu Lecture: Thinking Ahead in a Reckless Age: Insights from The Optimist's Telescope
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST

In this talk, Bina Venkataraman will dispel myths about human shortsightedness and impart the lessons for thinking ahead even when the future is murkier than ever
Gaining the Public Support: Environmental Campaign Strategies
6:00 - 7:00 pm EST
Remote | Register Here

Join Michael Greenberg from Mighty Earth and Michaela Morris from Environment America to learn how NGOs are mobilizing the public for environmental issues. 
HoCu Lecture: Climate Change, Impacts and Solutions? A Perspective from the Global South
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST

This talk will summarize some of the impacts and risks under different global warming levels and discuss perspectives of possible consequences of solar climate intervention as a means of slowing the Earth's warming.

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

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