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FEATURED
2020: A Year of Sustainability 
The Office of Sustainability is looking forward to a sustainable 2020. This year marks the first year of the last decade to act on the climate crisis before its negative impacts become too cemented. Work towards a more sustainable future by getting involved with sustainability-related work and events both on and off campus. Check out upcoming events and opportunities below.  
 NEWS
Call for workshop proposals for 2020 SMFA Health, Safety and Sustainability Day (3/4)

Submit a workshop idea for the SMFA Health, Safety, and Sustainability Day! Students, alumni, staff and faculty members are invited to submit proposals for workshops relating to health, safety, and sustainability to be held on Wednesday, March 4th. Proposals due to silvia.bottinelli@tufts.edu by Friday, January 24th.  Learn more. 
Upcoming Eco-Ambassador Training
When: February 7th and February 14th
Where: Boston Health Science Campus

Interested in becoming an Eco-Ambassador? Attend the upcoming training! Eco-Ambassadors lead departmental efforts to implement and educate colleagues about environmentally sustainable practices and receive ongoing resources and support from the Office of Sustainability. Learn more.
Green Fund Intern Open Position

The Office of Sustainability seeks a student intern to manage the Green Fund in the 2020/21 academic year. The Green Fund is a program to provide funding for the implementation of sustainability projects and ideas from and for the Tufts community. Learn more. 
Environmental Studies Hoch Cunningham Lecture Series

The Hoch Cunningham Lecture Series for the Spring Semester started on January 16, 2020. Every Thursday during the academic year, the series features speakers from government, industry, academia and non-profit organizations to give presentations on environmental topics. Learn more.
2020 Saving Endangered Species College Student Art Contest

The Endangered Species Coalition and National Wildlife Federation invite submissions for their upcoming art contest, open to current college students aged 17 to 30. Students may submit their original art depicting qualified subject matter by February 16, 2020. Learn More. 
 
Register for the 2020 Freezer Challenge

Register for the 2020 Freezer Challenge taking place from December 2019 to May 2020. This challenge encourages laboratories to recognize the benefits of efficient cold storage management practices. The goal of this challenge is to cut both monetary and environmental costs of lab freezers. Learn more and register.
 RECYCLING AT TUFTS
Curious about recycling at Tufts? Receive a recycling training!

Ever wondered whether that spiral notebook could be recycled? Curious about what to do with your grocery bags? Looking for a place to recycle batteries? Sign-up to receive a recycling training with the Office of Sustainability’s recycling team!
We give trainings to all different campus groups, including academic departments, administrative divisions, staff teams, residence halls, and student groups/clubs. To sign-up or get more information, please complete this brief form and we will be in touch.
How are we doing? 

Waste audit data from last semester indicated that about 20% of the recycling was contaminated with non-recyclable trash items. We would like to decrease this to 10% or less across campus!

To help with this mission, keep in mind the following rules:

1.Keep recyclables clean, dry, and free of any food or liquid!

2.Soft plastics such as grocery bags, bubble wrap, and chip bags do not belong in the recycling bins

3.Paper-based hot beverage cups are not recyclable in Massachusetts!
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 zero waste events, student move-in, student move-out, and other recycling related tasks throughout the year!

To register for the on-call workers program, please complete this brief form.
ECO-REPS
Green Dorm Certification

Get your Green Dorm Certification this semester! The Green Dorm Certificate is a short survey created by the Tufts Eco-Reps that helps residents think about their daily behaviors. Learn more. 
MEET THE NEW ECO-REPS
With a new semester comes new Eco-Reps! Get to know the sustainable leader of your residence hall! Click here for the full Eco-Reps list.
Lily Sandholm, Hill Hall 

Lily Sandholm is a first-year student from Madison, Wisconsin planning to major in Applied Mathematics  and Environmental Studies. She loves sewing and hand-embroidery and hopes to spread awareness of sustainable fashion. This semester she looks forward to being a part of the Eco-Reps program, as well as volunteering at the Craft Center and being a member of the Filipino Student Union.

 
Sam Russo, Carmichael Hall 

Sam Russo is a first-year from Randolph, NJ, who is likely majoring in Computer Science and Cognitive and Brain Sciences. He just completed a gap year in Israel, spent volunteering, interning, and learning. In his free time, he enjoys cooking projects (sweet potato ice cream and homemade ricotta, among others), reading, and badgering his friends with fun facts.

 
Ella Parekh, Miller Hall 

Ella Parekh is a sophomore from Montclair, New Jersey. She plans on double majoring in Psychology and Environmental Studies. Her love for the environment and sustainability stem from her close family friendship with Jane Goodall and her special connection to Tanzania (Ella’s mom’s birthplace!) Her favorite activities to do in her free time include solo traveling, hiking, and journaling. She is looking forward to collaborating with her fellow Eco-Reps this semester. 



 
Oliver Welch, Wilson Hall 

Oliver Welch is a sophomore from Santa Barbara, California majoring in Environmental Studies and Economics. In his free time back home he enjoys surfing, scuba diving, and being outside experiencing nature. On campus, Oliver plays for the Tuft’s club volleyball team and plans to start a hawk-watching club in the fall.


 
EVENTS
January
21

TIE Environmental Research Fellowship

12:00-1:45pm
Room 231, Barnum

The TIE Fellowship is open to graduate students from ANY of Tufts' Graduate schools. Students conduct interdisciplinary, environmental research projects with mentorship and guidance form Tufts faculty and TIE staff. 
January
22

Sunrise Movement Tufts Spring GIM

Time TBD
Terrace Room

Looking for a new sustainable-based initiative on campus? Join the Sunrise Movement at Tufts at their Spring General Information Meeting! More details about this upcoming event can be found on their Facebook page.
January
23

Unique Natural Approach to Eliminate Algae and Reverse Pond Eutrophication

12:00-1:00pm
Multipurpose Room, Curtis Hall
Jeff Young and Louis Spencer, Advanced Marine Technologies

Join Jeff Young & Louis Spencer in introducing their 3-pronged method to eliminate excessive nitrogen from waterways. This is part of the Environmental Studies Hoch Cunningham Lecture Series.
January
25,26

Sunrise 2020 Kickoff Training

Saturday 10:00am-4:00pm; Sunday 10:00am-2:00pm
ASEAN Auditorium, Medford/Sommerville Campus

Join the Sunrise Movement at Tufts to learn about their story, principles, and strategy to win a Green New Deal. This training is perfect for anyone new to Sunrise who wants to get more involved in the fight for climate justice. To register please fill out this form.

 
January
30

Impacts of Air Pollution on Health: Assessment and Challenges

12:00-1:00pm
Multi-purpose Room, Curtis Hall
Dr. Laura Corlin, Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, Tufts University 

Join Dr. Laura Corlin in discussing air pollution mixtures and the epidemiological challenges in relating these pollutants to chronic health outcomes. This is part of the Environmental Studies Hoch Cunningham Lecture Series.
January
30

Green Fund Final Presentations

7:00-8:00pm
Alumnae Lounge 

The Green Fund Committee invites you to come see this year's finalist presentations and posters for sustainability projects and ideas from and for the Tufts community. A WebEx is available if you would like to attend virtually. If so, please RSVP.
Light refreshments will be served. 
February
7,14
Eco-Ambassador Trainings Spring 2020

Boston Health Science Campus 

Register for the Spring 2020 Eco-Ambassador Trainings here.
February
18

Start of the Green Office Certification Challenge

Are you and your colleagues passionate about making your office place a more sustainable place? Consider completing the Green Office Certification program run by Tufts Office of Sustainability! Learn more.

February
21
The Northeast Healthy Soil Network Symposium 

9:30am-6:00pm
Tufts Institute of the Environment, 163 Packard Avenue, Medford, MA 02155

Attend the Northeast Healthy Soil Network's upcoming Symposium: Preparing the Northeast Agricultural Sector for an Uncertain Future. Discuss and promote widespread healthy soil management practices and policies.
March
4
SMFA Health, Safety and Sustainability Day 

School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts

Through a series workshops, participants will learn about sustainable and less-toxic techniques and materials for art-making.
April
22
Earth Day's 50th Anniversary

This April 22nd will mark Earth Day's 50th Anniversary! In 1970, students from over 2,000 U.S. colleges and universities came together to advocate for the environment. 2020 marks the first year of the last decade to act on the climate crisis before its negative impacts become absolutely cemented. Let us follow in these students footsteps and continue to fight for the resources that make life possible. 
April
8-29
Earth Month EcoChallenge 

The year 2020 sets the precedent for the progress that can take hold when millions of people come together to demand and take action for a better shared world. Join this global movement and take action with EcoChallenge. Learn more. 
April
TBD
EarthFest

TBD
Tufts' Academic Quad

Join the Tufts Eco-Reps, Recycling Team and sustainability related clubs in their annual EarthFest event held on the Academic Quad. This day celebrates sustainability in the community in honor of Earth Day.
June
9,16
Eco-Ambassador Trainings Summer 2020

Boston Health Science Campus 

Register for the Summer 2020 Eco-Ambassador Trainings here. 
July
1-31
Plastic Free EcoChallenge 

Join EcoChallenge in reducing your consumption of single-use plastics for the entire month of July. Learn More. 
October
7-28
The People's EcoChallenge 

For 21 days, join a global movement of everyday people creating habits and taking action for a better shared world. Learn More. 
 
JOB POSTINGS

This is a sample of our most recent postings. Keep up with current sustainability-related internship, job and fellowship opportunities by signing up for our Weekly Career Digest updates here
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