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Sustainability at Tufts: Monthly Newsletter
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FEATURED
Happy Holidays from the Office of Sustainability!
As the semester comes to a close, the Office of Sustainability is looking back over what we accomplished in 2019 at Tufts to make our community greener. Watch this 1-minute video to get a recap of what we've achieved this year.
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ON-CAMPUS JOBS
Graduate Teaching Assistant for ENV 100
Our Director, Tina Woolston, teaches the course ENV 100 Sustainability in Action. She is looking for a graduate Teaching Assistant to help lead class discussions, grade, and do basic administrative work. Email her to let her know you're interested.
Green Fund Program Intern
The Green Fund student intern manages the administration of the Green Fund for the Office of Sustainability. This paid position will plan meetings, solicit proposals, design outreach materials, and be an official member of the 2020-2021 committee. Apply on Handshake today!
On-call Recycling Workers

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 short form.
Hiring Environmental Programs Intern

Tufts Institute of the Environment is seeking a graduate student to assist with tasks related to managing and executing TIE’s programs and initiatives. Consider applying if you would like to gain experience working directly on environmentally-related programs and transferable skills across environmental industries. More info here.

Tufts Energy Conference Volunteer Needed

Are you passionate about the environment and climate change? Want to learn about promoting these issues through PR and marketing? Join the marketing leadership team for the Tufts Energy Conference! Interested students can contact Justin.McCollum@tufts.edu to learn more.
NEWS
Tufts Engineering Professor on Climate Change

In an interview with Tufts Now earlier this month, Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Jonathan Lamontagne advocated for a robust approach to climate change policy and for pursuing carbon-neutral energy production aggressively before 2030. His recent research on this subject was published in March of 2019.
Kitchen Conversations with UEP Graduate Student

Natalie Jean, graduate student in the Tufts Urban Environmental Policy and Planning Program seeks students, staff, or faculty interested in hosting or participating in housing and policy discussions. If interested, please email Nathalie.Jean@tufts.edu by Dec. 22, noting whether you would like to be a participant and/or host in the subject line.
UNEP Emissions Gap Report 2019

The United Nations Environment Programme just released a report with the latest data on the expected gap in 2030 for the 1.5°C and 2°C temperature targets of the Paris Agreement. It proposes solutions to decrease this gap like decarbonizing the global economy and strengthening nationally determined contributions in the Paris Agreement. Read the executive summary here.

Climate Change Policy in Practice Publication

The Climate Policy Lab just released a new publication that evaluates how policy to mobilize climate finance works in practice. It examines the empirical performance of nine types including both successful and unsuccessful climate finance policies through a literature review and case studies. Read more here.

Winner of the Reshaping Development Pathways Contest

Sixty-three proposals were submitted to the Reshaping Development Pathways in LDCs Contest calling for innovative solutions to restore degraded ecosystems, helping vulnerable communities in Least Developed Countries become more climate resilient. The winning proposal includes regenerating Haiti’s natural resilience through a five-year plan, which you can read more about here.
Call for Environmental Abstracts

Massachusetts Action of Conservation Commissions seeks poster submissions from college undergraduate and graduate students on topics related to wetlands, water, land conservation and management, wildlife protection, and climate change. Cash awards and certificates will be given for the top presentations! Apply here by Dec. 20.
RECYCLING UPDATES
West Hall Wins Recycling Competition

Last month, the Office of Sustainability and the Eco-Reps held a recycling competition between the residence halls. Please join us in congratulating the winner, West Hall! The percentage of West Hall's recycling that was contaminated with trash decreased by 33% during the competition.
How Are We Doing?

To judge the recycling competition, the Office of Sustainability and Eco-Reps performed 11 waste audits in residence halls, which provided valuable data.

Between all audits conducted, contamination rate for residence halls hovered at an average of 20%. This means that an average of 20% of the recycling stream 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. Make sure all of your recyclables such as plastic bottles and plastic food containers are clean and dry before putting them in the recycling bin
     
  2. Soft plastics, such as grocery bags, bubble wrap, and plastic padded envelopes cannot be recycled in the recycling bins
     
  3. Paper-based hot beverage cups are not recyclable in Massachusetts
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