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FEATURED
The OOS Had a Great Academic Year!
Check out our end of the 2020-21 academic year recap video! We had a great year at the Office of Sustainability and we hope that you did too. We are wishing you a great end to the academic year and a happy summer!
This Year's Early Move-Out Outcomes!
As we approach the end of the semester, we would like to look back at our experience with Early Move-Out this year. In collaboration with partners from across the University and despite challenges due to COVID-19, the Office of Sustainability was able to run its donations program and collect a range of donation items, diverting them from the landfill to instead provide them to people who will reuse them. Read more about our Early Move-Out experience, outcomes, and data on our blog: go.tufts.edu/earlymoveout.

We were also able to host a 4-hour donation drop-off time for any students moving out in May, during which we collected an additional 894 lbs (.45 tons)! 
Summer Sustainability Webinar Series and Eco-Ambassador Training
This summer, the Office of Sustainability is partnering with staff around the University to bring Tufts employees a weekly webinar series on various topics of sustainability. As a Tufts employee, you can attend/watch ten webinars (8 required and 2 electives) and become a certified Eco-Ambassador, joining a group of 120 other employees at Tufts.
 
If you’re already an Eco-Ambassador, or just interested in attending one or two webinars, you can register for just the webinar(s) that you’d like to attend.
 
Register here for one webinar or more. Any Tufts employee can attend these trainings.
NEWS
Congratulations to the Graduating Class of 2020!
 
Congratulations to the graduating OOS seniors! We are so proud of you and will miss you very much!
Why the Coronavirus Pandemic is Hitting Communities of Color Particularly Hard

The COVID-19 crisis is disproportionately affecting communities of color to bear the brunt of the pandemic. Take a minute to read this article and learn more about how, "The coronavirus pandemic is a symptom, not a cause, of many socioeconomic and health care issues in this country." Read more
Local MA Farmers Need Your Support

As the COVID epidemic continues and significantly impacts food distribution throughout the county, New Entry remains committed more than ever to training beginning farmers in the region and in helping them to succeed. Please consider shopping local and supporting local farms. Reserve your share today!

New Entry is collecting donations to help support the continuation of their programs. Donate Here.
 Be an Active Citizen!
 
Take action on climate and sustainability policy during COVID-19.
The Higher Education Association’s Sustainability Consortium (HEASC) Climate Solutions project has put together a list of opportunities for engagement and the Citizen’s Climate Lobby has conferences, advocacy training programs, internships and more listed here. You can also check out Climate XChange's list of climate policy related news in Massachusetts. 
Approaching Applications for Green Fund 2020-21

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 will be coming in the Fall! Watch our updated Green Fund video for 2020-21!
Apply to #COP26 

Want to discover how you can take part in global climate negotiations and learn about the latest in environmental politics? Apply to represent Tufts University at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) annual Conference of the Parties (COP). Learn more and apply by June 15th.
RECYCLING CORNER
New Location for Tufts Mutual Aid Summer Food Pantry

Tufts Mutual Aid's Food Pantry will operate through the summer out of their new location, the Dewick Macphie Conference Room. 

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday

9:00am-5:00pm
Saturday + Sunday
10:00am-5:00pm

Drop off your perishable or non-perishable food donation items or stop by if you need food! And remember to take necessary precautions when dropping off or picking up food.

 
Donate Your Graduation Gown to Healthcare Workers

Help protect healthcare workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic by donating your graduation gowns! Due to a lack of personal protective equipment (PPE), medical worker have been using anything to try to protect themselves, even makeshift trash bag gowns. Graduation gowns have been found to be a more effective alternative since they are sleeved and have easy zippered access. Donate your gown to Gowns4Good today!
Spring Cleaning: Wardrobe Edition!

Moving out of your off-campus apartment, but not until the end of May? Looking to do some spring cleaning while working from home? You can recycle or donate all clothing, shoes, textile-based accessories, linens, and stuffed animals in our campus textile recycle bins. Just bag them up and drop them off! Learn more here and find your nearest bin using our Eco-Map.
 
RECYCLING AND WASTE WEBSITE
STUDENTS
Upload Your Semester Projects to the Sustainability Project Database

Calling all Tufts Students! 
Did you submit a mid-term or final paper on a sustainability project idea for Tufts or its surrounding communities? 

If you have a report written on Tufts sustainability project ideas, please upload your reports to the Office of Sustainability Student Project Database, housed within the Tufts Digital Library.

This database helps the Office of Sustainability and future Tufts students learn from previous research and build off it for future sustainability projects. Instructions to upload your projects are here
Eco-Reps Says Goodbye to Graduating Lead Team

Three of our Lead Eco-Reps are graduating this year! Congratulations to Elyssa, Eliza, and Téa!

Check out their features above.
Tufts Pollinator Initiative Discusses Asian Giant Hornet

Check out their newest educational piece, "Stop Calling it the 'Murder Hornet'", to learn more about the insect, the stigma around it, and the actual scale of its effect on the stability of pollinator populations. Read more on their website.
 
EVENTS
*Starred webinars are required courses to achieve Eco-Ambassador certification
June
2
*Webinar Series: Intro to Eco-Ambassadors and Sustainability at Tufts Past and Present
1:00PM EDT
Remote

This webinar is good for those who aim to complete ten summer webinars and get certified as an Eco-Ambassador. It will describe Tufts’ sustainability history and current goals.
June
3
In Praise of Walking: A New Scientific Exploration Webinar
1:00PM EDT
Remote

A conversation with author and neuroscientist Shane O'Mara, exploring walking in relation to repairing our mental and social health, sparking creativity, and how walking in concert can be coupled with critical policy change.
Register here.
June
9
*Webinar Series: Climate Change
1:00pm EDT
Remote

This webinar will provide a refresher on the science of climate change and the various global and local affects from climate change, as well as public opinion.
June
11
AASHE Presents Coping with Climate Anxiety in the Classroom and for Yourself: a Workshop for College & University Faculty
3:00PM- 5:00PM EDT
Remote

This two hour online workshop is for faculty to address their own anxiety, grief, and stress surrounding the climate crisis in order to create and hold space in the classroom for students to integrate and process hard realities about climate change impacts. Register here.

June
16
*Webinar Series: Trash and Recycling
1:00pm EDT
Remote

This webinar will dive into where our trash and recycling go after the items leave our house or Tufts. You will get explanations on the recycling rules for Massachusetts and reasons why you can only place certain items in the bin. Learn how to recycle correctly and do your part in the waste system.
June
23
Webinar Series: Composting at Home and at Tufts
1:00pm EDT
Remote

Did you know that 28% of the average American’s trash can instead be composted? There’s a better way! Come learn how to start diverting your food/yard waste from the landfill at home and learn how you can do this in your office when back at Tufts. We’ll discuss options for city, suburb, and rural dwellers.
July
7
Webinar Series: Adding Sustainability to your Performance Plan
1:00pm EDT
Remote

It’s that time of year to create SMART goals for your fiscal year 2021 performance plan. Would you like to incorporate sustainability into one or more of your KPIs? Sustainability helps the university save money and conserve resources while working towards our carbon neutrality by 2050 goal. Find out simple ways to put sustainability into your performance plan.
July
14
*Webinar Series: Behavior Change with Community Based Social Marketing
1:00pm EDT
Remote

How do you get people to change behaviors so that they use less energy and waste? As you’ve probably already learned, it’s not as easy as just telling them to change. Learn how to use Community Based Social Marketing, a technique that uses social psychology to change behavior.
July
16
Webinar Series: Social Sustainability: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
11:00am EDT
Remote

TBD
July
21
*Webinar Series: Water Consumption and Conservation
1:00pm EDT
Remote

This webinar will be an A to Z on water consumption, and how to conserve water at home and at Tufts. It will also cover drinking water and dive into stormwater issues.
July
28
*Webinar Series: Energy at Tufts
1:00pm EDT
Remote

Ever wonder how we heat and cool our buildings at Tufts? And where does our electricity come from? What is Tufts doing to save energy and how can you do your part? Come find out on this webinar.
August
4
*Webinar Series: Sustainable Transportation
1:00pm EDT
Remote

This webinar will look at how transportation contributes to Tufts and individuals’ carbon footprints and some strategies for reducing these transportation footprints. It will cover the numerous benefits and resources for sustainable commuting at Tufts. Even air travel will be discussed.
August
11
Webinar Series: Sustainable Events and Purchasing
1:00pm EDT
Remote

Do you plan small or large events at Tufts and want to make them more sustainable? Are you in charge of office purchasing? There are many tips and tricks to reduce waste and consumption and purchase items that are better for the environment. Come find out on this webinar.
August
18
*Webinar Series: Health, Wellness, and Eco-Ambassador Conclusion.
1:00pm EDT
Remote

Health and Wellness help you sustain yourself and are essential to your work in sustainability. Come find out about the numerous resources that Tufts has to help you stay well. This last half will be a conclusion for summer Eco-Ambassadors to discuss lessons learned.
Tufts COVID-19 Resources:
COVID-19 and the Climate Crisis:
Click here to explore an online library on the connection between COVID-19 and the Climate Crisis from Healthcare Without Harm.
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