Monthly Archives: August 2011

Moving Planet: New England working meeting

Get involved in putting together this event for New England!

When: Tuesday, August 30, 7 to 9 pm

Where: Harvard Epworth Methodist Church, 1555 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge (Harvard Square).

We still need volunteers to:

- Invite politicians to joing the “meet and greet” portion of the Rally
- Crafty folks to make banners, puppets, signs, etc…
- Marshals to accompany the rolling parades from transit stops to the central rally
- People to organize contingents moving to Boston from their communities (these can join the metro-west, metro-north, and metro-south commuter rail lines/boat travelers)
- People to help set up and break down the event on the day of
- Volunteers to orient people at the event
- Out-reachers who can help turn out a huge number of people to this event!
- And more!

Please email Vanessa with any questions:

Workers Needed for Matriculation Luncheon 8/31

Help make this year’s matriculation zero waste efforts successful, and get paid to do so!

Just three years ago, food waste was composted for the first time during freshman orientation. Tufts Dining Services, the Facilities Department, the Tufts Institute of the Environment and the Office of Sustainability have teamed up with the Orientation Committee to ensure that meals served at matriculation are both low in waste generation and compost-friendly (e.g. no plastic films to contaminate the compost)

Apply at the TuftsRecycles website. Matriculation ceremonies take place next Wednesday, August 31st.

Eco-Ambassador Laurie Sabol: a green champion within and beyond Tufts

Laurie accepting the Bridge Builder Award from President Emeritus Larry Bacow

Last June at the 2011 Tufts Distinction Awards, the Office of Sustainability was proud to note that former Eco-Ambassador Laurie Sabol (FY 2009-10) was recognized* with a Bridge Builder Award for “bringing out the best in others”. It is easy to see why: apart from being the Social Sciences reference librarian at Tisch Library, Laurie has long been a “green advocate” within and beyond the Tufts community.

During her stint as an Eco-Ambassador, she wrote a proposal to start the Tisch Sustainability Team which has since received support and recognition from library administration. The Team has started several initiatives such as office composting and becoming a TerraCycle recycling site for chip/granola bar bags and writing implements. (Proceeds from TerraCycle benefit the Eco-Reps program.)

On being an Eco-Ambassador, Laurie says she really enjoyed networking with people she otherwise would not have met. She found the session on “Social Marketing and Communicating Change” most helpful because she found that the biggest challenge is convincing people to actively participate in sustainable initiatives.

In 2000, Laurie answered a call for board members at the statewide recycling coalition Mass Recycle and became involved with the organization for six years. She served as the board’s secretary, doing a lot of “grunt work” but also looked for speakers and spoke at a conference herself two years ago about the Tisch Sustainability Team. Of her time at Mass Recycle, she humbly remarks that “I learned how much I didn’t know.”

Before joining Tufts, Laurie worked at Chicago Public Library and Bowling Green State University (Ohio) where she had also started recycling initiatives. “At Chicago Public Library, we just had a laundry cart that we filled with newspapers and I found a local recycling organization who would take them.” There was no formal organization or recognition, as was the case in Bowling Green where the library staff began recycling cans and hauling the lot themselves to a recycling facility nearby. “It was fun and very low maintenance,” Laurie recalls. “We’d bring the cans over every Friday and go out for a beer.”

Not surprisingly, Laurie remains an active member of MassRecycle and the recycling program at her current hometown of Ayer, MA. She’s got plenty of other things going on, so drop by the library sometime and ask her about being a weekend puppy mom for NEADS and what she was doing in Xi’an, China in 1992…

*Another Eco-Ambassador, Chantal Hardy (FY 2010-11) of the English Department was also recognized for exceptional customer service with The Extra Mile Award.

Tufts earns a Silver in STARS

This August, Tufts earned a Silver rating for its sustainability achievements under the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS), a new program that measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education.

Tufts got a 62.73% overall score for its submission, just shy of a Gold rating.

“Tufts’ Silver rating in the recent STARS assessment provides strong recognition of our institutional achievements in sustainability,” University President Tony Monaco noted. “This is a priority for me personally, and in light of the clear support across the university for intensifying our commitment, I am certain that we will accomplish even more in the years ahead.”

In STARS, institutions evaluate performance in four main areas: Education and Research; Operations; Planning, Administration and Engagement; and Innovation.

Tufts received full points in several areas and above average scores in two out of three main categories, earning maximum credits for innovation; student-led initiatives such as trayless dining; sustainability outreach and publications; research initiatives, incentives for developing sustainability courses; diversity and affordability; and human resources.

The STARS Silver rating is the latest accomplishment in Tufts’ long history of leadership involving sustainability and the environment. In 1990, then-President Jean Mayer convened a conference of global educational leaders at the Tufts European Center in Talloires, France. The conference led to the Talloires Declaration, a ten-point action plan for incorporating sustainability and environmental literacy in teaching, research, operations and outreach at colleges and universities that has since been signed by 433 institutions in over 40 countries.

Tufts was also a founding (and the first university) member of the Chicago Climate Exchange. In 1999, under then-President DiBiaggio, the university publicly committed to meet the Kyoto goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Developed by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. It is the only program of its kind that involved publicly reporting comprehensive information related to a college or university’s sustainability performance.

Unlike other rating or ranking systems, STARS is open to all institutions of higher education in the U.S. and Canada, and the criteria that determine a STARS Rating are transparent and accessible to anyone. Because STARS is a program based on credits earned, it allows for both internal comparisons as well as comparisons with similar institutions.

Of  121 STARS rated institutions in the U.S. and Canada, 22 earned Gold, 65 earned Silver, and 27 earned Bronze designations.

See the full scorecard for Tufts at the STARS website.

Transportation Management Association Coordinator (Boston, MA)

Commute Works is looking for an energetic, organized individual with marketing and transportation demand management experience. CommuteWorks, a Service of MASCO, provides commuting alternatives for employees and students of the Longwood Medical and Academic Area (LMA). The individual will coordinate the day to day activities of Commute Works, the Transportation Management Association (TMA) of the LMA, including: implementing the TMA goal of reducing single occupancy vehicles in the LMA through employee orientations, administration and creation of various programs including ridesharing, employee incentive programs and vanpool subsidies. Additional activities include provision of support to the planning and operations divisions of MASCO. Ideal start date: September 1.

Send a resume and cover letter including salary history to: Human Resources, MASCO, 375 Longwood Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts, 02215; e-mail to; or fax to (617) 632-2810.

More information at:

Energy and Environmental Analyst (Washington D.C.)

The George Washington University (DC) seeks an energy and environmental analyst to analyze statistical, financial and other significant data. The position will incorporate the data into reports for internal stakeholders, government agencies, or professional organizations that may include monthly utility usage metrics, annual greenhouse gas emissions inventory, annual Energy Star building benchmarking, monthly venue utility bill generation and real-time utility metering projects. This role also prepares an annual utility budget by facility for the entire university each December. Successful candidates will have a bachelor’s degree or higher in an appropriate area of specialization plus three to five years of appropriate experience. Degree requirement maybe substituted for a combination of education, training and experience.

View posting here.

Sustainability Outreach Coordinator (Palo Alto, CA)

Stanford University’s (CA) Office of Sustainability seeks a sustainability coordinator to support the outreach and campus education components of its sustainability programs and services to the university community. This position will advance outreach and educational aspects of program management in infrastructure planning, sustainability campaigns, publications and academic integration. The ideal candidate will come from an interdisciplinary educational background with proven work experience directly relevant to sustainability program design and delivery. Successful candidates will have a bachelor’s or graduate degree in environmental science, policy and/or communications, plus a minimum of five years direct work experience in the fields of sustainability and education.

Here’s the link to Stanford’s jobs site.

Program Manager, Housing Sustainability (Palo Alto, CA)

Stanford University (CA) is seeking a Housing Sustainability and Conservation Programs manager to provide leadership and support for all sustainability and green building initiatives throughout Student Housing. The manager will plan and market outreach programs to students and staff, develop and maintain sustainability indicators and provide design and project management oversight for energy and water conservation projects. The successful candidate should have a bachelor’s degree in a related field and a minimum of three years experience in organizing a sustainability program.

Here’s the link to Stanford’s jobs site.

Sustainable Transportation Program Manager (Boulder, CO)

Application Deadline: Aug. 15, 2011

The University of Colorado at Boulder’s Environmental Center invites applications for a sustainable transportation program manager. The center provides educational programs on sustainability issues for the campus community, develops student environmental leadership and provides services such as recycling, transportation and resource conservation programs. The center’s role in transportation is to facilitate and improve access to/from campus using transit and other non-single vehicle modes of transportation. This position will be responsible for coordinating existing university programs, researching and developing new programs, tracking and reporting, and collaborating with other transportation program staff. A bachelor’s degree in environmental studies or a related field is required, along with at least two years of professional experience in managing sustainable transportation programs and/or other sustainability programs.

Here’s the link to the University of Colorado’s job’s site.

Sep 7: The National Climate Seminar

When: September 7

Speakers: Mike Tidwell, author and Director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network. Mike has been at the center of the clean energy movement for a decade, and is helping organize the large-scale civil disobedience action at the White House this month, as well as supporting’s Moving Planet global day of action scheduled for October. He will be speaking on The Tea Party and Climate Strategy.

The Bard Center for Environmental Policy is pleased to announce an exciting fall line up for The National Climate Seminar. The Seminar is a twice-monthly national conference call with top climate scientists, policy makers, analysts, and communications experts. Join us this fall on the first and third Wednesday of each month, at noon Eastern time.

For more information, please contact or visit