In the dead of winter when the greenery around us has turned to gray and most people just want to hunker down in a comfy chair with a hot mug of cocoa, sustainability is probably one of the things hibernating in the farthest corners of our minds. And yet, our work goes on.

Just last week, Tufts earned its second LEED* Gold certification with the Dental School’s Level 2 renovation project. (The first one was Sophia Gordon Hall.) The new Campus Sustainability Council chaired by President Tony Monaco also held its first meeting.
It’s easy to jump right back into the sustainability community! Get involved with the Tufts Sustainability Collective (TSC), which is holding a general meeting TONIGHT at 8pm in Tisch 304. TSC has four branches – Tufts Bikes, Tom Thumb’s Garden, Students for a Just and Stable Future (SJSF), and the Sustainable Action Squad – plus its newest addition,Food for Thought, a club dedicated to creating a dialogue and action plan for foodies in the Tufts community.

This Wednesday, don’t miss the annual “Rumble in the Jungle” between Professors Bruce Everett and Bill Moomaw. The “environmental duel of the year” will tackle issues on climate change and environmental policy.
Although January treated us well with days in the 50s and minimal sleet and snow, we cannot overlook the undesirable changes they foreshadow. It’s good to know that at Tufts, there’s plenty of opportunities to get involved. Hope to see you at this week’s events!

-Anne Elise
Communications Intern
Office of Sustainability

*Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design system by the US Green Building Council