Daily Archives: May 7, 2012

Re2Pack, food for the summer and the MassCommute Bike Challenge

With commencement only two weeks away, you are probably (a) taking finals and writing papers, (b) preparing for commencement, or (c) moving off campus for the summer or (boohoo!) for good.

We can’t offer you much help with the first two things but if you are indeed moving off campus, you should know that TuftsRecycles has a list of things that they collect for recycling, among them: books and school supplies, carpets, crutches and air casts, electronics, clothing and linens, hangers, and unopened cans of food. Look for the proper boxes in the dorms and check the TuftsRecycles website for more details.

World Peas CSADo the CSA folks miss their fresh organic vegetables? I know I do. Most local farmers’ markets won’t start for a few more weeks (usually after Memorial Day). Download a schedule of farmers’ markets near Tufts from our website to look for one near you. In the meantime, don’t forget to sign up for the summer CSA with World PEAS, a program of the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project sponsored by Community Teamwork Inc. and the Freidman School of Nutrition.

Don’t forget - the 2012 Bay State Bike Week is going on from May 14-20 and you can still register and help Tufts win the MassCommute Bicycle Challenge. Tufts’ total miles wentfrom 130 to 537 in a week but we are still a distant 4th behind BU. Come on, Jumbos! If you signed up, contact us at the Office of Sustainability. We have a few t-shirts to give away. (Supplies limited)

Best of luck and enjoy the sunshine!

Fannie
- Communications & Outreach Specialist, Tufts Office of Sustainability

Various positions, Environmental Protection Agency (Boston, MA)

Job Title: Clerk, GS-0303-03

Announcement Number: RTP-R1-OT-2012-0002

Who May Be Considered: Students who are continuing their education beyond the current semester on at least a half-time basis. To remain eligible, students must be enrolled at least half time for the duration of their appointment.

Application Limit: 50 or 11:59 PM on the closing date

Vacancy Link: http://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/315578100

 

Job Title: Environmental Protection Assistant, GS-0029-03/4/5 (PART TIME)

Announcement Number: RTP-R1-OT-2012-0004

Who May Be Considered: Students who are continuing their education beyond the current semester on at least a half-time basis. To remain eligible, students must be enrolled at least half time for the duration of their appointment.

Application Limit: 50 or 11:59 PM on the closing date

Vacancy Link: http://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/315578200

Job Title: Environmental Protection Assistant, GS-0029-03/4/5 (FULL TIME)

Announcement Number: RTP-R1-OT-2012-0003

Who May Be Considered: Students who are continuing their education beyond the current semester on at least a half-time basis. To remain eligible, students must be enrolled at least half time for the duration of their appointment.

Application Limit:100 or 11:59 PM on the closing date

Vacancy Link: http://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/315578000

Garden Program Coordinator, Growing Places Garden Project (Clinton, MA)

Garden Program Coordinator:  Growing Places is seeking to hire a part-time, 30 hour per week, Garden Program Coordinator to help spread vegetable gardening throughout Northern Central MA!  Organize volunteers, lead garden installations, teach new gardeners how to grow and harvest their own food and be a part of the movement for local food.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume via email to joanne@growingplaces with the subject: Garden Program Coordinator, no later than May 18, 2012.

The Garden Program Coordinator is responsible for the planning and implementation of Growing Places’ garden programs serving low-income people in the North Central MA area. Working in partnership with the Executive Director and the ad-hoc Operations Committee, the Program Coordinator will oversee all aspects of GP’s garden build and education programs from concept to completion. In addition, the Program Coordinator will be responsible for certain administrative tasks to support the operations of Growing Places.

Details here.

Americorps VISTA (Central MA)

AmeriCorps VISTA: We have an opening for a full-time AmeriCorps VISTA as of July which will support our Garden and Education Programs. Our VISTA project is designed to expand access to fresh produce for low income families throughout Central MA. Job responsibilities include recruiting and training volunteer groups and leaders, researching and developing educational materials and evaluation tools, developing partnerships to support nutrition education and gardening initiatives, and some fundraising.

VISTAs receive a $12,192 annual living allowance, choice of a $5,550 education award OR $1,500 end of service stipend, and health insurance. For more information or to apply, see our VISTA posting.

At Growing Places, VISTA activities would include: – Recruit and train volunteers to serve as mentors and team leaders; – Develop and implement Mentor Orientation and Training Curriculum; – Help build methods for mentor and other garden volunteer support and relations; – Participate in impact evaluation to help assess the educational and skill needs of current and prospective gardeners and develop and implement new educational programs and tools to increase skills and knowledge among garden recipients; – Develop partnerships through which gardeners can experience local farming organizations; – Coordinate cooking and nutrition classes in partnership with Cooking Matters (of Share of Strength) and other partners for our gardeners – Strengthen relationships with partner’s organizations in the region and seek to develop new relationships with other nonprofit and public institutions serving populations at risk of hunger and food insecurity

Somerville 2012 Bay State Bike Week Events

May 14 (Mon): Rush Hour Race
7:45 am – 10:00 am
Redbones

DRIVER vs. CYCLIST vs. T RIDER

What’s the fastest way to get from Davis Square to Kendall Square? Join three local celebrities as they “race to work” using three modes of transportation (bikes, cars, and the T). Stop by the start, come along for the ride, or stop by the finish. Light refreshments anf good times provided at both ends.

We’ll start the festivities at Redbones in Davis Square at 7:45, with the race kicking off at 8:30 AM. We expect to arrive at Genzyme (500 Kendall St) between 8:45 and 9:15.

This event is being organized by Livable Streets, the Somerville Bicycle Committee, and the Cambridge Bicycle Committee. For more information, http://livablestreets.info or events@livablestreets.info. 617-621-1746. The event is being sponsored by Genzyme.

May 16 (Wed): Somerville Bike Commuter Breakfast
7:30 am – 9:00 am
Star Market Parking Lot

Come join us for a free bike commuter breakfast on your way to work on Wednesday May 16!! The breakfast will be held in the parking lot of the Somerville Star Market on Beacon St near Petsi’s Pies. The event is sponsored by the Somerville Bicycle Advisory Committee (http://somervillebikes.org) with refreshments provided by Star Market and Petsi’s Pies and free bike check-ups provided by Bike Boom. Stop by and chat with members of the Bike Committee and fellow cyclists and advocates. Rain date is Thursday May 17.

Contact information: Ken Carlson  kencarlson8@gmail.com  617-909-3150

May 17 (Thu): Ride of Silence
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Seven Hills Park

Join MassBike for the annual worldwide Ride of Silence in honor of bicyclists killed or injured riding on public roads, and raises awareness among drivers to be more careful around bicyclists. We will gather in Seven Hills Park (behind Davis Square T Station) at 6:30pm to get organized. The ride will start at 7pm sharp. We will ride 6.8 miles slowly and silently through Cambridge and Boston to Boston Common. Please RSVP to rides@massbike.org so we know how many riders to expect. If you would like us to honor a particular cyclist at the end of the ride, please send us his or her name. Helmets required, lights strongly recommended.

May 20 (Sun): Somerville Parks Bike Tour
2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Somerville City Hall

The Somerville Bicycle Committee and Somerville Historic Preservation Commission team up to lead a bicycle tour of Somerville’s parks.

Many of them used to be something other than parks. Ride with us to learn more.

We’ll meet at 2 pm at Somerville City Hall, leaving promptly at 2:15. The 8-mile ride will go at an easy pace with several stops, and should be finished by around 4:30.

Please bring a $3 donation to support the activities of the Somerville Historic Preservation Commission.

A tentative map of our route is at http://g.co/maps/kyuzt.

For more information, contact rnewman@thecia.net.

To search for more events near you,
visit http://baystatebikeweek.org/events/

Jun 2: Boston Organics 10th Anniversary Celebration

Join us in celebrating our 10th year of nourishing Boston residents and supporting a healthy food system!

Come meet the farmers, local food producers, and Boston Organics employees behind the food you eat, and join us for an afternoon of food and fun for the whole family.

  • Refreshing organic drinks!

Space is limited. Please RSVP by May 25  at http://bostonorganics.eventbrite.com/