Tufts Gets Green

Office of Sustainability's Blog

Date: July 30, 2012

Tips for a greener move-in


It’s that time of year again when students begin looking at their belongings and wonder how they managed to drag so much stuff home last spring… and how they could possibly stuff it all back into boxes to bring back to school.

Move-in (as well as move-out) days may cause people to act less sustainably than they otherwise would. More items tend to get cast aside, left behind and thrown out because it might seem easier to buy new things upon arrival than transport them.

The Tufts Office of Sustainability has put together the Quick and Easy Steps to Moving in Green, a guide for anyone who is changing abodes. For instance, it encourages individuals to reuse or buy once-used furniture rather than buying new. Not only does this cut back on cost, but it saves resources and energy.  If one cannot avoid buying new rather than used items, consider buying Energy Star® rated products. Other green move-in tips include:

  • Bring reusable containers, utensils, water bottles, mugs, etc. to reduce waste and save money
  • Save trees and reduce pollution by purchasing recycled content paper and notebooks.
  • Exchange inefficient incandescent light bulbs for efficient CFLs.  Light bulbs can be exchanged at the Tufts  Office of Sustainabilityduring orientation, or through your Eco Rep-in-Residence, FOR FREE!

Visit our website for the complete guide for a Greener Move-In.

Mass Energy Lab, Seek Energy Innovation Competition

Mass Energy Lab is committed to continuously seeking knowledge and innovation that can contribute to energy waste reduction in commercial and industrial buildings.This fall, Mass Energy Lab will sponsor a contest for graduate and undergraduate students in Massachusetts to identify and research cutting-edge, new-to-market energy efficiency solutions that can impact the built environment. Research projects should explore the technical performance of the subject solution,as well as the marketability of the solution in the region. Participants are expected to provide a detailed explanation of the product’s functionality and a thorough market analysis that relays the solution’s potential for market penetration. Participants may enter the contest individually or in groups of up to two people.


Research Project paper exploring the technical performance and marketability of a new-to-market energy efficiency retrofit solution.

Finalist will present their research to a panel of industry experts.


  • Submissions open- 9/1
  • Submissions closed- 11/4
  • Notifications- 11/18
  • Awards Event- 12/1
  • Awards Issued- 12/8


  • First Prize- $3000
  • Second Prize- $1500
  • Third Prize-$500

For more information visit their website.

Transportation Planning Internship (Cambridge, MA)

The selected candidate will be responsible for a wide variety of tasks with a focus on the bicycle parking program, traffic calming program, bicycle/pedestrian studies, and the Parking & Transportation Demand Management program. In addition, the candidate will provide basic administrative support to these programs and other activities as needed in the division. Work-study eligible candidates are strongly preferred for this internship. Start Date: September 2012 (exact date negotiable). A minimum commitment until May 2012 is required. Hours: 10-15 hours / week; Compensation: $13.69/ hour.

To apply, please send a cover letter with a resume to:

Bill Deignan
Environmental & Transportation Planning Division
Community Development Department
344 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02139.

Email: wdeignan@cambridgema.gov. Please specify your available start dates and your work-study status in your cover letter.

Consulting and Executive Transitions Program Intern (Boston)

Third Sector New England (TSNE) provides management and leadership resources to help nonprofits support healthy, just communities. The Consulting and Executive Transitions Program provides capacity-building consulting services, focusing on executive and organizational
transitions, succession planning, coaching for leadership and teams, and general consulting. There are multiple unpaid positions available for the fall semester. This internship will be customized to fit your personal learning goals. However, some potential projects could include: Shadowing consultants in the field, taking notes at meetings and drafting reports for clients, evaluating internal systems and processes, providing recommendations for improvement, analyzing evaluation data and developing reports, researching organizational transitions and developing materials for use by consultants, researching and evaluating businesses used by TSNE for strategic contracting decisions, independent projects co-developed by the intern and TSNE staff. If you would like to apply to this internship, please visit: http://www.tsne.org/jobs/CET_intern.

C2C: Position with C2C Sustainability Leadership Training Initiative (Annandale-on-Hudson, NY)

Bard College’s Center for Environmental Policy seeks applicants for a full time position as Workshop Facilitator for the C2C Fellows Project, which provides weekend training opportunities for undergraduates and recent graduates who aspire to sustainability leadership in business and politics. The Workshop Facilitator, working with the Project Director and Bard CEP graduate students, will organize, recruit for, and help lead C2C Fellows workshops around the country. Additional duties include oversight of the project webpage, management of communications and social media, and support for fund-raising.

 The successful applicant will have a Bachelor’s Degree with experience in event organizing, preferably in green business or politics. Excellent public speaking skills and experience facilitating group discussions are particularly desired. The position is for one year and may be renewable, depending on funding.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received until the position is filled. Please send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the names of at least three references by email only to hr12050@bard.edu. Bard College is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from individuals who contribute to its diversity.

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