Tufts Gets Green

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Date: September 10, 2012

Oct 13: Medford’s Harvest Your Energy Festival

When: Saturday October 13, 2012 1-4 pm

Where: Base of the Medford Wind Turbine, Riverbend Park, Medford, MA (behind the McGlynn Schools Freedom Way, Medford, MA)

Rain Location: McGlynn School Building Cafeteria


  • Wind Turbine Presentations followed by tours of “Windy” the Wind Turbine!
  • Home Energy Seminar given by actual home energy auditors
  • Learn how to save energy and money with free home energy assessments, tap the power of solar energy, and MORE!
  • Support local organizations; buy their food and energy/environment-related products
  • Enjoy a beautiful fall day along the Mystic River and see the wind turbine up close
  • Enjoy the live music!
  • Mass Energy will be there to connect you with free home energy assessments and energy upgrade rebates

The City is currently looking for additional businesses and organizations to have tables and sponsor the Festival. For more information please download the vendor application to have a table or contact Alicia Hunt in Medford’s Office of Energy and Environment at ahunt@medford.org or 781-393-2137, to learn about sponsorship opportunities.

Click here for more info.


Sept 4-Oct 5: Register for EPA’s Campus RainWorks Design Challenge

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has opened registration for student teams from colleges and universities across the country to participate in its new design competition, the Campus RainWorks Challenge, through which teams will compete to develop innovative approaches to stormwater management. This first annual competition, will help raise awareness of green design and planning approaches at colleges and universities, and train the next generation of landscape architects, planners, and engineers in green infrastructure principles and design. Stormwater is a major cause of harmful water pollution in urban areas in the U.S., impacting tens of thousands of miles of rivers, streams, and coastal shorelines, as well as hundreds of thousands of acres of lakes, reservoirs, and ponds.

Student teams, working with a faculty advisor, will submit design plans for a proposed green infrastructure project for their campus. Registration for the Campus RainWorks Challenge is open from September 4 through October 5, and entries must be submitted by December 14, 2012 for consideration. Winning entries will be selected by EPA and announced in April 2013. Winning teams will earn a cash prize of $1,500 – $2,500, as well as $8,000 – $11,000 in funds for their faculty advisor to conduct research on green infrastructure. In 2013, EPA plans to expand Campus RainWorks by inviting students to design and complete a demonstration project assessing innovative green infrastructure approaches on their campus.

EPA is encouraging the use of green infrastructure as a solution to help manage stormwater runoff. Green Infrastructure uses vegetation, soils, and natural processes to manage stormwater runoff at its source and provide other community benefits. Green infrastructure is increasingly being used to supplement or substitute for single-purpose ³gray² infrastructure investments such as pipes, and ponds. The Campus RainWorks Challenge will help encourage the use of green infrastructure projects on college and university campuses to manage stormwater discharges.

More information on the Campus RainWorks Challenge.

Student Organizers – Tufts Energy Conference 2013

Interested in the energy sector? Hope to develop great professional skills over the next five months while networking with leaders in the energy field? Every year over thirty student organizers come together to produce the ever-growing Tufts Energy Conference (TEC). TEC 2013 will be held on March 1st and 2nd 2013, and we’re excited to be rolling out panels ranging from oil exploration in the Arctic to the role of digital communications in increasing energy efficiency to the economics behind the U.S. ‘Golden Age of Gas.’ It’s an exciting time to learn more about the energy industry, applications are encouraged from undergraduates and graduate students to join one of our eight organizing teams (Marketing, Sponsorship, Content, Operations, Finance, Web Development, Showcase and the Tufts Energy Competition) as student organizers. As a TEC student organizer you’ll have a great opportunity to bring new skills to a growing conference, add new skills to your own resume and portfolio, help produce a great conference, and have the ability to network with leaders in the energy sector. Please see the attached PDF for more information about the conference and the application. Applications are brief at one page and are due by 5 pm next Thursday 09/13.

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