Sustainability at Tufts

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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

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  • 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.