Apply now to be an Eco Rep for the Spring 2013 Semester!
The Tufts Eco-Representatives (Eco-Reps) are a group of residential students who help to raise awareness about ecological issues, encourage environmentally responsible behavior in their hall-mates and peers, and plan related events and activities. They also organize group activities, collaborative projects, and represent the Eco-Reps Program at various campus events. Eco-Reps attend a training retreat at the beginning of the semester as well as weekly meetings. For more information about the program, visit our website.
The application process is rolling, so apply today! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Zero Waste Week
Today, October 17th, is the start of Zero Waste Week! From October 17th to October 24th, 200 students will participate in this challenge to raise awareness that trash doesn’t just “disappear.” Participating students will place all trash that will not otherwise not be recycled or composted in a clear plastic bag that they will carry around with them for the week. Students should feel less compelled to create waste since they’ll have to carry it all with them! The plastic bags will be dropped off on the RezQuad at Mt. Trashmore on October 24th and the amount generated by the participants will be compared to the trash generated from a comparable sized dorm. Visit the Office of Sustainability, the Crafts House, or find your Eco-Rep to be a part of the challenge!
October 24th, the end of Zero Waste Week, is also Sustainability Day! This event, taking place from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm, focuses on raising awareness of what has been done and what needs to be worked on to become a sustainable campus. Events for this year’s Sustainability Day include Mt. Trashmore, which will feature individual piles of trash taken from Miller, Houston, Carmichael, and Hill Halls, and “The Story of Bananas” dinner at Dewick. “The Story of Bananas” dinner seeks to educate students on the path of the dining halls’ most eaten fruit from farm all the way to compost. Check out the five stations, play the fun foodie game to win banana themed prizes, and enjoy foods with bananas! In addition, Annie Leonard, the author of “The Story of Stuff” will be holding a talk, question and answer, and book signing session in Cohen Auditorium from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm.
Last night Eco-Rep Sidney May, the Eco-Rep for Wren Hall, held her first event. She set up a tap water vs bottled water taste test and raffled off a Brita reusable water bottle! Sidney threw residents a fun curve ball by serving only tap water. Residents had fun doing the test and were almost always surprised they tried two cups of tap water. Way to go, Sidney!
Hill and West residents, don’t miss the Sustainability Dinner event tomorrow night put on by Eco-Reps Chantal Davis and Laina Piera. The dinner will focus on sustainability of the food in the dining halls. You can’t miss the delicious Flatbread pizzas they’ll be serving for dinner! The event takes place from 6-7pm in the Hill Hall Lounge.
Plus, look out of Do It In the Dark, an inter-dorm competition to see which can reduce their energy consumption the most over a one-month period! More information to come in our next post!
The State University of New York (SUNY) System Administration is seeking a half-time Project Assistant to the SUNY Director of Sustainability. The SUNY Office of Sustainability is responsible for working to reduce the carbon footprint of SUNY through its operations and finding ways to integrate and discover synergies between sustainability research projects across the SUNY campuses. The Office is acting strategically to implement innovative programs that will reduce energy usage, encourage renewable energy projects, and improve the food infrastructure as it relates to the food consumed on our campuses as well as agriculture in the State of New York.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Coordinate campus initiatives in an effort to meet SUNY’s energy goals.
- Coordinate meetings, speakers and conferences for the SUNY Office of Sustainability.
- Prepare presentations and reports for the SUNY Office of Sustainability.
- Maintain communication between 29 SUNY state-operated campuses on current and planned sustainability practices and initiatives.
- Coordinate and promote collaboration between SUNY student environmental groups.
Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree, preferably in environmental studies, engineering, biology, chemistry or physics. Advanced degree or experience is preferable.
For more information and to apply, click here.
This is a unique opportunity to help BPS develop their first ever Boston Public Schools Sustainability Report. The position would begin immediately and work through the end of the semester. The goals of the project include the following:
1. Collect consistent and comprehensive information (qualitative and quantitative) data from all of the BPS departments and 128 schools on what they are doing related to sustainability.
2. Educate school leaders and administrators on what it means to be a green school and provide resources to them on ways they can improve their practices, operations, curriculum.
3. Compile the data and organize the layout of the report.
4. Develop graphs, info graphics, compile photos, etc., to display the information gathered in an appealing manner.
For more information and to apply, please contact Phoebe Beierle: email@example.com
We would like to invite you to attend the MIT Energy Night. The event will be held from 5:00-8:30 pm on October 19, 2012 at the MIT Museum. The MIT Energy Night showcases energy research, initiatives, and entrepreneurship at MIT. It is a large scale poster session and is free and open to the public. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served. You do not need to RSVP.
Presenters are MIT graduate students, postdocs and MIT-affiliated start-ups. In past years, MIT faculty, energy professionals, technology investors, local and national press have attended the event. The event first started in 2006 with 30 poster presenters and 600 attendees. Last year, the event attracted 70 poster presenters and over 1,300 attendees! For more information, please visit our website: http://mitenergynight.org/