Sustainability at Tufts

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Author: Anne Stratton (page 3 of 16)

Oct. 13: Enterprise Farm’s Harvest Picnic

Harvest Picnic!
Saturday, October 13
11am-2pm

 

Join us for an afternoon of autumn fun at the 2012 Enterprise Farm Harvest Picnic! Bring your friends, family, and a dish to share. We’ll provide the music, hay rides, a trip through the Maize Maze, and more!

Enterprise Farm is located at 72 River Rd, Whately, MA. For more detailed directions, see the Enterprise website’s directions page.

CIERP’s Energy, Climate & Innovation Research Seminar Series

Mondays, 12:30-1:45 PM

September 24:
“Riding the Unicorn: The Myth of Sustainability”
Bruce J. Oreck, U.S. Ambassador to Finland and Chair, League of Green Embassies
Cabot 703, The Fletcher School

October 22:
“Public Perceptions of Wind Energy Development in Massachusetts”
Maria Petrova, Postdoctoral Fellow, CIERP, The Fletcher School
Cabot 702, The Fletcher School

November 19:
“No Great Wall – The Global Diffusion of Clean Energy Technologies”
Kelly Sims Gallagher, Associate Professor of Energy and Environmental Policy and
Director of CIERP’s Energy, Climate, and Innovation Program, The Fletcher School
Cabot 702, The Fletcher School

December 3:
“Climate Change as a Driver of Humanitarian Crises and Response”
Peter Walker, Director of the Feinstein International Center and Rosenberg
Professor of Nutrition and Human Security, Tufts University
Cabot 702, The Fletcher School

For event flyers and additional information, visit the Fletcher School’s events page here.

Sept 18 & 21: Mass. Car-Free Week Kick-Off & Celebration

Tufts Office of Sustainability is celebrating Massachusetts Car-Free Week September 17th-23rd by encouraging students and faculty members to make their commutes car-light!

Endorsing the environmental, financial, community, and health benefits of sustainable travel options, Mass. Car-Free Week promotes public transit, carpooling, bicycling, walking and teleworking as greener modes of transportation.

Track your progress on www.nuride.com, a travel rewards and ride-sharing program sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. Win daily prizes for commuting car-free by signing into NuRide from September 17th-23rd!

Tufts Office of Sustainability will guide you through Mass. Car-Free Week with Kick-Off and Celebration events:

Kick-Off: Tuesday, September 18th, 11am – 2pm: Tufts Office of Sustainability (OOS) will host a kick-off event on the lower patio of Mayer Campus Center to promote the environmental and economic benefits of car-light commuting for Mass. Car-Free Week. The OOS will be signing up students and staff for Car-Free Week via NuRide. Come join the local biking and alternative transit community to register your bike, pick up bike maps and flyers, purchase bike locks and other transit merchandise, and learn about everything from folding bikes to car-sharing!

Celebration: Friday, September 21st, 11am – 2pm: There is such thing as a free lunch! Tufts Office of Sustainability will offer a free lunch for all registered participants in Mass. Car-Free Week. Enjoy a meal in the Pearson parking lot (across from Dewick dining hall), where Professor Cathy Stanton’s Anthropology 132 “Myth, Ritual, & Symbol” class  will demonstrate alternative uses for an open parking space. Please RSVP to the lunch either by sharing a picture of your car-light ride on our Twitter (@tuftsOOS) or Facebook, or by sending us an email of your NuRide account progress at tuftsoos@gmail.com.

To learn more about Mass. Car-Free Week and other events in the Boston area, visit the MassRIDES website.

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.

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