Author: Elyssa G. Anneser (page 1 of 7)

Move Out Donations, Recycling, and Waste

The Office of Sustainability, in partnership with the FIRST Center and Tufts Food Rescue, is collecting donations of select items to divert from the landfill during Move Out and provide them to Tufts students who need them.* 

There will be two donation stations:  

  1. Downhill (Haskell Hall on Latin Way) 
  2. Uphill (Carmichael Hall Parking Lot)  

Donation stations will be located next to the UPS storage/shipping spots and will have the same hours:  

  • Thursday, March 12 from 2 P.M. – 8 P.M. 
  • Friday, March 13 through Sunday, March 15 from 10 A.M. – 6 P.M. (each day) 
  • Monday, March 16 from 9 A.M. – 2 P.M. 

*If someone needs to donate at night when there is no one staffing the donation stations, there will be a U-Box at both stations to place the items in.

Here is a list of items we plan to collect as donations at these stations (please don’t donate anything if sick):  

  • Clothing (winter only) 
  • Sheets 
  • Large hard plastics, including storage containers and fans 
  • Lamps 
  • Mirrors 
  • Dining hall dishes 
  • Books/school supplies 
  • Vacuums 
  • Crutches
  • Unopened food (for Tufts Food Rescue)
  • Misc: laundry detergent, unopened bottles, cleaning supplies, good quality kitchen items, feminine hygiene products 

We will have additional collection bins at these stations for recycling the following:  

  • Plastic film, including grocery bags, air pillows, bubble wrap, and produce bags 
  • Small electronics 
  • Compost 

Students will be allowed to leave two types of donations in their residence hall rooms. Aside from these items, everything else must be removed from the residence halls:   

  • Clothing donations (including belts, shoes, rags), located inside provided blue bags 
  • Personal mini-fridges, labeled as donations 

There will be large open top trash dumpsters placed at the following locations: SoGo, Harleston, Latin Way, Miller, Carm, Hillside, and Bush.  

Black, blue, and clear trash bags will be available to students in the lobbies:  

  • Use the black bags for trash and take them out to the open top dumpsters that have been placed near the dorms.  
  • If needed, use clear bags for recycling and take them out to the adjacent recycling dumpsters (please empty recyclables into recycling dumpsters and put the empty clear bag into the trash) 
  • Use blue bags for clothing donations (excluding winter clothes and sheets), to be left in room 

*NOTE: This plan as well as the list of items we are accepting is subject to change dependent upon the labor and infrastructure that we are able to organize last-second. We will keep students updated with any changes.  

Summer Graduate Student Policy Fellow, City of Boston, Boston MA

Job Description:

Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu serves as an At-Large Councilor representing all of Boston’s neighborhoods. Her office is offering a paid summer policy fellowship for a local graduate student to contribute a meaningful policy project in line with Councilor Wu’s focus on climate change, income inequality, and systemic racism. This fellowship opportunity is open to current graduate school students who will be residing in Boston during the summer. The fellowship may also include attending community meetings, managing and responding to constituent services requests, and providing staff support to the Councilor.

More information and application here


Summer Diversity and Inclusion Intern, Boston MA

Job Description:

Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu serves as an At-Large Councilor representing all of Boston’s neighborhoods. To support Councilor Wu’s work to promote diversity within local government, especially on her focus areas of climate change, income inequality, and systemic racism, her office is seeking a positive, passionate, hard-working, local undergraduate student to participate in a paid, 8-10 week summer internship. This internship opportunity is open to current undergraduate students who will be residing in Boston during the summer.

More information and application here


Earth Lovers

Happy Valentine’s day from the Office of Sustainability! Who is your special Valentine this year? This year (and every year) our valentine is the Earth! We love the Earth, because it is our home and like any home, we have to care for it and show our appreciation every day. The Earth gives so much to us and asks for so little in return, but every now and then, our beautiful home could use some help and appreciation.

Valentine’s Day may only be one day a year, but you can show the Earth how much you love it every day!

These are just some of the things we do to show Earth love today and every day:

  • Conserve energy: turn off the lights!
  • Grab a reusable mug to get some coffee.
  • Bundle up, instead of turning up the heat.
  • Be prepared: carry a reusable shopping bag everywhere!
  • Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot
  • Compost: turn spoil into soil.
  • Unplug all electronic devices and spend time with friends and family.

How do you show your love for the Earth?

We asked the Eco-Reps to send us their thoughts about loving the Earth. Here are a couple of their responses:

Plastic Bag Ban in Boston

The other day, I was walking home with a friend when suddenly she stopped and grabbed my arm “Look, its an owl in the tree!” she exclaimed! Upon closer inspection, our owl was really a white plastic bag perched in the branches. Unfortunately, this experience is not a novel one; every day, we walk past plastic litter in the streets and without thinking twice about it, but the City of Boston has decided to do something about this. This past December, Boston became the 60th community in Massachusetts to introduce a “ban” on plastic bags. The “ban” that will go into effect December of 2018, but it isn’t exactly a ban. Consumers will still be able to use plastic bags in the city, but there will be a 5 cent charge for each bag used. This ban is essentially a tax on plastic bags, incentivizing consumers to bring their own bags while shopping in Boston.

There is strong evidence that these plastic bag bans are extremely effective at reducing the amount of plastic waste in the environment. According to Scientific American, the plastic bag tax which was implemented in Ireland in 2002 has to lead to 95% reduction in plastic bag litter in the Irish environment. In San Jose, a plastic bag ban has reduced the amount of plastic bags found in storm drains by 90%.

Only time will tell how effective the ban will we at reducing plastic waste in Boston, but there are simple actions that consumers can do to reduce the amount of plastic waste in the environment. The easiest way to reduce your plastic consumption is to bring reusable bags whenever you go shopping!

For more tips on reducing your waste while shopping checks out some tips from Bea Johnson!

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