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Sept 8: Meet Me at the Mystic

When: Saturday, September 8th, 9am – noon

Where: Starting from the Mystic Lakes Dam, Medford (map)

Paddling, Art, Music, and a Bicycle Tour too!

The Mystic River Watershed Association a full family-friendly schedule of artists and music along the banks of the Mystic Lake and River for your morning enjoyment, as well as discounted boat rentals! 

Come by bike, boat, on foot or drive. Bring strollers and your dog – whatever usually brings you to the shores of this urban beauty.

Rent a canoe or kayak!

Boats will be available at 9AM at adiscounted rental fee - $15 for single kayaks and $25 for canoes and double kayaks, but you must reserve in advance.Reserve your boat here! Of course, you can also bring your own boat to join in the fun. Join others in a trip down to the Alewife Brook starting at 9:30 a.m.

Bicycle Tour

Join the fun of this movable festival along the Mystic River. Cyclists will meet near the canoe launch at the Mystic Lakes Dam, Medford at 9AM. Read the full details here. This is a fun, leisure paced ride for the whole family. Art bikes, fun bikes and fat tired cruisers recommended.

Calling All Artists!

Beginners or professionals, join artists on the banks of the Mystic River to draw, paint, sketch en plein air with a core group of accomplished artists. Bring your own easel and materials. Appropriate for children – simply bring a sketch pad and chair or blanket along with markers, pencils or crayons. Whether your art involves nature, light, trees, people, water, come find inspiration with a morning en plein air! Details here.

Join your friends and neighbors in an early morning cheer to the river and watershed ­ a resource that has brought so much enjoyment to our community. Meet us at 9:00AM on Saturday, September 8 at the parking lot beside the new dam between the Upper and Lower Mystic Lakes in Medford and Arlington.Download the brochure.

This event is part of the Mystic River Watershed Association’s 40th Anniversary! Read more about Meet Me at the Mystic and other special 40th Anniversary events here.

Aug 27: Summer Book Club meeting – The Story of Stuff

The incoming freshmen aren’t the only people reading The Story of Stuff this summer. Named the common book for the Class of 2016, The Story of Stuff by Annie Leonard is also our pick for this summer’s book club. It’s a very engaging, accessible, eye-opening read, so go borrow/pick up a copy and come join us for a brown bag lunch on Monday, August 27.

Bring your lunch (and opinions) to the Miller Hall Conference Room at noon. Annie Leonard herself is visiting us in October so let’s all talk about what to ask her.

P.S. There may be ice cream. Shhhh!

Sep 15: NESEA Annual Meeting (Portland, ME)

The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) Community is gathering on September 15th at the Portland Public Library for our 2012 Annual Meeting, and you’re invited to join us!

What’s on the agenda?

  • Panel Discussion on the “Pretty Good House.”
  • Tour of Portland Public Library’s high performance systems.
  • Walking tours of nearby buildings with sustainable design.
  • Remarks from the NESEA Board and Executive Director.
  • Reception and networking.

Visit  to get signed up.

Campus Sustainability Coordinator (UC Santa Barbara, CA)

The University of California, Santa Barbara ( is seeking applications for a combined job position of Campus Sustainability Coordinator and TGIF Grant Program Manager. TGIF, The Green Initiative Fund, is our student funded green granting agency.

Applications for primary consideration are due August 1st, 2012 at 10:00pm PST though applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


Tips for a greener move-in


It’s that time of year again when students begin looking at their belongings and wonder how they managed to drag so much stuff home last spring… and how they could possibly stuff it all back into boxes to bring back to school.

Move-in (as well as move-out) days may cause people to act less sustainably than they otherwise would. More items tend to get cast aside, left behind and thrown out because it might seem easier to buy new things upon arrival than transport them.

The Tufts Office of Sustainability has put together the Quick and Easy Steps to Moving in Green, a guide for anyone who is changing abodes. For instance, it encourages individuals to reuse or buy once-used furniture rather than buying new. Not only does this cut back on cost, but it saves resources and energy.  If one cannot avoid buying new rather than used items, consider buying Energy Star® rated products. Other green move-in tips include:

  • Bring reusable containers, utensils, water bottles, mugs, etc. to reduce waste and save money
  • Save trees and reduce pollution by purchasing recycled content paper and notebooks.
  • Exchange inefficient incandescent light bulbs for efficient CFLs.  Light bulbs can be exchanged at the Tufts  Office of Sustainabilityduring orientation, or through your Eco Rep-in-Residence, FOR FREE!

Visit our website for the complete guide for a Greener Move-In.

Communities benefit from Tufts Computer Donation Program

Tufts Community Relations (TCR) has been working with University Information Technology (UIT) for several years to donate computers to community agencies and schools.

The Tufts Computer Donation Program collects, cleans up and donates Tufts-owned computers that are less than five years old to the Grafton, Boston, and Medford/Somerville communities. Older computers are recycled via Tufts’ long-standing recycling program. Before donation, all computer hard drives are wiped and their operating systems  reinstalled. UIT then provides a list of available computers to TCR to identify organizations that would benefit from a donation.

Medford/Somerville faculty and staff with old computers to donate should go to Facilities’ website and ask to schedule a time for them to pick-up your old computer. If you work in Boston or Grafton, email   For more details, visit UIT’s website.


Aug 14: Medford Wind Turbine Tour

Ever wondered what the wind turbine off of Rt 93 looked like up close? This is your chance to find out.

Take a tour with the Medford Energy Department folks and hear about how it was built, listen to it whir and even peek inside! Friends/family are welcome. RSVP now!

The tour will begin at the McGlynn school, where we will first listen to a short presentation about the permitting and installation of the turbine, and then we will visit the turbine up close.

When: August 14, noon

Where: Meet at the Office of Sustainability or at the McGlynn School

Jul 10: Film showing of “YERT: Your Environmental Road Trip”

YERTWhen: Tuesday, at noon

Where: Olin 011

Called to action by a planet in peril, three friends hit the road—traveling with hope, humor, and all of their garbage—to explore every state in America in search of the extraordinary innovators and citizens who are tackling humanity’s greatest environmental crises.

The Office of Sustainability has sponsored a viewing of this film before and is excited to offer those who missed it during Earth Week an opportunity to watch this inspiring, eye-opening docu-comedy.

Read our film review or click here for more information on the film.

Jul 18: Webinar on Career Advice for the Environmental Industry

Looking for #career advice? Register today for our second @NAEP /APU complimentary webinar on career advice which will focus on how to build “The Perfect #Resume ” so that you can stand out in the #environmental industry. This session will bring experts to the table to provide a deep dive on resumes, hear perspectives from experienced HR and hiring managers as well as top career development experts in the industry who play active roles at the National Association of Environmental Professionals.

This webinar will be hosted on Wednesday, July 18, 2012 – 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET. To register or for more information, please visit: Register today or forward this opportunity to a friend.

This webinar will be hosted on Wednesday, July 18, 2012 – 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET. To register or for more information, please visit: Register today or forward this opportunity to a friend.

Summer Intern – Food to Fork (Boston, MA)

This internship will focus on assessing existing nutrition education and cooking programs in Boston with the aim of establishing a coordinated network of educators and programs across the City and ultimately, empowering residents to prepare healthy and nutritious meals for themselves and their families. The nutrition intern will have two principle responsibilities: investigate existing nutrition education and cooking classes in Boston, their intended audience, cost, and timeframe; propose a forum for knitting these programs together, identifying gaps in programming, and recommend a pathway for the Office of Food Initiatives to improve access to programming in Boston’s neighborhoods.

Contact: Edith Murnane