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Reusable Plates of Grafton

The final President’s Picnic of 2016 was held in Grafton on Wednesday, June 15th, a lovely and sunny conclusion to the annual year-end event series.

Drinks and condiments were served in bulk, which cut back on the amount of plastic and other packaging waste produced during the event.

Attendees were encouraged to BYOP — bring your own plates — as another way to reduce waste. Over 80 people brought their own dishes.

Anyone who brought their own dishes, cups, or utensils was entered into a raffle for a special prize. The first 50 visitors to our table also got a prize automatically!

Lillian of Student Services at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine won the top prize – a reusable, stainless steel lunch kit and utensil set!

Recycling interns helped sort recycling and compost at special Zero Waste Stations.

6 bags of recycling were collected, weighing about 48 pounds, while there were 40 pounds of food waste. Trash from the entire event fit into a tiny bag and weighed less than 2 pounds!

The lunch was catered by Loaves and Fishes.

Many thanks to everyone who helped make this event zero waste!

See all the photos here.

Reusable Plates of Boston

President Monaco hosted the second of three President’s Picnics on Monday, June 13th, at the Boston Campus. The annual Picnics bring together staff and faculty on each of Tufts’ campuses to celebrate community and another year of hard work — and is also one of the major zero-waste events held throughout the year.

As part of the zero waste campaign, attendees were encouraged to BYOP — Bring Your Own Plate (and other picnic necessities) — which allowed less reliance on disposable dishes, cutlery, and cups.

  

Condiments were served in large containers, rather than individual packets, to cut down on packaging waste.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drinks were likewise served in bulk to reduce waste.

Recycling interns helped sort recycling and compost at special Zero Waste Stations. 17 bags of compost were collected, compared with only one of trash!

The event was catered by Corporate Chefs.

Attendees who brought their own dishes could also win special, sustainable prizes!

Attendees did a fantastic job helping us keep this event zero-waste. We hope everyone enjoyed the great food and company and can carry their sustainable picnic practices into the future!

See all the photos here.

Biking Resources at Tufts

Whether you regularly pedal your way to work or are looking to take advantage of the warmer weather and incorporate biking into your routine, your biked miles can help you and your company, office, or school win prizes through Bay State Bike Week. Massachusetts is the only state with its own statewide bike week, and it starts in just over a week! From May 14th to May 22nd, events across Massachusetts will encourage and reward bike ridership and promote bike safety and awareness.

You can sign up as an individual to participate and compete, but you can also join the Tufts team through the MassCommute Bicycle Challenge. Last year Tufts cyclists logged over 900 miles during Bay State Bike Week – can we top that this year?

As you participate (and after!), check out these resources available on the Boston and Medford campuses:

  • Showers and changing rooms at 574 Boston Avenue (Medford)
  • Bike racks across campus (check locations on the Tufts Bike Map)
  • Bike safety tips (also available on the Tufts Bike Map)
  • A new bike repair station outside the Medford Campus Center
  • Tufts Bikes offers a free bike share as well as mechanic hours
  • Hubway bike rental throughout the city, including locations near the Tufts campuses
  • Join NuRide, a program which rewards you for finding more sustainable ways to travel and commute

Know of any bike resources we’ve missed? Tweet them to us — @GreenTufts !

New Partnership Fights Food Waste and Food Insecurity

foodrescue

A collaboration between Tufts Dining, staff and faculty, students and Food for Free seeks to minimize food waste at Tufts while at the same time addressing food insecurity in our host communities. Through the new Tufts Food Rescue Collaborative, Tufts Dining donates about 125 lbs. of food per week. Learn more about the initiative. 

We’re hiring!

Wanting to be making posts like this, improving our newsletters, posting to Facebook and Twitter and helping craft our videos and progress reports? The Tufts Office of Sustainability is seeking an undergraduate student with strong communications skills to help inform the Tufts community about the university’s sustainability initiatives. The intern will assist with office communications, including creating documents and outreach materials, writing articles, assisting with social media programming, and performing website and blog maintenance. This position is for the 2016-2017 academic year and will begin in September 2016. Interns are expected to work approximately 8 hours per week.

See the full position and apply here.

Application deadline: Position is open until filled.

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