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Signing up for the MassCommute Bicycle Challenge!

Knowing that the MassCommute Bicycle Challenge is coming up, I decided to do my part and register for the Tufts cycling team. Being fully away of how difficult it can sometimes be to register for large events such as the Challenge, I decided to document the process in hopes that it would serve to be of some use for interested Jumbos looking to ditch the car and grab their bikes for the week.

Screenshot 2014-05-02 14.41.53After typing in the URL, I was met with the MassCommute Bike Challenge main page. It was incredibly simple to read, easy to navigate, and fairly minimalist. The sections were displayed on the left and were short and sweet. Below the main  “Welcome” message was what looked like the log data for the upcoming event, and the tab “Register for the Challenge Today!” was directly in front of me.

Screenshot 2014-05-02 14.50.30Clicking on it led me to a page that asked me to type a username and come up with a password. I used my email for the username, jotted down a password for the website, and clicked continue.

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The information page loaded after this. Being familiar with registration sites, I was prepared for copious amounts of information to be asked (Email, phone number, home address, blood type, mother’s maiden name, work history, your kindergarten teacher’s best friend’s third cat’s middle name) and feared for the worse. I was surprised that, much like the other pages of the website, it was incredibly simple and uncomplicated It asked me my affiliation, so I selected “school” and picked Tufts from a drop down menu. I was also asked my age, gender, typical bike mileage, and reason for registering. It took me two minutes to give them the information before I continued to the next page.

I agreed to the Terms and Conditions after that and was told that my registration was complete. “That was it?!” I thought to myself. “Really?!”

I was fascinated by the expedient nature of the website, how easily I was able to prepare to cycle for Tufts, and how ready I was to grab my bike and hit the road. The takeaway from this is: Signing up for the bike challenge is simple, painless, and takes less than a few minutes.  If you want to represent the school, its as easy as that.

-Tim

 

 

A Message from Tufts’ Provost David Harris – Century Ride!

Tufts Century Ride
Dear Tufts Colleagues,

Please join me for a bike ride on May 9th. As in 2012, the full ride will be about 100 miles, with stops on the Medford/Somerville, Grafton, and Boston campuses (i.e., Tufts Century). If you would prefer a shorter ride, there are options starting at 20 miles.


Registration is open to Tufts students, faculty, staff, and alumni until April 18th. There are a limited number of spots available so please register early. Visit our site
for more information and to register. For any further questions, please email tuftscentury@tufts.edu.

The Tufts Century Ride, in collaboration with the Tufts Cycling Team, is designed to provide a fun way for community members to connect and a unique way to see our three campuses. If you are not able to join us for the ride, it would be wonderful to see you during one of our campus stops or at the closing reception. Please visit our site for times and locations.


Best,

David Harris

Position: Energy Campaign Coordinator (MD Sierra Club)

Position: Chapter Campaign and Policy Representative, Beyond Coal
Campaign: The Beyond Coal campaign is a nationwide grassroots effort to eliminate coal’s contribution to global warming no later than 2030 and replace the existing coal infrastructure with a clean energy economy fueled by wind, solar, and geothermal. The Beyond Coal campaign is working to stop the construction of new coal-fired power plants, retire and replace the existing fleet of coal plants, and keep the U.S. coal reserves underground and out of world markets. The Beyond Coal campaign is experiencing significant growth and is seeking passionate coal fighters to join our team. To learn more about our campaign visit: http:beyondcoal.org.
Scope:  
The Campaign and Policy Representative is responsible for the planning, coordination and implementation of the Beyond Coal campaign strategies and activities in Maryland. Collaborates with and coordinates the Campaign’s activities with the Maryland Chapter, volunteers and appropriate staffing resources. Develops strategies, implements state-level work plans, communicates priorities and benchmarks, provides leadership, promotes participation and reports on campaign effectiveness. Represents the Sierra Club to government officials, the media, business and community leaders, allies and other organizations, and the public.          
Job Activities:
The Representative plans and carries out activities for the Beyond Coal campaign. Participates in the development of a strategic campaign plan, goals and objectives for Maryland. Implements the state level aspects of a strategic campaign. Collaborates with Sierra Club’s Environmental Law Program, Chapter, Communications Department, Organizing and On-Line Organizing Capacities, Political Team, Sierra Student Coalition, Sierra Club’s programs including but not limited to Environmental Justice, Labor, Partnerships, and volunteer leadership to ensure the execution of a Maryland-based campaign to move the state off of coal to renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Paid Undergraduate Research Internship in Food Systems (Tufts University)

When: Summer 2014

Where: Tufts University

Deadline: April 30th

 

The undergraduate research assistant will work closely with Agriculture, Food & Environment doctoral student (Jamie Picardy) in collecting primary data from customers of specialty markets in Metro-Boston.   He/she will administer a survey to estimate demand for local meat products and assess consumers’ preferences on animal management practices.  The student will enter/process survey data into a common format.

Student Qualities:  Reliable, outgoing, friendly and patient with customers.  Has access to personal vehicle to drive to suburban grocery stores.  Can work at various times: mornings, afternoons, evenings and a few weekend shifts.  Interested in sustainable agriculture and meat production.  Basic experience using Excel (tables).
Training:  The undergraduate research assistant will receive training regarding issues that surround conventional and alternative meat production.  This training will provide a basic foundation to answer questions that may arise from the customer participants.
Schedule:
April 2014: Position advertised
May 2014:  Interviewing and training
June 2014:  In-store data collection and processing
July 2014:   In-store data collection and processing
Hourly at $13/hour, part-time, with more work hours during 3 weeks of in-store data collection.
The estimated total time of the internship is 150 hours. To apply, please contact Jamie Picardy by April 30th, 2014 via email (jpicardy@yahoo.com).

Position Available: Active Transportation Division Manager (Portland, Oregon)

Deadline: April 21st

Portland’s Active Transportation Division‘s Division Manager is a high level position that manages over 20 employees and has a hand in policy, promotion, politics and capital projects related to walking and biking. Bike share, Sunday Parkways, Safe Routes to School (operating in over 90 Portland schools), and the nationally-recognized Portland SmartTrips are among the programs that the DM oversees.
Download the recruitment brochure here for more information.

Summer Internship Position: Environmental League of Massachusetts (ELM)

Due Date: May 15th

The Environmental League of Massachusetts is now hiring summer interns for the 2014 year. Such work involves:

  • Legislation and environmental policy
  • Action alerts on time-critical issues in need of grassroots support
  • Environmental news impacting Massachusetts
  • Events in the environmental community – talks, conferences, films

The ELM is a nonprofit educational and advocacy organization dedicated to protecting the health of the environment and citizenry by safeguarding the land, water and air of Massachusetts Commonwealth. ELM is focused on environmental advocacy and strengthening the voice and effectiveness of the environmental community. ELM advocates for strong environmental laws and regulations on a broad range of environmental issues, voices the concerns of citizens, ensures that laws are properly implemented and enforced, and educates the public.

Eco-Reps Update: New Events!!!

There have been many Eco-Rep Events this month all that involve sustainability, environmental awareness and empowering Tufts students.

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Compost and Mud Pies

Last week a composting event was held at Houston at which residents learned how to compost, what to compos,t and the purpose of composting. To give a creative spin, the Eco-Rep Rachel Grudt and residents made delectable compostable deserts called ‘mud pies’.

Environmental Jeopardy

On Thursday, Bush and Hodgdon hosted a joint event of Environmental Jeopardy, where residents from both dorms participated in answering Jeopardy questions about composting, recycling, and basic environmental facts. This event also had a make-your-own-fajita Chipotle bar!

Get ready for Earthfest happening on April 11th—and look out for the clothing swap where second-hand clothes are free for the taking! Hang out on the academic quad starting from 11 to 2 pm to see it for yourself!

 

-by Hayley Ernyey

Communications Internship (Bay Circuit Alliance)

Location: Boston, MA

Expected Start Date: May 2014

Salary: $2,000 stipend (15 hrs a week over three months)

Application Due Date: May 1st

The Bay Circuit Alliance (BCA), founded in 1990 to protect and steward the Bay Circuit Trail and Greenway, seeks a Communications Intern. The Alliance is collaboratively led by the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) and The Trustees of Reservations. The Communications Intern will assist the Director of the BCA in promotion and outreach for the Bay Circuit Trail and Greenway (BCTG). The BCTG is a 230+ mile trail stretching from Plum Island to Kingston Bay. The trail provides over 4 million people in the Greater Boston area with close-to-home recreation opportunities.

Click Here for more info!

Design a Shirt, Win an Internship! (Center for Sustainability, Shanghai)

Screenshot 2014-04-04 14.19.11The Center for Sustainability in Shanghai, China, is holding a Green T-Shirt Design Competition! Create your own designs promoting sustainability and the Center will put it on a T-Shirt. The competition will take place for 3 weeks, during which the Center will post the designs on their Facebook page. Votes will decide who wins.

The Winner receive a free t-shirt and a customizable Internship from the Center for Sustainability. Visit the website for more information!

SustainUS- Youth Delegate, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

Application Deadline: 11:59 pm EDT April 3, 2014.
Organization: SustainUS

Position Title: 
Youth delegate to the 20th Session of the Conference of Parties (COP 20) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
 
The SustainUS Agents of Change (AoC) program is now accepting applications to join our youth delegation to the 20th Session of the Conference of Parties (COP 20) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The conference will take place1-12 December 2014 in Lima, Peru.
COP20 is incredibly important to the planet’s future. Negotiators are working to create a new global climate deal by 2015, and this is the last COP to set the framework for that agreement. Youth involvement is vital to the process. As we work towards an ambitious and legally binding document, delegates will have the opportunity to work with government officials, civil society representatives, and youth from around the world, all while working on direct actions, coordinating media relations and lobbying for important policy points.
If you are passionate, dedicated and interested in stopping climate change, find out more at sustainus.org/apply-cop20. If you have questions, please contact either our AoC Coordinator Alyssa Tsuchiya (alyssa.tsuchiya@sustainus.org) or our delegation leader, Emily Nosse-Leirer (emily.nosse-leirer@sustainus.org).

Location and Hours: Remote prep work May – November 2014 (~5 hrs/week), an in-person weekend training in late June, and the conference takes place in Lima, Peru December 1-12, 2014 (full time)
Compensation: Participation is free. Delegates are required to fund own travel and housing costs. Fundraising support is provided, and some scholarships are available to allay costs to attend the in-person training and conference.
Applications will be due April 3 at 11:59 pm EDT. We look forward to seeing your application!

Link to Apply
: sustainus.org/apply-cop20
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