In February, PowerOptions, in cooperation with Tufts and Endicott College, was selected as the winner of the inaugural Green Ribbon Commission Renewable Energy Leadership Prize.
The Prize awards $100,000 to nonprofit institutions for their strategy for large-scale renewable energy generation. Through the Prize, GRC aims to inspire local large-scale energy consumers to implement renewable energy strategies.
The participants who did not receive the prize intend to move forward with their projects, extending the ripples of the competition. GRC hopes that renewable energy in Massachusetts will receive a boost from all the new projects. Boston and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts have a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050.
The Prize is funded by the Barr Foundation, which has made climate one of its core concentrations. The Green Ribbon Commission is a group of business, institutional, and civic leaders supporting the implementation of Boston’s Climate Action Plan.
(Pictured above: The team from Tufts, PowerOptions, and Endicott College was recognized at a GRC meeting in May. Photo via the Barr Foundation.)
Tufts, PowerOptions, and Partners Healthcare are currently in negotiations to bring the proposal to fruition.
The Green Ribbon Commission has also released a case study analysis of the contest and its entries for greater insight and improvement for next year.
So a few days ago, the microwave in our office broke.
*This is a dramatic reenactment using an image from the interwebs and NOT what actually happened to our microwave.
Naturally we were all pretty upset. We all bring lunch from home and many of us like to heat up our soups, casseroles, and other leftovers.
Before we could panic, though, someone had the great idea to ask the Tufts Freecycle Elist to help us out!
The Freecycle Elist was started by an Eco-Ambassador, Stacie Simon, and anyone from the Tufts community can join. Whether you’ve got furniture or office supplies you no longer need but that is still in good condition or you’re looking for something specific (like a microwave!), the e-list is a great first resource. It’s all about reuse and free exchange.
Sure enough, the same day we sent out our plea for help, another Eco-Ambassador, Lynne Ramsey, wrote us back with a microwave to offer! We had it in our office and up and running within a couple of days. It was totally free and we helped Lynne clear out her basement a bit. 😉
Our new-used microwave looks much better and is working great!
You could have success with the Tufts Freecycle E-list too! Sign up today to not only get emails whenever someone posts about an item (chairs, rugs, printers, ink, lamps, etc.) they’re giving away — but also reach out when you’re looking for something! You never know what treasures someone else is holding onto.
The Sustainable Melrose Coalition climate action group is seeking a part-time (approx 8-10 hrs/week) graduate student intern for the summer to perform a greenhouse gas inventory for the City of Melrose. The internship will involve data collection and analysis, documentation, developing information graphics, drafting a report and the opportunity to present findings to municipal groups and officials. Attendance at a small number of meetings will be required but otherwise all work can be performed offsite and on the intern’s schedule. A small stipend will be provided.
Division of Planning & Regulatory Services is seeking a motivated intern with excellent analytical and writing skills and strong interest in sustainability to assist Sustainability Project Manager with updating the City’s Climate Action Plan and providing administrative and research support for the Energy Task Force.
|Application Deadline: Position open until filled.
The Round Table will hold our 12th Annual International Conference on Environment, Global Warming and Climate Change during the dates of July 20 – July 23, 2016 at Harris Manchester College in the University of Oxford, Oxford, England. Harris Manchester College is one of the thirty-eight colleges that form the University of Oxford and was founded in 1786.
You are invited and encouraged to make a presentation and to provide a paper on a relevant aspect of the topic, however, your participation as a member of the Round Table is not contingent thereon. Those not presenting papers will be placed on a discussion panel. Papers presented at the Round Table may be subsequently submitted for publication in the Forum, a journal of the Round Table. Papers considered for publication in the Forum are evaluated by peer reviewers as to technical and substantive quality and for potential to make a significant contribution to new knowledge in the field.
For a list of relevant paper topics, please visit the Oxford Round Table website.