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Freecycle to the Rescue!

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. ūüėČ


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.

Inventory Intern, Sustainable Melrose Coalition, (Melrose, MA)

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.

Application Deadline: Thursday, June 30th
Contact Susan Murphy at for information on how to apply.

Climate Action Plan Intern, Department of Economic Development, (Worcester, MA)

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.
Apply Online

Call for Papers: Oxford Round Table

The Round Table will hold our 12th Annual International Conference on Environment, Global Warming and Climate Change during the dates of July 20 РJuly 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.

Abstracts Due: June 15, 2016
Apply Online

The #MCBC2016 Countdown is ON!


There are just 4¬†days left ’til the¬†2016 MassCommute Bicycle Challenge!

Here’s how you can gear up:

Sign Up¬†the new¬†webinar: ¬†“Bike Commuting Decoded”¬†(space is limited, we recommend signing up in advance)

Just in time for MCBC, we’ve partnered with our friends at MassBike to host a free webinar on Thursday, May 12th from 12:00-1:00 to explore the nuts & bolts of bike commuting. If you, or someone you know is part of the 60% of Americans who are interested in bike commuting but feel too concerned to start, this is the event for you.
Learn from the experts and ask questions about how you can make biking a part of your daily commute, during Bike Week and all year round!

Nominate Someone (or yourself!) for a Wheelie Award!

The Wheelie Awards are a special way to recognize and honor cyclists who ride with a unique level of dedication and excitement. For example, do you know someone who rides their bike like a minivan? Nominate them for the Pack Mule Award! Know someone who fell in love while cycling? Nominate them for the Bicycle Love Story Award! You get the idea.

One winner will be selected in each of the following categories to win a special prize provided by the sponsor of that award ($200+ value!).  Award decisions are based on online written submissions, as well as accompanying photos and videos sent via email.

This year’s Wheelie Award Categories include:

…and last but not least…

Make Sure YOU (and/or your team) are Registered for the Challenge! 

If you registered for the Challenge in 2015, we still have all of your information. Just log back in with your email and password or click on the “Returning Users Login” button, and you’re good to go! If you are a new participant, or if you missed us in 2015, you will need to register through the MCBC website.

*Be sure to select¬†“Tufts University” as your institution!

**If applicable, please indicate your employer in your registration settings so that the miles you log count towards your company’s totals!


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