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8th Annual Tufts Environmental Literacy Institute

We are proud to announce that TIE will be hosting the 8th Annual Tufts Environmental Literacy Institute (TELI), a four-day workshop for educators and researchers involved with higher education, from May 19th to 22nd, 2015.  At TELI, participants from a variety of educational institutions will explore methods of incorporating environmental issues into their curricula and research, access resources, develop ideas, and engage with other educators. The theme of this year’s TELI is Climate-Safe Energy Futures: Vision, Implementation, and Education and will be co-led by Charles Heaps from the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and Antje Danielson, Administrative Director at TIE. 

We seek educators and researchers of varying backgrounds from around the world who are interested in preparing for a climate-safe energy future.  Over the past twenty-four years, more than two hundred faculty have participated in TELI.  As a result, thousands of students have learned to synthesize different disciples and approach complex issues such as climate change and environmental sustainability.  TELI 2015 is also an opportunity to network and collaborate in an interdisciplinary setting with academics on global energy challenges. We highly encourage you to apply regardless of your background on the subject matter because ensuring a climate-safe energy future will require holistic and interdisciplinary solutions.  Topics that will be covered include International Climate Justice, Energy Policy, and Climate Change Modeling.  If you are interested in participating, please apply using this form, which may also be found on our website.

To learn more about this year’s TELI please visit our official site at https://sites.tufts.edu/teli2015/.

We encourage you to share this opportunity with colleagues you may have at other institutions as well.

#TrickedOutTrashBuddy

TrashBudy

Trick out your trash buddy & win prizes:

Because it is the responsibility of all employees to use and empty their own trash buddies, make your trash buddy your own! Decorate your trash buddy, photograph it, and tweet your photo to @GreenTufts using the hashtag #TrickedOutTrashBuddy, or email your photo to sustainabilityoffice@tufts.edu with the subject line “Tricked Out Trash Buddy.”

As the program is rolled out across the University, sustainability-themed prizes will be awarded to the most creatively decorated trash buddies (with preference given to those that us recycled materials).

Institutional Research & Evaluation Trash Buddies

Tricked Out Trash Buddies from the Office of Institutional Research & Evaluation

Mitigating the Urban Heat Island Effect, MIT Climate CoLab (Cambridge, MA)

MIT’s Climate CoLab  and the City of Cambridge are currently running a contest that seeks fresh, innovative approaches on what to do about the urban heat island effect in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  

Call for Conference Proposals (Amherst, MA)

Call for Proposals for “Strengthening Ties for Collective Impact: Campus Sustainability in the Northeast Region”

The Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium and the New England Campus Sustainability Forum are accepting proposals for the “Strengthening Ties for Collective Impact: Campus Sustainability in the Northeast Region” conference being held at UMass Amherst on April 9-10, 2015.

 Strengthening Ties for Collective Impact

Details for the conference will be posted here as they develop: www.umass.edu/sustainability/northeast

The Key Conference Objectives:

-Collectively understand and discuss the most important and urgent sustainability issues in our region

-Determine what our collective impact could be to address these issues

-Grow as sustainability professionals

Important dates (subject to change)

• December 19, 2014: call for proposals submissions open

• January 23, 2015 (5 p.m.): proposals submission deadline

• February 6, 2015: Proposal Notification

• March 20, 2015: session editing deadline (if proposal is accepted)

• April 9-10, 2015: Conference

**PLEASE NOTE: Your proposal does not need to be a refined proposal by any means. This call for proposal/ideas/input is our attempt at casting a wide net to capture as many ideas as possible and identify who is interested in exploring ideas with the planning committee, and doing the work to develop those ideas and convening colleagues to deliver them into interactive sessions.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS FORM

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.

Screenshot 2014-05-02 14.57.49

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

 

 

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