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Nov 15: Cool Science Art Competition (Lowell, MA)

Cool Science invites students of all ages to create and submit a visual work of art about climate change. The best 6 entries will be placed throughout Lowell’s mass transit system in 2013 and be seen by thousands of people every day! Winning students and their schools will receive $200 in gift certificates. Visit: http://www.uml.edu/Education/Coolscience/faqs.aspx for FAQ’s about the competition. Visit: http://www.uml.edu/Education/Coolscience/Submit-Your-Artwork/default.aspx for submission specific information. Deadline for submissions is November 15, 2012.

Sept 01: Deadline for the Project Green Dorm Makeover Contest

We are excited to announce our first ever ‘back to school’ Project Green Dorm Makeover Contest…. and it begins today! In collaboration with eBay Green and Whole Foods Market, the contest invites high school and college students (age 18+) from around the world to head back-to-school in sustainable style, focusing on greening where they live. The eco grand prize package is valued at more than $2500!  Enter the PGD #GreenDorm Makeover Contest by September 3 simply by designing your ideal green dorm room / living space! Here’s how …..

 

Curate a #GreenDorm Pinterest board using images and descriptions of eco dorm / room items. Enter the contest and upload your entry to TTG (see rules here) by September 3, 2012 before midnight PDT.

A panel of esteemed judges will vote on submissions and announce first, second, and third place winners by September 7. The grand prize package includes a selection of beautiful items to help bring your new green living space to life!

Be creative and innovative! Represent the twelve PGD categories (Active, Bath, Body, Clean, Food, Sleep, Space, Study, Style, Tech, Wellness, Zero Waste) in interesting ways. In addition to new, sustainable items that you find, think hard about vintage, reused, shared, repurposed, or recycled products… after all, the most eco product may just be the one that already exists!

Sign up NOW and start crafting your green dream room, prepare for college, and win awesome prizes! Sustain yourself and our planet this back-to-school season.

Please help us spread the word! Forward this email to 20 friends, everyone you know, all over the country. And share with us on Facebook and Twitter @TeensTurnGreen using #GreenDorm.

Good luck from the entire Teens Turning Green Team!

Questions: info@teensturninggreen.org / 415.289.1001

Mass Energy Lab, Seek Energy Innovation Competition

Mass Energy Lab is committed to continuously seeking knowledge and innovation that can contribute to energy waste reduction in commercial and industrial buildings.This fall, Mass Energy Lab will sponsor a contest for graduate and undergraduate students in Massachusetts to identify and research cutting-edge, new-to-market energy efficiency solutions that can impact the built environment. Research projects should explore the technical performance of the subject solution,as well as the marketability of the solution in the region. Participants are expected to provide a detailed explanation of the product’s functionality and a thorough market analysis that relays the solution’s potential for market penetration. Participants may enter the contest individually or in groups of up to two people.

Deliverables:

Research Project paper exploring the technical performance and marketability of a new-to-market energy efficiency retrofit solution.

Finalist will present their research to a panel of industry experts.

Timeline:

  • Submissions open- 9/1
  • Submissions closed- 11/4
  • Notifications- 11/18
  • Awards Event- 12/1
  • Awards Issued- 12/8

Prizes:

  • First Prize- $3000
  • Second Prize- $1500
  • Third Prize-$500

For more information visit their website.

Aug 07: Deadline for Story of Stuff Essays for Incoming Students

All entering students are invited to submit an essay answering one of the following questions about the Common Reading book The Story of Stuff. $300 worth of gift certificates to the Tufts Book Store will be awarded, and winning essays will be posted online. Essays must be submitted by Tuesday, August 7.

Submission instructions

  • Please put the question you are answering at the top of your essay, along with your name, email, and telephone number.
  • Email your essay- with the subject “Story of Stuff Essay” to TischCollegeSubmissions@tufts.edu
  • Please limit your essay to no more than 500 words.

Essay questions

You must respond to one of these four questions:

  1. The Story of Stuff not only educates us about the effects of mass consumption on our society, but also offers suggestions for change: the essence of active citizenship. Is there an action you are committing to taking after the reading this book, either one directly suggested by the author or something of your own inspired by the book? Please describe your reasoning (including specifically how The Story of Stuff inspired you), the action you intent to take, and its expected impact.
  2. As an environmental activist, Annie Leonard criticizes a few initiatives — such as biofuels, recycling programs, and “green” consumerism — that may be a little surprising, given that they are presented as being good for the environment. Choose a surprising criticism Leonard makes and analyze what her critique is and why she makes this critique. Do you agree or disagree with her points?
  3. Leonard looks at our everyday items and discusses what went into producing them. Depending on each reader’s background, some of this information might be familiar, but other parts will be much more shocking. Choose a specific story or piece of information from the book that really affected you. What about it made an impression? Did it affect your perspective on the everyday items around you, and if so, how?
  4. After reading the book, watch the original animated video, “The Story of Stuff,” that led to the creation of the book, or watch the latest video from Leonard, “The Story of Change” (due out on July 19). Consider the impact of each of these distinct media on your own learning and on societal change. What are the differences between reading a book and watching a short film in this context? How do they work together? Is one more effective than the other? You might also consider Leonard’s own perspective on writing and publishing the book — what are her own concerns and justifications?

 

For information on the contest, go to the Tisch College webpage.

For more information on the book, go to the Tisch Library webpage.

19 October: Deadline for 2nd Annual Undergraduate Environmental Photo Contest

Guidelines and Submission Information

The Tufts Environmental Studies Program is accepting photo submissions for the 2nd annual Environmental Photo Contest. The contest is open to all Tufts undergraduate students and will include prizes for 1st place ($150), 2nd place ($100), and 3rd place ($50).

Each student can take and submit up to 5 photos as part of the contest, but is only eligible to win one of the prizes listed above.

All styles of photography are welcome (black & white or color).

The theme for the 2012-2013 Academic Year is Environmental Justice.

Environmental justice (EJ) is defined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as:
“The fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies. Fair treatment means that no group of people, including racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic group should bear a disproportionate share of the negative environmental consequences resulting from industrial, municipal, and commercial operations or the execution of federal, state, local, and tribal programs and policies.”

We would like students to explore environmental communication through the lens of a camera, using their own creativity and image-making capacity. Using the theme of environmental justice, we welcome students to explore their environment through camera-work and invite them to come back in the fall with a selection of work.

To be considered for one of the prizes, submissions must include:

  1. All submissions must include:
    1. a high-quality 8×10″ print, and
    2. a digital file (min. 300 dpi jpg or tif format)
  2. A printed document including a brief description of the image; and the names of any individuals, places, etc. included in the photo(s).
  3. The Environmental Photo Contest Application >
  4. The Photo Subject Release Form >
    PLEASE NOTE: Photo(s) submitted for the Environmental Photo Contest must include a completed photo release form for EVERY INDIVIDUAL in a given photo. Photos that do not meet this requirement will not be considered for any of the three awards.
  5. The Parent/Guardian Photo Release Form, (if applicable)
    **(Photos taken of children under the age of 18 who are part of an individual’s research or fieldwork, will not be considered unless photo release forms are signed by the parent or legal guardian of EVERY CHILD who appears in a given photo or photos. To receive the parent/guardian photo release form, contact Ann Greaney-Williams at ann.greaney-williams (@tufts.edu) or call 617.627.3553).

Submitted prints will be exhibited in the Tufts Institute of the Environment and may be used by the Environmental Studies and TIE in their print publications, websites, or for other Tufts-related purposes. A digital exhibition will also be created on the ENVS website for those who are unable to visit Tufts in person.

 

Photo submissions, and other required documentation, are due by Friday, October 19, 2012 to:
The Environmental Studies Program
c/o TIE
210 Packard Avenue
Miller Hall-East Rear Door
Medford Campus
All submitted photos must have been taken by the individual student submitting them.

Photo contest winners will be chosen by faculty and staff of the Environmental Studies Executive Committee; Tufts Institute of the Environment; and other specialized Tufts faculty usually within one month of submission (an exact date will be announced closer to October 19th).

Questions can be sent to Ann Greaney-Williams at ann.greaney-williams (@tufts.edu) or by calling 617.627.3553.

1st Annual ENVS Undergraduate Photography Contest (2011-2012) >

Aug 10: Deadline for Greenbuild Scholarship Applications

The 2012 Greenbuild scholarships will bring together a diverse group of people from around the world who have important roles to play in the green schools movement, and give them the opportunity to participate in and learn from the largest green building conference and expo in the world!

All-expense paid trips to the 2012 Greenbuild Conference and Expo will be awarded to students, faculty, staff and other stakeholders within the higher education sector. The Center for Green Schools and USGBC distribute scholarships to promote diversity and social equity within the green building industry and the green schools movement.

Benefits for 2012 scholarship awardees include:

  • All-expense paid trip to Greenbuild 2012 in San Francisco from Nov. 13-16
  • Meet and connect with high-level professionals in the green building industry
  • Network with other college and university representatives
  • Participate in special on-site programming at Greenbuild that will include complimentary breakfasts, speaker presentations and an honorary dinner
  • Receive training and support from USGBC staff and other green building professionals
  • Free access to LEED 101 and LEED 201 online courses
  • Earn continuing education hours to satisfy GBCI’s LEED professional credential maintenance requirements
  • Play an integral role in advancing social equity within the green schools movement

Students interested in Greenbuild scholarships should also consider applying for mentorship opportunities with USGBC Board members. Board members support students in pursuing studies and careers in fields related to sustainability by offering professional advice, networking opportunities and career building experiences.

Apply on the USGBC website today!

Jul 01: 2012 UCS Science and Democracy Editorial Cartoon Contest

Entries due by July 1

The Union of Concerned Scientists is launching the 2012 UCS Science and Democracy Editorial Cartoon Contest. We’re seeking cartoons that explore the complex relationship between science and democracy in America.

Twelve cartoons will be selected as finalists to be featured in the 2013 UCS Science and Democracy Calendar. Then, we’ll ask the public to choose the best cartoon, which will go on the calendar’s cover. Each artist who submits an entry that is chosen as a finalist will receive a cash prize.

Check out the contest web page for more information about entering and guidance on relevant topic areas. You can also see some wonderful cartoons from our previous contests.

iReporters for Outdoor Nation Summer Summits (Boston, Austin, Los Angeles)

Outdoor Nation and The North Face are looking for a few lucky Millennials to be iReporters at Summer Summits on the outdoors!

This summer, Outdoor Nation is hosting Millennial Generation Summits to brainstorm ways of getting your generation outdoors and active. We’re looking for three people to tell the world about it! Do you love writing and making videos? Outdoor Nation has partnered with The North Face to find enthusiastic, media savvy people to be embedded reporters (iReporters) at the 2012 Outdoor Nation Summits.

iReporters will be in the thick of the action, get an all-expense paid trip to the Summit and great gear from The North Face! Three winners selected by Outdoor Nation and The North Face will report LIVE from the Summits using an iPad. (you get to keep! Seriously.)

If you’re between the ages of 18 – 28, you can apply to be an iReporter by liking Outdoor Nation on Facebook and checking out the iReporter Challenge. (http://tinyurl.com/7pz8nnz)  Complete the steps below before May 29, 2012 at 5 PST:

1. Upload a 30 second video through this contest on Vimeo telling us why you want to attend a Summit, what makes you a great iReporter and what you’d be most interested in reporting on.

2. Write a 150-word “blog style” essay telling us about your best day outside. Submit it to us at info@outdoornation.org.

3. Once both your video and essay have been submitted, post this tweet: “I want to #iReport for @OutdoorNation” to finalize this application.

Outdoor Nation and The North Face will choose which Summit location (Boston, Austin, or Los Angeles) the winners will attend.

Contact:

Stasia Raines

For Outdoor Nation

619.957.9891

stasiaraines@gmail.com

Re2Pack, food for the summer and the MassCommute Bike Challenge

With commencement only two weeks away, you are probably (a) taking finals and writing papers, (b) preparing for commencement, or (c) moving off campus for the summer or (boohoo!) for good.

We can’t offer you much help with the first two things but if you are indeed moving off campus, you should know that TuftsRecycles has a list of things that they collect for recycling, among them: books and school supplies, carpets, crutches and air casts, electronics, clothing and linens, hangers, and unopened cans of food. Look for the proper boxes in the dorms and check the TuftsRecycles website for more details.

World Peas CSADo the CSA folks miss their fresh organic vegetables? I know I do. Most local farmers’ markets won’t start for a few more weeks (usually after Memorial Day). Download a schedule of farmers’ markets near Tufts from our website to look for one near you. In the meantime, don’t forget to sign up for the summer CSA with World PEAS, a program of the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project sponsored by Community Teamwork Inc. and the Freidman School of Nutrition.

Don’t forget - the 2012 Bay State Bike Week is going on from May 14-20 and you can still register and help Tufts win the MassCommute Bicycle Challenge. Tufts’ total miles wentfrom 130 to 537 in a week but we are still a distant 4th behind BU. Come on, Jumbos! If you signed up, contact us at the Office of Sustainability. We have a few t-shirts to give away. (Supplies limited)

Best of luck and enjoy the sunshine!

Fannie
- Communications & Outreach Specialist, Tufts Office of Sustainability

Bay State Bike Week is coming up! Help Tufts win the Mass Commute Challenge

bay state bike weekThe gloomy weather may not encourage you to go outside today, but have a look at the 10-day forecast, savor that long row of numbers in the 60s, and dust off your bicycle: the 2012 Bay State Bike Week is going on from May 14-20! Presented by MassDOT and MassBike, this “annual celebration of human-powered, two-wheeled transportation” is full of local eventsfrom organized rides, film screenings, scavenger hunts, etc., making Massachusetts the only state in the nation with a truly statewide bike week.

You can also register and help Tufts win the MassCommute Bicycle Challenge, a competition open to anyone who lives, works or attends school in Massachusetts. Simply pledge to bike for all or part of Bay State Bike Week and let’s get Tufts on theleaderboard this year. Look at the real-time stats to see how we’re doing against our competitors. MIT is leading now and we’re 5th. Come on, register now! Prizes will be raffled off at the Bike Bash wrap up party.
If you still need convincing to get on that bike, have a look at this infographic shared by Tufts Bikes.

Let’s get rolling!

Fannie

- Communications & Outreach Specialist, Tufts Office of Sustainability