The Office of the Provost is pleased to announce that this year’s Tufts Century Ride will take place on Saturday, September 17, 2016! Registration is now open through September 2nd.
The Tufts Century Ride is approximately a 100 mile bike ride open to the entire university community with stops on the Medford/Somerville, Grafton, and Boston campuses (i.e., Tufts Century). For those who prefer a shorter ride, there will also be route options available beginning at approximately 20 miles. In collaboration with the Tufts Cycling Team, the Tufts Century Ride is meant to provide a fun way for community members to connect, and a unique way to see our three campuses.
Register today! For more information contact TuftsCentury@Tufts.edu or visit http://provost.tufts.edu/tufts-century-ride.
Read our blog post on “Biking Resources at Tufts” for some great tips!
Grafton will be celebrating Earth Day at Elm’s Cafe from 12:00-1:00 PM on Friday, April 22.
Be sure to stop by the celebration for the chance to win prizes!
Zero Waste Challenge
Zero Waste Week will take place from April 18-22. Bring your bag to Elm’s Cafe on Friday, April 22 from 12:00-1:00 PM to be entered into a raffle for an earth-friendly gift!
To get your Zero Waste Week kit, fill out this form or re-use a clear bag.
- Put any waste you do not recycle or compost in the bag
- Exception: 1 time use water bottles go in the bag!
- No biohazards (tampons, used condoms, etc.)
- The bag should be attached to the outside of your backpack or bag at all times.
Come join the Tufts Sustainability Collective and Tufts Eco-Reps for Earth Fest! A week long extravaganza of incredible events to bring environmental consciousness to the Tufts community. Check out the week’s schedule below or view the entire series on Facebook:
Tuesday, 4/19: Environmental Justice 101 Panel
7:30pm-9pm, Alumnae Lounge
Join the Tufts Sustainability Collective for a panel with four amazing members of the Tufts Community: Environmental Justice 101! We will touch on the intersection of environmental and social issues, climate change, accountability, policy, and what we as students can do to combat these issues. Discussion with Q&A to follow!
- Dale Bryan, Assistant Director, Peace and Justice Studies
- Penn Loh, Lecturer and Director of the Master of Public Policy Program and Community Practice, Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning Department
- Jonathan Kenny, Professor, Department of Chemistry
- Alicia Hunt, Director of the Medford Department of Energy and Environment
Thursday 4/21: Jumbo Wild Screening with Tufts Film Series
7pm, Barnum 104
The Tufts Sustainability Collective and Tufts Film Series present a screening of the Patagonia documentary Jumbo Wild! Learn about environmental conservation efforts in the Jumbo Valley. The Tufts Eco-Reps will be hosting a Clothing Swap and Jumbo Mountain too, so don’t forget to clean out your closet before you stop by!
Friday 4/22: Earth Day Fair
11am-2pm, Academic Quad
Come out on Earth Day and celebrate our planet with Tufts Sustainability Collective and the Tufts Eco-Reps! A clothing swap, food, prizes, music and a host of student groups, organizations and departments will be present for the culmination of Earth Fest 2016!
..and don’t miss Jumbo Mountain! Facilities and Save That Stuff have collaborated with the Tufts Eco-Reps to show you how much trash the 120 students in Houston produce in just 2 days. We’re guessing it will be larger.
Tufts will also be hosting the GRAND OPENING of a new bicycle repair station at the Campus Center!
Expect to see:
Tufts Mountain Club
Tufts Eco Reps and their clothing swap!
Tufts GreECO Reps
Tufts Climate Action
Tufts Veg Society
Tufts Food for Thought
Danish Pastry House
GlobeMed at Tufts
Tufts Garden Club
Tufts Literacy Corps
…and many more!
How much waste do YOU produce? Take the Zero Waste Challenge from April 18th-22nd to learn about your own habits, reduce your personal trash output, and compete with other participants!
Then bring your bag to the Academic Quad on April 22nd from 2:30-3:30PM for Jumbo Mountains and free snacks with the Eco-Reps at the Earth Day celebration. You might even win a gift card for your efforts to live more sustainably!
Sign up here to receive your Zero Waste kit in time to start the Challenge.
Why does this popular adage seem to be the linchpin of all sustainability efforts? Let’s begin by defining “sustainability”, a buzzword we all love to use but might not always know how to articulate. According to the World Commission on Environment and Development:
Sustainable development should “meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”
Nowhere in this definition is “buy less” or “use less” explicitly stated, yet there seems to be a general understanding that we just might need to cut back on something if we are to sustain healthy and equitable societies.
The desire to consider how our lifestyles impact other humans, animals, and resources should spark excitement and collaboration amongst those of us eager to preserve the people’s and planet’s prosperity. Unfortunately, it’s easy to see the distressing statistics indicating an inevitable climate apocalypse and resort to crossing our fingers and hoping for the best.
It’s true. A zero carbon footprint is virtually unattainable and arguably, not too desirable. (We’re all for a plastic-free lifestyle, but aren’t quite sure we’re ready to go shower-free juuust yet.)