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Junior Transportation Planner, Nelson\Nygaard (Boston, MA)

Background Information
Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates is seeking a highly organized, independent, and motivated junior transportation planner (Associate I) for its Boston office to primarily support the firm’s nationally recognized practice in multimodal planning for livable communities.

Responsibilities
Junior Associate responsibilities primarily focus on planning for municipalities, agencies, universities and private clients and will likely include research, data collection, spreadsheet analysis, mapping, writing and editing reports, development of outreach materials, and potentially some minor business development tasks. Though a significant part of the work will come from projects in the Greater Boston area, there will be numerous opportunities for the candidate to contribute to Nelson\Nygaard projects across the United States. Candidates must be willing to travel and must have a valid driver’s license.

Qualifications
In preferential order, the ideal candidate would be someone who (1) holds a master’s degree in planning or equivalent degree with a specialization in transportation planning and 0-2 years of relevant experience or (2) has a bachelor’s degree in a related field and 1-3 years of experience in transportation planning. Other relevant degrees include transportation engineering, transportation operations, urban/city/regional planning, urban design, and landscape architecture. Above all, we are looking for someone who has a passion for sustainable transportation planning, has great analytical skills, and is interested in making communities better for our clients and their constituents.

Potential candidates must demonstrate excellent skills in writing, data analysis, oral presentation, and problem solving. The candidate must be able to demonstrate proficiency with Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint. Additional experience with graphics (Illustrator, InDesign, SketchUp), GIS, modeling (Synchro) or database analysis will be considered favorably. Potential candidates may be asked to complete a skills assessment and demonstrate their writing and analytical skills.

We are looking for someone who can begin immediately.

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New Holiday Bus Partnership to Debut This Fall

Beginning this fall, Tufts is launching a partnership with MyBusHome, a small private company which contracts with major coach fleets to provide buses on major school breaks, thereby reducing the need for hundreds of parents to make individual trips to pick up their kids.

The pilot run for the program will occur in October over the Indigenous People’s Day long weekend. Destinations will include Albany, NY; Portland, ME; Philadelphia, PA; and New York, NY. These cities were chosen through an analysis of the demographics of the student body in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.

The partnership aims to fill gaps in availability, affordability, or convenience of mass transit options. The buses will have a lower carbon impact than if students were to be driven to and from school by their parents or guardians.

Buses are also scheduled for Thanksgiving, the winter break, and the spring break.

Tickets can be purchased at MyBusHome.com. MyBusHome will be processing all payments, ticketing, and questions.

Grafton Campus Celebrates First-Ever Zero Waste Week

In April, the Grafton campus celebrated Zero Waste Week for the first time ever, joining Medford in challenging the Tufts community to recognize one’s personal footprint and reduce it.

About 30 people signed up for the challenge, which involves carrying any waste which cannot be recycled, composted, or avoided in a plastic bag clipped to one’s backpack or handbag for a full week. Participants included students from all years, interns and residents at the hospitals, and faculty. 15 participants made it to the end of the challenge, delivered their bags to the Earth Day event, and received their prize.

Some of the bags collected on Earth Day

All participants were entered into a raffle for an earth-friendly gift, which was ultimately won by Whitney Stiehler from Wildlife.

Whitney Stiehler won these hip reusable lunch containers, which make eating on the go, at your desk, or at Zero Waste events easier than ever.

After the challenge, participants reported that the exercise led them to think more about what products they were using and how everything could be disposed; they also praised the accessibility of recycling and composting on the campus for making the challenge more doable.

The Grafton campus also celebrated Earth Day with its annual tree planting next to the Agnes Varis Campus Center.

Trees are planted in honor of Earth Day.

Boston Ave Shuttle Will Now Stop at Whole Foods

Beginning this fall, the free campus shuttle which runs a loop along Boston Avenue on the Medford/Somerville campus will add a stop at the Whole Foods store on Mystic Valley Parkway.

Though there are several groceries stores near campus readily accessible by car, reaching them by foot or by bike — and returning with a load of groceries — can be difficult, inconvenient, and time-consuming.  The new shuttle stop will provide students with another option for fresh produce and other healthy food and make doing errands simpler and more sustainable.

The revised schedule will also include a stop at the Mayer Campus Center, thereby linking the Boston Ave and Davis Square shuttles and making travel between the different sectors of campus and its surroundings more feasible.

Recycling interns Alex Cherry and Megan Mooney worked with Administrative Services to make the change possible. Cherry notes that Whole Foods offers a bottle and can return station and hopes students will use the shuttle for that service as well.

Administrative Services hosts information about shuttle schedules and the shuttle tracker app. The shuttles will begin operating once the school year starts, but the Boston Ave shuttle is available here.

 

Tufts Wins Green Ribbon Commission Renewable Energy Prize

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.

 

 

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