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Jul 10: Film showing of “YERT: Your Environmental Road Trip”

YERTWhen: Tuesday, at noon

Where: Olin 011

Called to action by a planet in peril, three friends hit the road—traveling with hope, humor, and all of their garbage—to explore every state in America in search of the extraordinary innovators and citizens who are tackling humanity’s greatest environmental crises.

The Office of Sustainability has sponsored a viewing of this film before and is excited to offer those who missed it during Earth Week an opportunity to watch this inspiring, eye-opening docu-comedy.

Read our film review or click here for more information on the film.

May 29, Jun 12, Jun 28: Free Urban Cycling Workshops (Cambridge, MA)

Considering biking to work? Free cycling workshops are being offered 6:30-7:30pm, on the following dates:

  • Tuesday May 29, Millers River Apartments, 669 Cambridge St. East Cambridge
  • Tuesday June 12, Andrew Peabody School, 70 Rindge Ave. North Cambridge
  • Thursday June 28, Central Square Library, 45 Pearl St. Cambridgeport

Questions, or want to RSVP? Email John Pelletier at jpelletier@cambridgema.gov

Tufts finishes 2012 Mass Commute Challenge with 981 miles

The Office of Sustainability would like to thank all 35 individuals who took part in the Bay State Bike Week Mass Commute Challenge last week! Tufts finished with 981 miles as a team (including 53 miles from the Medical Center in Boston).

Ken Olum on his recumbent bike, a Bacchetta Strada

Among those who took the challenge was Ken Olum from the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the School of Arts & Sciences. “I live in Sharon, a bit over 25 miles from campus,” Ken told us over email.  “Normally I bike to the Sharon train station, ride the train to South Station and the red line to Davis, and bike from there.  I bike nearly every day except when there’s snow or ice on the roads.”
For the MassCommute Challenge, Ken upped the ante. He didn’t feel comfortable doing 50 miles in one day, so he compromised by biking 23 miles from the Sharon commuter rail station to work last Thursday. He left his bike at Davis Square that night and went home by train. He then got a ride to the station the next morning, took the train to Davis Square, biked to work and then rode all 25 miles home on Friday evening. Kudos to Ken for finding a way to make it work!
The MassCommute Bicycle Challenge is the signature event of  Bay State Bike Week, Massachusetts’ annual state-wide bicycle commuting event which was held this year from May 14-20. Anyone who lives, works or attends school in the state can participate in the Challenge or any number of events going on around the state. For instance, Somerville hosted a commuter breakfast and several group rides.
The Office of Sustainability is giving away a 2012 Mass Commute t-shirt for the person who rode the most number of miles last week, so email us with your mileage totals so we can put you in the running for the shirt!

Don’t forget that you can earn rewards year-round thru NuRide! Whenever you avoid using a car—whether you walk, bike, telecommute, carpool, vanpool, take a subway, train, bus, ferry, or even work a compressed work week – you can earn 100 points per trip. Redeem the points for discounts or freebies at local and online establishments. (NuRide also offers a ride matching program that helps commuters quickly and securely find carpool partners.)

Team Miles Miles/Person Trips
Tufts University
928 26.5 406
 Tufts N.E. Medical Center 53 26.5 14

 

Tufts wins 2012 Pinnacle Award for Excellence in Commuter Options (ECO)

Every year, MassCommute and MassDOT recognizes employer’s efforts toward making a more sustainable Massachusetts at the Massachusetts Excellence in Commuter Options (ECO) Awards. Tufts University was named a Pinnacle employer at the 2012 Massachusetts ECO Awards last month.

Tufts' 2012 Pinnacle Award

There are three levels of recognition depending on the number of  transportation benefits programs an employer offers: Pacesetter (at least 4), Leader (at least 7) and Pinnacle.

Tufts was recognized in last year’s ECO Awards as a Leader and moved up this year to become a Pinnacle employer.

The Office of Sustainability would like to thank in particular our sustainability advocates in  Human Resources, Public Safety, and Facilities for supporting the initiatives that made it possible to win the ECO Award.

Below is a list of transportation benefits that Tufts offers:

Pacesetter (entry level) – Tufts offers 6 of 7 options

  • Offer & promote the Statewide Ridematching system (NuRide – currently 38 members from Tufts, slowly increasing)
  • On-site bicycle parking
  • Flexible work schedules
  • Hold one commuter transportation event per year
  • Commuter information and transit schedules in a centralized location
  • Commuter information in new hire packets

Leader level (Tufts got this last year) – Tufts offers 7 out of 15 options

  • Guaranteed/Emergency Ride Home Program
  • Commuter tax benefits (pre-tax)
  • Preferential vanpool or carpool parking spaces (now available in Dowling garage thanks to Louis Galvez and Shiela Chisholm at Public Safety!)
  • Provide a team for the Bay State Bike Week/MassCommuter Bike Challenge - currently 33 participants and counting!
  • Provide on-site bicycle repair and/or maintenance (fix a flat) supplies (through Tufts Bikes)
  • On-site amenities (food service, dry cleaning, ATM/bank, child care, news stand, or other relevant service) (Tufts offerings are in italics)
  • Showers and lockers for employees (in the gym and a few select locations on campus)

Pinnacle (top level) – Tufts offers 4 out of 9 options

  • Shuttles from transit stations, either employer-provided or through a local TMA or similar service provider (the Joey)
  • Subsidized membership in a carsharing program (Zipcar)
  • Secure bicycle parking (cage or lockers) – currently only in the garage
  • Subsidized bicycle sharing membership (Tufts is FREE!)

 

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

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