President Monaco hosted the second of three President’s Picnics on Monday, June 13th, at the Boston Campus. The annual Picnics bring together staff and faculty on each of Tufts’ campuses to celebrate community and another year of hard work — and is also one of the major zero-waste events held throughout the year.
As part of the zero waste campaign, attendees were encouraged to BYOP — Bring Your Own Plate (and other picnic necessities) — which allowed less reliance on disposable dishes, cutlery, and cups.
Condiments were served in large containers, rather than individual packets, to cut down on packaging waste.
Drinks were likewise served in bulk to reduce waste.
Recycling interns helped sort recycling and compost at special Zero Waste Stations. 17 bags of compost were collected, compared with only one of trash!
On Wednesday May 25, 2016, President Anthony Monaco hosted the first picnic in a three part, year end, celebration on the president’s lawn. This first picnic was an open invitation to all on the Medford/Somerville campus to enjoy good food and beautiful weather. Following picnics will be held on the Boston campus, Monday, June 13, and the Grafton campus, Wenesday, June 15.
As part of Tufts’ university-wide commitment to sustainability, the first event was and the remaining two will be zero waste. How did Tufts make this a zero waste event?
Tufts Catering did away with individually packaged condiments and drinks instead serving in bulk to cut down on the amount of waste it would create.
A big shout out to the staff at Tufts Catering who made much of the picnic possible.
We made sure all food waste was composted with some great help from our Recycling Interns .
We encouraged the Medford/Somerville invites to BYOP (bring your own reusable place setting) to help Tufts reduce as much waste as possible – and they did it with 145 people helping to make the event sustainable!!
And we had some great prizes for those who brought there own place settings and more!
If you want to find out more about what to bring to the Boston and Grafton picnics and how you can make difference, check out a previous post here.
The Medford/Somerville campus helped to make this a zero waste event a success and next up is Boston and Grafton!
Student efforts contribute to a culture of sustainability at Tufts in many ways. Your actions are invaluable, no matter how large or small! What you do each day affects Tufts’ environmental impact — whether you are participating in a sustainability-related club, planning a zero-waste event, conducting sustainability research, or simply recycling and composting your waste.
Can you believe it’s almost that time of year? We certainly cannot. As part of Tufts’ university-wide commitment to sustainability, the events will once again be zero waste! If you can, we encourage you to BYOP (bring your own reusable place setting) to help Tufts reduce as much waste as possible. Learn why it’s important in our post from 2015.
Zero Waste President’s Picnic Checklist:
Reusable silverware or bamboo ware
Reusable water bottle
Reusable plate or jar (lid allows you to carry without spilling)
…and a bag to carry everything in!
All attendees who BYOP will be entered in a raffle to win a special grand prize at our table. The first 50 people on each campus who BYOP and visit our table will also receive individual prizes.
This reusable lunch container could be yours if you’re one of the first 50 people to bring your own placesetting!
If you’re the GRAND PRIZE winner, you’ll receive this stainless steel & bamboo ware kit!
Need a little more inspiration? Learn how a family of 4 lives a zero waste lifestyle & discover the unexpected benefits that come with it: