Sustainability at Tufts

Category: Water (page 3 of 4)

Conference “Anticipating Climate Disruption: Sustaining Justice, Greening Peace”

On October 4th through 6th, the Peace and Justice Studies Association, in conjunction with the Tufts Initiative on Climate Change and Climate Justice, will hold its 2012 annual conference at Tufts. Entitled “Anticipating Climate Disruption: Sustaining Justice, Greening Peace,” the conference will be featuring presentations from a wide range of disciplines, professions, and perspectives on the many complex issues now unfolding amidst disruptive climate change, which promises to be among the most significant social justice concerns in the 21st Century.

The impressive list of plenary session panelists includes: Christian Parenti (Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence), Ken Conca (Environmental Peacemaking), Betsy Hartmann (“Don’t Beat the Climate War Drums”), Ellie Perkins (“Women and Participatory Water Management”), Darlene Lombos (Community Labor United), Burt Lauderdale (Kentuckians for the Commonwealth; New Power Initiative), Wenonah Hauter (Executive Director, Food & Water Watch), Gregor Wolbring (University of Calgary; energy/water ethics), John Peck (Family Farm Defenders), Greg White (Climate Refugees or Mere Migrants: Climate-Induced Migration, Security, and Borders in a Warming World), Tariq Banuri (renewable energy and climate change), Eveline Shen (reproductive justice), and Julian Agyeman (Just Sustainabilities; Cultivating Food Justice)

The Tufts Institute of the Environment is co-sponsoring this event, and Tufts community members are encouraged to attend. Student volunteers are also needed.

To register, visit or e-mail

Sept 4-Oct 5: Register for EPA’s Campus RainWorks Design Challenge

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has opened registration for student teams from colleges and universities across the country to participate in its new design competition, the Campus RainWorks Challenge, through which teams will compete to develop innovative approaches to stormwater management. This first annual competition, will help raise awareness of green design and planning approaches at colleges and universities, and train the next generation of landscape architects, planners, and engineers in green infrastructure principles and design. Stormwater is a major cause of harmful water pollution in urban areas in the U.S., impacting tens of thousands of miles of rivers, streams, and coastal shorelines, as well as hundreds of thousands of acres of lakes, reservoirs, and ponds.

Student teams, working with a faculty advisor, will submit design plans for a proposed green infrastructure project for their campus. Registration for the Campus RainWorks Challenge is open from September 4 through October 5, and entries must be submitted by December 14, 2012 for consideration. Winning entries will be selected by EPA and announced in April 2013. Winning teams will earn a cash prize of $1,500 – $2,500, as well as $8,000 – $11,000 in funds for their faculty advisor to conduct research on green infrastructure. In 2013, EPA plans to expand Campus RainWorks by inviting students to design and complete a demonstration project assessing innovative green infrastructure approaches on their campus.

EPA is encouraging the use of green infrastructure as a solution to help manage stormwater runoff. Green Infrastructure uses vegetation, soils, and natural processes to manage stormwater runoff at its source and provide other community benefits. Green infrastructure is increasingly being used to supplement or substitute for single-purpose ³gray² infrastructure investments such as pipes, and ponds. The Campus RainWorks Challenge will help encourage the use of green infrastructure projects on college and university campuses to manage stormwater discharges.

More information on the Campus RainWorks Challenge.

Sept 8: Meet Me at the Mystic

When: Saturday, September 8th, 9am – noon

Where: Starting from the Mystic Lakes Dam, Medford (map)

Paddling, Art, Music, and a Bicycle Tour too!

The Mystic River Watershed Association a full family-friendly schedule of artists and music along the banks of the Mystic Lake and River for your morning enjoyment, as well as discounted boat rentals! 

Come by bike, boat, on foot or drive. Bring strollers and your dog – whatever usually brings you to the shores of this urban beauty.

Rent a canoe or kayak!

Boats will be available at 9AM at adiscounted rental fee – $15 for single kayaks and $25 for canoes and double kayaks, but you must reserve in advance.Reserve your boat here! Of course, you can also bring your own boat to join in the fun. Join others in a trip down to the Alewife Brook starting at 9:30 a.m.

Bicycle Tour

Join the fun of this movable festival along the Mystic River. Cyclists will meet near the canoe launch at the Mystic Lakes Dam, Medford at 9AM. Read the full details here. This is a fun, leisure paced ride for the whole family. Art bikes, fun bikes and fat tired cruisers recommended.

Calling All Artists!

Beginners or professionals, join artists on the banks of the Mystic River to draw, paint, sketch en plein air with a core group of accomplished artists. Bring your own easel and materials. Appropriate for children – simply bring a sketch pad and chair or blanket along with markers, pencils or crayons. Whether your art involves nature, light, trees, people, water, come find inspiration with a morning en plein air! Details here.

Join your friends and neighbors in an early morning cheer to the river and watershed ­ a resource that has brought so much enjoyment to our community. Meet us at 9:00AM on Saturday, September 8 at the parking lot beside the new dam between the Upper and Lower Mystic Lakes in Medford and Arlington.Download the brochure.

This event is part of the Mystic River Watershed Association’s 40th Anniversary! Read more about Meet Me at the Mystic and other special 40th Anniversary events here.

16 Sep: Applications due for Student Speakers at DROPLETS: SHORT TALKS AND PERFORMANCES ABOUT WATER

Student presenters wanted for Droplets: Short Talks and Performances about Water, an event sponsored by the Tufts University Art Gallery and the Tufts Institute of the Environment in conjunction with the FoodWaterLife/Lucy+JorgeOrta exhibition at the gallery. The event takes place on Thursday, November 8th, 2012, 7 to 9pm. Any Tufts student, undergraduate or graduate, is encouraged to apply.

Apply at:

Jun 13: Citizen Scientist Training Workshop

Mystic River Watershed Association will offer a Citizen Scientist Training Workshop on Wednesday, June 13th, 6-8pm in Somerville. This Workshop allows interested volunteers to learn about water quality monitoring methods and concepts. By completing this workshop, you’ll be prepared to join MyRWA’s Baseline Monitoring Program. The Baseline Monitoring Program requires a monthly commitment between 6am and 8am. No experience is necessary – all are welcome!

Space is limited – you have to register for this event. To register email today!

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