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Less is More…or so we’ve heard

     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.

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     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.)

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World PEAS Food Hub Manager, New Entry Farming Project (Lowell, MA)

The World PEAS Food Hub Manager will manage all activities associated with a $300,000/yr multi-farmer World PEAS Food Hub, including leading the Food Hub team in maintaining a high level of reputation for World PEAS products. World PEAS distributes fresh, locally-grown produce to over 30 distribution points around the Boston area. The Food Hub includes an expanding low-income food access component, consisting of multiple community partnerships. The Food Hub also provides market training and technical assistance to new and beginning farmers who are the main suppliers of the Food Hub.

Learn more and apply.

Summer Conference Coordinator, Northeast Organic Farming Association (Barre, MA)

The Summer Conference represents the mission of the NOFA Interstate Council, which is to advocate for and educate on organic agriculture, small-scale farming and homesteading in rural, suburban and urban areas, agricultural justice and other related policy issues.  The NOFA Summer Conference Coordinator oversees all aspects of the conference, acting as the supervisor of the ten person Summer Conference Committee.

 Application Deadline: Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Learn more and apply.

Policy Director, Northeast Organic Farming Association (Barre, MA)

Through education and advocacy NOFA/Mass promotes organic agriculture to expand the production and availability of nutritious food from living soil for the health of individuals, communities and the planet.  The NOFA/Mass Policy Director has overall responsibility for organizational advocacy.

 Application Deadline: Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Learn more and apply.

(ENVS Lunch & Learn) U.S. Customs and Border Protection: protecting American agriculture

It’s never a dull day in the life of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Agriculture Specialist. Combining expertise in the natural sciences with the discipline of working in a fast-paced law enforcement environment, Agriculture Specialists are trained to serve as experts in the area of agricultural inspection, border intelligence, analysis, examination and enforcement activities.

PA/BCL Smith joined CBP in 2005 as a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agriculture Specialist and was promoted to Supervisory CBPAS in 2008. He has served CBP in the following ports of entry: San Diego, San Ysidro, Otay Mesa, and Boston Logan Airport. In 2011 and 2012, Mr. Smith was designated as the Public Affairs Liaison and Border Community Liaison, respectively, for CBP in New England, covering ME, VT, NH, MA, CT and RI. PA/BCL Smith has also participated in past domestic and international disaster recovery operations, including: Hurricane Ike (2008) and ‘Operation Safe Return’ (Haitian Relief Effort- 2010).


Every week during the academic year, the ENVS Lunch & Learn lecture series features speakers from government, industry, academia and non-profit organizations to give presentations on environmental topics. This is a great opportunity to broaden your knowledge beyond the curriculum, meet other faculty and students and network with the speakers.

Students, faculty, staff, and visitors are welcome to attend.

Food is generously sponsored by the Tufts Institute of the Environment.

You can’t make it to the talk? No problem!

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