Today is America Recycles Day!
To celebrate, Facilities Services and the Office of Sustainability are excited to announce the introduction of single stream recycling at Tufts starting in the spring 2017 semester!
Tufts currently uses a dual stream system, which requires separating glass, metal and plastic containers from paper and cardboard items. Starting in January 2017 all these items will now be collected as a “single stream” of material in one bin.
What is Single Stream?
“Single stream” means that all the items you normally sort into the blue and green-capped recycling bins can be disposed of together! Recycling materials collected will remain the same but will not need to be separated.
After the winter recess, Tufts students, faculty, and staff can begin placing all these recyclables in a single recycling bin.
Why is Tufts Moving to Single Stream?
- It’s easier for you!
Introducing the ability to put all recycling in one bin will make recycling simple and easy, providing the campus community with two primary options for disposing of waste: “All Recycling” or “Landfill” (along with composting for food waste in some locations).
- Our waste stream is changing
The switch to single stream is a direct reaction to the changing needs of the recycling industry: with increased demand for more efficient packaging and changes in personal habits, the makeup of the nation’s waste stream is changing. At one time, paper made up to 70 percent of the weight flowing through recycling programs, but now it accounts for less than 40 percent in many cities. More complex, lightweight materials have begun to replace paper; Tufts single stream recycling program will accommodate the disposal of these changing materials more efficiently.
- Single stream will support Tufts waste reduction goals
Transitioning to single stream recycling supports Tufts’ larger plan to improve solid waste and recycling efforts in line with the President’s Campus Sustainability Council’s goal of reducing total waste by 3% per year. Every Tufts community member is asked and expected to help the university meet its waste goals by educating themselves about their campus’s move to single stream recycling. Read more about the President’s Sustainability Council goals to reduce waste here.
The annual Sustainable Communities and Campuses Conference connects stakeholders from municipalities, college campuses, government, businesses and nonprofits. Everyone learning about best practices, current trends, and resources will find this conference timely, practical and valuable.
In 2016 the two conferences are held two days: April 15 at Hampshire College, and April 16 in Northampton, MA.
Sustainability is a core value on campus and within R&DE Student Housing. The R&DE Student Housing Sustainability Programs Office collaborates with students and staff to foster behavior change, reduce energy and water consumption and waste production in our residences, and to integrate long-term sustainable thinking into how we operate. The Coordinator will support the Office’s goals and report directly to the Sustainability and Utilities Program Manager.
The Campus Sustainability Coordinator is responsible for providing the vision, organizational strategy, and focus for advancing operational sustainability efforts at Marquette University. This position provides senior administrators, faculty, staff and students with the knowledge, skills, and motivation to integrate sustainability values and practices into: strategic planning processes, on-going master planning efforts, operations and resource management, and overall University practices. This individual will collaborate with students, faculty, and staff and relevant committees to support and enhance current sustainability initiatives and will provide leadership in assisting the University to continue to enhance its efforts and reputation with regard to sustainability programs.
The Sustainability Coordinator will directly develop, coordinate, and execute projects and initiatives supporting Marquette’s sustainability goals in a broad range of areas. The Sustainability Coordinator manages a coherent, campus-wide sustainability program by coordinating operations, planning, academic, research, and student sustainability activities.
The Sustainability Analyst is a core member of the University of Virginia’s Office for Sustainability, which seeks to engage our communities, steward resources, and discover ways to improve Grounds and beyond for generations to come.
The Sustainability Analyst is responsible for:
- maintaining and analyzing, with a high level of accuracy and integrity, the University’s greenhouse gas inventory, nitrogen footprint
- developing annual reports and other communication tools
- developing projections for the impact of potential strategies
- supporting the development of new programs
- benchmarking within U.Va. and with external sources
The ideal candidate must have knowledge of energy or emissions-related metrics, experience analyzing large data sets, and must demonstrate: the ability make independent decisions, a high level of initiative, and proactive approaches to problem-solving.