Call for Proposals for “Strengthening Ties for Collective Impact: Campus Sustainability in the Northeast Region”
The Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium and the New England Campus Sustainability Forum are accepting proposals for the “Strengthening Ties for Collective Impact: Campus Sustainability in the Northeast Region” conference being held at UMass Amherst on April 9-10, 2015.
Details for the conference will be posted here as they develop: www.umass.edu/sustainability/northeast
The Key Conference Objectives:
-Collectively understand and discuss the most important and urgent sustainability issues in our region
-Determine what our collective impact could be to address these issues
-Grow as sustainability professionals
Important dates (subject to change)
• December 19, 2014: call for proposals submissions open
• January 23, 2015 (5 p.m.): proposals submission deadline
• February 6, 2015: Proposal Notification
• March 20, 2015: session editing deadline (if proposal is accepted)
• April 9-10, 2015: Conference
**PLEASE NOTE: Your proposal does not need to be a refined proposal by any means. This call for proposal/ideas/input is our attempt at casting a wide net to capture as many ideas as possible and identify who is interested in exploring ideas with the planning committee, and doing the work to develop those ideas and convening colleagues to deliver them into interactive sessions.
CALL FOR PROPOSALS FORM
This is Andrew, the Fletcher School’s Eco-Representative. For this week’s post I’ll give you an idea of what it is like to be the Eco-Rep for Blakeley Hall, Fletcher’s graduate student dormitory. First, some background: Blakeley was built in 1926, in a Georgian style of architecture. It has three wings set around a courtyard, with seven independent towers of rooms. The middle tower houses Blakeley’s common room and kitchen, which serves as the busiest gathering space for residents, and the source of delicious smells when students cook dinner or prepare baked goods as a method of procrastination during exam periods…
Every year, about eighty students in Fletcher’s various degree programs spend a year (or a semester, for exchange students) in singles, doubles, and triples. Many residents come from overseas, which results in a vibrant social scene and a tremendous variety of cuisines prepared in the kitchen. Residents routinely come together for dorm-wide events, like communal cooking events, pick-up cricket matches in the courtyard, and Fletcher’s infamous Blakeley Halloween Party.
As to Eco-Rep and sustainability initiatives, Blakeley, like all Tufts dorms, has receptacles for recycling and compost collection. Each tower contains recycling containers on the ground floor, and the communal compost bin is located in the kitchen. I am happy to report that since the beginning of the school year, Blakeley residents have increased their average weekly compost collection by about 60%! Lastly, each of Blakeley’s towers will contain boxes for TerraCycle recycling. Regarding recycling, we may have to wait until Recyclemania to ascertain how well residents are sorting their materials. Residents have been keeping tabs on recycling and composting, asking me many good questions, and offering suggestions on ways to make Blakeley even greener. I’m very encouraged thus far by their enthusiasm and look forward to holding further Eco-Rep events at the dorm. Next up this month: a pie baking event with a review of composting and recycling best practices!