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Tips for a Sustainable Move-In

With August fast approaching, it is getting to be that time of year when students start thinking about moving in to their Tufts residence for the upcoming school year!

Whether you are a returning student or a incoming first-year student, the Office of Sustainability has a few tips to make your move-in a greener one! Read on for details, and some PSAs from our Recycling Fellow.

Only Bring What You Need

This one is self-explanatory, but it’s an important one! The less you bring, the less packaging you’ll waste. In addition, it may be one less box to ship if you’re moving in from far away.

At the end of the year, so many items are left behind during move-out, which may signify that students are bringing/purchasing too many unnecessary items.

Wait On Big Purchases

Definitely wait to check-in with your room/house-mates about bringing large items to campus. If you wait to discuss logistics, you may be able to split the costs for many purchases and save a lot of money.

Additionally, you may be able to find more affordable options for some dorm room items once you get to campus (see below).

Buy Used

Don’t miss out on the second annual Blue and Brown Pass It Down Sale hosted by Tufts Green House! Many items collected during the Spring Move-Out will be available to purchase at the lowest prices around. This is a great place to get lamps, rugs, hangers, and other items you might need for your dorm room.

Additionally, Tufts Buy/Sell/Trade is a private Facebook Group for those with tufts.edu email addresses to exchange items, where many useful items are often posted.

Ditch Cardboard Boxes

Why use a cardboard box when you could use items you need to bring with you anyways, such as backpacks, duffel bags, suitcases, laundry bins and other containers. Not only will you reduce waste, you’ll also save space!

If you need to use cardboard boxes (if you are shipping items, for example), consider breaking them down and storing them under your bed until move-out. View the Recycling Fellow PSA below about cardboard box recycling for more reasons to ditch the boxes.

Replace Your Lightbulbs

Bring any incandescent lightbulbs to the Office of Sustainability at 550 Boston Ave and we will replace them with LED light bulbs, free of charge.

This is a part of an effort to reduce energy emissions from Tufts campuses. LED lights last much longer than incandescent lightbulbs, but are often much pricier. Definitely take advantage of this sweet deal!

Recycling Fellow PSAs:

Please bring any recyclables associated with your move-in to a recycling dumpster. There will be signs indicating the locations of the nearest dumpster to each dorm. You can also view our online Eco-Map for outdoor recycling locations.

If you have any questions about what can or can’t be recycled, please ask one of the Eco-Reps who will be walking around the dorms.

Please do not discard cardboard boxes in any location in the dorms. You must bring broken down cardboard boxes to the nearest recycling dumpster (locations will be indicated on signs posted in each dorm). If you don’t bring or discard cardboard boxes you won’t have to make this trek, as an added incentive to follow our tips above!

Plastic bags and film cannot be recycled through the regular recycling stream. Please do not place these in the recycling dumpsters. Look out for signage regarding designated bins for plastic film recycling.

 

Energy and Sustainability Manager, Wofford College, (Spartanburg, SC)

The Energy and Sustainability Manager will identify desirable sustainability initiatives and assess cost effectiveness, technical feasibility, impact and acceptance by the college community, in collaboration with faculty, staff and students. He or she will monitor and analyze energy consumption and costs, oversee campus metering and energy monitoring programs including contracting of utilities, identify funding opportunities, and coordinate energy retrofit projects and energy audits including a retro commissioning/monitoring-based commissioning process for campus facilities.

Application Deadline: Open until filled, proposed starting date for this position is July 1, 2016
To Apply: Please send current resume, cover letter and three references (including telephone numbers and email addresses) to em@wofford.edu.

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Environment America is looking for students to work with us as interns next fall on our global warming campaign. Interns will work on their campuses to organize events, generate media attention, and build grassroots support to repower Massachusetts with clean, renewable energy.

Application deadline: April 20th, 2016

Learn more and apply.

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The Sustainability Coordinator Analyst II tasks and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, data management of sustainability data/metrics for annual/bi-annual reporting, enhancing and managing sustainability education/outreach programs, developing and managing LivingGreen certification programs, Coordinating the LivingGreen Fair, updating website content, assisting with the management of student interns and volunteers, planning regular outreach and special events, implementing a communications and outreach program.

 

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The Sustainability Manager, reporting to the Assistant Director, utilizes a change management framework with members of the University community to drive implementation of major University-wide initiatives and programs, including the University’s sustainability goals, standards and commitments as detailed in the University’s five-year Sustainability Plan. To accomplish this, he/she will need to propose innovative ideas, develop and execute comprehensive project plans, and strengthen relationships with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders including faculty, senior leaders, and students.

Additionally, the Manager will be responsible for envisioning and executing University-wide policies, programs, tools, and resources aimed at building a culture of sustainability on campus, identifying and developing living lab opportunities and institutionalizing best practices in and administrative policy areas and individual behavior.

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