Tag Archives: compost

The View from Blakeley Hall

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…

IMG_3632

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!

65 Jumbos Did Not Get Wasted for ZWW!

Zero Waste Week finished this past Wednesday! Over 200 bags were distributed, and 65 brave and wonderful jumbos (and professors) did a fantastic job at keeping their waste at a minimum and brought their bags to Jumbo Mountains. Jumbo Mountains was set up on the Academic Quad this year, due to logistical considerations, and many passer-bys’ interests proved this to be a great location with great visibility. Participants were rewarded with some PHENOMENAL Cider Donuts and cider from Wilson Farm in Lexington, and the satisfaction of tallying and knowing they made a huge difference in comparison to normal trash-producing colleagues.

1375818_10201306467316030_1423808072_n1379257_10201306763283429_141550852_n 1378210_10201306762763416_2029029974_n

1374819_10201306743882944_1684032958_n   1374364_10201306764323455_1343410038_n

In addition to students, some professors stopped by, and even Senior Provost David Harris conversed with the Eco-Rep team about the successes and room for improvement in the Zero Waste Week challenge.

Some of the greatest challenges expressed were the individually packaged treats such as candy, cookies, etc., and the fact that when you leave the Tufts Campus and travel to greater Boston or the larger community, recycling and composting is nowhere near as accessible. However, many participants also expressed their surprise at the ease of recycling and composting here on campus-shoutout to Dawn and Tufts Recycles!

Three lucky participants won awesome bags made out of recycled materials from terracycle.com, and they definitely deserve it for their participation.

1240468_10201306750123100_1368906150_n1378885_10201306767043523_1931318160_n

Thank you to everyone who participated in Zero Waste Week. You truly made a difference in our fight to prevent excess waste and reduce our consumption of resources. Green Love!

 

 

Greetings from this year’s Eco-Reps 2013-2014!

As the new school year begins, so does a new set of Eco-Reps! We kicked off this year in the same way last year’s group did, working for Tufts Recycles during the matriculation lunch and O-show dinners, helping people sort their waste into “compostables”, “plastic”, which consisted of ONLY the utensils, and trash.

1150943_628117240540853_2137802324_n 1173663_628117330540844_1614697690_n

1240443_628117253874185_1734525509_n 1175446_628117293874181_1139655720_n 1237739_628117437207500_122701698_n1098542_628117683874142_1553511330_n

But a new addition to this year’s Eco-Reps’ role in orientation included a pledge booth at “Jumbolicious”, one of the largest orientation events. This year, it was held in Aidekman, featuring an electric bull, a dance floor with DJ, free food, free swag, and of course…yours truly! Freshmen (and others) were able to pledge to be more sustainable in their lives, by doing things from composting to taking shorter showers to turning off the lights to unplugging electronics. Our goal is to print out pictures of the residents in their respective halls, holding them more accountable (AND making them famous, of course), for their noble actions. We got over 100 pledges!

 

1157462_650235971667648_204489889_n 1231124_650235941667651_1516435905_n 1209128_650235885000990_1621590392_n 1186714_650235995000979_2096531892_n 1238830_650239198333992_2020757411_n 9880_650235835000995_1643004057_n

Then, right as school started, we got to work. Hopefully you saw us at your all-hall meetings, in the lobbies of the dorms putting out the terraCycle boxes or Compost bins, or maybe at our meet-and-greets! (Complete with donuts, cookies, and other great treats). The meet and greets are ways for us to really have one-on-one time with our residents to receive feedback, ideas, and goals.

IMG_0856 IMG_0857

IMG_1075

Another new addition to the Eco-Rep agenda this year is the terraCycle Brigade. Terracycle (http://www.terracycle.com/en-US/) is a company that turns snack wrappers that contain the shiny inner lining, such as chip bags or granola bars, into some sweet products. We’ve also decided to weigh our compost before emptying it in order to accurately report on how much people are really composting in the dorms. Reception has varied across dorms, but in general been very good. Keep up the good work, residents!

1175631_650232308334681_1122630071_n

 

Kitchen Scrap Bucket Pick-up and Delivery Driver

Bootstrap Compost is Greater Boston’s only year-round residential and commercial food scrap pickup service. We use vehicles, bicycle trailers, the T and hand trucks to collect and transport kitchen scraps from houses, apartments, dorms, co-ops, condos, cafes, offices and restaurants. Additionally, we arrange to collect scraps from one-off events. Watch this video to learn more.

About us: Partnering with local farms, Bootstrap diverts hundreds of pounds of organic material from landfills every week. As a result, we are harnessing the potential of organic refuse to redefine and empower a local food community. Our farms benefit from our compost in the production of crops while each Bootstrap subscriber receives a portion of cured compost for their own gardening projects. We consider it thoughtful, sustainable, and community-engineered composting.

Company values: Ultimately, the Bootstrap Compost philosophy is simple: To give local residents a means to harness the power of organic scraps; to give back to the community what Bootstrap borrows from the community; to have fun; to enjoy work.

What we need: We are looking for a sustainability-minded individual to help with kitchen scrap bucket pickups and compost delivery for our 300+ subscribers in the Greater Boston area. This individual will receive a manifest of their day’s scheduled bucket pickups and dropoffs and will have to plan and organize their driving route in accordance. In addition, this individual will help with cleaning and sanitizing buckets, sifting cured compost, attending events and performing other tasks as they arise.

Job requirements:

-A vehicle and driver’s insurance
-A perfect driving record
-Ability to work on Saturdays
-Familiarity with the streets of Boston
-Organizational and mapping skills
-A passion for sustainable and start-up businesses
-An autonomous self-starter with an entrepreneurial spirit
-An enthusiasm for greening the Boston community by providing a composting service
-A professional manner with an emphasis on punctuality, discipline and patience
-An ability and desire to clearly communicate Bootstrap Compost’s mission and values

Bootstrap was founded in January 2011 to help Boston put it’s kitchen scraps to good use. It has quickly expanded to a businesses serving 300+ clients. This is not your average job delivering pizza for Godfather’s or stocking VHS tapes at Blockbuster. At Bootstrap Compost, an employee’s hard work, enthusiasm and creativity is rewarded with further professional opportunities as the business continues to grow. We are especially looking for team members who bring in fresh ideas and go above and beyond to help our company and the world of composting expand and succeed!

 

Please contact us at bootstrapcompostPR@gmail.com if you are interested and send a resume and cover letter outlining your top five reasons for why you are interested in composting and joining the Bootstrap Compost team. If we like what we see, we will contact you to set up a time to meet and discuss your hourly rate and availability.

Note: Please do not email with follow-up inquiries as we will contact you if we are interested.

Logistical Operations Assistant Internship (Boston, MA)

This internship is short term.

Bootstrap Compost is Greater Boston’s only year-round residential and commercial food scrap pickup service. We use vehicles, bicycle trailers, the T and hand trucks to collect and transport kitchen scraps from houses, apartments, dorms, co-ops, condos, cafes, offices and restaurants. Additionally, we arrange to collect scraps from one-off events. Watch this video to learn more.

About us: Partnering with local farms, Bootstrap diverts hundreds of pounds of organic material from landfills every week. As a result, we are harnessing the potential of organic refuse to redefine and empower a local food community. Our farms benefit from our compost in the production of crops while each Bootstrap subscriber receives a portion of cured compost for their own gardening projects. We consider it thoughtful, sustainable, and community-engineered composting.

What we need: We are looking for an individual to assist in building an extensive customer service directory for Bootstrap Compost. This individual ideally has some expertise in software systems and has an interest in sustainable business. You do not have to be an IT whiz. The task at hand requires around 30 hours of data entry and data management. We hope to be done with this project by Monday, August 6. While this internship is unpaid, your tenure will be rewarded with your experience in an exciting start-up – currently a MassChallenge finalist – with a focus on social and environmental impact, an opportunity to foster relationships within the sustainability community and the potential for future professional opportunities within our growing company.

Company values: Ultimately, the Bootstrap Compost philosophy is simple: To give local residents a means to harness the power of organic scraps; to give back to the community what Bootstrap borrows from the community; to have fun; to enjoy work.

Internship requirements:

-Some experience with software systems and data management
-A professional manner with an emphasis on punctuality, discipline and patience
-Organizational skills
-A passion for sustainable and start-up businesses
-An enthusiasm for greening the Boston community

Bootstrap Compost was founded in January 2011 to help Boston put it’s kitchen scraps to good use. At BSC, an employee’s hard work, enthusiasm and creativity is rewarded with further professional opportunities as the business continues to grow. We are always looking for team members who bring in fresh ideas and go above and beyond to help our company and the world of composting expand and succeed!

Please contact us at bootstrapcompostPR@gmail.com if you are interested and send a resume and short note outlining three reasons why you are interested in this opportunity and want to join the Bootstrap Compost team. We will contact you to set up a time to meet and discuss your availability.