In April, the Grafton campus celebrated Zero Waste Week for the first time ever, joining Medford in challenging the Tufts community to recognize one’s personal footprint and reduce it.
About 30 people signed up for the challenge, which involves carrying any waste which cannot be recycled, composted, or avoided in a plastic bag clipped to one’s backpack or handbag for a full week. Participants included students from all years, interns and residents at the hospitals, and faculty. 15 participants made it to the end of the challenge, delivered their bags to the Earth Day event, and received their prize.
Some of the bags collected on Earth Day
All participants were entered into a raffle for an earth-friendly gift, which was ultimately won by Whitney Stiehler from Wildlife.
Whitney Stiehler won these hip reusable lunch containers, which make eating on the go, at your desk, or at Zero Waste events easier than ever.
After the challenge, participants reported that the exercise led them to think more about what products they were using and how everything could be disposed; they also praised the accessibility of recycling and composting on the campus for making the challenge more doable.
The Grafton campus also celebrated Earth Day with its annual tree planting next to the Agnes Varis Campus Center.
Trees are planted in honor of Earth Day.
How much waste do YOU produce? Take the Zero Waste Challenge from April 18th-22nd to learn about your own habits, reduce your personal trash output, and compete with other participants!
Then bring your bag to the Academic Quad on April 22nd from 2:30-3:30PM for Jumbo Mountains and free snacks with the Eco-Reps at the Earth Day celebration. You might even win a gift card for your efforts to live more sustainably!
Sign up here to receive your Zero Waste kit in time to start the Challenge.
FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY! EXTENDED THROUGH SUNDAY, APRIL 28th!!!
Take part in our Earth Week scavenger hunt and YOU could win cool prizes!
Rules: Take pictures of the following items and post them on the Office of Sustainability Facebook and Twitter pages. The top photo-getters will receive fun prizes! For a list to take around with you, use our printable Earth Week Scavenger Hunt!
Send us a picture of…
- your reusable water bottle
- the front of Tufts Institute of the Environment or the Office of Sustainability
- you with President Monaco doing something sustainable together
- “Choose to Reuse” sticker
- a bike
- a meatless meal
- bike generator (in the lobby of TIE/OOS)
- Terracycle (try Tower Café or the Lobby of OOS)
- an Eco-Rep
- a CFL or LED lightbulb
- you on the T or MBTA Bus
- one of the 4 Zip Cars on campus
- wildlife (bonus points if it’s not a tree, flower, or squirrel)
- you turning off the lights or your power strip
- Tina Woolston, Director of the Office of Sustainability
- a Professor teaching an environmental class
- an Eco-Tour sign
- TSC Meeting or Branch Meeting
We will be handing out Choose to Reuse stickers to ALL participants, whether or not you win, at our table at Earth Fest. We look forward to seeing you there!
Anyone pumped about the environment, which ought be everyone, should apply to be an Eco-Rep for the Fall of 2013! We are looking for a diverse group of people looking to make an positive impact on the environment! Do it now!
Get excited! Recyclemania is coming to a close with only a week left for all the dorm to step up the recycling! Make sure to check out the website if you are not sure what is and is not recyclable, or, ask any Eco-Rep! Go green and help support Tufts in the national competition!
A call for old cloths: do you have cloths that you don’t wear any more? Do you have no more space in your closet? It’s about time to let go of your old cloths by donating it to the Eco-Reps for the upcoming clothing swap! There are boxes in each dorm for cloths (but no shoes) so make sure to get some Spring cleaning done and stick some of your old cloths in the labelled boxes!
This week at our meeting the Eco-Reps learned about environmentally friendly ways to get around. Too often we rely on our personal cars to take us places. We found that in reality, public transportation tends to be cheaper, stress free, and easier. The T is always a reliable way to get around the Boston area, and buses are very dependable too! There are a lot of helpful applications for your phone to track buses and the T. We came to the conclusion that buses are a great way to get around: bus drivers are great, they are cheaper than the T, and you can even hitch your bike to the front of the bus( just don’t forget to take it down when you get off!). Getting a ZipCar and carpooling is also often very cost effective and convenient. If you are a Tufts student, there are special rate! Check out the website to learn more and to see how to register. But, let’s not forget the lovely Tufts Bikes group on campus that allows us to borrow bikes from Tisch library for up to 8 hours!
Fun fact: L.A. could have potentially been the most eco-friendly county. But, because of the political and economic power of big oil companies, much of the plans to implement awesome public transportation was not made possible. It was quite surprising to many of us how great energy-efficient technology has been developed in the past, but has been destroyed or overlooked because of the multi-billion dollar industry that capitalized on oil and fossil fuels.
Earth Day is coming up so get excited for dorm and school-wide events! There are going to be flyers and posters all around campus, but if you want to get more details RA’s and Eco-Reps are always happy to tell you all about the exiting upcoming events!