Tufts students on the Medford campus have been composting in their dorms for several years through the Eco-Reps program. But until last year, unstaffed dorms – that is, dorms without Residential Assistants (RAs) and Eco-Reps – were left to organize the disposal of their organic waste on their own.
The Recycling and Waste Management office run by Facilities Services office set out to rectify that situation in early 2016 by launching a composting program for on-campus apartments, including Hillsides, Latin Way, and Sophia Gordon.
The program aimed to divert food waste from the trash. On-campus apartments have full kitchens, meaning students living in those spaces are more likely to be cooking regularly – and therefore producing more food waste – than students in some of the other dorms.
22 apartments received bins during the first pilot round of the program and several more joined during the spring semester.
Students who signed up for the program received a bin at the beginning of the spring semester, along with instructions about maintaining their compost and locations around campus where the bins could be emptied. Recycling interns also sent out a weekly email with tips and reminders.
Recycling is currently working to improve the program and investigating the potential of having off-campus apartments participate.
(Pictured above: Savannah Christiansen, ‘16, Recycling intern, coordinated the program’s launch in the spring of 2016.)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Environmental Studies Program at Oberlin College invites applications for the position of A.J. Lewis Center Facilities Manager and Community Outreach Coordinator. This is a full-time, 12-month Administrative and Professional Staff position reporting to the Director of Environmental Studies or his/her designate. We seek applicants with a combination of strong technical and interpersonal skills who are interested in enhancing the environmental performance and educational value of a facility named the most important green building in the last 30 years by Architect magazine.
|Application Deadline: Application review begins on January 1, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled.
The EH&S Office is responsible for encouraging safe and healthful working conditions for all UC Davis staff, faculty, visitors, and students. Within EH&S, the Health & Safety/Hazardous Materials unit provides traditional and specialized services in; industrial hygiene, general and industrial safety, accident prevention; and hazardous materials and hazard waste management.
Under direction of a Manager, responsible for supervising, developing, implementing, and monitoring campus environmental and safety programs and policies to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local environmental, health, and safety regulations, and ensure a safe workplace.
Serve as the program coordinator of the campus integrated hazardous waste program, providing management and oversight for a comprehensive hazardous waste program including radioactive materials, asbestos, hazardous chemicals, carcinogens and infectious agents; and supervision of the radioactive materials receiving laboratory.
|Application Deadline: November 6, 2015 (open until filled)
Tufts Community Relations (TCR) has been working with University Information Technology (UIT) for several years to donate computers to community agencies and schools.
The Tufts Computer Donation Program collects, cleans up and donates Tufts-owned computers that are less than five years old to the Grafton, Boston, and Medford/Somerville communities. Older computers are recycled via Tufts’ long-standing recycling program. Before donation, all computer hard drives are wiped and their operating systems reinstalled. UIT then provides a list of available computers to TCR to identify organizations that would benefit from a donation.
Medford/Somerville faculty and staff with old computers to donate should go to Facilities’ website and ask to schedule a time for them to pick-up your old computer. If you work in Boston or Grafton, email email@example.com. For more details, visit UIT’s website.