On June 18th, the Trustees will be hosting the 23rd Annual South End Garden Tour in Boston’s South End. This tour is not only in support of the Trustees mission of sustainably preserving places of natural, scenic, and historic beauty but in support of our Community Gardens . The Boston Community Gardens provide a sense of community but also a sustainable source of food for many of Boston’s residents.
We are currently recruiting volunteers to support this year’s tour by serving as Garden Sitters, Registration Volunteers, and Membership Volunteers. The event is from 10am-4pm and is broken down into three, two hour shifts. We are also pleased to be able to offer a complimentary tour ticket to all of our volunteers.
The recently formed Tufts Food Rescue Collaborative is looking for student volunteers to help package food donations for Food for Free at Dewick and Carmichael dining halls! This rescued surplus will be used to support Food for Free’s Motel Family Meals program, providing daily dinner’s for 20 homeless families living at the Day St. Hotel in Boston.
Volunteers will be scheduled for approximately one hour of work between 2 – 4pm Mon – Sat, and priority will be given to weekly volunteers. If you’re interested in volunteering or hearing more about the program, email Tufts.FRC@gmail.com to find out more.
Why does this popular adage seem to be the linchpin of all sustainability efforts? Let’s begin by defining “sustainability”, a buzzword we all love to use but might not always know how to articulate. According to the World Commission on Environment and Development:
Sustainable development should “meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”
Nowhere in this definition is “buy less” or “use less” explicitly stated, yet there seems to be a general understanding that we just might need to cut back on something if we are to sustain healthy and equitable societies.
The desire to consider how our lifestyles impact other humans, animals, and resources should spark excitement and collaboration amongst those of us eager to preserve the people’s and planet’s prosperity. Unfortunately, it’s easy to see the distressing statistics indicating an inevitable climate apocalypse and resort to crossing our fingers and hoping for the best.
It’s true. A zero carbon footprint is virtually unattainable and arguably, not too desirable. (We’re all for a plastic-free lifestyle, but aren’t quite sure we’re ready to go shower-free juuust yet.)
The Sustainable Dining Manager will promote overall sustainability in dining services and work to educate the community (especially students) on issues of local and sustainable food purchasing. Colgate’s Sustainable Food Systems Advisory Group developed a set of criteria for defining local and sustainable food based on the goal of purchasing local, community-based, and/or third-party certified food as a percentage of our overall food purchases. The manager will use these initial criteria to continue tracking food purchases with the intent to advance Colgate’s purchase of local and sustainable foods.