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Eco-Reps Update: Green Campus!

-by Angie Bell

If you’ve mastered composting and are looking for more ways to show your sustainability spirit, now is a great time to start! There are some really awesome events coming up soon that are sure to get you pumped to go green.

As you may already know, RecycleMania is in full swing! Keep up that meticulous recycling because trash is still being graded until the end of March. Preliminary grading put Tilton, Carpenter House and Wilson House in the lead with A minuses, but it’s not too late for your dorm to take the lead! If you have any questions about what is recyclable in your dorm, your Eco-rep is here to help! Also, keep in mind that the whole of the Tufts Meford campus will get a collective grade and then be compared to other schools. This is a great chance to show that environmental responsibility is a priority here at Tufts!  Results will be out the first week of April, and the winning dorm gets to bounce around in one of these babies:

If that doesn’t spark your competitive spirit, I don’t know what will!

If you are interested in energy usage (we know we are!), the Tufts Energy Conference is another event coming up on March 8-9. The theme of this year’s conference is “Shifting Dynamics in Emerging Markets” and it will feature several experts and professionals as keynote speakers, an energy showcase of innovative projects and technologies, interactive small-group discussions, and an exciting competition where student innovators can pitch projects to win seed funding.  Whether you’re already an expert or you just want to get your toes wet, this is a great opportunity to learn from the pros!  If you want to learn more about the conference or register to attend, visit the conference website. And while you’re at it, reduce your energy usage in the dorm by:

  • Unplugging electronics
  • Turning of your power strip
  • Turning off your laptop overnight
  • Turning off the lights when you’re not around
  • Choosing the woolens setting on the washing machines (they do the same job with less energy!)

As always, if you have any questions regarding these events or sustainability in the dorms, contact your friendly neighborhood Eco-rep for answers! Hope you all have a wonderful (and environmentally-friendly) week!

–Angie (Eco-rep for Carm)

Student Organizers – Tufts Energy Conference 2013

Interested in the energy sector? Hope to develop great professional skills over the next five months while networking with leaders in the energy field? Every year over thirty student organizers come together to produce the ever-growing Tufts Energy Conference (TEC). TEC 2013 will be held on March 1st and 2nd 2013, and we’re excited to be rolling out panels ranging from oil exploration in the Arctic to the role of digital communications in increasing energy efficiency to the economics behind the U.S. ‘Golden Age of Gas.’ It’s an exciting time to learn more about the energy industry, applications are encouraged from undergraduates and graduate students to join one of our eight organizing teams (Marketing, Sponsorship, Content, Operations, Finance, Web Development, Showcase and the Tufts Energy Competition) as student organizers. As a TEC student organizer you’ll have a great opportunity to bring new skills to a growing conference, add new skills to your own resume and portfolio, help produce a great conference, and have the ability to network with leaders in the energy sector. Please see the attached PDF for more information about the conference and the application. Applications are brief at one page and are due by 5 pm next Thursday 09/13.

Eco-Reps visit local wind turbine

Last Monday, the Tufts Eco-Reps (along with a few Eco-Ambassadors and staff members who graciously offered to give us a ride) took a field trip to the wind turbine site at McGlynn Middle School in Medford… a mere three miles from the Tufts campus! If you’ve ever driven down I-93 or the Mystic Valley Parkway, it’s hard to miss the towering 150-foot-high structure next to the Mystic River. The renewable energy icon was officially unveiled back in January 2009 but has already generated upwards of 250,000 kWh of energy since it became operational 3 years ago.

Tufts students and staff members visit Medford wind turbine site at McGlynn Middle School

Northern Power Systems, the electrical engineering company that built and manages the turbine, provides real-time data of the turbine’s total energy production, saved energy costs, and even the current rotor speed! Our hosts, Carey Duques, Director of Energy and Environment for the City of Medford, and Alicia Hunt, Medford Energy Efficiency Coordinator, explained thatteachers at McGlynn Middle School have incorporated hands-on lessons from the turbine into their classroom curriculum in order to teach students the benefits of community wind. Although the project faced opposition from those fearing it would be an eyesore, a Medford clean-energy committee worked on the project for three years and was able to raise nearly $650,000 in grant money to pay for the turbine. The project has a payback period of 5-7 years with a carbon emissions offset of 133 tons per year. Read the case study about this exciting innovation in renewable energy in our very own community.

On a national level, there is good news from the US Department of Energy (DOE) – last week, the Obama Administration announced an agreement to streamline offshore wind development in the Great Lakes. The DOE also awarded more than $5 million for advanced fuel cell research and $10 million for promoting zero-emission vehicles.

If you are interested in exploring more topics related to energy, The 2012 Tufts Energy Conference is being held on campus next week from April 20-21. Register here. We hope to see you at Cabot Center next week!

Chair, 2013 Tufts Energy Conference (Medford, MA)

CALL FOR 2013 TUFTS ENERGY CONFERENCE CHAIR
APPLICATION DEADLINE: FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2012 5PM

The Tufts Energy Conference (TEC) serves as a dynamic forum for cross-border and cross-sector discussions on pressing energy issues. TEC convenes speakers, students, and professionals to provide complementary and contrasting views on a wide range of energy topics.

The  Tufts Energy Conference Chair serves as the lead coordinator for the annual conference. Responsibilities include overseeing the management of conference financials, content, showcase, energy competition, sponsorship, marketing, operations and all relevant logistics and relationships. The Chair ensures the overall excellence, dynamism and innovation that has come to characterize the annual Tufts Energy Conference.

HOW TO APPLY
The TEC Chair position requires a time commitment of at minimum 10-15 hours a week and is unpaid.  If you are interested in applying, please refer to this APPLICATION. Please contact the 2012 Conference Chair, Katie Walsh, for the more information at katherine.walsh@tufts.edu. Completed applications are due by Friday, April 13th 5PM.