Hi everyone! The Eco-Reps program is proud to welcome four new reps for the spring 2013 semester. Vishakha Ramakrishnan is in Bush Hall. Charlotte Clarke is taking over Hill. Norihito Naka is joining Haskell Hall. You can find out more about our lovely new members here.
Spring events preview
This past week all the Reps hosted “meet and greets” in their dorm. We run these events every semester to get to know some new residents and reconnect with others. Each rep offered a unique event featuring everything from baked goods to recycling pledges to green dorm room surveys!
This semester we have some big events we’ll be working on as a group. For the first one we are teaming up with Tufts Recycles to work on Recyclemania. Recyclemania is a national competition to see which university is the best at recycling. The grade scale focuses on the percentage of recyclables thrown in the trash can. At Tufts, we will also be doing an inter-dorm competition. Be sure to look out for grades posted in your building and around campus. The Eco-Reps kicked off the event in Dewick dining hall last wednesday passing out candy and information regarding the event. You can track our national progress and learn more about the competition at http://recyclemaniacs.org/.
A team of our reps met with David McGraw at the Office for Campus Life this past week to talk about making Spring Fling more sustainable. We’ll be working more on this during the upcoming weeks.
Last but not least, Meatless Meals will be happening in Dewick dining hall Wednesdays from 6-7 pm.
The Future of Food and Nutrition: A Multidisciplinary Research Conference
March 31st, 2012 in Boston, MA
The Future of Food and Nutrition Student Research Conference, held annually for the past five years, is a unique venues for graduate students across disciplines from around the country to submit and present original research relating to the food system and/or nutrition science.
Last year, over 200 graduate students came together to hear students from 28 universities present research from fields as diverse as anthropology and nutritional epidemiology. As a presenter or attendee, you will gain valuable professional experience presenting and discussing novel, multidisciplinary research. You will also network with your colleagues – future leaders in the field. Relevant research includes projects conducted as part of thesis work, internships, capstone papers or directed studies.
This year’s theme is 7 Billion Strong: Approaches to Feeding the World. Check out the promotional poster!
Early Bird Registration: $25 until March 16, 5pm
($35 after March 16)
Expert panel featuring:
Sivan Yosef (IFPRI)
Thomas Forster (The New School)
Michael K. Doane (Monsanto)
To learn more about this great opportunity or to REGISTER, see the conference’s website here. Early Bird Registration ends tomorrow. Don’t miss the chance to register at a lower price!
March 12, Lecture: 12:00 pm, Eaton 206;
Film Screening: A Fierce Green Fire, 7:00 pm, Barnum 008, Medford Campus
Featuring Lois Gibbs, the Executive Director for the Center for Health, Environment and Justice (CHEJ) and Stephen Lester, the CHEJ Science Director as they talk about environmental activism and the media. Sponsored by the Center for Media Studies (CMS) and the Environmental Studies Program (ENVS). That same evening, they return to campus to screen the film A Fierce Green Fire. Visit http://www.afiercegreenfire.com for more information on the film.
FEEDING 9 BILLION WHILE MAINTAINING THE PLANET
Tuesday, 3/6 @ 6:30 PM
OneWorld and The Poverty and Power Research Initiative (PPRI) invites you to a discussion with Jason Clay, senior V.P. of the World Wildlife Fund. on the topic. We invite the Tufts community think about how to transparently grow more food without turning over more land to agricultural production, thus tackling the first steps toward sustainability in food production and consumption.
For more information about Dr. Jason Clay and his work with WWF, see the website.
When: April 20-21, 2012
Where: Fletcher School, Tufts University, Medford, MA
What is TEC?
Beginning from two small panel sessions in 2006, the Tufts Energy Conference has grown to become one of the largest entirely student-run conferences in New England. Lead by a seasoned team of conference planners and a support network of many esteemed advisers, the conference attracts leading minds in the energy industry and interested students to discuss applications of innovative ideas and solutions the most pertinent energy challenges of today. Past themes have examined commercializing new technologies, the effort of modernizing the grid, and the impact of a growing solar power presence in the energy industry.
Theme: Transforming the Global Energy Debate: From Challenges to Solutions
Today, more than ever, we face unprecedented global energy challenges. We find ourselves in a state of continued economic uncertainty confronted with the challenges of meeting growing energy demand, the increasing threat of irreversible climate change, providing a secure, safe and affordable energy supply, bringing access to energy to billions and sustaining our environment. How do we successfully tackle these challenges and transition to a sustainable, low-carbon energy future? The Tufts Energy Conference (TEC) 2012 will move beyond debating these known energy issues and focus on solutions.
We will discuss pivotal questions such as: What role will fossil fuels play as part of a diverse and secure low-carbon energy mix? What policies and regulatory measures can be employed for upgrading the safety and security of existing and planned nuclear facilities? How do developing countries plan to meet growing energy demand while at the same time alleviating poverty, sustaining the environment and addressing climate change? In the U.S., how should the role of the government and the private sector evolve to close the financing gap for renewable energy? What are the new management approaches being developed to address the trade-offs between water consumption and energy production?
TEC 2012 will bring together policymakers, scholars, business leaders, professionals and students to exchange ideas on the most promising solutions to our most pressing energy challenges.
Registration begins March 1st. Check out tuftsenergyconference.com for more information.