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Tips for a Sustainable Move-In

With August fast approaching, it is getting to be that time of year when students start thinking about moving in to their Tufts residence for the upcoming school year!

Whether you are a returning student or a incoming first-year student, the Office of Sustainability has a few tips to make your move-in a greener one! Read on for details, and some PSAs from our Recycling Fellow.

Only Bring What You Need

This one is self-explanatory, but it’s an important one! The less you bring, the less packaging you’ll waste. In addition, it may be one less box to ship if you’re moving in from far away.

At the end of the year, so many items are left behind during move-out, which may signify that students are bringing/purchasing too many unnecessary items.

Wait On Big Purchases

Definitely wait to check-in with your room/house-mates about bringing large items to campus. If you wait to discuss logistics, you may be able to split the costs for many purchases and save a lot of money.

Additionally, you may be able to find more affordable options for some dorm room items once you get to campus (see below).

Buy Used

Don’t miss out on the second annual Blue and Brown Pass It Down Sale hosted by Tufts Green House! Many items collected during the Spring Move-Out will be available to purchase at the lowest prices around. This is a great place to get lamps, rugs, hangers, and other items you might need for your dorm room.

Additionally, Tufts Buy/Sell/Trade is a private Facebook Group for those with tufts.edu email addresses to exchange items, where many useful items are often posted.

Ditch Cardboard Boxes

Why use a cardboard box when you could use items you need to bring with you anyways, such as backpacks, duffel bags, suitcases, laundry bins and other containers. Not only will you reduce waste, you’ll also save space!

If you need to use cardboard boxes (if you are shipping items, for example), consider breaking them down and storing them under your bed until move-out. View the Recycling Fellow PSA below about cardboard box recycling for more reasons to ditch the boxes.

Replace Your Lightbulbs

Bring any incandescent lightbulbs to the Office of Sustainability at 550 Boston Ave and we will replace them with LED light bulbs, free of charge.

This is a part of an effort to reduce energy emissions from Tufts campuses. LED lights last much longer than incandescent lightbulbs, but are often much pricier. Definitely take advantage of this sweet deal!

Recycling Fellow PSAs:

Please bring any recyclables associated with your move-in to a recycling dumpster. There will be signs indicating the locations of the nearest dumpster to each dorm. You can also view our online Eco-Map for outdoor recycling locations.

If you have any questions about what can or can’t be recycled, please ask one of the Eco-Reps who will be walking around the dorms.

Please do not discard cardboard boxes in any location in the dorms. You must bring broken down cardboard boxes to the nearest recycling dumpster (locations will be indicated on signs posted in each dorm). If you don’t bring or discard cardboard boxes you won’t have to make this trek, as an added incentive to follow our tips above!

Plastic bags and film cannot be recycled through the regular recycling stream. Please do not place these in the recycling dumpsters. Look out for signage regarding designated bins for plastic film recycling.

 

Sustainability Fellow, Skidmore College (Saratoga Springs, NY)

The Sustainability Office at Skidmore College seeks a full-time Sustainability Fellow. The Fellow position is a two-year, renewable appointment.

Application deadline: Position open until filled

Learn more and apply.

Sustainability Manager, Harvard University, (Cambridge, MA)

The Sustainability Manager, reporting to the Assistant Director, utilizes a change management framework with members of the University community to drive implementation of major University-wide initiatives and programs, including the University’s sustainability goals, standards and commitments as detailed in the University’s five-year Sustainability Plan. To accomplish this, he/she will need to propose innovative ideas, develop and execute comprehensive project plans, and strengthen relationships with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders including faculty, senior leaders, and students.

Additionally, the Manager will be responsible for envisioning and executing University-wide policies, programs, tools, and resources aimed at building a culture of sustainability on campus, identifying and developing living lab opportunities and institutionalizing best practices in and administrative policy areas and individual behavior.

Apply Online

Communications Coordinator, Smith College, (Northampton, Massachusetts)

Promote visibility and understanding of the efforts of the Study Group on Climate Change, the Center for the Environment, Ecological Design and Sustainability (CEEDS) and Campus Sustainability at Smith College

Develop human-interest and technical content based on the work of the Study Group on Climate Change (a one-year committee that will facilitate a campuswide examination of how Smith can most effectively respond to the challenge of global climate change), the Center for the Environment, Ecological Design and Sustainability (CEEDS) and the Office of Campus Sustainability.

Publicize the work of these organizations to engage and educate the campus community and beyond.  Identify key internal and external audiences and develop and implement a multi-channel plan (websites, social media, print etc.) to communicate key messages.

Conceive of, prioritize, interview sources, write, edit and post written and video stories; suggest stories or assignments to student interns and provide them with support; collaborate with colleagues in College Relations, the President’s Office, the Development Office, the Alumnae Association and college Admissions to find suitable outlets for news and educational materials; support website development for each organization.

 

Apply Online

Facilities Manager and Community Outreach Coordinator, Oberlin College, (Oberlin, OH)

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.
Apply Online
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