Sustainability at Tufts

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World Water Day (BeCause Water)

The goal of the event is to bring together Greater Boston’s community of water enthusiasts to enable connections, raise awareness about local water, and show Boston’s official premier of the award winning  film –Divide in Concord.  

 Join us for an afternoon of networking with Senator Eldridge, UNICEF, Water For Good, and many more. Student groups, individual activists, and those seeking ways to get involved are welcome!

For questions, please contact jameson[at]

Solar Campaign Internships (Boston, MA)

Solar Campaign Internships
Environment Massachusetts is building a clean and renewable future powered by the sun.

We could meet all of America’s energy needs by capturing just a sliver of the virtually limitless and pollution-free energy of the sun. And we’re making a lot of progress: in Massachusetts, solar energy has grown more than 100-fold since 2008.

But we’re still getting most of our electricity from dirty sources like coal and gas, and powerful fossil fuel companies threaten to stop solar in its tracks. This spring, we’re building support for a goal of 20% solar in Massachusetts by 2025. In order to persuade our governor to go big on solar energy, we’ll mobilize public support and build a powerful coalition of businesses and elected officials.

We’re also working this spring to restore Clean Water Act protections to thousands of miles of streams in Massachusetts and cut global warming pollution from America’s power plants.

What do interns with Environment Massachusetts do? You’ll educate and engage more people on the most critical environmental issues of our time. You’ll get our issues into the media, build coalitions, organize events and lobby decision-makers. Ultimately, you’ll help us build the public support it takes to win.

Becoming a solar campaign intern

If you agree that it’s time for Massachusetts to go solar, the best way to get involved is to apply to be an Environment Massachusetts intern today. We’re looking for students who care deeply about the environment and are ready to make a difference now.

As an intern:

  • You’ll push for smart solutions to environmental problems, and build the public support it takes to win.
  • You’ll work side-by-side with one of our organizers, learning the ropes.
  • And you’ll make a real difference on critical issues, while developing valuable skills and experience in one of the nation’s leading environmental nonprofits.
We’re hiring interns for the spring semester and for the summer. The sooner you apply, the better! And if you’re thinking you might want to make a career out of solving our greatest environmental problems, interning with Environment Massachusetts is one of the best ways to get started.Apply today! Visit to submit your application.

Questions? Contact Ben Hellerstein: ben[at], 617-747-4368.

Program Assistant (Boston, MA)


Ceres is an advocate for sustainability leadership. Ceres mobilizes a powerful network of investors, companies and public interest groups to accelerate and expand the adoption of sustainable business practices and solutions to build a healthy global economy.  Our mission is to mobilize investor and business leadership to build a thriving, sustainable global economy.

Ceres is uniquely positioned at the nexus of the business, investment and advocacy communities. To advance our mission and vision, we leverage the power of our partners—leading investors, Fortune 500 companies, thought leaders and policymakers—to positively influence change. To accomplish our mission, Ceres relies on the power and expertise of the companies we engage with, the investors we bring together and the public interest groups we work with.


Water is a finite and precious resource, but our economic systems treat it as limitless and of little value. For many companies and other water users, their water bills are so small that it hardly seems worthwhile to conserve. The result is unsustainable water use across much of our economy—from industry to agriculture to homeowners.

Ceres brings unique capital market solutions to these challenges. We are changing the way that businesses and utilities manage water, and the way that investors consider water risk in their investment decisions. By reshaping how key economic actors value water, we can turn smart water management into a business fundamental and water stewardship into an economic imperative.

We focus on three key sectors with enormous responsibility for protecting our nation’s water security— water utilities, oil and gas, and agriculture. Taken together, these sectors are responsible for more than 90% of the nation’s water consumption. By improving their water management, we can build an economy that protects freshwater for the future.


The Water Program is hiring a Program Assistant to support this thriving and growing team.  This job is an opportunity for an organized, detail-oriented, and mission-driven individual.  This is a full-time position based in Boston, MA.  Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide event and scheduling support to team & Program Director, including booking travel and managing calendars
  • Organize team meetings and work with Program Director on developing agendas, facilitating meetings logistics and taking notes
  • Support Ceres’ green bond initiative, including coordinating internal and external meetings and events, organizing webinars and related outreach
  • Support projects related to water infrastructure and hydraulic fracturing, specifically coordinating meetings and events, taking notes, and organizing webinars and report distribution
  • Assist with coordinating and organizing Water Program activities at Ceres Annual Conference
  • Serve as database point person for team, including updating information as directed by senior program staff
  • Perform duties such as filing, photocopying, mailing correspondence, and organizing and shipping materials
  • Process reimbursement documents for Program Director and 2 other senior staff
  • On an as needed basis, provide research and writing support to team
  • Support Program Director on planning team retreats, specifically overseeing logistics
  • Work with team and Communications to develop Water Program newsletter and update webpages
  • Support team with fundraising meetings or proposals and track deliverable activity for grant reporting

 Candidate Requirements:

  • Bachelor degree, preferred.  Associate degree, required.
  • 1 – 3 years of work experience, required.
  • Demonstrated interested in environmental or sustainability issues, preferred.
  • Prior office experience, preferred
  • Data entry experience and familiarity with database systems
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office and word processing
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to evaluate workload and prioritize projects
  • Experience managing calendars and scheduling for senior staff
  • Solid writing and research skills
  • Good oral communication skills
  • Able to manage multiple tasks at the same time
  • Able to work well independently and as a team member
  • Comfortable working with different personalities and people
  • Desire to work in a mission-driven / nonprofit environment

Application Instructions:

Candidates are asked to visit the Ceres website to make themselves familiar with our organization.  Candidates must submit a cover letter, resume, and 2 writing samples to careers[at] to be considered for this position.

Ceres is an equal opportunity employer and seeks qualified applicants without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, marital status, or sexual orientation.

The Latest From the Eco-Reps!

by Ellen Osborn

Hey there Tufts greenies!

recyclemaniaThe Eco-reps have been busy this week, just as I’m sure you have been! The semester is in full swing, especially with the kick-off of RECYCLEMANIA!!! The competition is officially on, so start obsessively sorting trash everywhere you go, but especially in your own dorm to win the inter-dorm competition and claim the epic prize at the end!

This week, residents of Hodgdon Hall taste-tested bottled and tap water during the Superbowl to see if they could taste the difference, as many big bottle companies claim most can. As Eco-Rep Arshiya Goel predicted, her residents mostly preferred the tap water! So fill those water bottles at the fountain without fear, Jumbos: you’re getting a great deal and saving the planet one plastic bottle at a time! Thanks to our guinea pigs, the wonderful residents of Hodgdon Hall, who were multi-tasking, taking their Superbowl time to create some fascinating new data in favor of sustainability!

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Wren Hall is making green strides this week as well with the kick-off of a new DORM BAGS campaign. Piloted last semester, the project is back in full swing with lots of new bags and potential users! Residents are very excited for this new resource as thawing sidewalks start to make a trek to Whole Foods actually realistic. The bags can be signed out for a day and are set up in the lobby. They can be seen as you stroll by uphill, so take a peek! And, if you live in Wren, enjoy the new bags!




Earth Week Scavenger Hunt


Take part in our Earth Week scavenger hunt and YOU could win cool prizes!

Rules: Take pictures of the following items and post them on the Office of Sustainability Facebook and Twitter pages. The top photo-getters will receive fun prizes! For a list to take around with you, use our printable Earth Week Scavenger Hunt!

Send us a picture of…

  • your reusable water bottle
  • the front of Tufts Institute of the Environment or the Office of Sustainability
  • you with President Monaco doing something sustainable together
  • “Choose to Reuse” sticker
  • compost
  • a bike
  • a meatless meal
  • bike generator (in the lobby of TIE/OOS)
  • Terracycle (try Tower Café or the Lobby of OOS)
  • an Eco-Rep
  • a CFL or LED lightbulb
  • you on the T or MBTA Bus
  • one of the 4 Zip Cars on campus
  • wildlife (bonus points if it’s not a tree, flower, or squirrel)
  • you turning off the lights or your power strip
  • Recycling!
  • Tina Woolston, Director of the Office of Sustainability
  • a Professor teaching an environmental class
  • an Eco-Tour sign
  • Eco-Labels
  • TSC Meeting or Branch Meeting

We will be handing out Choose to Reuse stickers to ALL participants, whether or not you win, at our table at Earth Fest. We look forward to seeing you there!


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