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Reusable Plates of Grafton

The final President’s Picnic of 2016 was held in Grafton on Wednesday, June 15th, a lovely and sunny conclusion to the annual year-end event series.

Drinks and condiments were served in bulk, which cut back on the amount of plastic and other packaging waste produced during the event.

Attendees were encouraged to BYOP — bring your own plates — as another way to reduce waste. Over 80 people brought their own dishes.

Anyone who brought their own dishes, cups, or utensils was entered into a raffle for a special prize. The first 50 visitors to our table also got a prize automatically!

Lillian of Student Services at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine won the top prize – a reusable, stainless steel lunch kit and utensil set!

Recycling interns helped sort recycling and compost at special Zero Waste Stations.

6 bags of recycling were collected, weighing about 48 pounds, while there were 40 pounds of food waste. Trash from the entire event fit into a tiny bag and weighed less than 2 pounds!

The lunch was catered by Loaves and Fishes.

Many thanks to everyone who helped make this event zero waste!

See all the photos here.

Reusable Plates of Boston

President Monaco hosted the second of three President’s Picnics on Monday, June 13th, at the Boston Campus. The annual Picnics bring together staff and faculty on each of Tufts’ campuses to celebrate community and another year of hard work — and is also one of the major zero-waste events held throughout the year.

As part of the zero waste campaign, attendees were encouraged to BYOP — Bring Your Own Plate (and other picnic necessities) — which allowed less reliance on disposable dishes, cutlery, and cups.


Condiments were served in large containers, rather than individual packets, to cut down on packaging waste.











Drinks were likewise served in bulk to reduce waste.

Recycling interns helped sort recycling and compost at special Zero Waste Stations. 17 bags of compost were collected, compared with only one of trash!

The event was catered by Corporate Chefs.

Attendees who brought their own dishes could also win special, sustainable prizes!

Attendees did a fantastic job helping us keep this event zero-waste. We hope everyone enjoyed the great food and company and can carry their sustainable picnic practices into the future!

See all the photos here.

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We compiled a short list of the quickest, snappiest videos on our YouTube Channel. Enjoy!

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2. Scroll through our snazzy, digitized progress report on Tumblr!


3.  There are no words…just watch it.


BONUS: Got an extra 30 seconds? Get the low-down on sustainable food initiatives at Tufts University!

Various Internships, Clean Water Action (Boston MA)

Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund have two internship positions open. Both the Environmental Health and Justice Internship position and the Energy Internship position are available for the winter/spring semester of 2016 in the Boston office of Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund.

Top issue priorities include: preventing harm to our health from toxic chemicals, reducing water pollution from Massachusetts industries, promoting responsible growth of the energy efficiency and clean energy industries, advocating for Zero Waste policies in the City of Boston, and electing pro-environment candidates to public office.  Ensuring that those most affected by environmental degradation have a voice at the table, and that solutions to environmental problems contribute to broader goals of justice for all, are central aspects of all our campaigns.

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Preparing for the President’s Picnic/Ice Cream Social

President's Picnic Prep


We don’t know about you, but we’re getting pretty excited about the upcoming year-end celebrations hosted by the President! Each year, the President’s Office hosts a picnic/ice cream social for staff, faculty, and students on each of the Tufts campuses.  As part of Tufts’ ongoing commitment to sustainability, the event on the Medford campus will again be zero waste this year, and efforts will also be made to reduce waste at the Boston and Grafton events.

To support these efforts, we recommend that you BYOP – Bring Your Own (reusable) Placesetting (plate/bowl, utensils, etc.). Whether you are attending the event on the Boston, Grafton, or Medford campus, you can reduce your waste by planning ahead! If you BYOP to any of the events, you’ll have the chance to win a prize from the Office of Sustainability.

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