This past President’s Day weekend, over 35,000 protesters gathered on the National Mall urging President Obama to reject the Keystone XL Pipeline in the biggest climate rally ever organized in the US.
Our own TR! intern Diego Laurenti Sellers hopped on board a charter bus provided by 350.org to make the trek down to DC. During the trip, he wrote a letter to Senator Elizabeth Warren urging her to take a strong stand on the issue of climate change and to back legislation rejecting its construction.
The rally drew a diverse crowd including people from all ages and political leanings: political leftists, representatives from green companies on Wall Street, and figureheads such as Rosario Dawson who urged the Latin American community to take a strong stand on climate change.
According to Diego, a crucial part of the rally was the presence of a variety of performers and street theater artists who drew attention to issues of wildlife extinction by dressing up as polar bears and wild animals while doubling as entertainment for the many young kids at the rally. It’s these types of creative activism that forge unity across diverse groups.
The success of the rally brings encouragement that issues of climate change have hit the mainstream, but the work doesn’t stop here.
Want to get involved? Take Annie Leonard‘s advice: “
“Making real change takes all kinds of citizens – not just protestors. When you realize what you’re good at and what you like to do, plugging in doesn’t seem so hard. Whatever you have to offer, a better future needs it.
So ask yourself, ‘What kind of change maker am I?’ We need investigators, communicators, builders, resisters, nurturers, and networkers.”
Get involved in any way you can, it takes a wide range of people with a wide range of skills to make real change happen. While the Keystone Pipeline buzzword represents a key point in legislation, there’s more to the climate change movement than preventative measures. Important work lies in shifting the world away from fossil fuels and onto cleaner forms of energy. Let’s keep the momentum going!
As you may know, the RecycleMania competition has officially begun. Tufts dorms and off-campus houses are competing to see who has the best recycling rates. Over the next few weeks, Tufts Recycles! interns will be walking through Tufts dorms grading recycling efforts. (Don’t be afraid to say hi and ask us questions, we love talking about recycling!)
As the competition heats up, we want to make sure you are fully prepared for every recycling crossroad you may face. Here are some helpful hints and tips about the trickiest things that can and can’t be recycled at Tufts.
- Pizza boxes can be recycled only if they are not oily and dirty. Usually this means that you can tear off the lid and drop it in the paper recycling bin. Make sure not to contaminate the recycling with the oily bottom though.
- Paper coffee cups can be recycled. The fuzzy cups, however, can’t be recycled. Make sure to separate the plastic lid and put it in the plastic recycling container.
- Aluminum foil can be recycled in the plastic recycling container as long as it is clean.
- Plastic utensils can be recycled! They go in the plastic recycling bin. Just make sure they are clean.
- Tissues and Napkins cannot be recycled. We know, it’s unfortunate! Try to use cloth whenever possible.
- Plastic shopping bags cannot be recycled with your other plastic recycleables! Use reusable shopping bags whenever possible instead.
- Batteries can be recycled (except for liquid and gel acid batteries). All around campus there are special containers for recycling batteries. Put a piece of tape over the ends of the batteries to help prevent fire hazards.
- Notebooks can be recycled, they are considered paper. Don’t worry about the spiral.
So there you have it! Explanations about some of the most commonly questioned recyclable (and non-recyclable) materials. Now you are all set to help your dorm win RecycleMania! Happy recycling!
Still have questions about the nitty gritty details of other tricky materials? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recycling at “Reversing Global Warming while Meeting Human Needs: An Urgently Needed Land-Based Option”
Last Friday, restoration ecologist Allan Savory gave a talk called “Reversing Global Warming while Meeting Human Needs: An Urgently Needed Land-Based Option” at the Fletcher School. The event was hosted by the Agriculture, Forests, and Biodiversity Program of the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy at the Fletcher School; the Agriculture, Food, and Environment Program of Tufts’ Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy; and Planet-Tech Associates. The talk and the question and answer session that followed highlighted Holistic Management, a decision making framework which helps teach people how to strategically manage livestock to help heal land that has undergone desertification.
Our very own Tufts Recycles interns attended the event, and intern Diego assisted with composting and recycling at the reception that followed. It was a very successful Zero Waste Initiative. Thank you to everyone who came and helped us compost!
The Greenbean Recycling Machine, located at the bottom of the stairs near the entrance to the Commons in the Campus Center, is offering a prize to the top 5 recyclers between January 23rd and January 28th. These lucky recyclers will win $15 gift cards to Barnes and Noble. Why not bring your recycling from your dorm, off-campus house, or fraternity to the Greenbean Recycling Machine for your chance to win?
So how does Greenbean Recycling work? It’s easy. First, you can make an account either online or at the Greenbean Recycling Machine itself. Once you have an account, get recycling! You can access real-time statistics about your own recycling efforts and the efforts of Tufts overall. It is a really good way to track your own progress and see how you are doing in comparison to other students and teams!
So get started on this challenge today!
Ever wonder what happens to all the old phones that end up in the electronics recycling bins around campus?
… Well, the TuftsRecycles! team is proud to announce that 95 “gently-used” cell phones were sent out today to Cell Phones for Soldiers, a non-profit organization that sells old cell phones to a company that recycles them and uses the profits to provide calling cards and free phone service for deployed and returning military personnel.
Just another great way that old goods can be turned into useful resources!
Thank you to everyone who dropped off their shoes in the new bin located at the Tisch Sports & Fitness Center!
Thanks for doing your part in reducing waste & supporting microbusinesses. Keep ‘em coming guys!
- The TuftsRecycles! Team
This semester, all proceeds raised from depositing donated bottle and cans into Tufts’ own GreenBean Recycling Machine will go toward Timmy Global Health, a national non-profit that expands healthcare access to impoverished communities in Guatemala, Ecuador, the Dominican Republic and Nigeria. Do your part to help the environment and those around the world who are less fortunate than you (what a WIN-WIN!).
By simply placing your bottles and cans in the GreenBean Recycling Machine boxes now in the common rooms of South Hall, Miller, Houston, Carmichael, West, Haskell, Lewis, Tilton, Bush, Hodgdon, Metcalf and Stratton, YOU are being an active citizen here at Tufts.
You CanAid, I CanAid, We CanAid.
If you saunter into Tisch Sports Center, there’s now a recycling bin for shoes!
Partnering with the full-service footwear recycling company, Rerun Shoes, the new shoe bin in the gym will accept all types of shoes (without holes). These shoes will be sent to secondhand shoe vendors in Mali, Guinea, and Liberia.
If you just bought yourself a new pairs of sneakers, hold up! Before you chuck your old ones, stop by the Tisch Sports Center and drop them in the shoe bin!
Last Tuesday night, Tufts University was recognized at MassRecycle’s 17th Annual Recycling Awards Ceremony, receiving the Silver Institution Recycling Award. MassRecycle’s awards recognize “the outstanding achievements by individuals, public servants, municipalities, businesses and organizations in promoting recycling and waste reduction in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.”
The Awards Ceremony, which was held at InterContinental Boston—a previous award winner—celebrated the various recycling efforts throughout Massachusetts. The Ceremony also included two new awards: the Public Servant Award, which recognizes a politician, regulator or municipal staff for his/her outstanding recycling and waste reduction work, and the People’s Choice Award, which allows the public-at-large to vote via MassRecycle’s Facebook page for their favorite nominee.
This was Tufts’ first nomination for a MassRecycle award and we faced fierce competition against Harvard and Clark University. We want to thank all the custodial workers from UGL who are instrumental in keeping our recycling and waste reduction program operating, as well as Betsy Isenstein, Dawn Quirk, and Jesse Carreiro. In addition, congratulations to Rob Gogan and the Harvard team for coming in first place!