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Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN)

Student Advisory Board Member (Volunteer)

PLAN is launching a Student Advisory Board Committee to help guide the future of the organization and our relationships with campuses. We are seeking 6-8 passionate, critical students and recent graduates that are available to volunteer 2 hours every few months for a virtual board meeting.

Dates: One year commitment starting February 2018

Location: There is no requirement for geographical location of board members

 

Grassroots Expansion Fellow

The Grassroots Expansion Fellow will join the Campus Coordination team in expanding our network of student leaders in the zero waste movement.(Applications due Jan 22.)

Dates: Feb 19 – May 11th (with potential for future employment)

Location: Applicant must be located in the Mid-Atlantic region for the duration of the Fellowship.

Compensation: $5,000 stipend for 12 weeks

 

Creative Social Media Intern

PLAN is seeking a student with a knack for visual messaging and an interest in building social media campaigns with a variety of platforms.

Dates: January 19th – June 1st (Flexible)

Location: Satellite

Compensation: Unpaid, with possible school credit

For all of these positions Apply Online 
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What does 2018 mean for the environment?

Last year, 2017, was a year of extremes for our environment. According to NASA, 2017 is likely to be the second hottest year in recorded history. Here in the United States, we saw the extraordinary power of three devastating hurricanes: Irma, Harvey, and Maria. Residents are still recovering from the destruction of these hurricanes. Widespread wildfires in California destroyed thousands of acres of land, homes, and lives. The year ended with a cold snap that has spread throughout the Northeast, leading to record low temperatures across the country. There is mounting evidence from climatologist that these extreme weather events will become more frequent with the increase of the greenhouse gases we emit into our atmosphere that contribute to climate change.
On June 1st of 2017, President Trump announced the withdrawal of American participation from the Paris Agreement. The Paris Agreement was the first of its kind, facilitated by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)that bound all countries to decrease their greenhouse gas emissions, in order to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celcius of pre-industrial temperatures. The agreement allows each nation to set their own emissions goals in accordance with the goals of the agreement. Find more information about the Paris Agreement from the UNFCC.

However, not all environmental news in 2017 was negative. There was a new wave of environmental activism and commitment to combat climate change in reaction to the Trump administration’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement. The “We are still in” movement was launched immediately; thousands of companies, cities, states, and institutions, including Tufts, affirmed their commitment to the Paris Agreement despite the lack of federal support for the agreement. The President of France, Emmanuel Macron, created the Make our Planet Great Again initiative to provide funding and support for all who wish to conduct environmental research.

While 2017 was a year of climate and environmental political extremes, it was also a year of great environmental activism and commitment to combat climate change. What does this mean for 2018? We need to continue our commitment to environmental activism this year. One important way to do so is by advocating for the environment through our votes in the 2018 midterm elections and volunteering in our local communities. Another great way is to work to lower your personal environmental impact by reducing your carbon and waste footprint.

Reduce your waste and carbon footprint:

  • Eat less meat- try to eat less or even eliminate factory farmed meat for your diet.
  • Buy used– look for previously used or owned items before buying new.
  • Eat local- Sign up for a CSA share or check out your local farmer’s market.
  •  Say yes to reusable items- Opt for reusable products over single-use items.
  • Consume less- Don’t buy unnecessary items that will just wind up in the landfill
  •  Bike, walk, use public transportation, and carpool – Not only will it lower your carbon footprint, but it will also improve your personal health.
  • Use less plastic- Find package free items to reduce your plastic consumption.
  •  Share and connect- Share your passion for environmental causes with others.

The uncertainty of our collective environmental future can be frightening at times, so let us do all that we can to reduce our individual impact on the environment and hold our representatives accountable to protect their constituents by protecting the environment. In 2018, let’s get more civically engaged, environmentally aware, and passionate than ever before.

Learn from Bae Johnson how to reduce your waste this year:

 

Sustainability Data Analyst, Ocean Spray (Lakeville, MA)

Position Description:

The Cooperative Development department at Ocean Spray is looking to add a Sustainability Data Analyst on a temporary basis.  The Sustainability team collaborates with Agriculture Sciences, Marketing, Engineering, Quality, Procurement, Operations, Legal, Sales, and Ocean Spray Cranberry Farmer-Owners to execute initiatives throughout the Cooperative.

The Analyst will support a biennial Farm Sustainability Assessment, coordinating with a 3rd party vendor and Ocean Spray farmers to complete and analyze a large data set to identify performance trends.

The Analyst will also provide support to Operations Manufacturing energy, waste, and water data collection, review, and analysis including opportunities to improve or create a new database model, perform forecasting, and building a business case for a new approach to data management.

You may have the opportunity to support other areas of the sustainability department including field visits and on the job training in:

 

-Sustainable Agriculture

-Wate Stewardship

-Energy Efficency/Renewables

-Enviornmental Health & Safety

-Packaging Design

-Recycling/Composting and Waste Reduction

-Reacability, Supply Chain, and Procurement

-Greenhous Gas/Carbon Management

-Social Compliance

-Employee Engagement

Minimum Knowledge, Skills and Ability requirements:

Bachelor’s or Graduate Degree Program related to Sustainability, Environmental Science, or Environmental Engineering

Must be able perform data set analysis with advanced data management skills preferred

Creative thinking and a passion for innovation

Broad understanding of the fundamentals of key environmental and social issues with the ability to remain up-to-date on new and emerging technologies

Strong communication, research, and data skills

Highly organized, self-starter and ability to work with various levels within an organization

Ability to work independently and collaboratively, must adapt well to change and be able to prioritize multiple aspects of his or her project(s)

Advanced PC skills: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Experience with Scope 5, SoFi, Accuvio or other environmental database /management tool base is desired.

Duration & Location:

  • This is a 6 month position that will start immediately, option to be full or part-time for the right candidate
  • Monday – Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm
  • Position is located at our corporate headquarters in Lakeville, MA (about 45 minutes South of Boston and East of Providence – Exit 5 off of Rte I-495)
Please submit your resume and a summary letter (no more than 1 page) to communicate your interest in the position to sustainability@oceanspray.com or https://oceanspray.csod.com/ats/careersite/JobDetails.aspx?site=1&id=2321
Deadline to Apply: January 14, 2018

Food for All Ambassador

  • Get to know inspiring people while advocating for a great cause
  • Get lots of (delicious) free food
  • Work in a fast-growing & mission-driven startup

Are you passionate about food and how it relates to social and environmental causes? Do you want to work with a company that creates lasting change in the food system?Food for All mission is to curb food waste by increasing accessibility to quality food and empowering food vendors that are socially and environmentally responsible. As an ambassador, you will be on the front lines of Food for All in Boston and work closely with our marketing team. You will represent Food for All on your campus and be responsible for spreading the word about us as well as building strategic relationships. Duties include online advocacy, community-outreach efforts, promotions, ect.

If you are interested, please send an email to juleen@foodforall.com stating your motivations to join us and why you will be great at the job.
Apply by January 12th

 

 

 

December 2017 Eco-Ambassador Session #2 – Medford

Session Summary:

We started off our second session by hearing from a current Eco-Ambassador, Rachel Brown, on the office sustainability projects that she has worked on over the years. Then we discussed water, including where Tufts’ water comes from, water conservation projects at the university, and ways you can conserve water in your offices. Carlos Robles from MassRIDES joined us to talk about transportation options and resources available to Tufts employees on the Boston and Medford campuses. We reviewed ways to “green” meetings and events and looked at green event resources on the OOS website. We went over energy use and infrastructure at Tufts, as well as upcoming energy projects and ways to conserve energy in our offices. To end the day, we sorted “Eco-labels” and talked about which are reliable and unreliable and reviewed some purchasing tips and resources.

Assignments for next week:

  • Introduce yourself as an Eco-Ambassador to your officemates
  • Meet with your supervisor/Eco-Ambassador team
  • Create a draft community-based social marketing plan using this worksheet. Email to Shoshana by Friday, January 12.

Next Steps:

  • Now that you have more familiarity with these topics, it could be a great time to finish the green office certification checklist that you started before, to get your office green office certified.

 Additional Resources

Water:

Transportation:

  • Tufts’ Commuter Benefits: Visit the Tufts Human Resources websitefor information about how you can get transit passes with pre-tax funds.
  • Transportation Incentives & Regional Programs: folks on all campuses can sign up for NuRide to find carpool partners and earn rewards for your “green” trips.  Employees on the Medford and Grafton campuses, can sign up for MassRIDES’ Emergency Ride HomeABC TMA provides incentives to employees on the Boston Campus, including the Guaranteed Ride Home Program.
  • Public Transportation: Visit the MBTA websitefor information on the rail, bus, subway, and commuter boat systems and access to helpful resources such as schedules & mapsreloading your CharlieCard online, and MBTA apps.
  • Tufts Shuttles: Find information about Tufts’ shuttles, including schedules and the live tracker, here.
  • BikingMassBikeoffers a wide range of bicycle safety and maintenance courses as well as extensive online resources about bike laws, local bike clubs, guides for new bikers, and much more. Learn more about bike safety from the Tufts University Police Department. View the City of Somerville Bicycle Routes map here.
  • General Transportation Info: Visit the EPA’s websitefor information about transportation and climate change, regulations related to greenhouse gas emissions from transportation, and how to calculate your greenhouse gas emissions.
  • For guests traveling to campus: Provide information about how to travel to your campus via public transportation.  This page(and its subpages) have some good resources and language.
  • Transportation Brochures and Maps: Visit the Office of Sustainability’s Publications Libraryfor electronic versions of our various transportation-related handouts.

Meetings & Events:

Energy:

Purchasing:

Additional Topics of Interest:

  • The Environmental Studies program organizes weekly Lunch & Learns about environmental and sustainability topics that are open to all members of the Tufts community (free food is provided!) – learn more and see a schedule of upcoming speakers here.
  • There are CSA farm shares that deliver directly to the Medford and Boston campuses.  This is a great way to get fresh produce delivered conveniently to Tufts.  Click here for more information.
  • Meet other Eco-Ambassadors at Tufts – click here for a list(you will be added shortly!).

Contacts

Shoshana Blank

Education & Outreach Program Administrator

Shoshana.Blank@tufts.edu

(617)627-2973

Rachel Brown

Eco-Ambassador

Rachel.Brown@tufts.edu

(617)627-7957

Carlos Robles

MassRIDES

Carlos.Robeles@state.ma.us

Commute.com

 

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