Tufts community responds to UN climate change report

The United Nations’ Oct. 8 report on global warming has promoted student activist groups and faculty to consider if Tufts could do more to address the climate crisis. Written by the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the report details widespread climate-related risks projected to occur if the planet experiences greater than 1.5 degrees […]

Medford closes in on plastic bag ban

An ordinance to ban plastic bags from retail establishments is currently being considered by the Medford City Council and is expected to be passed into law by the end of the year, according to City Councillor John C. Falco Jr. The drafted ordinance, which is noted on the Sept. 25 meeting agenda of the Medford City Council, bans the provision […]

Tufts allocates inaugural round of Green Fund money

This summer, three projects dedicated towards campus sustainability received the first-ever round of funding from Tufts’ Campus Sustainability Fund, also known as the Green Fund. The fund will award $40,000 annually to sustainability-related projects proposed by the Tufts community, according to Tina Woolston, program director at Tufts’ Office of Sustainability. The Green Fund receives money from […]

Rebranded student environmental group looks to redefine its direction

The student environmental group on campus formerly known as the Tufts Sustainability Collective (TSC) has changed its name to Students for Environmental Awareness (SEA). The change comes after a decline in involvement, and the group hopes to inspire new membership by clarifying the organization’s purpose, refreshing its message and allowing its branch groups to operate with more independence, […]

Mixed recycling newly implemented at Tufts

Starting this semester, Tufts will begin transitioning to a mixed recycling system, a change from the previous dual stream recycling system, according to Director of Campus Services Gary Hill. Over winter break, Facilities Services began the transition on the Medford/Somerville campus by placing new lids on waste bins and replacing nonstandard bins, according to Kate Doherty Bolivar, Facilities […]

Medford environmental groups form new Green Coalition

The City of Medford is forming the Go Green Medford Coalition to coordinate activities among active environmental groups in the city. Mayor Stephanie Burke announced the coalition on Jan. 3 in a press release, and several public meetings have been held to lay groundwork for the collaboration. The coalition will be led by the Medford Energy and Environment Committee, which […]

New tomato sauce sparks interest in locally grown Tufts Dining offerings

As part of Tufts’ efforts to reduce its environmental impact, the dining halls have added various local foods to their menus. Beginning this semester, these culinary additions and substitutions include locally produced tomato sauce. “We’ve really enjoyed this resurgence of trying to revitalize the regional food system,” Patti Klos, director of Dining and Business Services, said. “We developed a […]

Green T charette to consider future of Green Line T stop intersection

The Green T at Tufts Design Charette, to be held on April 1, will invite members of the Tufts community to share their ideas about the future of the Boston Ave. and College Ave. intersection, where an MBTA Green Line T stop is slated to be built by 2019, according to Betsy Byrum, the education and […]

Challenge rewards offices for improving sustainability

The Office of Sustainability (OOS) recently revamped its Green Office Certification Program and held an awards ceremony on Jan. 8 for offices that took part in the OOS’ Green Office Certification Challenge, which ran from August to November 2014. Betsy Byrum, the OOS education and outreach coordinator, explained that the program includes a checklist of sustainable practices in which […]

Tufts Eco-Reps to host annual symposium this weekend

Eco-Reps from a number of Northeast universities will gather at the Aidekman Arts Center this weekend for the fifth annual Eco-Rep Symposium. The event, which will be hosted by the Tufts Eco-Reps, brings together students interested in campus sustainability to exchange ideas and talk about related programs at their schools, according to Victoria Manogue, communications intern at the Office […]