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Medford/Somerville Winter Break Recycling Bin Update

Over the winter break, Tufts will begin transitioning the Medford/Somerville campus from dual stream recycling to mixed recycling.

Bins without lids

Custodial staff will start collecting both green and blue recycling lids and extra recycling bins from university offices. and waste stations will be reduced from 3 bins to 2 bins in many locations. Staff and faculty who are working on campus during this period should put their glass, metal, plastic, paper, and cardboard recycling in any bin with a recycling sticker because all items will be recycled together as part of the new mixed recycling program.

Mixed recycling labels and updated lids will be added to campus waste stations throughout the month.

Mixed Recycling Waste Station

New waste stations will contain 1 bin for trash and 1 bin for recycling. Paper, plastic, glass, and metal should be placed in the same bin.

ufo-shaped lid

A ufo-shaped lid will replace the traditional blue and green recycling bin lids. The new lid will allow the Tufts community to conveniently recycle objects of a variety of shapes and sizes.

Thank you for your cooperation as Tufts works to improve its recycling program. Please contact us at with any questions.

Tufts Food Rescue Collaborative Fall 2016 Summary

We would like to congratulate the Tufts Food Rescue Collaborative, Tufts Dining, and Food For Free on an amazing fall semester! The infographic below shows what they accomplished in 2016.


Happy Holidays


Dear Sustainability Partner,

We hope you had an excellent fall semester and are gearing up for a wonderful winter break. As we prepare to leave campus, our hearts are warm as we reflect on you and how you have helped build a more sustainable campus in 2016. Thank you for your daily dedication to sustainability. Whether you are practicing eco-friendly behaviors in your personal life, or you are working on projects that help Tufts advance its sustainability goals, we are grateful for the opportunity to work with you.

 Here are some of the things that we accomplished together this year:

  • 4,050 waste bins inventoried
  • 2,393 gallons of compost diverted from the landfill by the Eco-Reps
  • 2,248 new Facebook fans
  • 1,571 meatless meals eaten in the dining halls as part of the Meatless Mondays campaign
  • 719 pounds of food donated to Project Soup after move-out
  • 468 new Twitter followers
  • 249 residence hall rooms earned a Green Dorm Certification from the Eco-Reps
  • 200 reusable mugs sold in 2 months at The Rez as part of a Tisch Scholar Project
  • 143 new Instagram followers
  • 122 Commencement gowns recycled
  • 54 stories of students, faculty, and staff making Tufts a more sustainable campus in the Sustainability Progress Report
  • 30 blog posts written
  • 27 student class projects related to campus sustainability completed
  • 21 GreEco Reps
  • 19 Eco-Reps
  • 16.53 tons of clothing and household goods diverted from the landfill and donated to charity after move-out
  • 16 sustainability presentations to new hires
  • 14 buildings participated in the Boston Green Ribbon Commission’s lab energy benchmarking study
  • 13 new educational LEED signs added to 574 Boston Avenue
  • 13 recycling studies to prepare for the transition to mixed recycling
  • 12 Orientation Events attended to teach new students and faculty about sustainability
  • 11 students participated in ENVS 195-2: Sustainability In Action
  • 11 interns assisted with communications, green labs, and Eco-Reps
  • 9 offices earned a Green Office Certification
  • 9 employees became Eco-Ambassadors
  • 8 videos produced
  • 6 classes assisted with sustainability research and consulting
  • 6 new Google Maps providing information about sustainability stops and waste stations at Tufts
  • 3 zero-waste President’s Picnics
  • 1 new sustainability signage template created to identify sustainability initiatives across Tufts
  • 1 new Green Lab team including 22 people from 13 departments
  • 1 spring climate change symposium
  • 1 bold new climate commitment signed by President Monaco
  • Welcomed our new Education & Outreach Program Administrator, Shoshana Blank, and bid well wishes to Betsy Byrum

Thank you for working with us in 2016.


Wishing you a lovely holiday season and a happy new year,

Tina Woolston, Director
Shoshana Blank, Education & Outreach Program Administrator
Lauren Martin, Communications Specialist
Ashlyn Salvage, Eco-Rep Coordinator
Isabel Falls, Assistant Eco-Rep Coordinator
Juleen Wong, Communications Intern
Eujene Yum, Communications Intern
Caroline Ambros, Program Intern
Yao Wu, Green Labs Intern
Tori Wong, Recycling Communications Intern
& Kate Doherty, Supervisor, Facilities Services

5 Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas for the Holidays

5 Eco-Friendly Gifts graphic

The holidays are an exciting and busy time of year, and who doesn’t love getting gifts from family and friends? Every year, we receive all sorts of gifts that we don’t use, and eventually throw away. Instead, this holiday season, think about the planet as you think about what to give your loved ones! There are many ways to make gift giving more sustainable and just as much fun.

Give an experience:

Sustainable, thoughtful, and memorable! Try a new hobby, restaurant, etc. in your area with your loved one, or give them membership to a nearby museum or fitness class. Beyond reducing waste, this gift option will create a new, lasting memory with your family or friends.

Sustainable Products:

If you’re looking to give someone a specific product, make sure to pick a brand that will last. There are many websites that will help you pick items that won’t wear out quickly, like this one.

Buy local:

Support your local economy and reduce your carbon footprint by sticking to local shopping. Plus, you’re more likely to find something unique and special that your family member or friend won’t already have if you buy from one of your local small businesses.


If you’ve got a tight budget this season, DIY gift giving could be for you! This could be any number of things: bug repellent for the outdoorsman, organizational tools for the home or office, and more! Need some inspiration or guidance? Many websites publish guides for DIY projects, like this post, or Pinterest.

Choose your wrapping wisely:

Once you’ve purchased your gifts you aren’t quite done! You can keep your wrapping sustainable by re-using old bags or wrapping paper, wrapping in newspaper, and avoiding products that come packaged in lots of plastic.

Happy Holidays!

New My Bus Home Service for Students

Tufts is offering a new way to get home during University break periods. Tufts has partnered with My Bus Home (, which provides coach bus service to various areas in the mid-Atlantic and New England regions. My Bus Home will be offering bus transportation starting this winter break (and future break periods throughout 2017).

Private, fully insured motor coaches with a restroom, DVD and Wi-Fi will pick up Tufts students on campus in the Cohen Parking Lot (east of the Granoff Music Center) and transport students to and from central locations in Darien. CT, Jericho, Long Island, West Orange, NJ and Plymouth Meeting ,PA.

The coaches can hold 50 passengers. A minimum of 30 is required. The estimated round trip fares will be between $90.00 & $140.00 depending on the stop and the number of students who ride the bus. One way seats are also available. Depending on demand, buses will depart campus on December 20th, 2016, at 4:00pm and will arrive back to campus on Wednesday, January 18th, 2017.

If you/your student is interested in this opportunity, please sign up at to receive more information and make trip reservations. 

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