Greening the Campus—and the World

Tufts Green Fund proposals bring fresh ideas to the challenge of sustainability

Members of the Tufts community are invited to hear Green Fund finalists pitch their ideas on January 30 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Alumnae Lounge on the Medford/Somerville campus. To attend virtually via WebEx, RSVP here.

The fund will award up to $40,000 to sustainability projects and ideas from the Tufts community—students, faculty, and staff were invited to apply. More details on this year’s submissions—and how the Green Fund process works—can be found online.

The finalists for 2020 are:

Beautify TUFTS, submitted by Alicia Bellido, student, School of Arts and Sciences. Proposed: Reinvigorate the garden on top of the Tisch Library roof.

Every Watt Helps, submitted by Christine Fitzgerald, Tufts Technology Services. Proposed: A Tufts Saves Energy—Every Watt Helps campaign. The campaign will include research on current energy consumption and benchmarking as part of a comprehensive effort to raise awareness about conserving energy and reducing costs.

MULCH (Multi-site Conference Hosting), submitted by Parke Wilde, professor, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. Proposed: An innovative format that hosts simultaneous conferences through linked online sites; a sustainable alternative to the “fly-in” conference model that contributes significantly to carbon emissions.

New Entry Sustainable Farming, submitted by Kevin Cody, farmer training program manager.
Proposed: A weeklong series of events hosted by New Entry Sustainable Farming Project (an initiative of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy) and Tufts Dining to highlight the produce being grown at Moraine Farm in Beverly, Massachusetts.

SMFA Garden, submitted by Michaela Morse, student, School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Proposed: Create multiple garden sites of pollinator-friendly native plants on the Fenway campus of the School of Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts.

Take Out at Elm Café, submitted by Lauren Gawel, student, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. Proposed: Reduce waste at Elm Café on the Grafton campus. To participate, purchase a $5 lunch kit keychain clip; for take-out lunch, exchange the keychain clip for a container with utensils.  After lunch, return the rinsed container and get a new keychain clip.

TMC Compost, submitted by Ida Weiss, student, School of Engineering. Proposed: An outdoor compost bin for the Tufts Mountain Club Lodge in Lincoln, New Hampshire.

To join the presentation online, open Webex; the meeting number is  737 219 819, and the password is WpU8wk82.

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