Fall 2013 Update
From a Postservice Announcment sent on 8/21/2013:
To: All Faculty and Staff, All Campuses
From: Dawn Quirk, Facilities Services
Re: Recycling and Waste Minimization News
In support of the goals established by the Campus Sustainability Council, Facilities Services and Tufts Recycles! are pleased to announce a new approach to waste minimization at Tufts. Our new resource management contractor, Save That Stuff Inc. (STS), is responsible for solid waste minimization and recycling on all three campuses. As a part of this new partnership, STS will help Tufts assess our total solid waste output and create a comprehensive waste minimization program which will include expanded recycling. STS is now collecting our trash, paper, glass, metal, and plastic university-wide, and will continue to collect food waste from several Medford campus eateries.
STS was instrumental in helping Boston University’s recycling rate grow from 3-34% over a three year period and for helping Boston College reach a 50% diversion rate over an eight year collaboration. We anticipate that this partnership will yield equally impressive results for Tufts.
Visual trash audits of central collection bins followed by in-building visits will gather data for school specific trash stream assessments. Visual audits of the Grafton and HNRCA campuses’ trash will be completed in the next month, followed by the Tufts Administration Building and the Meyer Campus Center in early fall.
Although our Dental School has a mixed-recycling program (glass, metal, paper, and plastic all in one) that caters to the varied backgrounds of the clinic patients, the rest of Tufts utilizes a dual stream approach, which means the paper is kept separate to help retain its high resale value. Single stream will be considered if our waste stream profiles reveal that it would help us reach our ambitious goal of a three percent annual waste reduction. In the meantime, please help us continue to keep our paper and boxes separate from other materials.
Need a quick refresher on recycling at Tufts? This month’s Periscope has a nice feature on recycling.
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Work on the sustainability report recommendations is underway with several areas being addressed through the Operations Division’s TEAM initiative.
During the summer, van Zelm Engineers, leaders in utility and energy master planning as well as high-performance building design, completed a high-level utility/energy master plan for the Medford/Somerville campus. The van Zelm team with Facilities Services and the Energy & Sustainability Initiatives TEAM Working Group are beginning to study the feasibility of campus chilled water production, cogeneration, and related campus utility services upgrades.
Programs to support university-wide energy and utility metering and building energy efficiency assessments are also in development.
All of the above efforts support sustainability goals such as improved energy and utility efficiency, reduced costs, emissions and maintenance requirements, and increased system reliability.
Spring 2013 Update
March 6, 2013 – The Campus Sustainability Council, convened by President Tony Monaco in January 2012, has released a draft report outlining its recommendations in the areas of waste, water, and energy and emissions.
[update April 2013] The period for public comment has now passed, but you can still download the executive summary (or scan the QR code on the left) or view the complete draft report (log in and use your Tufts username and password).
October 31, 2012 - During the summer, the Tufts Sustainability Council’s various working groups met to refine their visions and goals for Tufts in the areas of water, waste and energy/emissions reductions; and to work on strategies.
The Water Working Group envisioned Tufts having an integrated water management approach that reduces consumption, promotes reuse, and minimizes impacts on the environment enabling Tufts to become a leader in campus water management in higher education.
The Waste Working Group’s primary goal as discussed during their Summer meetings is an overall reduction of waste at Tufts by 3% a year through source reduction, improved waste management strategies, and a general culture change on campus with regards to waste.
The Energy and Emissions Working Group discussed ways for Tufts to demonstrate leadership in responsible climate action through energy efficiency, emissions reduction and adaptation. Under the New England Governors/Eastern Canadian Premiers Climate Change Action plan, the Energy and Emissions group is committed to seeing Tufts reduce emissions to 10% below 1990 levels by 2020 and reducing emissions to 75-85% below the 2001 levels by 2050.
The groups stressed a need for reporting, feedback, and community outreach to ensure that all of Tufts sustainability efforts and goals can be reached. Read more
Working group updates
Since March 2012, the three Working Groups of the Campus Sustainability Council have been meeting to discuss the current state of energy/emissions, water, and waste policies and practices at Tufts, and to create new policy measures in these areas. As the council progresses, more updates will be posted on this page.
Waste Working Group - April 30, 2012
Energy Working Group - April 20, 2012
Water Working Group - March 26, 2012