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Because one day isn’t enough, we’re celebrating the Earth for a whole month here at Tufts! This page will continue to be updated with events, speakers, and resources for the whole month of April, #TuftsEarthMonth2021. Follow The Office of Sustainability and the Eco-Reps on social media to see everything happening. This landing page for #TuftsEarthMonth2021 is where you can find information on sustainable practices, upcoming events, and more!

Click on the following links to navigate through this page and celebrate Earth Month!

Earth Month Events Hosted by Tufts Other Virtual Earth Week Events
Zero Waste Week, 3/31-4/7 Tufts Ecochallenge, 4/12-26
Weekly Sustainability Trivia Challenges Take Action: Help a Fellow Jumbo on CHEJ's #MakePollutersPay Petition

Sustainability Resources to Learn More

  • Watch List
  • Reading List
  • Support Local Businesses
  • Biking Information for Tufts and beyond
  • Sustainability Racial Equity & Social Justice Resources

Earth Month Events Hosted by Tufts

Tufts Event Calendar
Date Time Event Title Host Link(s)
3/22 - 4/11 10th Annual Undergraduate Environmental Photo Contest Tufts Environmental Studies Program Learn more and register here
4/1 - 4/7 Zero Waste Week Challenge Eco Reps Register here, learn more here
4/1 12:00 - 1:00pm EDT Dr. Jon Regosin – Managing Wildlife: Case Studies from Massachusetts Tufts Environmental Studies Program Register here
4/2 12:00 - 1:00pm EDT Working with Community: A Capacity Building Workshop Tufts UEP SPA, Connect the Dots, and People of Planning Email Gloria Huangpu for Zoom information
4/7 12:00 - 1:00pm EDT Shella Foster presents: The Co-Cities Project Tufts Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning Register here
4/7 6:00 - 7:00pm EDT The Importance of Recycling Properly Tufts Office of Sustainability Register here
4/8 12:00 - 1:00pm EDT Julie Carrick Dalton – Cli-Fi: The Intersection of Climate and Fiction Tufts Environmental Studies Program Register here
4/8 1:00pm EDT Sustainable Cooking with the Hive: Vegan Key Lime Cookies Tufts Hive See recipe here and join the zoom here
4/12 10:00 - 11:30am EDT Intro to GIS using QGIS Tufts Technology Services Learn more and register here
4/13 6:30 - 7:30pm A Place to Breathe: Film Showing and Panel Discussion Tufts Community Health Department, The Welcome Project Learn more here and register here.
4/14 12:00 - 1:00pm EDT Energy's Digital Future: Is COVID-19 Accelerating the Energy Transition? Center for International Environmental and Resource Policy and Climate Policy Lab Register here
4/14 12:00 - 1:00pm EDT Kurt Kohlstedt presents: The Past, Present, and Future State of Cities Tufts Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning Register here
4/15 12:00 - 1:00pm EDT Pema Gyamtso – How Bhutan Brings Nature to the Table Tufts Environmental Studies Program Register here
4/14 7:oopm EDT Think Like a Feminist: The Philosophy Behind the Revolution Tufts Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Learn more here and register here
4/15 12:00pm EDT UP: A community conversation among Underrepresented People at Tufts Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Africana Center, The Fletcher School Learn more and register here
4/15 7:00pm EDT Activism Through Art Tufts Hillel Register here
4/15 5:30pm EDT Distinguished Speaker Series: Problem Solvers Caucus Tisch College, Poli Sci, Tufts ACTION and CIVIC Register here
4/15 6:00pm EDT Community, Activism, and Black Trans Women in Leadership Tufts LGBT Center Register here
4/16 9:00-11:30am EDT Tufts Presidential Symposium:Centering Racial Justice During the Pandemic and Beyond Office of the President, Tisch College, Office of Government and Community Relations Register here
4/16 1:00pm EDT Recycling: At Tufts & At Home UA/UCM Green Team, Office of Sustainability Register here
4/20 7:00pm EDT Food Sovereignty & Climate Change with Moñeka de Oro Eco Reps Register here
4/21 12:00pm EDT Anti-Racism & Philanthropy Tisch Council for Philanthropic Leadership Learn more and register here
4/21 9:00 - 10:30pm EDT Earth Day Bingo Tufts University Social Collective Register here
4/22 12:oo - 1:00pm EDT Amy Laura Cahn – What Do We Mean When We Say "Justice"?: Environmental and Climate Decision-making at a Crossroads Tufts Environmental Studies Program Register here
4/23 11:00am - 2:00pm EDT EarthFest EcoReps More information coming soon
4/28 12:00 - 1:00pm EDT Tisch College Distinguished Speaker Series: Jane Goodall Tisch College, Tufts Environmental Studies Program, CIERP, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, The Fletcher School Register here
4/29 10:00 - 11:30am EDT Health and Safety in the Offshore Wind Industry: Lessons from the UK Tufts University, University of Strathclyde, Health & Safety Executive of UK Learn more here and register here
4/29 12:00 - 1:00pm EDT Caleb Scoville – A "Stupid Little Fish": Science, Law and the Politics of Environmental Decline in California Tufts Environmental Studies Program Register here
4/30 1:00pm EDT Environmental Justice Roundtable The Hive Pre-register here

Other Virtual Earth Week Events

Other Virtual Events Calendar
Date Time Event Title Host Link(s)
4/1 12:00 - 1:00pm EDT MIT x TAU Speaker Series: Africa's Expertise (Amah Edoh) MIT Center for International Studies Learn more and register here
4/1 11:30am - 12:30pm EDT SSL Lunch and Learn Series – Climate Justice Partnerships Part 1 University of Massachusetts – Boston Learn more and register here
4/1 4:00 - 6:00pm EDT Gender, Race and Climate Justice: National and Global Policy Perspectives University of Massachusetts – Boston Learn more and register here
4/2 1:00 - 2:00pm EDT Designing Just Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) for Farmers and Consumers: A Case Study of Vermont Stonewall Farm and Dartmouth Environmental Studies Department Learn more here and register here
4/3 4:00 - 5:00pm EDT SCECon21 Workshop - The Spirituality of Zero Waste: A De-colonial Perspective Students of Color Environmental Collective at UC Berkeley Learn more and register here
4/6 9:00am EDT Developing Sustainable Fiscal Policy for the Food System Food Tank Learn more here and register here.
4/6 2:00 - 3:00pm  EDT Practical Ways to Get Radical in Higher Ed Sustainability Curriculum Consortium Learn more and register here
4/7 6:00 - 7:00pm EDT SCECon21 Workshop - Abolition Ecology: Prisons as an Environmental Justice Disaster Students of Color Environmental Collective at UC Berkeley Learn more and register here
4/7 - 4/8 EcoCareers Conference 2021 National Wildlife Federation Learn more and register here
4/8 9:00am - 5:30pm EDT BIPOC Climate Justice Dialogue HBCU Green Fund, BIPOC Scholars Project, Land Peace Foundation, and US ACE Learn more and register here
4/8 12:00 - 1:00pm EDT The Biden Administration’s First 100 Days: Undoing the Undoing of Environmental Protection Law Harvard University Learn more and register here.
4/8 12:00 - 1:00pm EDT Climate & Clean Energy Environmental League of Massachusetts Learn more and register here
4/8 12:00 - 1:00pm EDT MIT x TAU Speaker Series: Africa's New Cities (Kofi Bio) MIT Center for International Studies Learn more and register here
4/8 3:00 - 4:00pm EDT SCECon21 Workshop - How Some College Funders Fuel Climate Misinformation and Environmental Racism Students of Color Environmental Collective at UC Berkeley Learn more and register here
4/8 6:00 - 7:00pm EDT Climate Solutions for Massachusetts Solve Climate by 2030 and Bard College Learn more and register here
4/8 6:00 - 7:00pm EDT Rights of Nature 101: An Introduction to the Rights of Nature Center for Democratic and Environmental Rights Learn more and register here
4/9 6:00 - 7:30pm EDT The Role of Agriculture in Carbon Sequestration Harvard Alumni for Agriculture and Food Register here
4/14 11:30am - 12:30pm EDT SSL Lunch and Learn Series – Climate Justice Partnerships Part 2 University of Massachusetts – Boston Learn more and register here
4/14 7:00pm EDT Close Attention: Exploring a Creative Practice Inside and Outside the Studio On Belonging in Outdoor Spaces Learn more and register here
4/15 12:00 - 1:00pm EDT MIT x TAU Speaker Series: Africa's New Leaders (Leonard Wantchekon) MIT Center for International Studies Learn more and register here
4/15 12:00 - 1:00pm EDT Climate & Equity Environmental League of Massachusetts Learn more and register here
4/15 12:00pm EDT Power-Up Thursday: Carbon Offsets 101 Dartmouth Revers Center for Energy Register here
4/15 2:00pm EDT Safety & Sustainability: Reusable Dining during COVID-19 Northwestern Univeristy, Oregon State University Register here
4/15 6:00 - 7:00pm EDT Confronting Racial Injustice: Boston School Desegregation through the Rearview Mirror MA Historical Society Learn more and register here
4/16 12:00pm EDT Turn Plarn into a Reusable Bag Johns Hopkins University’s Hop Reuse Hub Register here
4/17 6:00 - 7:00pm EDT SCECon21 Workshop - Institutionalizing Intersectional Environmentalism in Higher Ed: Reflections, Challenges, and Hope Students of Color Environmental Collective at UC Berkeley Learn more and register here
4/18 - 4/20 New Horizons in Conservation Conference Yale School of the Environment Learn more and register here
4/20 1:00pm EDT Climate Change & the Way Forward University of Rhode Island Register here
4/20 4:00 - 5:00pm EDT Portable Memories in Rising Seas University of Massachusetts – Boston Learn more and register here
4/20 6:00 - 7:30pm EDT Hydrogen Now to 2030: Opportunities and Limits in a Circular Carbon Economy Colombia Center on Global Policy Learn more and register here
4/21 3:00pm EDT "Better Together": A Panel Discussion with Nancy Black, Isaac Hernandez and Others UC Merced Register here
4/21 6:00pm EDT Climate Change in Boston: Social Determinants, Equity, and Action MIT's Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center Learn more and register here
4/22 12:00 - 1:00pm EDT MIT x TAU Speaker Series: Africa's Art Scene (Touria El Glaoui) MIT Center for International Studies Learn more and register here
4/22 12:00 - 1:00pm EDT Climate & Economy Environmental League of Massachusetts Learn more and register here
4/22 4:30pm EDT Just Sustainabilities in Policy, Planning and Practice: Dr. Julian Agyeman Lehigh University Register here
4/22 6:00 - 9:00pm EDT MIT Water Night MIT Water Club Learn more and register here
4/22 6:30pm EDT Active Transportation: Biking and Walking for Health & Wellness Transportation for Massachusetts, Brigham and Women Hospital, Fairmount-Indigo CDC Collaborative Register here
4/25 2:30 - 3:30pm EDT SCECon21 Workshop - Reflections on Environmental Activism with Circularity Students of Color Environmental Collective at UC Berkeley Learn more and register here
4/27 9:00am EDT Investing in a More Resilient Food System Food Tank Learn more and register here
4/27 2:00 - 3:00pm EDT Global Developments in the Rights of Nature: Tribal Nations Center for Democratic and Environmental Rights Learn more and register here
4/27 9:00pm EDT Earth Month Summit: A Conversation between Ed Markey & Varshani Prakash Sunrise Southcoast & UMass Dartmouth Learn more here and register here
4/28 3:00 - 4:15pm EDT USGBC + Higher Education: Strategies for Transformation U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Learn more and register here
4/28 6:30 - 8:00pm EDT Offshore Wind Energy: The Promise of Good Jobs & Clean Energy NY Senators Joseph P. Addabbo & James Sanders Jr. Register here
4/29 12:00 - 1:00pm EDT MIT x TAU Speaker Series: Africa's Innovation (Maya Horgan Famdou) MIT Center for International Studies Learn more and register here
4/29 2:00 - 3:00pm EDT The Gigaton Climate Challenge: Decarbonization with Scale and Urgency Clean Energy Education & Empowerment Learn more and register here
4/29 4:00 - 5:30pm EDT Environmental Regulation of the Energy Sector: A Discussion with Mary Nichols Colombia Center on Global Policy Register here

EarthFest

Friday April 23rd, 11am - 2pm
Rain Date Saturday April 24th, 11am - 2pm
Come celebrate the Earth with 9 different events across campus! Grab free clothes, sustainable swaps, baked goods, and more. Take action for the environment, make art, learn something, and reflect on what you can do this year for the Earth.
Scavenger Hunt: Grab a scavenger hunt card at any station and visit 4+ locations to be entered to win a $50 in JumboCash! Submit cards to bit.ly/earthscavhunt
Hosted By: Eco Reps, Green House, TUSC, SIECO Reps, Sunrise, TCA, Tufts PIRG, Tufts Energy Group, Tufts Food Rescue, Tufts Office of Sustainability
Stations:
  • Sustainable Swaps Prize Wheel w/ TUSC + Eco Reps at Upper CC Patio
  • Local Farm Baked Goods w/ Eco Reps at Pres Lawn
  • Clothing Swap w/ Green House + Eco Reps at Tisch Roof
  • Bike-Powered Sidewalk Art w/ Tufts Pirg+Energy Group at Res Quad
  • Earth Day Environmental Justice w/ Tufts Sunrise at Academic Quad
  • Take Action w/ Tufts Climate Action at Academic Quad
  • Regrow Your Food w/ Tufts Food Rescue Outside SoGo Hall
  • Green Pledge w/ SIECO Reps Outside Tisch Main Entrance
  • Apartment Compost Bin Giveaway and Waste Sorting w/ Eco Reps in Front of Olin

Zero Waste Week

Do you know how much waste you produce? Would you like to find out? The Eco Reps and the Office of Sustainability is hosting a Zero Waste Week Challenge from March 31st to April 7th to kick off Earth month! All you have to do is collect your waste that isn’t recyclable or compostable in a plastic bag for a week, and clip it to your backpack. Fill out this form to sign up! Check out this website to learn more about Zero Waste Week.

Then join Tufts’ Sustainability in Action class on April 7th at 6 p.m to hear from guest speakers, Gretchen Carey from Republic Services and Eliza Hilfer a Tufts alum, about the importance of recycling properly with respect to human and environmental health. This is a great way to reflect on what you’ve learned during the challenge and have any of your burning questions answered! Fill out the form above to receive the Zoom information.

Tufts Ecochallenge

Join the Tufts Eco-Reps team in participating in the Campus Ecochallenge! From April 12th to April 26th, the Eco-Reps will post daily challenges for anyone to complete. All you have to do is mark the sustainable swaps you’ve been making, and you’ll earn points. We’ll be working as a team to compete against other universities, but we also have a competition going within Tufts. The top three winners will receive a gift card to Plastic Free Shop of $50 for 1st place, $30 for 2nd place, and $20 for 3rd place.

To join, go to the Tufts team page on Ecochallenge.org and create an account: https://campus.ecochallenge.org/teams/tufts-university

(copy & paste the link into your browser if it does not work)

Weekly Sustainability Trivia Challenges

Each full week in April there will be a new set of trivia questions to test your sustainability knowledge and win prizes! The trivia will be played asynchronously on Kahoot!, so you will be able to participate anytime, anywhere over the whole week. A $25 Etsy gift card will be awarded to the top point-earner winner each week. Return to this page weekly for the new link!

  • Week 1: April 4th - 10th
    • Theme: General Sustainability
    • Co-sponsored by the Tufts Environmental Studies Program
  • Week 2: April 11th - 17th
    • Theme: Intersectional Environmentalism
    • Co-sponsored by the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning (UEP)
  • Week 3: April 18th - 24th
    • Theme: Food and Sustainability
    • Co-sponsored by Tufts Dining
  • Week 4: April 25th - 30th
    • Theme: Green Infrastructure - Play Now!
    • Please enter your First & Last name when playing. Game pin: 01081698
    • Co-sponsored by the Civil and Environmental Engineering department

Take Action: Help a Fellow Jumbo on CHEJ's #MakePollutersPay Petition

Sign the Center for Health, Environment and Justice's (CHEJ) #MakePollutersPay petition here. For more information on the petition, read the following blurb by Leija, a current sophomore at Tufts.

Support Leija on the #MakePollutersPay Petition
My name is Leija, I'm a sophomore at Tufts studying American Studies and Science Technology and Society. For the past few months, I've been working on an exciting project around environmental justice and public policy that I am thrilled to share with you.

This year, as an organizer at the Center for Health, Environment and Justice (CHEJ) in Washington, D.C., I am leading a campaign to reinstate the Polluters Pay Tax, which makes sure big companies are held accountable for their pollution. Right now, money for cleaning up toxic waste is coming out of taxpayer pockets (ours!) and it's completely unacceptable.

The United States is the largest polluter in history, and corporate America is responsible. I am tired of getting screwed over by corporate interests – in trying to take care of our environment, in working minimum wage jobs to get through college, and in striving to unite across race and class to fight for our futures. We have a unique opportunity right now to get the new administration to take action on the Polluters Pay Tax, a concrete step that can put the Green New Deal visions in action. We can actually win.

We are meeting with legislators soon, so one of the most important things we can do at this moment is get a ton of names on a petition to show energy aroudn this effort. Thank you for your support and if you have a moment to help hold corporate America accountable, add your name!

Sustainability Resources to Learn More

Watch List

  • The Game Changers 2018 documentary film about the benefits of plant-based eating for athletes.
  • Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret is a 2014 documentary film which explores the impact of animal agriculture on the environment, and investigates the policies of a few environmental organizations on this issue.
  • David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet is a 2020 documentary film through which Attenborough shares first-hand his concern for the current state of the planet due to humanity's impact on nature and his hopes for the future.
  • Chasing Coral is a 2017 American documentary film about a team of divers, scientists and photographers around the world who document the disappearance of coral reefs.
  • Our Planet is a British nature documentary series made for Netflix.
  • Okja is a 2017 action-adventure film directed by Bong Joon-ho and written by Bong and Jon Ronson, the film is about a young girl who raises a genetically modified "super pig".
  • Before the Flood is a 2016 documentary film about climate change.
  • Rotten is an investigative documentary series produced by Zero Point Zero, focusing on corruption in the global food supply chain.
  • Down to Earth with Zac Efron is a web documentary series that was released on Netflix on July 10, 2020.It stars Zac Efron and Darin Olien and focuses on themes of travel, life experience, nature, green energy and sustainable living practices.
  • The Biggest Little Farm is a 2018 American documentary film. The film profiles the life of Chester and Molly as they acquire and establish themselves on Apricot Lane Farms in Moorpark, California.
  • I Am Greta is a 2020 internationally co-produced documentary film directed by Nathan Grossman, following climate change activist Greta Thunberg.
  • Planet Earth II is a 2016 British nature documentary series produced by the BBC as a sequel to Planet Earth, which was broadcast in 2006.
  • Dark Waters is a 2019 American legal thriller film directed by Todd Haynes and written by Mario Correa and Matthew Michael Carnahan. The story dramatizes Robert Bilott's case against the chemical manufacturing corporation DuPont after they contaminated a town with unregulated chemicals.

Earth Month Reading List

  • Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer,
  • The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis by Tom Rivett-Carnac and Christiana Figueres
  • This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein
  • Weather by Jennifer Offill
  • The End of Nature by Bill McKibben
  • A Terrible Thing to Waste by Harriet A. Washington
  • Toxic Communities: Environmental Racism, Industrial Pollution, and Residential Mobility by Dorceta Taylor

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Explore Beyond Tufts by Bike

Spring is here and what better way to get around sustainably than by bike? Whether you're just beginning your biking journey or are a seasoned cyclist, we have biking resources for you. May is Bike Month, so April is the best time to get read to ride!

Sustainability Racial Equity & Social Justice Resources

Check out these resources for centering racial equity in sustainability work.