Upcoming Events at TIE and TEA

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Fifth Annual Environmental Career Night

Tufts Environmental Alumni (TEA) is pleased to announce its fifth annual Career Night scheduled for Wednesday, March 16, 2016. This career night is dedicated to students and alumni who will be pursuing careers in the environmental and energy job market and who would benefit from the practical, real-world experience of Tufts alums who have succeeded in this field. TEA thanks the Tufts Career Center and the Office of Alumni Relations for their support in organizing this event.

Connect with fellow Jumbos working in the environmental field and meet the next generation of environmental professionals. Alumni are welcome to simply attend the program or act as Alumni Ambassadors for students. Alumni Ambassadors will have their contact information listed in a handout for students and are required to stay after the panel and participate in the networking session. To participate in this event as an Alumni Ambassador, please email tuftsenvironmentalalumni@gmail.comfor more information.


Past TEA Events

TEA Fall Hike
Saturday, October 25 (rain date October 26) 10 AM
Mass Audubon’s Moose Hill Reservation
Sharon, MA

A Jumbo Networking Event: Tufts Alumni Boston Panel and Reception
Thursday, November 6. 6:00-8:30 PM

TEA Spring Speaker Event:
An Evening with Michelle J. DePass, J’87, Assistant Administrator, U.S. EPA

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Alumnae Lounge
Tufts University
40 Talbot Avenue
Medford MA

TEA was pleased to welcome Michelle DePass, Assistant Administrator for the Office of International and Tribal Affairs, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  Ms. DePass discussed the Obama Administration’s efforts to democratize environmental participation with groups that are non-traditional power holders, both domestically and internationally.

Ms. DePass was introduced by Dr. William Moomaw, Professor of International Environmental Policy and Director of The Fletcher School’s Center for International Environment & Resource Policy.

A networking reception was also held with Tufts alumni, faculty, staff and students both prior to and after the Keynote Address.

Brief bio: Michelle DePass came to EPA after serving as an Environment and Community Development Program Officer at the Ford Foundation. As Program Officer, she was responsible for supporting the development of sound environmental policies and practices in the local, national and international arenas.As Assistant Administrator, she leads EPA’s international and tribal portfolios, and is responsible for the full range of EPA’s environmental policy development and program implementation in tribal lands and in sovereign nations outside of US borders. In this capacity, DePass represents the EPA within the United States government and works with tribal governments, foreign governments and international organizations on matters relating to the environment. DePass is a lawyer, public administrator and policy maker who has worked with environmental and human and civil rights organizations, academic institutions, and labor. She has also worked in all levels of government, including city, state, and federal. She received her B.A. in Political Science from Tufts University, her law degree from Fordham University School of Law, and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Baruch College School of Public Affairs.

Saturday, October 13, 2012 – Plum Island Walking Tour with Rick Wetzler, A’73

A lovely fall walk at the beautiful Parker River National Wildlife Refuge on Plum Island. Since its creation in 1942, Parker River has been a destination for thousands of beach-goers, bird-watchers, and nature enthusiasts looking for a wild place to get away. Over 350 species have been recorded here and the beach remains a vital nesting area for the federally threatened Piping Plover. Our tour included an informative discussion of the diversity and coastal ecology of this area, including dune ecology, shifting sands, intertidal species, and the impact of climate change.

An Evening with Paul Kirshen
April 25, 2012

Dr. Paul Kirshen, Research Leader at Battelle and co-founder and external advisory board member of the Water: Systems, Science, and Society (WSSS) Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Program at Tufts University, presented on the future of Boston in light of rising global temperatures and oceans. Dr. Kirshen is an expert in the field of water resources, including how global climate change affects water across the globe.

Environmental Careers: Alumni Panel & Networking

March 7, 2012

What a fantastic program! Over 20 Tufts alumni joined over 30 current Tufts students for TEA’s career panel. An alumni reception preceeded the panel discussion and included and hour of networking between the alums. Our panel of wonderful speakers included:

  • Keith Ainsworth (A’87), an environmental litigator at Evans, Feldman & Ainsworth, LLC in New Haven, CT and environmental law and interventions lecturer at UCONN Law, Quinnipiac Law, and Yale School of Forestry & Science.
  • Susan Lyon (UEP’93), the grant coordinator for Diesel Reduction Programs at MassDEP.
  • Kathleen Luvisi (CEE’84), an environmental management consultant focusing on water and wastewater at Alternative Resources in Concord, MA.
  • Carly Rocklen (A’97), a public outreach and ecological restoration coordinator at the Neponset River Watershed Association in Canton, MA.

An Evening with P. J. Simmons (A’89)
May 4, 2011

On a rainy evening in early May about thirty members of TEA gathered to hear a great talk by P.J. Simmons in the Aidekman Arts building at Tufts University. A founder and chairman of the Corporate Eco Forum, P.J. recently published a book with co-author Dan Esty titled “The Green to Gold Business Playbook: How to Implement Sustainable Practices for Bottom-Line Results in Every Business Function”.

P.J.’s talk was fantastic and he gave many concrete examples of how businesses can use the principles of sustainability to increase their profit margins. He discussed everything from reducing paper use at the copy machine to using specialized carpet square in high traffic areas. At the end of his talk many of our wonderful TEA members asked great questions and P.J. took the time to answer them all. He also graciously stayed late to sign his book for attendees.

Genzyme Tour and Happy Hour at Za
March 8, 2011

A group of dedicated TEA members braved a chilly evening and joined Xing Ling, fellow Tufts alum and sponsor of the tour, for a very informative walk through the LEED Platinum certified Genzyme building in Cambridge, MA.