Aoife is a recent graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she studied Sociology and Sustainable Community Development. She spent her time in college working with Greek Life students to find solutions to better their environmental footprint, most importantly in the areas of recycling where these practices previously did not exist. She is excited for this next chapter in her sustainability journey and hopes to use her time as a waste and recycling management fellow to continue to bring new sustainability ideas to this already very impressive university, as well as carry on the legacy of others who have made an impact on this campus. In the future Aoife hopes to work for town and city governments in their sustainability and regional planning offices and ensure that the future of waste management brings a legacy of zero waste and carbon neutrality. In her spare time, Aoife enjoys scuba diving, hiking, hanging out on the beach, hanging out in coffee shops and environmental advocacy.
Zero Waste Events Manager
Tushar Saxena is a graduate student at Tufts school of engineering. After working in the education sector in India, Tushar joined Tufts and is currently pursuing Engineering management. At OOS, he currently works as a zero waste event manager and Data Management Intern. Tushar is interested in exploring the role of technology in environmentally sustainable development. When not studying or working at OOS, he enjoys outdoor activities such as biking, hiking and exploring the city. On campus, you can find him discussing his concerns about Boston winters and learning the imperial system.
Education and Verification Intern
Tyler is a sophomore double majoring in Environmental Studies (policy track) and Community Health. She is passionate about the intersection between environmental issues and public health issues, and how to address this intersection through policy. She grew up in the very small town of Norwich, Vermont, but lived in Doha, Qatar with her family for three years before coming to Tufts. While Tyler spends most of her time in environmental clubs/organizations, she also participates in Model UN, The Tisch Council for Philanthropic Leadership, CIVIC, and Tufts Hillel. She also loves to dance (ballet and contemporary mostly), bike, read, and explore nature. She is so excited to be an intern in the OOS this year!
Specialty Recycling Intern
Max's deep appreciation for walking and exploration has led him to leave his native San Francisco to study English and Environmental Studies at Tufts University, now in his Junior year Max refers to this decision as "possibly a mistake" and "there aren't not enough hills." Max enjoys spending time outside and is the Loj Director for the Tufts Mountain Club. He loves considering the ways our culture and lifestyle has affected our treatment of the world around us and is always down to talk about water management and rights (especially within the Western United States; discussing the Colorado Compact is the way to his heart). Max is very excited about minimizing Tufts' waste and helping students utilize the resources we have on campus.
Recycling Communications intern
Michaela is a junior transfer student to the combined degree program, endeavoring to split her time between the Tufts and SMFA campuses as she gets to know her new school. Prior to moving to Boston, Michaela studied apparel design for two years at the University of Minnesota before taking a break from her formal undergraduate studies and booking a one-way ticket to Buenos Aires. After seven months of language learning and travel between Argentina and Chile she found herself back in the U.S., applying to pursue her interests in art and design, Spanish language and culture, and sustainability studies, all rolled up into one program at Tufts. Despite not having much free time, Michaela does her best to make it out to farmers markets and support locally sourced food.