Sustainability at USM

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April 2014

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Come Learn about Bikes!

Come Learn about Bikes!

Event Date and Time: 
Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: 
Portland Gear Hub, 70 Forest Ave, Portland (Basement of the YMCA)
Contact Name: 
Tyler Kidder
Contact Phone: 
(207) 228-8218
Contact Email: 
tkidder@usm.maine.edu

USM & Portland Gear Hub host 'Come Learn About Bikes"

Wednesdays 5:30-7:30p

March 19, 26, April 2, 9, 16, & 23, 2014

Students, faculty, staff, and community members learned about the basics of bicycle care

Join us at our popular recurring bike workshop series in a NEW location: the Portland Gear Hub. There is more space and there are more tools for your hands-on use! These workshops are designed to provide the aspiring, beginner, or intermediate bike mechanics with basic safety and maintenance information and are lead by volunteer professional bike mechanics from around the Portland area. $5-$10 donation is encouraged, which helps us continue to offer these programs and source parts for YOU!

Demo bikes and communal tools are available - bring your bike and/or tools if you have them! The first hour is a structure lesson on varying aspects of bike care, the second hour is open bench time supported by knowledgeable volunteers.

 Register to attend here!

Schedule of workshops:

Week 1 - March 19, 2014: Introduction to Bikes, Bike Anatomy, & Fit

Faculty, staff, students, and community members learned about basic bicycle care

  • Get to know your bike, other bikes, and the workshop staff. Explore the basics of bike riding. Bring your questions!

Week 2 - March 26 2014: Tires, Tubes, & Fixing a Flat

  •  Learn how to identify a leak, and practice how to change a tire and patch a flat tube. Learn about different types and applications of tires.

Week 3 - April 2, 2014: Brakes & Braking

  • Learn the basics of brake anatomy, function, adjustment, and simple repair on different styles of brakes.

Week 4 - April 9, 2014: Gears & Shifting

  • Explore the anatomy, function, and adjustment of myriad styles of gears, derailleurs, & shifters. Learn about optimal and efficient shifting while riding.

Week 5 - April 16, 2014: Hub Overall (aka Hubs, Cranks, and Bottom Bracket, Oh My!)

  • Learn about diagnostics and maintenance of various 'joints' of a bicycle including the pedals and crank, bottom bracket, and wheel hubs.

Week 6 - April 23, 2014: Wheels, Spokes & Wheel Truing

  • Experience the art of troubleshooting wheel issues, truing wheels, and adjusting spokes.

 Want to join the fun? Register to attend here!

Don't forget to come to the Great Maine Bike Swap, too, on Sunday April 27.

The Portland Gear Hub is housed in the basement of the Portland YMCA and is a non-profit dedicated to providing outdoor equipment like bikes, skis, and backpacks to kids looking to go on short or long adventures. 

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Come Learn about Bikes!

Come Learn about Bikes!

Event Date and Time: 
Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: 
Portland Gear Hub, 70 Forest Ave, Portland (Basement of the YMCA)
Contact Name: 
Tyler Kidder
Contact Phone: 
(207) 228-8218
Contact Email: 
tkidder@usm.maine.edu

USM & Portland Gear Hub host 'Come Learn About Bikes"

Wednesdays 5:30-7:30p

March 19, 26, April 2, 9, 16, & 23, 2014

Students, faculty, staff, and community members learned about the basics of bicycle care

Join us at our popular recurring bike workshop series in a NEW location: the Portland Gear Hub. There is more space and there are more tools for your hands-on use! These workshops are designed to provide the aspiring, beginner, or intermediate bike mechanics with basic safety and maintenance information and are lead by volunteer professional bike mechanics from around the Portland area. $5-$10 donation is encouraged, which helps us continue to offer these programs and source parts for YOU!

Demo bikes and communal tools are available - bring your bike and/or tools if you have them! The first hour is a structure lesson on varying aspects of bike care, the second hour is open bench time supported by knowledgeable volunteers.

 Register to attend here!

Schedule of workshops:

Week 1 - March 19, 2014: Introduction to Bikes, Bike Anatomy, & Fit

Faculty, staff, students, and community members learned about basic bicycle care

  • Get to know your bike, other bikes, and the workshop staff. Explore the basics of bike riding. Bring your questions!

Week 2 - March 26 2014: Tires, Tubes, & Fixing a Flat

  •  Learn how to identify a leak, and practice how to change a tire and patch a flat tube. Learn about different types and applications of tires.

Week 3 - April 2, 2014: Brakes & Braking

  • Learn the basics of brake anatomy, function, adjustment, and simple repair on different styles of brakes.

Week 4 - April 9, 2014: Gears & Shifting

  • Explore the anatomy, function, and adjustment of myriad styles of gears, derailleurs, & shifters. Learn about optimal and efficient shifting while riding.

Week 5 - April 16, 2014: Hub Overall (aka Hubs, Cranks, and Bottom Bracket, Oh My!)

  • Learn about diagnostics and maintenance of various 'joints' of a bicycle including the pedals and crank, bottom bracket, and wheel hubs.

Week 6 - April 23, 2014: Wheels, Spokes & Wheel Truing

  • Experience the art of troubleshooting wheel issues, truing wheels, and adjusting spokes.

 Want to join the fun? Register to attend here!

Don't forget to come to the Great Maine Bike Swap, too, on Sunday April 27.

The Portland Gear Hub is housed in the basement of the Portland YMCA and is a non-profit dedicated to providing outdoor equipment like bikes, skis, and backpacks to kids looking to go on short or long adventures. 

5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
 
 
 
Community Electronic Waste Recycling Day

Community Electronic Waste Recycling Day

Event Date and Time: 
Saturday, April 12, 2014, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Location: 
USM, Woodbury Campus Center Parking Lot, 45 Bedford Street, Portland Maine
Contact Name: 
Steve Sweeney
Contact Phone: 
207-780-4658
Contact Email: 
ssweeney@usm.maine.edu

Electronic Waste Recycling Day at USM 2013

It's Spring Cleaning Time!

Got some old or unwanted electronics taking up space in your house? Get rid of them the environmentally friendly way! Drop them off at the USM Portland Campus to be recycled between 9a-1p on Saturday, April 12, 2014. This event is FREE, open to the public, and will take place rain or shine!

Many components of household electronics are recyclable and reusable so be sure to bring in anything you are no longer using. Electronics and appliances also often contain chemicals and substances that are hazardous to humans and the environment, so they don't belong in the trash! Please bring in all of your (and your neighbor's, friend's, and family's) unneeded electronics and keep them out of the waste stream.

The following items will be accepted and taken to a local recycling facility for FREE:

USM Electronic Waste Recycling Day - Bike delivery of a dead laptop

  • TVs
  • Computers & Laptops, Hard Drives
  • Monitors
  • Keyboards, mice, speakers & other peripherals
  • Printers, Copiers, Scanners, Fax Machines
  • Stereo Equipment
  • Cords, chargers, wires
  • VCR / DVD / CD Players
  • Cell Phones, telephones
  • Cameras
  • Refrigerators
  • Air Conditioners
  • Microwaves
  • Other household electronic waste

We are in need of volunteers to staff this event: Come have fun with us! Please sign up to volunteer here.

USM EWaste Recycling Day - Giant TV being moved by NorthCoast Recycling

Thanks to North Coast Recycling, Time Warner Cable, and The City of Portland for their help with this effort!

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Come Learn about Bikes!

Come Learn about Bikes!

Event Date and Time: 
Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: 
Portland Gear Hub, 70 Forest Ave, Portland (Basement of the YMCA)
Contact Name: 
Tyler Kidder
Contact Phone: 
(207) 228-8218
Contact Email: 
tkidder@usm.maine.edu

USM & Portland Gear Hub host 'Come Learn About Bikes"

Wednesdays 5:30-7:30p

March 19, 26, April 2, 9, 16, & 23, 2014

Students, faculty, staff, and community members learned about the basics of bicycle care

Join us at our popular recurring bike workshop series in a NEW location: the Portland Gear Hub. There is more space and there are more tools for your hands-on use! These workshops are designed to provide the aspiring, beginner, or intermediate bike mechanics with basic safety and maintenance information and are lead by volunteer professional bike mechanics from around the Portland area. $5-$10 donation is encouraged, which helps us continue to offer these programs and source parts for YOU!

Demo bikes and communal tools are available - bring your bike and/or tools if you have them! The first hour is a structure lesson on varying aspects of bike care, the second hour is open bench time supported by knowledgeable volunteers.

 Register to attend here!

Schedule of workshops:

Week 1 - March 19, 2014: Introduction to Bikes, Bike Anatomy, & Fit

Faculty, staff, students, and community members learned about basic bicycle care

  • Get to know your bike, other bikes, and the workshop staff. Explore the basics of bike riding. Bring your questions!

Week 2 - March 26 2014: Tires, Tubes, & Fixing a Flat

  •  Learn how to identify a leak, and practice how to change a tire and patch a flat tube. Learn about different types and applications of tires.

Week 3 - April 2, 2014: Brakes & Braking

  • Learn the basics of brake anatomy, function, adjustment, and simple repair on different styles of brakes.

Week 4 - April 9, 2014: Gears & Shifting

  • Explore the anatomy, function, and adjustment of myriad styles of gears, derailleurs, & shifters. Learn about optimal and efficient shifting while riding.

Week 5 - April 16, 2014: Hub Overall (aka Hubs, Cranks, and Bottom Bracket, Oh My!)

  • Learn about diagnostics and maintenance of various 'joints' of a bicycle including the pedals and crank, bottom bracket, and wheel hubs.

Week 6 - April 23, 2014: Wheels, Spokes & Wheel Truing

  • Experience the art of troubleshooting wheel issues, truing wheels, and adjusting spokes.

 Want to join the fun? Register to attend here!

Don't forget to come to the Great Maine Bike Swap, too, on Sunday April 27.

The Portland Gear Hub is housed in the basement of the Portland YMCA and is a non-profit dedicated to providing outdoor equipment like bikes, skis, and backpacks to kids looking to go on short or long adventures. 

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The Sociology of Food: A Panel Discussion

The Sociology of Food: A Panel Discussion

Event Date and Time: 
Monday, April 21, 2014, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: 
Talbot Auditorium, Luther Bonney Hall
Contact Name: 
Bryn Gallagher
Contact Phone: 
207-242-3964
Contact Email: 
bryn.gallagher@maine.edu

Join us for an evening of lively discussion on the impact of food "issues" on our society as part of Earth Week 2014. Panelists will include Cheryl Laz (USM Sociology Faculty), and individuals representing local cooperatives such as Local Sprouts, Portland Food Co-op, and more.

Refreshments will be served beforehand so arrive early!

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
 
"Trashed" Film Viewing and Discussion

"Trashed" Film Viewing and Discussion

Event Date and Time: 
Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: 
Talbot Auditorium, Luther Bonney Hall, Portland USM Campus
Contact Name: 
Krystal Haislop
Contact Email: 
krystalhaislop@gmail.com

Trashed documentary DVD cover image

The film "Trashed," analyzes the trash industry, the amount of waste we produce, and the effect it is having on the environment. Following the viewing will be a short 30 minute discussion. Free giveaways to all attendees!

Watch the trailer for the film: http://www.trashedfilm.com/

This event is part of USM's Earth Week 2014 Celebration. See more events here: http://usm.maine.edu/sustainability/events

 

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
 
You Are NOT a Bloody Mess: Lies the Feminine Hygiene Industry Told Me

You Are NOT a Bloody Mess: Lies the Feminine Hygiene Industry Told Me

Event Date and Time: 
Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Location: 
Room 201 Payson Smith Hall, Portland Campus
Contact Name: 
Paige Barker
Contact Email: 
paige.barker@maine.edu

University of Southern Maine Earth Week CelebrationThis workshop is an exploration of green alternatives to plastic tampons and pads, as well as a discussion of how estrangement from our bodies is an ecofeminist issue. The workshop is open to every body, regardless of whether or not they menstruate.

Snacks and giveaways for attendees!

This event is a part of USM Earth Week 2014 Celebration. Check out other events here on the USM Office of Sustainability Event Calendar.

 Event hosted by the Gender Studies Student Organization

1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
 
Come Learn about Bikes!

Come Learn about Bikes!

Event Date and Time: 
Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: 
Portland Gear Hub, 70 Forest Ave, Portland (Basement of the YMCA)
Contact Name: 
Tyler Kidder
Contact Phone: 
(207) 228-8218
Contact Email: 
tkidder@usm.maine.edu

USM & Portland Gear Hub host 'Come Learn About Bikes"

Wednesdays 5:30-7:30p

March 19, 26, April 2, 9, 16, & 23, 2014

Students, faculty, staff, and community members learned about the basics of bicycle care

Join us at our popular recurring bike workshop series in a NEW location: the Portland Gear Hub. There is more space and there are more tools for your hands-on use! These workshops are designed to provide the aspiring, beginner, or intermediate bike mechanics with basic safety and maintenance information and are lead by volunteer professional bike mechanics from around the Portland area. $5-$10 donation is encouraged, which helps us continue to offer these programs and source parts for YOU!

Demo bikes and communal tools are available - bring your bike and/or tools if you have them! The first hour is a structure lesson on varying aspects of bike care, the second hour is open bench time supported by knowledgeable volunteers.

 Register to attend here!

Schedule of workshops:

Week 1 - March 19, 2014: Introduction to Bikes, Bike Anatomy, & Fit

Faculty, staff, students, and community members learned about basic bicycle care

  • Get to know your bike, other bikes, and the workshop staff. Explore the basics of bike riding. Bring your questions!

Week 2 - March 26 2014: Tires, Tubes, & Fixing a Flat

  •  Learn how to identify a leak, and practice how to change a tire and patch a flat tube. Learn about different types and applications of tires.

Week 3 - April 2, 2014: Brakes & Braking

  • Learn the basics of brake anatomy, function, adjustment, and simple repair on different styles of brakes.

Week 4 - April 9, 2014: Gears & Shifting

  • Explore the anatomy, function, and adjustment of myriad styles of gears, derailleurs, & shifters. Learn about optimal and efficient shifting while riding.

Week 5 - April 16, 2014: Hub Overall (aka Hubs, Cranks, and Bottom Bracket, Oh My!)

  • Learn about diagnostics and maintenance of various 'joints' of a bicycle including the pedals and crank, bottom bracket, and wheel hubs.

Week 6 - April 23, 2014: Wheels, Spokes & Wheel Truing

  • Experience the art of troubleshooting wheel issues, truing wheels, and adjusting spokes.

 Want to join the fun? Register to attend here!

Don't forget to come to the Great Maine Bike Swap, too, on Sunday April 27.

The Portland Gear Hub is housed in the basement of the Portland YMCA and is a non-profit dedicated to providing outdoor equipment like bikes, skis, and backpacks to kids looking to go on short or long adventures. 

5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
 
Heirloom Apple Orchard Spring Work Party

Heirloom Apple Orchard Spring Work Party

Event Date and Time: 
Thursday, April 24, 2014, 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Location: 
USM Apple Orchard, Robie Hill (behind Robie Andrews Hall, off College Ave), Gorham Campus
Contact Name: 
Tyler Cyr
Contact Email: 
tyler.cyr@maine.edu

USM Earth Week Celebration Logo

We will be working to install and maintain a historical apple orchard on the Gorham Campus. Come prepared to get a little dirty and leave knowing you've made a lasting contribution to the campus. The orchard will be used as a living laboratory and example of permaculture techniques. It's great for a snack too!

Learn more about the Gorham apple orchard here!

This even is part of USM's Earth Week 2014 Celebration. Learn more about other events here: http://usm.maine.edu/sustainability/events

11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
 
Paint a Pot and Start a Seedling!

Paint a Pot and Start a Seedling!

Event Date and Time: 
Thursday, April 24, 2014, 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Location: 
USM Community Garden, in front of Sullivan Gym, Portland. Rain Location: Woodbury Campus Center, Cafe seating area.
Contact Name: 
Laura Clark
Contact Email: 
laura.m.clark@maine.edu


//www.free-graphics.com/clipart/Plants/potted_plant.shtmlJoin the USM Arts & Crafts club to paint a clay pot and plant a seedling. Grow your seedling inside at home or plant it out in a garden!

Free! Snacks will be provided.

This event is part of the USM Earth Week 2014 Celebration. Check out the USM Office of Sustainability Events Calendar for more events!

11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
 
John C Warner: Presentation on Green Chemistry

John C Warner: Presentation on Green Chemistry

Event Date and Time: 
Thursday, April 24, 2014, 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Location: 
Talbot Auditorium, Luther Bonney Hall, Portland USM Campus
Contact Name: 
Krystal Haislop
Contact Email: 
krystalhaislop@gmail.com

USM Earth WeekJohn C. Warner is considered to be one of the founders of green chemistry. Dr. Warner co-authored the seminal book Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice with Paul Anastas, and founded the Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry, LLC. Dr. Warner will be delivering a talk aimed at a broader audience than just the aspiring chemist, teaching the importance of sustainable methods in our every day lives. Learn more about John C Warner on his website.

Free giveaways for all attenees!

This event is part of USM's Earth Week 2014 Celebration. Find out about more events here: http://usm.maine.edu/sustainability/events

3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
 
Building Student Power: A panel conversation with student climate activists

Building Student Power: A panel conversation with student climate activists

Event Date and Time: 
Thursday, April 24, 2014, 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Location: 
Woodbury Campus Center Amphitheatre, Portland Campus
Contact Name: 
Meaghan LaSala
Contact Email: 
meaghan.lasala@gmail.com

University of Southern Maine Earth Week CelebrationJoin with student climate activists from Maine and Massachusetts in a conversation about how to build student power to make social change. We'll discuss how to build a campaign and a campus movement-- from fossil fuel divestment, to budget cuts-- student voices can make a difference.

Free & open to the public. Refreshments and giveaways for all attendees.

RSVP on Facebook event!


Brought to you by:

  • Divest UMaine
  • Students for Environmental Awareness and Sustainability
  • Students for a Just and Stable Future (MA)
  • Maine Students for Climate Justice

This event is part of USM Earth Week 2014 Celebration. Check out more events on the USM Office of Sustainability Events Calendar.

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
 
Seed Swap & Permaculture Sheet Mulching Workshop

Seed Swap & Permaculture Sheet Mulching Workshop

Event Date and Time: 
Friday, April 25, 2014, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Location: 
USM Community Garden, in front of Sullivan Gym, Portland
Contact Name: 
Jocylin Egan
Contact Email: 
jocylinegan@gmail.com

University of Southern Maine Community Garden in the summerJoin us for this sustainable gardening workshop and seed swap! Together we will learn how to build low maintenance, healthy and productive soil using locally sourced & non-toxic ingredients. Every curious person who is willing to lend a helping hand is welcome. If you don't have seeds to swap, we have a few to give away. Let's start spring off with an abundant mindset and our hands in the soil!

Part of USM's Earth Week 2014 Celebration. See more events here: http://usm.maine.edu/sustainability/events

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
 
Camden Hills Hike

Camden Hills Hike

Event Date and Time: 
Saturday, April 26, 2014, 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Location: 
Pickups: 9a Gorham, in front of Phillipe Hall, 9:30a Portland, in front of Sullivan Gym. Destination: Camden, Maine
Contact Name: 
Laura Clark
Contact Email: 
laura.m.clark@maine.edu


Join us as we spend the entire day in Camden Hills State Park, Camden Maine, where we will hike trails that lead to beautiful ocean views. Meet at Phillipe Hall, Gorham campus at 9a or Sullivan Gym, Portland Campus, at 9:30a on Saturday April 25 for pickup. 

USM Earth Week Celebration 2014

Snacks, giveaways, and transportation provided for attendees. 

Hike is hosted and sponsored by SMOR and is part of USM Earth Week 2014 Celebration. Check out other events here on the USM Office of Sustainability Event Calendar.

Click here to learn more about Camden Hills State Park.

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Great Maine Bike Swap

Great Maine Bike Swap

Event Date and Time: 
Sunday, April 27, 2014, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Location: 
USM Sullivan Gym, Falmouth Street, Portland ME
Contact Name: 
Brian Allenby
Contact Phone: 
(207) 252-8688
Contact Email: 
brian@bikemaine.org

Bike Coalition of Maine Great Maine bike Swap LogoThe Great Maine Bike Swaps offer a great way to buy used bicycles at an affordable price.  You also can sell those bikes cluttering your garage or basement and turn them into cash. Although we call it a swap, you can buy bikes and accessories, sell them, or do both!

At the swaps, you can choose from hundreds of bikes, including hybrids, road bikes, mountain bikes, children’s bikes, recumbents and more.  The inventory covers all price ranges, so you’re sure to find something that suits your budget.  And you’ll be going “green” by getting a gently used bike rather than a new one. 

Visit the Bike Coalition of Maine's website to learn more about the 2014 Great Maine Bike Swap!

Great Maine Bike Swap

10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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