Sustainability at USM
Maine universities' positive report on environmental sustainability noted by USM
Just in time for Earth Day 2017, a sustainability report was recently issued by the University of Maine System for its seven public universities, including the University of Southern Maine. Among the positive news is the System's creation of a new investment policy linked to sustainability. USM's own sustainability leader Aaron Witham and EcoRep Asia DiBenedetti offer their thoughts on creating a sustainable future.
USM celebrates Earth Day this weekend and all year long with events and initiatives
The University of Southern Maine will host a variety of events to celebrate Earth day this year, including the 5th annual Community Electronic Waste Recycling Day, the Great Maine Bike Swap and an Earth Day panel discussion.
Replay: 'The USM Update' 4/3/2017
Get an update on USM's sustainability efforts and learn how USM students are being prepared to tackle the environmental challenges facing the planet. Also, hear how USM is preparing its educators to adapt to the changing demographics in Maine's classrooms. Plus, a discussion on the findings of the first in-depth analysis of Maine's juvenile records system.
USM honored with 2016 Environmental Protection Agency award for food recovery
For the fifth time in three years, the federal Environmental Protection Agency has honored USM's efforts to both reduce its food waste and wisely use the waste that remains. In 2015, USM recovered 5.5 tons more food than it did the previous year. And before the semester ended, the 2016 numbers seemed poised to break last year's record total of 71.3 tons of recovered food, food that was then composted or sent to nearby farms as animal feed.
Electric Vehicle Charging Station Installed at USM's Portland Campus
Now you can charge up on campus! USM has installed an electric vehicle charging station at the entrance to the Portland parking garage.
Ending Food Waste at USM
USM won the EPA Region 1 Food Recovery Challenge award for 2014 & 2015 by reducing the overall amount of food wasted on our three campuses.
Take a Bite Out of Campus: About USM’s Food Forest Garden
Located on the Portland campus outside of Payson Smith and Luther Bonney Halls, the USM Food Forest Garden is open to the USM community and the general public to stroll through and munch on any fruits that look ready to pick.
USM Featured in World Water Day Blog Post
The University's replacement of showerheads in Residence Halls and Athletic Facilities was included in a post by the Sustainable Endowment Institute for World Water Day on various inexpensive and effective water conservation projects on campuses.
USM Wins 2013 Grand eco-Excellence Award from ecoMaine
University of Southern Maine Assistant Director for Sustainable Programs Tyler Kidder and Resource Recovery Supervisor Steve Sweeney were chosen to receive the 2013 Community eco-Excellence Award for Gorham and, then, went on to win the Grand Award as best from 22 communities.
USM Receives Recycling Bin Grant to further recycling efforts during special events on campus
USM received 40 portable waste bins for use at special events around the Portland and Gorham campuses. Used at the Opening Breakfast in 2012, the bins reduced set-up time and, along with clear signage, increased the rate of waste that was recycled dramatically.