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University of Southern Maine wins EPA Food Recovery Challenge
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.
USM 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.
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.

Waste liquid recovery makes so much sense!

Recycle batteries, cell phones, and printer cartridges @ USM!

Look for the wooden E-Waste Recycling Stations located in the Portland, Gorham, and Lewiston Libraries.

Tiny Trash

Tiny Trash - A USM Waste Reduction Initiative

Check out all the facts on our award-winning waste reduction initiative!