Shaun Carland is a research assistant with the Office of Sustainability at the University of a Southern Maine. Growing up near the coast Southern Maine, Shaun quickly realized the importance, challenges, and rewards of living sustainably on a personal and institutional level. Now, Shaun lives in the Oakdale neighborhood of Portland, ME and is an undergraduate student at the University of Southern Maine where he is perusing degrees in mathematics, computer science, and statistics. Shaun is the founder and director of Students for Environmental Awareness and Sustainability, director of the USM Bicycle Collective, and is a co-coordinator for USM Recycles and the Community Garden. Shaun was the recipient of the 2013 Student Leader of the Year Award for his work with creating a culture of sustainability among the USM Community. Last summer, Shaun traveled over 1,200 miles exclusively by bicycle in New England working with communities along the way, where he worked on creating adaptive strategies and local solutions to address climate change. Shaun hopes to inspire his fellow members of the USM Community to be stewards of the environment and live sustainably on and off campus.