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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.
University of Southern Maine wins 2013 Eco-Excellence Award for Tiny Trash
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.
2013 RecycleMania Competition at University of Southern Maine
Sunday February 3 kicked off RecycleMania 2013, the annual national recycling contest for colleges and Universities. Between now and March 23rd we need YOUR help to boost USM to new, greater levels of recycling.

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!

April 21, 2014
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Talbot Auditorium, Luther Bonney Hall

"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

 

April 22, 2014
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Talbot Auditorium, Luther Bonney Hall, Portland USM Campus

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

April 23, 2014
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Room 201 Payson Smith Hall, Portland Campus

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. 

April 23, 2014
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Portland Gear Hub, 70 Forest Ave, Portland (Basement of the YMCA)

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

April 24, 2014
11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
USM Apple Orchard, Robie Hill (behind Robie Andrews Hall, off College Ave), Gorham Campus

Tiny Trash

Tiny Trash - A USM Waste Reduction Initiative

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