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Take action this Earth Day at annual USM events - Great Bike Swap, E-Waste Recycling and more

USM Sustainability volunteers

Learn more. Use Less.

These are the guiding principles as the students, faculty, and staff of the University of Southern Maine celebrate Earth Day 2019 with volunteer work, recycling drives and continued commitment toward efficiency and waste reduction.

Among the April events are the 10th Annual Husky Day of Service, April 12, where students, faculty and staff help nonprofits throughout the surrounding communities, including working on projects focusing on the environment. This month USM will again co-host the Great Maine Bike Swap in collaboration with the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, and the 7th annual Free Electronic Waste Recycling Day as well, drawing people from around Portland to recycle a variety of small appliances and personal electronics totaling tens of thousands of pounds.

This work makes USM and the community a greener place, won't you join us?

April 14: Annual Great Maine Bike Swap
April 19: Green Jobs Panel
April 20: Free Electronic Waste Recycling Day

Great Maine Bike SwapSunday, April 14 - 2019 Great Maine Bike Swap
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Sullivan Gym, $5, free for students
(Bike drop off: Saturday, April 13, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.)

On Sunday, April 14, USM will co-host the Great Maine Bike Swap with the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at USM Sullivan Gym, on the Portland Campus (66 Falmouth Street). The annual event offers a great way to buy, sell, or donate quality used bicycles; hundreds of bikes will be for sale at all price ranges - hybrids, road bikes, mountain bikes, children’s bikes, recumbents, and more. Admission is $5, cash only. Free for USM and University of Maine students.

Green Jobs PanelFriday, April 19 - Green Jobs Panel
1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Talbot Hall, Luther Bonney, USM Portland Campus

Learn how to get your dream job working to protect the environment at this Green Jobs Panel hosted by the USM Office of Sustainability in conjunction with Americorps on Friday, April 19. Local "green" professionals will discuss their career path, experience, the role of their organization, challenges, and more!

Panelists include Luke Truman, Allagash Brewing Co.; Kerry Grantham, Ocean Renewable Power Company; Drew Dumsch, The Ecology School; Tanner Watt, Reverb

Saturday, April 20 - Free Electronic Waste Recycling Day 
8:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon
Woodbury Campus Center Parking Lot, Free

USM will host the 7th Annual Free Electronic Waste Collection Day on Saturday, April 20, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., at the Woodbury Campus Center parking lot, (35 Bedford St), on the Portland Campus, rain or shine. USM partners with Northcoast Recycling, the City of Portland, Portland Sea Dogs and Troiano Waste for this free event to help properly recycle electronic waste. Volunteers will be on hand to unload your car, and items dropped off will be taken to a local recycling facility for free. The Portland Sea Dogs mascot, Slugger, will also be there with game-day ticket giveaways.

Last year 28,492 pounds of televisions, cell phones, and various other electronic items were collected and responsibly recycled.

In lieu of donations, cash donations will be accepted for the USM Student Emergency Fund, a program to help students in emergency situations.  

Accepted items: Televisions, computers, video games, microwaves and small appliances, home entertainment, telephones, cell phones, cameras, VCR's, and DVD players. Not Accepted: Thermostats, light bulbs, large appliances such as refrigerators or stoves, air conditioners, batteries, smoke detectors, dehumidifiers, appliances containing freon, mercury devices.

The USM Office of Sustainability works across all campuses, departments, and disciplines to reduce environmental impact. Learn more: