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USM celebrates Earth Day this weekend and all year long with events and initiatives

Earth Day

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.

The E-waste Recycling Day will take place on Saturday, April 22, at the Woodbury Campus Center parking lot, rain or shine. This event is the biggest e-waste collection event in the State of Maine. Electronic items may be dropped off between 9am-1pm, and will be taken to a local recycling facility for free. This year, anyone who drops off e-waste will receive a buy-one-get-one coupon to a Portland Sea Dogs game. Please visit the office of sustainability website for more information.

On Sunday, April 23 from 10am-1pm, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine and USM will host the annual Great Maine Bike Swap at the Sullivan Gym. Hundreds of bicycles of all types will be for sale, including mountain bikes, road bikes, classic cruisers, kids’ bikes and hybrids.

The swap will feature displays by local bike shops and community organizations, refreshments and information about Maine biking events. The Portland event is sponsored by the Bicycle Coalition in partnership with USM’s Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies and USM’s Office of Energy and Sustainability.

Admission is free for USM students and $5 for general admission. A 15% commission on bike sales will support the coalition’s work to improve bicycling in Maine. Drop off bikes on Saturday April 22 in the evening between 3-6 p.m.

On Friday, April 28 from 4-5pm*, the USM Muskie School of Public Service, Honors Program, and Environmental Science and Policy department will host an Earth Day Panel in Hannaford Hall on the future of environmental regulations and the implications for society and human health.  

The panel will be moderated by Susan Sharon of Maine Public. Panelists include, Hon. Janet Mills Attorney General, Maine, Dr. Lisa Pohlmann, Executive Director, Natural Resources Council of Maine, Paul Billings, Senior VP Advocacy, American Lung Association and Tom Allen, Chair Ocean Conservancy and former member of US House of Representatives.  

*A reception will take place at 3:30pm prior to the panel. This event is free and open to the public.

The USM Office of Sustainability works across all campuses, departments and disciplines to reduce environmental impact by implementing sustainable solutions that serve not only the planet locally and globally, but also the diverse university community. Careful and innovative waste management practices, energy and water conservation, and responsible procurement and careful planning and execution of projects and initiatives are some of the ways in which USM is working to lighten its carbon footprint while simultaneously enriching the learning environment.

To learn more about USM’s initiatives for reducing environmental impact, please visit