Earth Day? Try Earth Month!
The Office of Sustainability works tirelessly each day of the year to mitigate the impact the University of Southern Maine has on the environment. However, each April, the Office takes part in celebrating the Earth by hosting several events throughout the month.
On April 14th, 2018, USM hosted the 6th Annual Electronic Waste Recycle Day on the Portland Campus. The City of Portland, North Coast Recycling, and the Office of Sustainability collected 28,492 pounds of televisions, cell phones, and various other electronic items! That’s 28,492 pounds of electronic waste that is not ending up in a landfill but instead is being recycled responsibly by R2 and E-Stewards Certified Recyclers. In addition, each year the event collections donations for a local charity. This year, the event raised $1,416.18 for Cultivating Community whose mission is to create and sustain greater access to healthy, local foods; empower people to play many roles in restoring the local, sustainable food system; and model, teach, and advocate for ecological food production.
On April 21st, 2018, Assistant Director for Sustainable Programs Aaron Witham and Eco-Rep Abram Marr spoke to a group of K-12 students about what the University of Southern Maine is doing to tackle environmental issues related to energy at the Terra Matters event.
On April 22nd, 2018, USM’s Office of Sustainability co-hosted the Great Maine Bike Swap with the Bicycle Coalition of Maine. Every year, this event draws hundreds of bike-hungry people to the USM Portland campus. This year, over 500 bikes were sold to people from all over the Southern Maine region. Choosing alternative transportation as a means to commute to and from campus plays a role in reaching USM's goal of being carbon neutral by 2040. This year, the Office of Sustainability’s Eco-Reps had a booth to promote our sustainability initiatives and USM. They also asked individuals to pledge to live more sustainability by changing one of their daily habits. You can see more photos of from the event on our Facebook page.