Sustainability at USM

Eco-rep Program

Student Researchers & Peer Leaders in Sustainability

No matter what your major is when you come to USM, there is a role you can play in helping to green campus. The Eco-Reps program is one of the many ways you can get involved. It caters to students' professional development needs, by giving them the opportunity to make meaningful contributions to a number of environmental, economic, and social sustainability projects. Eco-Reps research interesting environmental challenges, issues, and concepts, while teaching environmentally-conscious behaviors to members of the University community. Each Eco-rep is assigned to a mentor who is experienced in the sustainability field. Projects encompass all manner of environmental subjects, including recycling & waste reduction, biking & alternative transportation, alternative energy & energy conservation, greenhouse gas emissions & climate change, pollution & stormwater, and sustainable landscaping.

What Do Eco-Reps Do?

  • Design and execute projects
  • Create, coordinate, promote, and host events
  • Recycling and waste station coordination and monitoring
  • Disseminate information to groups, give presentations in classes, offer sustainability tours of campus
  • Gather energy and environmental data to assist in improving campus sustainability efforts
  • Build connections with community partners
  • Encourage, facilitate, and mediate student dialogue about sustainability opportunities and programs
  • Act as ambassadors for the Office of Sustainability, both on and off campus
  • Publish articles in the Free Press for the Sustainability and ME column 
  • Work in the USM Free Store in Gorham 

Interested in becoming an Eco-rep?

  • Visit us in your My USM Portal for information on how to apply.