Sustainability at USM

Eco-rep Program

The USM Eco-Rep Program is no longer reviewing applications for general Eco-reps for the 2020-2021 school year, because we are full. However, if you would like to apply for consideration in a future semester, you may apply here. We will reach out in the future if there are openings.

We are currently hiring for a Student Moves Assistant Position. A summary of the job description is below. If you are interested, please email jon.dore@maine.edu and explain why you are interested in the position.  

Moves Assistant: Assists the Facilities Move and Operations Coordinator in managing campus moves and updating the USM Space Inventory. The position involves providing timely, detailed and accurate support work to the moves program, including data entry into Google sheets and Excel spreadsheets, forms completion, and routine communications with move customers. For more information, please see the full job description attached. This position is a mix of remote work and in-person. Remote work will be assigned as much as possible. 

Applicants may either have work study funds, need internship credit, or just want to volunteer. 

Student Researchers & Peer Leaders in Sustainability

The Eco-Rep program 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. Eco-Reps report to one of the full-time staff members in the Office of Sustainability. 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.

Who Should Become an Eco-rep?

  • Anyone interested in sustainable practices, building community and identity, meeting people, and doing fun projects
  • People interested in designing and implementing initiatives
  • Any student, no matter their major, department, full-/part-time student status, or year
  • Students willing to dedicate 4 to 8 hours of work per week toward projects
  • Students of color are encouraged to apply

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 

Past Projects

  • Green cleaning product pilot program 
  • Campus parking research 
  • METRO bus ridership research and promotion 
  • Green laundry detergent pilot program
  • Food waste collection in residence halls 

Interested in becoming an Eco-rep next semester? Fill out this quick form and someone from the Office of Sustainability will be in touch when there are openings. Please note that our program is full at this time and is not currently reviewing applications. 

Be a part of something great; become a USM EcoRep!