Sustainability at USM


Portrait of USM student Izaak Onos

USM student ignites rail and trail policy conversation that leads to Maine law

An idea that began as a student paper for a University of Southern Maine class — examining the reuse of a discontinued railroad corridor for bicyclists and pedestrians — has evolved and grown to become Maine law.

USM hosts Northeast conference on campus sustainability

The University of Southern Maine hosted a two-day conference on environmental sustainability on college campuses, gathering about 75 experts from colleges and universities from throughout the Northeast.
USM Sustainability volunteers

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

This month USM co-hosts the Great Maine Bike Swap, April 14, in collaboration with the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, as well as the 7th annual Free Electronic Waste Recycling Day, April 20, drawing people from around Portland to recycle a variety of small appliances and personal electronics totaling tens of thousands of pounds.

USM extends award-winning record with another Environmental Protection Agency honor

For the eighth time in five years, the federal Environmental Protection Agency has honored the University of Southern Maine's efforts to reduce and reuse waste at its campuses in Portland, Gorham and Lewiston.
Husky Line

Catch the bus to USM and beyond -- with METRO’s new Husky Line!

The University of Southern Maine's Portland and Gorham campuses have a new ride -- Greater Portland METRO's new Husky Line! The Husky Line offers increased service, access to METRO's other routes in the region, lots of great new perks (free Wi-Fi and more), and it will help USM meet its sustainability goals.

Replay: 'The USM Update' May 1, 2018-Sustainability and Professional Development

Glen Cummings discusses sustainability initiatives at USM — where they stand and where they're going — with Chelsea Malacara, USM sustainability education and outreach coordinator. Plus, we hear how USM's student Eco-Reps are making change on and off campus each day.
ASL interpreting segment

Replay: 'The USM Update,' May 1, 2018

In the season finale of "The USM Update" for the 2017-2018 academic year, USM President Glenn Cummings welcomes guests from some of the University's better-known departments, including the University's acclaimed Department of Linguistics and its Office of Sustainability. In addition, we feature three graduates who will take the stage at Commencement this month.
Eco-reps at booth at Bike Swap Event

Earth Day? Try Earth Month! How USM's Office of Sustainability Celebrated the Earth this 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.
Image of Andrew Jones from USM Facilities Management

USM earns Environmental Protection Agency awards for recycling and food recovery

For the seventh time in four years, the federal Environmental Protection Agency has honored the University of Southern Maine's efforts to reduce and reuse waste at its campuses in Portland, Gorham and Lewiston.
Aaron Witham and Asia DiBenedetti, USM Office of Sustainability

Maine universities' positive report on environmental sustainability noted by USM

Just in time for Earth Day 2017, a sustainability report was recently issued by the University of Maine System for its seven public universities, including the University of Southern Maine. Among the positive news is the System's creation of a new investment policy linked to sustainability. USM's own sustainability leader Aaron Witham and EcoRep Asia DiBenedetti offer their thoughts on creating a sustainable future.