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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.
Earth Day

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

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.
President Cummings interviewing guests from the School of Education and Human Development and Portland Empowered on the set of the USM update

Replay: 'The USM Update' 4/3/2017

Get an update on USM's sustainability efforts and learn how USM students are being prepared to tackle the environmental challenges facing the planet. Also, hear how USM is preparing its educators to adapt to the changing demographics in Maine's classrooms. Plus, a discussion on the findings of the first in-depth analysis of Maine's juvenile records system.
A food service worker makes a pizza at the Woodbury Campus Center

USM honored with 2016 Environmental Protection Agency award for food recovery

For the fifth time in three years, the federal Environmental Protection Agency has honored USM's efforts to both reduce its food waste and wisely use the waste that remains. In 2015, USM recovered 5.5 tons more food than it did the previous year. And before the semester ended, the 2016 numbers seemed poised to break last year's record total of 71.3 tons of recovered food, food that was then composted or sent to nearby farms as animal feed.

Electric Vehicle Charging Station Installed at USM's Portland Campus

Now you can charge up on campus! USM has installed an electric vehicle charging station at the entrance to the Portland parking garage.

Ending Food Waste at USM

USM won the EPA Region 1 Food Recovery Challenge award for 2014 & 2015 by reducing the overall amount of food wasted on our three campuses.

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