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Phantom Power Loss

Posted on March 07, 2016 by USM Free Press in Perspectives, Sustainability and ME

By Brian Gordon Your mama probably told you to turn off the lights before you left each room but she probably didn’t tell to unplug the toaster, your cell phone charger, your computer, the TV and the microwave. Turns out leaving all those gadgets plugged in adds up to money and energy wasted, which in […]

Everyday Sustainability

Posted on February 29, 2016 by USM Free Press in Perspectives, Sustainability and ME

By Joie Grandbois Climate change, oil spills, toxic drinking water, bad news abounds these days.  And it if isn’t news of damage to our environment, just change the channel or scroll down to read of yet another international company caught utilizing child labor in their factories or exploiting native peoples for their natural resources.  It […]

An Encroaching Disaster: Population and Consumption Sustainability

Posted on February 08, 2016 by USM Free Press in Perspectives, Sustainability and ME

by Nicholas Kenney Allow me to paint a picture. A picture of riots, famine, and disease, where the once well-off struggle for even the most basic of resources. Two problems that go hand in hand have created this scene: unchecked human population and consumption. The combination of these two forces poses daunting challenges to achieve […]

Give storm water some credit

Posted on February 01, 2016 by USM Free Press in Perspectives, Sustainability and ME

Heather Leonas The state of Maine is full of promise in the world of environmental sustainability. We take our wildlife seriously, we utilize renewable energies, and we protect our land. Here in Portland we compost, we reduce, we reuse and we recycle. We, the residents of Portland, bike to work, we pick up after our […]

Sustainability & ME: Fill Your Belly, Not the Landfill

Posted on January 25, 2016 by USM Free Press in Perspectives, Sustainability and ME

By Emily Eschner Wasting food – we’re all guilty of it from time to time. The head of lettuce you forgot about in your refrigerator. The extra helping you took at that party and were too stuffed to finish. It happens. The truth is, it happens way too much. But it’s not just you – […]

Changes in the campus food program: USM treats become local eats

Posted on October 06, 2015 by USM Free Press in Perspectives, Sustainability and ME

For the last ten months a small and dedicated core team of staff representatives from the seven UMaine System campuses have been working to create a Request for Proposals (RFP) to address the approaching end of the dining services contract. Currently, Aramark is the vendor who holds the contract for six of the seven campuses […]

Sustainability and ME: Your food choices can impact the environment

Posted on January 27, 2015 by USM Free Press in Perspectives, Sustainability and ME

The USDA made headlines recently when, in a recent draft of their proposed updated nutrition guidelines, they suggested that your food choices should not only be based on how good the food is for you but also how good it is for the planet.  Now most of us are familiar with what is healthy and […]

Sustainability and ME: An Eco-Rep Program Begins at USM

Posted on April 08, 2014 by USM Free Press in Perspectives, Sustainability and ME

By: Jocylin Egan   The USM Assistant Director for Sustainable Programs, Tyler Kidder, and a few student workers ,are planning the launch of an EcoRep program at USM for Fall 2014. A USM EcoRep will act as a liaison between the Office of Sustainability and their fellow residents. EcoReps will promote sustainable practices at the university […]

Sustainability & ME: Climate neutrality means a brighter future

Posted on March 10, 2014 by USM Free Press in Perspectives, Sustainability and ME

By: Shaun Carland A USM committee generated the University’s Climate Action Plan, entitled “USM’s Guide to a Climate Neutral Education,” in 2010, under former president Selma Botman. In 2008, USM signed the American College & University President’s Climate Commitment, which publicly declared the USM’s commitment to achieving climate neutrality by 2040. But what exactly is […]

Sustainability and ME: You can still eat fresh in winter

Posted on March 03, 2014 by Sam Hill in Perspectives, Sustainability and ME

For those of us who try to eat locally, the winter used to be a bit of a challenge and left us longing for the warmer days of spring, summer and fall, when our beloved nearby produce was easier to obtain and contained more variety. Now, thanks to a growing demand for healthy, high-quality, local […]