November 29, 2014 in Campus Life
The University of Maine is one of the best campuses focusing on going green. Many benches are scattered around the campus that are green used from recycled material as part of the green campus initiative.
The university has received numerous awards for it’s green sustainability. In 2011 it was one of 16 schools to be selected to the Princeton review’s Green Honor Roll in 2011. This has really helped the university recruit students who are concerned with the environment.
One of the biggest facilities on campus is the student fitness center. Many of these buildings around the country know how costly they can be to run and how much energy it needs to be a great facility. UMaine has a green center that offers a tremendous amount of natural light. With windows wrapping around the majority of the building, there is no need to use electricity. Not only is the electricity the only resource conserved, but the student fitness center also conserves water as well as took into account what type of materials were used to build the structure.
Here are some stats provided by the umaine.edu website:
- 7 percent of UMaine’s food budget is spent on organic and local food.
- 30 percent of UMaine’s energy comes from renewable resources.
- 70 percent of UMaine’s cleaning products are green certified.
- 90 percent of campus grounds are maintained organically.
- UMaine has a full-time sustainability coordinator and a Sustainability Council, made up of students, faculty and staff.
Also started is a student organization called the ‘green team’ their main goal is to create and maintain efficiency on campus. They help create activities that help raise awareness about a green initiative.
One of the greatest things about the campus is how important everyone views being green. It has just become a part of the culture at UMaine. Many Maine towns aren’t used to recycling or having recycling programs put in place. But, many students who come from those backgrounds including myself pick up the recycling very quickly. Sorting out trash from recycled items that can be re-used again sometime in the future. The campus has many trash and recycling stations around the campus instead of having students just throw their trash on the ground.
Speaking of trash, UMaine opened a compost facility in 2013. The compost will be used in landscaping and with the university’s crop fields. It is a great way for the university to save money by using materials that they already had paid for. Not only will it save money but the compost is used as a soil en-richer which will help with their crop fields tremendously.
UMaine has become a leader in green resources and sustainability. It not only is a great example for other colleges in the surrounding area but in the state as well. It also gives students a great example to learn from the college and adapt this lifestyle into their own lives. If you are environmentally conscious and want to reduce your carbon footprint on the earth, think about the University of Maine and their green efforts.