Sustainability Smart: On Campus

Envision for a moment what it takes to run a small city for day: waste is created, water is used, energy runs much of the communities functions. Here at UMaine we are working to mitigate the environmental, social, and economical impacts of these processes.

You can help by being Sustainability Smart.

Being Sustainability Smart call help you in more than just your experience at UMaine. Energy saving tips, water conservation, and other habits you practice here at UMaine can be applied beyond campus as well.

noun_60Recycling on campus is easier than ever! With Zero-Sort recycling, all recyclable items go in one bin! Check out our easy to read infographic to remember what is, and is not, recyclable on campus!



Water Droplet Recycle created by Linseed Studio from the Noun ProjectWhen you think about water usage, you might think about drinking water, and perhaps the water used to wash your clothes, but did you know that it takes 1845 gallons of water to make 1 pound of beef? See this handy list of tips to reduce your water consumption today!



Learn more!

Determine Your Own Carbon Footprint
Go to cleanair-coolplanet to learn how colleges, universities, corporations, and communities around the world are responding to the threat of global climate change. Use the CA-CP calculator to determine your own carbon footprint. Learn about Carbon Offsets.

Learn from Climate Change Experts
World-renowned experts from the University of Maine Climate Change Institute discuss their research findings from around the globe.

What Does Climate Change Mean for the United States?
The National Climate Assessment is an important resource for understanding and communicating climate change science and impacts in the United States.

How Healthy is Your Environment?
10Green is an interactive tool that provides a comprehensive assessment of the health of your environment.

The Climate Reanalyzer
The goal of Climate Reanalyzer is to make key climate information – models and station data – readily available to everyone.

  A Rigorous Assessment of Climate Change Science
The Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change provides a clear view of the current state of scientific knowledge relevant to climate change.

Supporting Energy Efficiency at UMaine
Efficiency Maine is a state program that provides support for energy efficiency projects.

Environmental Sustainability
Learn all about the concept of environmental sustainability and what it means for colleges and universities. Visit the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.

The Science Behind it All
Visit the Union of Concerned Scientists to learn all about the science behind environmental and energy-related issues.

S.M.A.R.T. Goals

S.M.A.R.T. Goals are:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Attainable
  • Relevant
  • Timely

Do you have an idea related to sustainability? Being a leader in sustainability requires both knowledge and leadership amongst many other qualities. More information on sustainability leadership.