New Green Fee Funds Sustainability Projects on UMM Campus
MACHIAS, Maine – A new student fee at the University of Maine at Machias is giving campus sustainability projects some extra momentum. Last year, the UMM Student Senate voted to implement a “green fee” to provide start-up funds for sustainability projects proposed by members of the campus community.
In its first year of implementation, the fee will fund a total of five projects that range from reusable water bottles for all students to recycling bins for small electronics.
Last fall, UMM students, staff, and faculty were invited to propose innovative projects aimed at addressing environmental sustainability on campus. Projects were required to fall into one of three categories to be eligible for funding: energy conservation/efficiency, waste reduction, and sustainable food. Sustainability advisors were available to help individuals write their proposals and implementation plans.
The Green Fund Committee, composed of four students and one faculty member, voted on and selected five projects to fund for 2013:
Reynolds Center Recycling
A recycling station and several stand-alone bottle-recycling bins will be installed in the front lobby of the Reynolds Center. The recycling station will replace several assorted bins and become the main collection point for waste, plastic, paper, and bottle recycling at the facility. The additional bottle collection bins will provide a more attractive and streamlined alternative to large barrels that are currently used in the Reynolds Center, and will be portable for use at various events held in and outside the building.
A second recycling station for waste, plastic, paper, and bottles will be installed in the Portside room of Kimball Hall.
Reusable Water Bottles
The Residence Hall Association will distribute reusable water bottles to all residential students and any commuter students that wish to have one. Water filters will also be installed on the kitchen faucets in Dorward Hall and Sennett Hall to provide students with refilling stations for filtered drinking water.
Water Bottle Filling Stations
An Elkay EZ-H2O water bottle filling station has been installed next to the gym entrance in the Reynolds Center. The station is a combination drinking fountain and motion-activated water bottle filler that counts the number of plastic bottles saved on a digital display. The old fountain will be repurposed to replace a broken one outside of the men’s locker room. Additional locations are being identified for a second water bottle filling station on campus.
Recycling bins will be purchased and installed in Dorward Hall, Sennett Hall, and Merrill Library to collect discarded printer cartridges, batteries, and small electronics.
Sustainability Coordinator Chad Everett expects that all five projects will be implemented by the end of the spring semester.
The Green Fund Committee will launch its second call for proposals in April.