UMM Hires Sustainability Coordinator and Webmaster

MACHIAS, ME – The University of Maine at Machias has announced the recent appointments of a new Sustainability Coordinator and Webmaster.

chad everettChad Everett, formerly of St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada, has been hired as the University’s Sustainability Coordinator. Everett arrives at UMM after spending the past three years as an independent energy auditor with the federal EnerGuide for Houses program and the provincial Efficiency New Brunswick program. During that time he performed energy audits on existing residential and multi-unit residential buildings. Prior to becoming an energy auditor, Everett worked as a sea kayak guide, and with the Huntsman Marine Science Centre and Sunbury Shores Arts and Nature Centre public education programs, both located in St. Andrews, New Brunswick.

In his new role, Everett will be responsible for the planning, implementation, and general administration of UMM’s campus sustainability program. The program will integrate, support, and strengthen the various aspects of UMM’s environmental mission and will further advance the University’s reputation as an Environmental Liberal Arts college.
“UMM’s sustainability initiatives are exciting and can potentially be an important resource for the Downeast region,” said Everett. “I’m looking forward to working with everyone on campus to make that happen.”

Everett holds an associate’s degree in adventure recreation from New Brunswick Community College in St. Andrews, and is currently studying environmental studies full-time at UMM. He began his duties at UMM in mid-November.

Rafi Hopkins, a resident of Eastport, will serve as UMM’s new Webmaster. Hopkins brings a wealth of experience in Web site development, design, and management to the Machias campus. He currently owns a Web development business, Rafi Hopkins Consulting, providing a variety of services to businesses throughout Washington County. Prior to starting his own business, Hopkins spent four years as the technology coordinator for the Eastport School Department, and was a software developer for a number of technology firms in New York City.

In his new role, Hopkins will be responsible for the overall design and operation of the UMM Web site as an effective presence for student recruitment and promotion of the University.

“The Internet provides a tremendous opportunity to communicate the UMM brand and what makes our coastal Maine campus so unique,” said Hopkins. “I look forward to enhancing UMM’s Web site as a key tool in recruiting prospective students.”

Hopkins is a graduate of Shead High School in Eastport, and attended the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor. He began his duties at UMM on November 12.

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