UMM Student Receives Heart and Soul Award for Civic Engagement

Machias, ME – The Maine Campus Compact has announced that Ryan Martin, a sophomore at the University of Maine at Machias, is one of four students receiving the organization's Heart and Soul Award for civic engagement.

Each year Maine Campus Compact recognizes up to four college students for exemplary civic engagement. These students demonstrate 1) An innovative approach to building or enhancing campus-based efforts to address community issues and needs; 2) Use of diverse strategies of engagement (service, service-learning, policy work, advocacy, etc); 3) Demonstrated ability to lead, inspire and engage other students and/or members of the institution; 4) Efforts to sustain their engagement through the institution by developing strategies to build their work into the institution's structure.

Martin, an Ellsworth native who is enrolled in the environmental studies program at UMM, is responsible for co-founding the University's first student-run environmental group. Along with Eilea Wagner, he started what is now called the Green Council. The Green Council ran Recycle Mania, a ten week long competition between colleges across the nation to see who can recycle the most per capita. Without any funding, the Green Council established a recycling program on campus, using decorated cardboard boxes as recycle bins, a borrowed pick-up truck from the Physical Plant, and a borrowed scale to monitor the recycling system. Martin and Wagner garnered support from Dining Services, Physical Plant, Academic Affairs, and other offices on campus, as well as from many, many students. During the ten weeks of Recycle Mania, the Green Council rallied enough support to win the state competition and come in tenth nationally.

The Heart and Soul Award Ceremony will take place in the Atrium of the Maine State Museum in Augusta at noon on Thursday, April 16th, and will include remarks by Maine Speaker of the House, Hannah Pingree. For more information, contact Joel Biron at Maine Campus Compact, jbiron@bates.edu, 207-786-8392.

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