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Friday, March 02, 2012

Recycle Mania Fair!

Join us for our FIRST
Weds. March 7th, 3-6pm Lower Level Brook’s Dining Hall
2nd Prize: $15 iTunes Gift Card
3rd Prize: $10 iTunes Gift Card
Additional Prizes:
Reusable Chico Bags
Reusable USM Cups
Reusable CBD Mugs
USM Lanyards
Temporary Tattoos
Stickers, Bookmarks, & Pens
Play to Win! CBD Paper Cup Toss, Cardboard Crawl, Recycling Sort, Trivia Wheel, Newspaper Toss

Monday, February 13, 2012

Recycle Mania!

Do you have rival campuses you'd like to challenge as a part of Recycle Mania? How about a friend or colleague at another school you'd like to razz or give a friendly taunting? Use the following links to e-cards to be emailed in your name to whoever!
You’re Going Down -

Ready for Another Competition? -
Ready to Get Schooled?-

Get in the Game! -

Oh, Say Can You Recycle? -
 Learn more at

Friday, February 10, 2012



As a company, Coffee By Design is committed to providing excellent coffee and has a high standard of community, environmental stewardship, economic sustainability, and education. They roast their beans in their Micro Roastery right in Portland, Maine! By dealing locally we can give back to the community within which we operate.

Fresh CBD coffee is served at all of our retail locations in Portland and Gorham! As you may know, the coffee is extremely popular! Although we offer discounts for bringing a reusable mug, many choose the CBD paper cup, and not everyone knows they are recyclable.

So please, enjoy a hot CBD coffee, we know you'll agree they're excellent!

But remember to throw it in a recycling bin when you're finished!

Learn more about CBD!

*CBD cups are made of compressed paper and may be disposed at any recycling center that accepts paper, such as our recycling provider Eco Maine.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Now Collecting Coffee Grounds

With the help of facilities, Resource Recover Supervisor Steve Sweeney, and Assistant Director for Sustainable Programs Tyler Kidder, USM Dining is officially diverting all coffee grounds from the waste stream! Coffee grounds need no additional supplements, replicate a fast acting fertilizer, and are good for soil, house plants, and vegetable gardens. Coffee grounds are also high in nitrogen; by sprinkling them around trees and other plants before watering, they provide a slow release of nitrogen into the soil. They have even been known to guard off pesky pests! Coffee grounds will be collected from all residential and retail locations on both Portland and Gorham campuses. While we don't have exact numbers yet, we have estimated that this will save over 150 pounds of coffee from going into the trash, each week!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Holiday Shut Down Best Practices

As we approach the holidays and prepare to shutdown it is important to take energy and water conservation into consideration. The following is a list of ways to reduce use and waste in offices, dorms, and homes. 

You may also visit the University of Southern Maine’s “Green Up Your Space” webpage, created by the Assistant Director for Sustainable Programs, Tyler Kidder.

These lists are not exhaustive. If you have something that should be added please let me know. Thank you and happy holidays!

  • Turn off all lights (This should be done for shutdown but also whenever you leave a space for more than 15 minutes)
  • Make sure all windows are closed and tightly latched
  • Make sure all exterior doors and loading dock doors are securely closed and latched
  • Unplug/defrost any mini fridges in the office
  • Unplug coffee makers, humidifiers, dehumidifiers, space heaters, fans or other small appliances
  • Unplug any adapters or chargers including those for phone, laptop, speakers, battery chargers, and task lighting – these draw energy even when the product is not in use
  • Unplug calculators, desktop printers, TVs, digital signage monitors, paper shredders, label makers, pencil sharpeners, and other electronics
  • DO NOT UNPLUG the fax machine!
  • After proper computer shut-down, unplug tower and monitor of desktop machines
  • To make all this easier: use a power strip if not already! Next time you’ll just have to flip a switch or two
Dining, Kitchen, Retail Locations
  • Consolidate all products into as few coolers as possible & unplug/defrost unneeded refrigeration equipment including:
    • Small coolers in the serving area (at the stations and the Worry Free Zone)
    • Reach-in and Ice Cream freezers
    • Dairy and Milk dispensers
    • Air Screens should be completely shutdown and product moved to a more efficient refrigerator
    • Walk-in refrigerators and freezers may be an exception because often they will require a huge amount of energy to reach temperature again. If you do not need your walk-in over break, speak to your maintenance crew about powering it down for you (this may be a time for them and your team to do some needed cleaning and maintenance as well!)
  • Unplug unneeded small appliances in the serving area such as microwaves, coffee brewers, hot chocolate machines, hot water taps, waffle irons, toasters, drink fountains, warmers, blenders, slicers, etc
  • Be sure all taps are completely shut off and not dripping
  • Turn off all lighting including lights in bathrooms, seating area, serving area, kitchen, walk-in coolers, plus warming lights, track lighting, etc
  • Partner with Facilities & Maintenance to shut down as much kitchen equipment as possible such as:
    • Ovens, hoods, hot water kettles, mixers, char broilers, fryers, stove tops
    • Shut off gas (if used) for shutdowns longer than 10 days
    • Drain, clean, and completely shutdown dish machine
    • Ice machines require a large amount of energy to refill so:
      • If operations are shutdown for LESS THAN 10 days leave the ice machine fully operational.
      • If shutdown is LONGER THAN 10 days drain, clean, and unplug ice machine

Thursday, November 10, 2011

America Recycles Day - Tuesday, Nov. 15th

USM Dining Services is celebrating America Recycles Day to increase recycling, improve education on campus of what is recyclable, and motivate people to recycle more! There will be a table at Brook's Dining Hall in Gorham and the Woodbury Campus Center in Portland (11am-2pm) displaying recycling information. Stop by and enjoy free promotional materials, an opportunity to sign the America Recycles Day pledge, and tell us what you think about a wrapper collection program called TerraCycle. Additionally, we are taking this opportunity to provide drop off locations for printer cartridges, and any unwanted books or clothes. In support of Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week, all books and clothing will be donated to Preble Street.

For more information, please visit:

The official America Recycles Day Website

Terra Cycle Website

Sustainability at USM Website

Thank you! Hope to see you there :)

Monday, November 07, 2011

Last harvest of the season!

Dining Services hope you enjoyed the fresh produce throughout this years season! We served spinach, carrots, chives, squash, jalapenos, cherry tomatoes, snow peas, and more! If you weren't one of the lucky ones to try the organic lettuce mix from Johnny's Selected Seeds, today is your chance! Stop by for lunch and enjoy your salad today with lettuce cut fresh this morning!