Maine’s Academic Institutions Asked to Share Green Stories to Promote Sustainable Communities

The USGBC Maine Chapter will put Maine's colleges and universities "In the Limelight" at their Annual Meeting to be held on November 10, 2010. All of Maine's colleges and universities are encouraged to tell their green stories.

Portland, ME, September 29, 2010 --( The Maine Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC ME) is placing Maine’s public and private colleges and academic communities in the limelight this Fall, encouraging these institutions and their students to share innovative ways to conduct and promote green and sustainable programs and practices.

“We are eagerly pursuing responses to our ‘Request For Stories’ because Maine’s colleges and universities - as institutions and through student-driven activities - have embraced the need to build and operate campuses in ways that regenerate and sustain the health and vitality of all life,” explains USGBC Maine Executive Director Katye Charette.

Participating colleges and universities are required to submit stories discussing student involvement as it pertains to sustainability on campus. They are also welcome, but are not required, to submit stories regarding sustainable building, LEED registered or certified buildings, administration involvement, climate change/energy, food/recycling, transportation, and community outreach.

Bowdoin College, Bates College, Colby College, Thomas College, University of Maine at Farmington and Unity College have confirmed that they will be submitting stories for consideration.

USGBC ME will honor the green/sustainable academic communities at its 2010 Annual Meeting, known as In the Limelight, which will be held on November 10, 2010 at Bowdoin College. All respondents will be recognized with a display. In addition, one public and one private institution, as well as one student organization, will be specifically honored and asked to make a brief presentation of their green story. A special raffle will be held with all proceeds going to the honored student organization to support their efforts in greening their campus and community.

Special recognition will also be presented to an academic institution that helps sustain our local/state economies by engaging Maine professionals in developing their sustainable standards, programs, practices and buildings.

Final stories are due October 4, 2010. Stories should be submitted electronically to Katye Charette, USGBC Maine Executive Director: Graphics, video and other forms of material are strongly encouraged.

The US Green Building Council (USGBC) and its Maine Chapter have been actively telling the green story in our state, transforming the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life.

Contact: Katye Charette
USGBC/Maine Executive Director
Tel: 207-329-0700

U.S. Green Building Council Maine Chapter
Katye Charette