Maine Energy AmeriCorps Program

Maine Campus Compact’s Maine Energy AmeriCorps Program (MEAP), formerly Maine Partnership for Environmental Stewardship, will host 26 AmeriCorps Members who will partner with higher education institutions and community organizations at 6 sites across the state. MEAP’s focus areas are Environmental Stewardship and Economic Opportunity. Maine’s cold climate, inadequate weatherization resources, and aged building stock contribute to a vital need for increased energy efficiency. Economically disadvantaged populations, in particular, have a greater mean energy burden due to lower quality housing and reliance on energy-intensive heating devices. Through campus/community partnerships focused on energy efficiency education and light weatherization services, MEAP AmeriCorps Members will increase energy efficiency and cost savings for economically disadvantaged populations, community organizations, and non-profit higher educational institutions. In addition to responding to the need for increased energy efficiency, MEAP will address the need for more job opportunities and vocational training, particularly for unemployed and economically disadvantaged individuals in growth fields like green jobs. MEAP will seek low-income individuals, including non-traditional and low-income college students and underemployed community members for our MT Member positions. By participating in environmental stewardship training programs and receiving tailored career guidance, MEAP AmeriCorps Members will gain a broad skill set for assessing energy efficiency, recruiting volunteers, and designing effective interventions. For a small cost-share, host institutions will benefit from a team of AmeriCorps Members dedicated to reducing campus energy costs and strengthening ties with the local community through energy efficiency efforts that benefit economically disadvantaged households.

MISSION

Maine Energy AmeriCorps Program (MEAP) is dedicated to building campus/community partnerships to improve energy efficiency in homes and higher education institutions throughout the state of Maine.

GOAL

Facilitate behavioral and technical interventions to increase local and regional energy efficiency, particularly for economically disadvantaged individuals and households.

PARTNERS

      • Efficiency Maine
      • Window Dresser

ACTIVITIES

      • Build Campus-Community Partnerships
      • Energy Education Events
      • Window Insert Builds
      • Conserve Maine Energy Pubic Awareness Project
      • Green Energy Assessments 
      • Green Job Training/Events
      • Personalized Career Action Plans

AmeriCorps is an independent federal agency whose mission is to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering.

       

2019-2020 Sites

Maine Campus Compact  – Lewiston, Maine

St. George’s Community Development Corporation – Rockland, Maine

Saint Joseph’s College – Standish, Maine

Unity College – Unity, Maine

University of Maine – Orono Maine

York Community Service Association – Kennebunk, Maine 

2019 – 2020 Members

Margret Dean – Unity College

Margaret is serving as the Energy Efficiency Coordinator at Unity College. She graduated from Keene State in 2018 with a degree in Architecture with a focus on building science and sustainability. This is her second year as a AmeriCorps Member, serving her first year with City Year New Hampshire. Margaret is a fierce idealist who believes through education, collaboration, and hands on experience we can make the world a more sustainable place for generations to come.


Elissa Kane – Saint Joseph’s College

Elissa is the AmeriCorps energy efficiency coordinator hosted at Saint Joseph’s College for the 2019-2020 year. She is a recent graduate of the University of New England earning her degrees in environmental studies and business administration. Nurturing meaningful partnerships with the campus and the surrounding community is a large part of Elissa’s service year. Through energy efficiency education Elissa hopes to change the habits and behaviors of students, faculty, staff, and community members.


Paige Dahlke – Maine Campus Compact

Paige Dahlke is serving her first year with the Maine Partnership for Environmental Stewardship, an AmeriCorps program, as an Energy Efficiency Coordinator at the USM Lewiston-Auburn Campus. She graduated from St. Olaf College in 2018 with a degree in Environmental Film-making and is very passionate about the power of film to communicate the urgency of climate change in an accessible way. In her position in MPES, Paige is focused on increasing energy efficiency and cost savings for economically disadvantaged populations in the community and on campus by hosting environmental education events, conducting free home energy consultations, and connecting people with energy conservation resources in an effort to work towards a more energy efficient Maine.


Molly Agrimson – York Community Service Association

Molly is serving as an energy efficiency coordinator in the city of York. During her year of service with AmeriCorps, she will be working within the community to increase energy efficiency, inform and educate about green job opportunities, facilitate green certification audits, and conduct window inserts for low income households. She is a recent graduate of Oregon State University with a degree in environmental sociology. Throughout college, Molly held a lead position at the university’s club and nonprofit, Corvallis Clean. In addition, she worked as a nature education intern at Corvallis Environmental Center.


Erin Ferrell – University of Maine

Erin Ferrell is a 2019 graduate of University of Dayton in Ohio. She has a B.S. in Environmental Biology with a minor in Sustainability, Energy, and the Environment. Erin discovered her love for nature and environmental systems while taking ecology classes in college and while working as an Education Assistant at a botanical garden near her hometown. Since discovering her passion for the environment, Erin has focused on raising awareness of climate change in communities. Erin’s role with AmeriCorps involves helping low-income community members winterize their homes while educating the community and the University of Maine campus about the importance of energy efficiency.


Kyle Byrnes 

Kyle Byrnes is the energy efficiency coordinator for the St. George and Rockland community area. Kyle graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Major in Biology as well as certificate in the Integrated Studies of Science, Engineering, and Society (ISSuES for short). Kyle is excited to help make a difference with low income community members and students via, educational opportunities and increasing energy efficiency for Maine Housing via inserts and energy checks.


2018-2019 Members

Kristine Corey – Maine Campus Compact

Kristine Corey is committed to a year of service with AmeriCorps as an Energy Efficiency Coordinator for The Maine Partnership for Environmental Stewardship based on the University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn Campus. Through campus/community partnerships, she is focused on increasing energy efficiency and cost savings for economically disadvantaged populations by hosting environmental education events, conducting free home energy consultations and connecting people with energy conservation resources.


Heather Craig – Saint Joseph’s College

Heather Craig works with Saint Joseph’s College students/faculty/staff and surrounding Standish community to form collaborative partnerships surrounding energy efficiency education. Her focus is educating low income students and community members on how to make behavioral changes to increase energy efficiency and mitigate climate change.


Casey Hess – Unity College

As energy Efficiency Coordinator at host site Unity College, Casey is working to engage students and community members in rural Maine. She will continue the work of the previous coordinator, continuing energy efficiency education measures and green certification projects, maintaining support networks, and gathering new partnerships in working toward energy efficiency.


Johanna Holman – Husson University

Johanna is the MPES energy efficiency coordinator at Husson University. She works to increase education on personal energy efficiency and sustainability both in the community and on campus, through collaborative events and campaigns. She also participates in and helps organizing “window builds” focused on decreasing heating costs in low income households.


Christine Seibert – University of Maine

Christine Seibert serves as UMaine Orono’s AmeriCorps Energy Efficiency Coordinator. She recently earned a degree from Gordon College (Massachusetts) in Biology with a double minor of Environmental Outreach and Sustainable Development. She first discovered her love for science education in high school while volunteering at an aquarium in Massachusetts. During college, this passion was refined to focus on environmental issues, particularly climate change. Christine’s role with AmeriCorps includes helping low-income families winterize their homes, leading environmental educational events, and performing home and office energy assessments  She strives to raise awareness of climate change and the ways that everyone can get involved. Christine hopes to one day combine her passions for tangible environmental action and student mentorship as a Sustainability Coordinator at a college or university.


Leah Soloway –  University of Southern Maine

Leah is serving as the AmeriCorps Energy Efficiency Coordinator for the University of Southern Maine in Portland/Gorham. In 2018, Leah graduated from the University of New England doubling majoring in Business Administration and Environmental Studies. Her interests include community development, ecological economics, and sustainable business. Her research interests include studying the relationship between the environment, climate, and society.  She has previously interned with an environmental nonprofit and worked on a crowdfunding campaign for solar energy. During her AmeriCorps year of service, she is most excited for meeting community members, working towards a cause that she believes in, and learning more about the energy field.

Maine Energy Americorps Program (MEAP), formerly Maine Partnership for Environmental Stewardship,  is an AmeriCorps program coordinated by Maine Campus Compact. Our main objective is to foster partnerships between college campuses and their communities to increase energy efficiency and cost savings, especially for our vulnerable, low-income neighbors. We do this by providing light weatherization services, such as window inserts, and organizing several educational opportunities, such as energy education events and green certifications. Join a team of 26 AmeriCorps members at 6 sites across the state of Maine!

Current Opportunities:

Energy Efficiency Coordinator Start Date: Mid-December End Date: 11/30/2021 Site locations: Maine Campus Compact (Lewiston). Other sites TBD.

Energy Efficiency Community Specialist Start Date: 01/20/2021 End Date: 10/30/2021 Site locations: Maine Campus Compact (Lewiston). Other sites TBD.

Before submitting, please review our application process below. You only need to submit an application for one position below in order to be considered for multiple.

Our Application Process:

1. Complete and submit an application through the AmeriCorps portal.

2. Submit a cover letter and resume to Sally Slovenski, Maine Campus Executive Director, at sally@mainecompact.org.

3. Application Screening: Our office will review your application and then contact you to let you know your status (you will always hear from us, even if you do not pass this initial review).

4. Interview #1: Applicants who pass the application screening will be contacted by Maine Campus Compact to schedule an initial interview.

5. Host Site Review: Interviewees who are a good fit for this work and would be a great addition to our statewide MEAP team will have their applications passed on to the host site(s) of their interest.

6. Final Interview: After reviewing application information, host site(s) will hold interviews with those applicants whom they feel are best suited for their environment and the important work to be carried out.