Maine Partnership for Environmental Stewardship

OVERVIEW

Maine Campus Compact’s MPES Program will host 38 AmeriCorps Members who will partner with higher education institutions and community organizations at 6 sites across the state. MPES’ 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, MPES 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, MPES will address the need for more job opportunities and vocational training, particularly for unemployed and economically disadvantaged individuals in growth fields like green jobs. MPES 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, MPES 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

The Maine Partnership for Environmental Stewardship (MPES) 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

  • Window Dressers
  • United Way of Tri Valley Area

ACTIVITIES

  1. Build campus-community partnerships
  2. Energy Education Events
  3. Window Insert Builds
  4. Green Certification Audits
  5. Green Job Trainings/Events
  6. Personalized Career Action Plans

AmeriCorps is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). CNCS, the grantor, is an independent federal agency whose mission is to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering.

Husson University – Bangor, Maine

Saint Joseph’s College – Standish, Maine

Unity College – Unity, Maine

The University of Maine – Orono Maine

The University of Southern Maine – Portland-Gorham, Maine

Maine Campus Compact  at The University of Southern Maine – Lewiston, Maine

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 Partnership for Environmental Stewardship (MPES) 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 38 AmeriCorps members at 6 sites across the state of Maine!

Current Opportunities:

Please click the link below

Energy Efficiency Coordinator Start Date: 8/22/2019 End Date: 8/21/2020 Site locations: Maine Campus Compact (Lewiston), Unity College (Unity), Saint Joseph’s College (Standish), the University of Maine (Orono),  and WindowDressers (Rockland)

Energy Efficiency Campus Specialist Start Date: Mid-September End Date: 8/21/2020 Site locations: Maine Campus Compact (Lewiston), Unity College (Unity), Saint Joseph’s College (Standish), the University of Maine (Orono),  and WindowDressers (Rockland)

Energy Efficiency Community Specialist Start Date: 8/22/2019 End Date: 8/21/2020 Site locations: Maine Campus Compact (Lewiston), Unity College (Unity), Saint Joseph’s College (Standish), the University of Maine (Orono),  and WindowDressers (Rockland)

 

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 Sol Carpenter, Maine Campus Compact Program Coordinator, at solange@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 MPES 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.

If you have any questions please contact Sol at solange@mainecompact.org or 207-753-6640