Maine Energy AmeriCorps Program

Mission

The Maine Energy AmeriCorps Program (MEAP) is focused on environmental stewardship and econimic opportunity. MEAP AmeriCorps members serving either full-time (1400 hours), half-time (900 hours), or minimun-time (300 hours) partner with higher education institutions and community organizations across the state of Maine to promote energy efficiency and cost-savings on campuses and in economically disadvantaged households.

Goals

MEAP is dedicated to helping economically disadvantaged populations, community organizations, and non-profit higher educational institutions increase energy efficiency and cost-savings. Our work is important because Maine’s cold climate, inadequate weatherization resources, and old building stock create a vital need for increased energy efficiency across the state. Economically disadvantaged populations in particular experience greater energy burdens due to lower quality housing and reliance on energy-intensive heating devices.

MEAP members promote energy efficiency through public awareness campaigns, educational materials, and community events. MEAP members also address the need for more job opportunities and vocational training, particularly for unemployed and economically disadvantaged individuals in growing fields like green jobs.

By participating in environmental stewardship training programs and receiving tailored career guidance, MEAP AmeriCorps members gain a broad skill set for assessing energy efficiency, recruiting volunteers, and designing effective interventions. For a small cost-share, host institutions benefit from a team of AmeriCorps members dedicated to strengthening ties with the local community through energy efficiency efforts that benefit economically disadvantaged households.

Partners

      • Efficiency Maine
      • Window Dressers

Activities

      • Build Campus-Community Partnerships
      • Energy Education Events
      • Insulating Window Insert Builds
      • Conserve Maine Energy Public Awareness Campaign
      • 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.

       

2020-2021 Sites

Maine Campus Compact  – Lewiston, Maine

Grow Smart Maine – Biddeford, Maine

Kennebunkport Climate Initiative – Kennebunkport, Maine

University of Maine – Orono Maine

York Community Service Association – Kennebunk, Maine 

Conserve Maine Energy

The Conserve Maine Energy public awareness campaign is dedicated to educating the public about energy efficiency and providing the necessary resources to lessen the high energy costs burdening economically disadvantaged Mainers. As part of their service, MEAP members help run the Conserve Maine Energy campaign.

Click here to learn more about Conserve Maine Energy


Window Insert Builds

Heat loss and gain through windows is responsible for 25-30% of residential heating and cooling energy use. A simple and cost effective way to improve your comfort and reduce your heating bill is to install insulating window inserts in your home.

MEAP partners with the non-profit organization Window Dressers to provide low-income homes with customized insulating window inserts made out of a pine frame wrapped in two layers of tightly-sealed, clear polyolefin film finished with a compressible foam gasket.

How it works

In order to make the window inserts 50%-75% cheaper than commercial products, MEAP and Window Dressers ask customers to help build their window inserts at local Community Window Insert Builds. MEAP’s partnership with Efficiency Maine provides funding for low-income households to receive FREE window inserts. As a result, Window Dressers can give 25-35% of their inserts to low-income households at no charge.

AmeriCorps members and other volunteers assist at a Community Window Build to assemble free or low-cost window inserts

Find a Community Build near you

York: Nov 17-21, 2021

Ogonquit Chamber of Commerce, 36 Main Street, Ogonquit, ME 03907

Contact: hiromi.mizu@maine.edu

Wells: Nov 7-13, 2021

Mather Auditorium at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm, 55 Skinner Mill Road, Wells, ME 04090

Contact: hiromi.mizu@main.edu

Biddeford: Nov 16-20, 2021

Biddeford Church of Christ, 266 Pool Street, Biddeford, ME 04005

Contact: phoebe.little@maine.edu

Windham: Oct 26-30, 2021

Unity Center for Spiritual Growth, 54 River Road, Windham, ME 04062

Contact: grace.sherman@maine.edu

Portland: TBD

Contact: sydney.barletta@gmail.com

Orono: Nov 09-13, 2021

Location : TBD

Contact: deborah.paredes@maine.edu

Click here for more information about Window Dressers


REV Up The Fun

REV Up The Fun offers a large collection of online science activities, videos, and resources for kids, aged 6-12 on the topics of space, energy, wellness, and more. These FREE science-based activities are designed to use household materials and can be completed at home.  REV Up The Fun is a partnership between Cornerstones of Science and Maine Campus Compact’s MEAP program in collaboration with food distribution sites, public libraries, and other community organizations.

Visit Revupthefun.org for more information and full list of activities!

2021 Members

Deborah Paredes – Maine Campus Compact

Deborah is a half-time member serving with Maine Campus Compact in Orono and the Greater Bangor Area. Deb is a recent graduate from the University of Maine, Orono majoring in Biology with an Environmental Science minor. They are excited to lead a Window Dressers window build among other projects to serve underprivileged members in the community, along with educating others about Sustainability and Energy Efficiency and in their free time Deb likes to hike and explore Maine!


Grace Bukowski-Thall – Maine Campus Compact

Grace is a half-time member serving with Maine Campus Compact. Her primary project is helping Window Dressers recruit low-income families in the Portland area to receive free insulating window inserts. Grace also manages the MEAP website and social media. Grace is a recent graduate from Bowdoin College where she majored in Biology and minored in German. In her free time, Grace can be found taking long walks with her dog, Truffles.


Colleen Hendricks – Maine Campus Compact

Colleen is from Wiscasset, ME and is serving with Maine Campus Compact. She will primarily be serving in the Wiscasset area during her term of service. In her off time, Colleen likes to hike and kayak.


Phoebe Little – Grow Smart Maine

Phoebe is a half-time member serving with Grow Smart Maine. She’s a recent graduate of Smith College and a current Master’s student at Maine College of Art. She’s currently researching the spread and effectiveness of LED light bulb recycling programs in the hopes of creating better incentive programs in the future. She’s excited to be back in Maine serving with MEAP and making positive environmental change in her home state.


Hiromi Mizu – Kennebunkport Climate Initiative 

Hiromi is a full-time member partnered with the Kennebunkport Climate Initiative where he serves as an active part of the southern Maine community. Through his work with both organizations he is working to educate and empower youth to take action in the Climate Crisis, as well as serve low income Mainers save money with their home energy.


Grace Sherman – Grow Smart Maine

Grace is a full-time member serving with Grow Smart Maine. Grace is from Rhode Island and is a recent graduate from Wheaton College in Norton, MA with a degree in Biology. During her time at Wheaton, she developed a passion for environmental and conservation science. She is looking forward to connecting with members of the community to make positive changes that will benefit not only the community members but the environment as well.


Amanda Whitten – Maine Campus Compact

Amanda is a halftime member serving with the Maine Campus Compact. She recently graduated from UMaine Farmington with a degree in Environmental Anthropology. Amanda’s self designed degree is meant to create a better understanding of environmental interactions and stewardship. In her free time she connects with her friends through hiking, camping and online gaming.


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 the 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 a 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.