The Environmental Council (EC) is comprised of students, faculty and staff from both UNE's Biddeford and Portland campuses. Its mission is to help the President assess UNE's progress in "greening" the campus. This mission also involves recommending initiatives and mechanisms through which UNE might become more environmentally friendly. Thus, the EC acts in both advisory and advocacy capacities.
The EC is a focal point for increasing awareness and understanding of environmental issues both on campus and in the extended community. Members of the EC, and others who have worked hard over the years to make it a reality, believe the EC should be effectively integrated into the University's decision-making process in order to ensure wise resource use on campus and to encourage greater awareness of the environmental challenges facing society. The EC considers the tract of land where the Biddeford Campus resides one of the few remaining ecologically intact natural habitats in south coastal Maine. Promoting the careful stewardship of this land is a high priority for the EC.
Since its inception, the EC's project initiation process has ensured a transparent and competitive system of evaluating proposed environmental actions on UNE’s campuses. We hope this fair, open system attracts a wide range of environmental proposals from UNE community members. We evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of these, and then make a recommendation of whether they should receive Presidential, senior-level, University Council, and/or Board of Trustee support.