Stories about "Sustainability"
New Dining Commons at Bates College

Monday, March 10, 2008 12:00 pm

About 1,000 Bates people put the new dining Commons to the test over dinner on Monday, Feb. 25.

A year later, U.S. Rep. Michaud inspects completed Commons

Friday, March 7, 2008 11:04 am

About a year after visiting Bates to see how the college is making itself more sustainable, U.S. Rep. Michael Michaud returned on March 7 for lunch and a tour of Bates' new, "green" dining Commons.

Campus construction update: Dining Commons opens

Monday, March 3, 2008 9:30 am

About 1,000 Bates people put the new dining Commons to the test over dinner on Monday, Feb. 25, Dining Services director Christine Schwartz estimated the following day.

The Wedding Gift

Saturday, March 1, 2008 3:11 pm

Friends and family raise a barn, and some community spirit, at the farmhouse wedding of Kirsten Walter '00 and Ben Ayers '99

Dinner Time

Saturday, March 1, 2008 2:53 pm

About 1,000 diners gave the College’s new Commons its first major test on the evening of Feb. 25 during the first dinner served to the entire campus community in the new space.

Nobel winner for ozone research to give annual environmental lecture

Thursday, February 28, 2008 2:46 pm

F. Sherwood "Sherry" Rowland, who shared a 1995 Nobel Prize for his ozone-layer research, discusses his work in atmospheric chemistry and environmental advocacy in a Bates College event at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, in the Edmund S. Muskie Archives, 70 Campus Ave.

Bates opens state-of-the art dining facility

Wednesday, February 13, 2008 12:40 pm

After nearly 17 months of construction, Bates College opens its new dining facility on Sunday, Feb. 24.

Bates welcomes the Maine State Climate Summit

Tuesday, January 29, 2008 3:20 pm

The Bates Energy Action Movement and the Sierra Student Coalition, the student chapter of the Sierra Club, co-sponsor the Maine State Climate Summit at Bates College from Friday, Feb. 8, through Sunday, Feb. 10. Students attending high schools, colleges and universities in Maine are invited to take advantage of this opportunity to discuss and act on issues and ideas, ranging from wind power to eco-art, that pertain to climate change.

Campus construction update: Week of Jan. 21

Tuesday, January 22, 2008 3:44 pm

In recent weeks we've learned what Dining Services director Christine Schwartz likes about the new dining Commons. Now it's the turn of Paul Farnsworth, Bates' project manager for the building. A mechanical engineer, Farnsworth especially appreciates the ventilation scheme. There's no building-wide air conditioning per se. Instead, it's essentially a natural system, he explained: the high-peaked main dining hall and an adjacent airshaft will create a chimney effect to pull fresh air in through windows that can actually be opened — an unusual feature these days in large new buildings.

Campus construction update: Week of Jan. 7

Tuesday, January 8, 2008 2:13 pm

A student serving on a food advisory committee once told Christine Schwartz, Dining Services' director, that anticipating a meal at the current Memorial Commons is like getting psyched up for battle. "You pretty much have to fight your way through Commons now" because of the way the space is arranged, Schwartz said. New arrivals at mealtime, still burdened with coats and backpacks, immediately find themselves in a confusion of food stations and fellow diners pressing in all directions. All that will change when the new Commons opens in February.

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