Welcome from Julie Rosenbach
Manager of Sustainability Initiatives at Bates
At Bates we believe in leading by example. Every decision we make — from constructing buildings that achieve LEED Silver equivalency at a minimum to offering vegan dining options at every meal — reflects our ethic of environmental stewardship. Bates is a national leader in sustainability because we go the extra mile, like purchasing almost 30% of our food from local, natural and organic sources, and recycling more than 80% of dining waste.
As a leader we know there’s always more we can do. Our Committee on Environmental Responsibility works to continuously move the college toward more efficient, cleaner sources of energy and engage every member of the Bates community in sustainable practices.
We encourage students to become active in campus life by providing easy ways to minimize your environmental footprint (e.g. zipcars and single stream recycling) and opportunities to connect your studies and passions with practical applications. Whether living in the Environmental House, working as a campus EcoRep, compiling a campus greenhouse gas emissions inventory for your thesis, or organizing a Trashion Show, we welcome you to join us in building a more sustainable community.
An end-of-year donation program, volunteers from local non-profits collect, clean, organize, and price items students leave behind when they move out (which fill the ice arena). Then we open the doors for a one-day sale and all of the proceeds go to participating non-profits.
The Sustainable Bobcat brings you news, announcements and information about environmental issues relevant to your life. Read all about it here.
April 27, 2013
In honor of Earth Day, every year students, faculty, and staff come together to volunteer on projects to make campus and Lewiston-Auburn more environmentally-friendly.
Stanton Environmental Stewardship Award
Bates partners with the Stanton Bird Club each spring to recognize both a graduating senior and a staff or faculty member distinguished by their dedication to environmental stewardship. This spring, nominate an environmental leader.