Committee on Environmental Responsibility
Given that all dimensions of campus life and operations have environmental ramifications, and that environmental problem solving presents myriad educational opportunities, the CER was set up to represent a broad cross section of the campus community, including students, faculty and staff.
Bates formed its first formal working group of faculty, staff, and students to address environmental concerns in 1990. For over a decade the ad hoc committee advocated for environmental stewardship to play a greater role in College affairs. In 2004, the group re-shaped itself into the Environmental Task Force and was asked to review and make recommendations for strengthening the college’s environmental standing. The task force recommended establishing a standing committee and hiring a full time Environmental Coordinator. As a result, in 2006 the college hired an Environmental Coordinator and in 2007 the Committee on Environmental Responsibility was formally legislated.
The Committee on Environmental Responsibility (CER) has the following charge: (1) to raise environmental awareness among all constituents of the college, (2) to keep abreast of research and developments that pertain to institutional sustainability, (3) to recommend policies for adoption by the college, in order to promote conservation, energy efficiency and sustainable use of resources, (4) to assess the environmental state of the college on a regular basis, and (5) to report to the faculty on its findings and activities.
Doug Ginevan Assistant Vice President for Financial Planning and Analysis, Financial Office
Bev Johnson Professor of Geology*
Jane Costlow Professor of Environmental Studies
Camille Parrish Learning Associate, Environmental Studies
Jay Phillips Director of Facilities
Thomas Twist Manager of Sustainability Initiatives, Office of Sustainability
Christine Schwartz Assistant VP for Dining, Conferences and Campus Events
John Rasmussen Energy Manager
Laura Sewall Director of Shortridge Research Facility, Bates Morse Mountain
Paul Farnsworth Capital Planning Project Manager
Pam Wichroski Director of Capital Planning
Sarah Bernard Director of Human Resources Information Services
Travis Gould Professor of Physics
Geoff Swift Vice President for Finance & Administration, Treasurer
Clayton Spencer President