Stories about "Sustainability"
They don’t call it a trash can’t: Can-do students model fashion created from campus trash

Friday, November 18, 2022 9:59 am

“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” as the proverb goes, and students took it to heart — and to the runway — during the 16th annual Trashion Show, and the first in-person edition since 2019.

Video: Learning life lessons in the Bates Garden

Friday, November 11, 2022 12:41 pm

“Some days you show up and everything you've planted has been eaten by groundhogs," says Nimco Jama '25, who tended the Bates Garden ove the summer. "That teaches you a lot about facing day-to-day challenges!

Slideshow: Dionysus comes to Main Street America with ‘Hurricane Diane’

Friday, November 4, 2022 8:46 am

In directing a play with a message about climate change, Kush Sharma '23 explains how theater can be a way for people to feel they can "be part of change."

The Bates College Philip J. Otis Committee invites you to attend The 25th Annual Otis Lecture, made possible by the Philip J. Otis ’95 EndowmentCarolyn Finney, author of Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors will deliver a talk entitled “Reparative Gestures: On Race, Redemption and (Re)making a Green World.” A book signing will follow the lecture.Wednesday, October 12, 20227:30 p.m.Olin Arts Center Concert HallBates College
‘An intention to do better’: Reparative gestures and nature meet in Carolyn Finney’s Otis Lecture

Wednesday, October 26, 2022 10:44 am

Environmental history is too often written without acknowledging the presence, passion, and stories of the Black people in it, and storyteller and cultural geographer Carolyn Finney aims to change that.

Audio: Hear the powerful voice of Edmund Muskie ’36, who launched the Clean Water Act 50 years ago

Friday, October 14, 2022 9:55 am

On the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, a selection of audio clips featuring the compelling and powerful voice of Sen. Edmund Muskie '36, each explained by Bates Director of Debate Jan Hovden.

Gabrielle Brewer ‘23 of New Britain, Conn., receives Udall Scholarship. She’s posing between Carnegie Science and the staircase to Ladd Library.This is an undergraduate award. Udall Scholarships go to students who are Native American or pursuing study in Native American issues, or to students engaging in the environment. Brewer is the latter.
Bates sustainability activist Gabrielle Brewer ’23: ‘grounded but extremely aspirational’

Wednesday, September 14, 2022 5:52 pm

Recently awarded a prestigious Udall Scholarship, Brewer has grown into her role as a campus sustainability leader, learning to navigate some of the political realities of climate activism along the way.

Spring at Bates (No. 2): It’s Commencement, time for the annual annual plantings around campus

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 12:46 pm

Aided by seniors keen on making the campus look great for their graduation, the Bates grounds crew plants annuals here and there, including an iconic Commencement location.

Ecorep Tamsin Stringer ’22 of Bloomington, Ind., poses at the new electric charger stations behind Underhill in the Merrill Gym parking lot.“Underhill Electric Vehicle Chargers Project “Bates has installed other EV chargers in the past. This project will be different for three primary reasons. First, we have already received a grant from CMP for the make-ready infrastructure portion of the project, which has historically been the bulk of the expenses for EV charger installations. Secondly, this project will include installing level 2 chargers for the first time at Bates, which will allow for monetary collections for charging, tiered charging for different kinds of customers, and incentivize to move one’s car once it's fully charged. Finally, this project allows for future EV charger installations in the same location for much lower cost, because the make-ready infrastructure for more EV chargers will be easily accessible.
Bates College announces plan to become climate positive by 2030

Wednesday, March 16, 2022 10:04 am

Meeting the goals of the Bates Sustainability Roadmap will "touch and enrich our lives here on campus," said President Clayton Spencer, while also furthering the college's stated mission of "to prepare leaders with a commitment to responsible stewardship of the wider world."

“We’re at the Bates Garden and we’re doing something different this year, which is just cultivating a third of the garden with butternut squash and cherry tomatoes. The rest we’re just leaving to cover crop so we’ve planted oats and peas, and that will keep the weeds down amd also put a lot of organic material back into the soil.What we’ve also done differently is we’ve let a lot of stuff become wildflowers, and it’s really neat. It’s the most insect life I think I’ve ever seen in the garden. So we’re thinking about doing that going forward.The butternut squash we’re growing because it basically takes care of itself. Aaprt from Hermione, whose been volunteering every weekin the garden, we don’t have any paid student gardeners this year.This year we’ll probably send the cherry tomatoes to dining. A lot of the squash we’re going to send to St. Mary’s Food Bank.”Tom Twist, Sustainability ManagerFacility Servicesν “It’s just cool spending time with Tom and gardening. Quarantining can be kind of isolating so it’s nice to be out here and do some physical work, something that’s physical in the garden. And it’s nice to see them grow that fast. And we’ve got berries down there as well: strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries. And apple trees.”Environmental studies major Hermione Zhou '21 of Shenzhen, ChinaTom says: “The blackberries are wild. Everything else we put in.” And they’ll be picking them too!
How’s Bates doing in sustainability? The answer is Gold

Friday, November 19, 2021 9:13 am

One of 10 "Top Performer"s in the country, Bates earned a Gold rating for excellence in sustainability performance from an international benchmarking organization.

Slideshow: Students’ dazzling Trashion Show outfits — and a professor

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 12:21 pm

Introducing the creative teams of the 2021 Trashion Show, including a Bates professor modeling COVID lounge wear made from face coverings.

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