Bates is committed to sustainable growth. Here are some of the steps we are taking to integrate sustainability into our campus planning and buildings:
Campus Facilities Master Planning
Over the next decade Bates will significantly revamp its campus from student housing to athletic facilities, and integrating the sciences. The Committee on Environmental Responsibility is working with the Master Planning Steering Committee to incorporate sustainability into decision-making and keep the campus on track to achieve climate neutrality by 2020.
Sustainable Renovations & New Construction
While Bates does not undertake Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, the college does use LEED building standards as a guideline. All renovations and new construction are built to achieve LEED Silver equivalency at a minimum, with a focus on energy performance. As of 2011, all new buildings will be at least 36% more efficient than what is required by building code.
We work with architects who specialize in sustainable design to suit specific sustainability features for each new building project.
Rainwater Treatment & Management
Custodial Services have reduced their product menu from fifteen cleaning solutions down to four for everyday cleaning. All four products meet EPA’s Design for Environment Standard for Safer Cleaning Products (SSCP).
All paper products used on campus (bath tissue, paper towels and facial tissues) are Green Seal certified products which use 100% recycled material (88% post-consumer, 12% post-industrial). These products use no bleach and are completely biodegradable.