We host practical, fun, and creative sustainability events throughout the year for staff, faculty, and students.


EnviroLunch Series 

Every other Thursday during the semester the sustainability office and environmental studies program co-host a lunch where staff, faculty, and students can learn about innovative environmental practices and pressing ecological issues facing our society today. Lunch is on us!

GO green GO healthy

The office of sustainability is teaming up with BWell to encourage you to get out of your car! Each month we’ll highlight a more healthy, more sustainable way to get to work.

Monthly Newsletters

Don’t miss the Sustainable Bobcat, our monthly newsletter with all the latest about what’s happening on campus.



Trashion Show (November)

Bates’ Office of Sustainability, Dining program and the Theater Department join forces every November to host a Trashion Show where students, faculty and staff participate as designers, as models and judges.

EcoService Day (April)

Each spring Bates honors Earth Day by sponsoring a day of service in which students, faculty, staff come together to work on environmental projects at Bates and around L/A. Pitch in and get your hands dirty!

Clean Sweep (May/June)

Every year at the end of Short Term Bates partners with local non-profit organizations to collect items students leave behind when they move out, faculty and staff donations from home, and items the college no longer needs. We then sell it all in huge community yard sale.

All of the proceeds from the sale go to participating non-profit organizations.

We work with volunteers from local non-profits to collect, clean, organize and price an arena full of items. The event raises upwards of $17,000 and all of the proceeds go to participating non-profits. Moving out? Donate your unwanted items to Clean Sweep!