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.

Background

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.

Charge

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.

Members

Cheryl Lacey, Director of Dining Services

Camille Parrish, Environmental Studies Program

Christine Schwartz, Assistant Vice President for Dining, Conferences and Campus Events

Doug Ginevan, Assistant Vice President for Financial Planning

Eddie Szeman, Coordinator of Health Education

Emily Muther, Director of Advancement Research and Prospect Management

Jane Costlow, Professor of Environmental Studies

Jay Phillips, Director, Facility Services Operations

John Rasmussen, Energy Manager

Luke Chicoine, Assistant Professor of Economics

Madge Hall, Director, Strategic Communications

Tamsin Stringer, Student CHEWS representative

Liz Pinnie, Associate Dean of Admission

Natalie Bornstein, Program Coordinator, Office of Intercultural Education

Liv Guion, Student EcoRep

Paul Farnsworth, Capital Planning Project Manager

Phil Dostie, Environmental GeoChemistry Lab

Pam Wichroski, Director Capital Planning and Construction

Sam Boss, Assistant Director, Community-Engaged Learning and Research Program

Travis Gould, Assistant Professor of Physics, CER Chair

Tommy Verdell, Assistant Athletics Director

Tom Twist, Sustainability Manager

Ex Officio:                                                                                
Clayton Spencer President  

Geoff Swift Vice President for Finance & Administration, Treasurer