Get Involved – For Students

Students can have a big impact on making Bates a more sustainable campus. We invite you to take action – spread awareness, join a committee, get a green job, or live in an environmental house. Bates provides many opportunities for you to make an environmental difference.

On-Campus Jobs

Green Bike Program 

EcoRep Program

Clean Sweep Coordinator

Green Certification programBecky and Megan

The Green Certification program challenges you to do your part. Students who commit to sustainable practices earn incentives, recognition and bragging rights. Are you certified? Get the logo! Challenge others!

Get Certified!

Student Clubs

Bates Energy Action Movement (BEAM)

BEAM is dedicated to fighting global climate change through political action and promoting carbon neutrality. Students in BEAM regularly participate in both on-campus and nationwide environmental events and engage students with discussions on climate change and other pressing ecological crises.

Bates Outing Club (BOC)

One of the oldest outing clubs in the country, the BOC sponsors trips in the New England wilderness throughout the year and provides all kinds of gear needed for various solo and/or group outdoor excursions. As a student, you are already a member!

Sustainable Athletes 

Founded in 2012, this group’s mission is to raise awareness about the ecological impacts of sports at Bates. It is clear that sports are highly valued in today’s society, through this gateway we work to help make Bates athletics more sustainable while engaging the wider Bates community.

Junior Advisors and Residence Coordinators

Apply to be a dorm Sustainability Liason – the eyes and ears of the building – to communicate with the sustainability staff and the resident population on matters of energy efficiency, waste and recycling, and water usage. Contact the EcoReps for details –


Here is a full list of student clubs.

Committee Work

Bates has a number of joint faculty-staff-student committees dedicated to creative and collaborative work. Two engage specifically with sustainability issues on campus:

Energy Task force
Committee on Environmental Responsibility 

To join, email Tenzin Namdol, the VP of the BSG Committee on Committees.