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Bowdoin College

Student Survey

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With the publication of the College Sustainability Report Card 2010, more than 1,100 school survey responses from over 300 institutions are now available online. In total, these surveys offer more than 10,000 pages of data collected from colleges and universities during the summer of 2009 . To access surveys from other schools, go to the  surveys section  of the website. To see grades, or to access additional surveys submitted by this school, please click the "Back to Report Card" link at the beginning or end of the survey.

 

Name: Abriel Ferreira

Position (in student organization): Co-President

Date survey submitted:   July 23, 2009

 

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

1) Please describe the student-run campus environmental/sustainability organization in which you have a leadership role.

Name of organization: The Evergreens

Number of active members: 6

Website:

Date of last meeting: May 5, 2009

Frequency of meetings: once a week

Key issues addressed and programs implemented since August 2008: Take Back The Tap

Progress made on each issue/program since August 2008:

 

SUSTAINABILITY CHALLENGES AND COMPETITIONS

2) Does your group organize any sustainability challenges/competitions for your campus and/or with other colleges?

[ x ]  No (Sustainable Bowdoin runs recycling competitions between dorms and between Bowdoin Colby and Bates. Another big competition was initiated this year called the "Climate Matters" competition: http://www.bowdoin.edu/sustainability/campus-involvement/discussion/index.shtml). They also have the records for how much waste/electricity use has been reduced over the years as a result of these competitions.

[  ]  Yes. Please list details for each competition.

#1 - Name of competition:

Year initiated:

Frequency of competition:

Participants:

Incentives:

Goal of competition:

Percent of energy/water/waste reduced:

Lasting effects of competition:

Website:

 

#2 - Name of competition:

Year initiated:

Frequency of competition:

Participants:

Incentives:

Goal of competition:

Percent of energy/water/waste reduced:

Lasting effects of competition:

Website:

 

SUSTAINABILITY IN STUDENT GOVERNMENT

3) Does your student government include a specific position or committee dedicated to campus sustainability issues?

[ x]  No (Sustainable Bowdoin and the Evergreens are not a part of student government, but we work closely with them)

[  ]  Yes. Please describe:

 

OTHER ACTIVITIES

4) Please describe any additional campus sustainability activities or projects that you or your group has initiated at your school:

This year (2008-09) The Evergreens focused on a "Take Back the Tap" campaign. The goal of the campaign was to educate the campus community about the negative effects of bottled water, and to diminish the use of bottled on campus as much as possible. This involved going to regional meetings with members of the Maine community affected by the actions of Poland Springs, tabling/collecting almost 200 signatures, and meeting with Student Government and administration. Throughout the year we got commitments from Dining Services and Events, who have now stopped serving bottled water at almost all campus events. Bottled water is still available at our convenience store and for Express Meals, however at the end of the school year we had a huge breakthrough with the President of the College. Though he won't ban bottled water completely, he has agreed to add more filling stations throughout the college and embark on a campaign to promote the refilling of reusable bottles. We are going to monitor consumption of bottled water throughout the year to measure the success of this campaign.

 

5) Please list and briefly describe any other student-run organizations related to campus sustainability at your school, and provide URLs if available (e.g., student groups; student government committees; student-run food co-ops, gardens/farms, bike co-ops) and provide contact information of the student leaders, if possible: There are two environmental groups at my school: The Evergreens and Sustainable Bowdoin. Sustainable Bowdoin focusses on making the campus itself more environmentally friendly and is in charge of recycling, inter-dorm competitions, etc. The co-ordinator of Sustainbale Bowdoin has an official position at the school as Sustainability Coordinator, and student members are paid by the school to promote environmental awareness. The sustainability coordinator is Keisha Payson. The student leader of sustainable Bowdoin is Maina Handmaker. The Evergreens tend to focus on more politically oriented campaigns both in Maine and on the national level, however we do work very closely with sustainable bowdoin on a lot of campus events/programs.

There is also a co-op that meets once a week to cook local organic vegan dinner. Contact Alyssa Phanitdasack

 

Questions 6 is for informational purposes only; your response will NOT be included in the Report Card evaluation process.

 

6) Please list any regional or national networks with which your group is affiliated (e.g., Energy Action Coalition/Campus Climate Challenge, Sierra Student Coalition, a state PIRG, a state student sustainability coalition):   Though I receive email updates from the SSC, Greenpeace and the CLEAN, and we've gone to some of the conferences, I'm very wary of making the Evergreens an official branch of the SSC or the PIRGS. We sometimes join in on the campaigns (such as Step it Up), but as someone who once canvassed with their PIRGS, I disagree with the top-down, number-oriented, aggressive approach to activism and complex issues. We have worked very closely with the non-profit Food and Water Watch in Washington DC on our Take Back the Tap campaign.

 

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