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Report Card 2011

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Bates College
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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B-
Bates College

School details:

  Grade lower than last year

 

Endowment: $184 million as of June 30, 2009

Location: Lewiston, Maine

 

Campus Survey: No

Dining Survey: Yes (see response)

Endowment Survey: Yes (see response)

Student Survey: No

 

Please note: Data was collected in summer 2010 and may no longer be current.

 

Data compiled from survey responses, when available, and from independent research, when needed. For more information on data collection and evaluation, please see the  Methodology section.

 
Overall grade  
B -
Bates College is committed to sustainability through a formal policy and plan. The Committee on Environmental Responsibility, the Energy Task Force, and the Office of Sustainability work to implement and oversee campus environmental initiatives. The school has a formal green purchasing policy and buys Energy Star products, environmentally friendly paper products, and EPEAT-certified computers whenever possible.
Bates has committed to become a climate neutral campus by 2020. Energy-efficient policies and technologies, such as temperature setbacks, housing curtailments, LED lighting, and boiler upgrades, have been implemented across campus. The school offers trade-in programs for inefficient appliances and purchases electricity from renewable sources.
Bates spends approximately 20 percent of its food budget on local products, has started a campus garden, and buys organic items like produce and meat. Dining halls serve some vegetarian-fed and hormone- and antibiotic-free beef. Fair trade coffee, tea, and chocolate are also available. Discounts are offered for the use of reusable mugs and to-go containers; used cooking oil is recycled for biodiesel; and pre- and postconsumer food scraps are composted at 95 percent of meals.
All new buildings at Bates are built to at least LEED Silver standards, and two campus buildings currently meet LEED Silver criteria. Water conservation technologies, such as efficient laundry machines, low-flow faucets and showerheads, and dual-flush toilets have been installed across campus.
Bates recently designated an official sustainability house, which is home to 19 environmentally conscious students. First-years receive reusable bags and are introduced to sustainability through informational programs and sessions at orientation. Bates provides student sustainability internships and eco-rep positions, and students participate in annual conservation competitions. The Bates Energy Action Movement and the Environmental Coalition raise student environmental awareness.
Bates provides ride-matching services to carpoolers and runs a shuttle to local off-campus destinations. The campus is pedestrian friendly, and a bike-sharing program began in 2007. The school also partners with a car-sharing program.
The college makes a list of endowment holdings available to trustees, senior administrators, and other select members of the school community. The proxy voting record is not made public.
In 1997, Bates adopted a policy on socially responsible investing, which ensures that the college invests in companies that engage in ethical and reputable business practices that sustain and respect the natural environment. The college does not invest in renewable energy funds or community development loan funds.
The college provides its investment managers with specific guidelines that determine proxy voting on environmental and social issues. For corporate governance issues, the college asks that its investment managers handle the details of proxy voting.
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