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Sustainable Abigail: The Concerned Flusher Edition

Dear Sustainable Abigail, Some automatic flushing toilets flush like 3 times before you even stand up (e.g. the ones in Hedge, 55, 65). It’s so frustrating and wasteful 🙁 ~Concerned Flusher Dear Concerned Flusher, Thank you for recognizing this! These automatically flushing toilets, while convenient, have been proven to cause a significant increase in water […]

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How Did We Get Here? Carbon Neutrality at Bates

Bates has promised to go carbon neutral by 2020, a seemingly daunting task, as few other schools have accomplished such a feat. However, the college is not falling short. This year, we are proud to say, Bates College has reached 95% carbon neutrality, with further improvements still coming. This has happened through working on three […]

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Dear Sustainable Abigail #16

Dear Sustainable Abigail, I’m a big fan of the EcoRep Newsletters, and often find myself reading through the various facts and figures as I sit in different bathroom stalls around campus. While I definitely appreciate the reading material, I also always can’t help but see the irony in the group that does so much for […]

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Sustainable Abigail

Dear Bates Community, We Ecoreps have been hearing a lot of talk about some confusing sustainability terms that are often thrown around Bates and can be quite frankly isolating to those who aren’t as familiar with sustainable practices and processes. For that reason, I wanted to take this opportunity to explore one term that is […]

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Dear Sustainable Abigail

  Dear Sustainable Abigail, I’ve always admired commons for their commitment to sustainability–with the mug club, the local food, and the various waste bins. However, I’ve also always wondered what happens with the liquid waste? Especially now that we have the separate spot at the dish return to pour our liquids down, I’m just wondering […]

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Sustainable Abigail: Dear Everyone

Dear Everyone, Thank you so much for participating in changing the way we interact with and appreciate our world. I know at times the environmental plight can seem overwhelming and dire, and the individual impact that we all have can seem small, but I just wanted to send along some holiday cheer and a reminder […]

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Dear Sustainable Abigail…

Dear Sustainable Abigail,   I live on the third floor of a house on Frye Street and, up until recently, I’ve really loved living there. But with the changing weather and the heat being turned on, my room has become a horribly hot place to spend time in. I know that opening my window wastes […]

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Dear Sustainable Abigail…

Dear Sustainable Abigail, I am very confused about where our food waste goes to be turned into compost once a plate is put on the revolving dish rack. Does it stay on campus? Does it go to a nearby farm? Is it even composted? Many thanks, Confused in Commons Dear Confused in Commons, This is […]

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Dear Sustainable Abigail…

Hi Abby! I am living in Adams this year and I have noticed students putting the trash bags from their room into the larger bathroom bins. I was under the impression that all trash from our room should be placed in a trash room, and definitely not the bathroom. I want to tell people to […]