Batten House was donated to the College in 1959 by the family of Jane Batten '55. It is settled in a partially wooded area on the edge of campus, next door to Brecon Hall. Since 1999, Batten has been housed by upperclass students interested in an environmentally focused co-operative living environment. Students wishing to participate in the Co-Op must submit applications during Room Draw each Spring. The Batten Co-Operative is open to any Bi-College, upperclass (sophomore, junior, or senior) student interested in a living and cooking experience that addresses environmental and social justice issues. Students accepted as members of the Co-Op share the responsibilities of cooking vegetarian/vegan dinners, cleaning, recycling, organizing house and campus-wide activities, and hosting speakers.