Dean Lisa Kaenzig has handed the “Green Dream” competition over to the first years – with $2,500 in prize money. In their Common Ground classes, the first-year students have been actively working toward the best new green idea. Through this new Inter-Common Ground competition, Kaenzig wants first-years to understand, “Their great ideas are valuable and can actually happen and be put into effect here on campus.”
Presentations and judging will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 23 in the Geneva Room. The panel of judges includes President Mark Gearan; Associate Professor Tom Drennen; Sustainability consultant James Landi’08, and senior Clancy Brown. All members of the HWS community are invited to listen and participate in awarding of the best idea.
Hobart and William Smith Colleges are making great headway in a relatively new green initiative. Last year, President Mark Gearan signed the American Colleges and Universities Presidents Climate Commitment and the Climate Task Force is growing and encouraging student involvement. The Colleges have purchased a trolley that runs on biodiesel fuel, is composting an unbelievable amount of food from the Scandling Campus Center each week and have added 70 more bikes to the yellow bike program, among other initiatives.
In addition to the winning group having their “green dream” made possible, two first-years will be chosen to serve on the Climate Task Subcommittee to implement the idea during this academic year.