5th Anniversary Celebration – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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5th Anniversary Celebration

As a 2009 ENERGY STAR Small Business Award recipient and with its fifth anniversary approaching, this fall is a big season for the Finger Lakes Institute (FLI).

On Tuesday, Nov. 10, the FLI will celebrate its fifth anniversary and the recent ENERGY STAR award from the Environmental Protection Agency with a reception at 2 p.m. at the Institute.  HWS President Mark D. Gearan will preside over the welcome ceremony, followed by Professor of Geoscience John Halfman, who will say a few words on behalf of the faculty; student representative Katherine Hoering ’10; and Marion E. Balyszak, Director of the Finger Lakes Institute.

In addition to the anniversary celebration, the reception will give recognition to the 2009 ENERGY STAR Small Business Award collaborators -President Gearan, Senator Michael Nozzolio, and Former Congressman James Walsh – all of whom worked closely with HWS and the Finger Lakes region and supported the creation of the FLI’s green facility, says Sarah Meyer, FLI outreach coordinator.

On Oct. 18, 2004, the doors of the FLI opened, making it the first facility to be dedicated to the promotion of environmental research and education about the 11 Finger Lakes and surrounding environments.

To commemorate the historic opening and the subsequent five years dedicated to environmental research and education to the region, the FLI has hosted a month of outreach events in October leading up to the anniversary ceremony.

The event is open to the public; there will be door prizes, building tours, refreshments, and the short ceremony.

Check out special edition of This Week in Photos, commemorating the FLI Anniversary.

For more information about the FLI’s events this fall, like the 5th Annual Research Conference on Dec. 5, or for ways to get involved, check out their events page