Hobart and William Smith Colleges will be recognized in two venues this month as among 20 colleges and universities nationwide that exemplify the mission of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) to re-stabilize the earth’s climate through education, research and community engagement.
The “Celebrating Sustainability” series highlights the sustainability initiatives of finalists for the 2013 Second Nature Climate Leadership Awards. Second Nature, a national nonprofit that works to create a healthy, just, and sustainable society by transforming higher education, will formally recognize Hobart and William Smith Colleges on the ACUPCC and Second Nature websites on Monday, April 8.
In tandem with the series, the Colleges are vying for the top spot in a public video voting competition. Hobart and William Smith have produced a video that promotes the campus’s sustainability initiatives, and viewers will have the opportunity to vote for the most innovative and groundbreaking institution in each Carnegie Classification. Voting takes place throughout April in partnership with Planet Forward: http://planetforward.org/climate-leadership-awards-2013/.
Hobart and William Smith are a charter signatory of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. Last summer, HWS received a 2012 Green Power Leadership Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Earlier in the year, the EPA recognized the Colleges as the top green power purchaser among colleges and universities in the Liberty League, using more green power than any other school in the league. Also last year, Sierra Magazine again ranked HWS as among “America’s Coolest Schools,” and The Princeton Review named HWS as one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada in “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2012 Edition.”Additionally, the Colleges were recognized by the Sustainability Endowment Institute in 2011, when it assigned HWS a grade of B+ in its annual Sustainability Report Card.
“Leaping ahead in their energy reduction goals, Hobart and William Smith Colleges have already leveraged a remarkable reduction in energy needs to implement a shift to cleaner, more sustainable wind energy systems,” said David Hales, president of Second Nature. “We applaud HWS exceeding its interim targets on its way to achieving climate neutrality by 2025.”
“We are excited and honored by Second Nature’s recognition,” says James Landi ’08, sustainability manager for the Colleges. “Our Hobart and William Smith community, students, faculty, staff and alumni have made significant contributions toward our climate action goals and greenhouse gas mitigation successes. These efforts reflect our institutional commitment to reduce the Colleges’ environmental impact and develop a culture of sustainability.”