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“Go Green” Segments Highlight Sustainability at HWS

The second of three “Go Green” segments featuring the Colleges’ sustainability initiatives and programs aired on WROC-TV 8 Rochester on Thursday, Nov. 19. The segment included an interview with Sustainability Manager Adam Maurer, who discussed efforts to reduce HWS’ carbon footprint through various initiatives, including the Eco Rep Program, yellow bike program, water bottle refill stations and the development of the HWS Fribolin Farm.

During the interview with CBS-affiliate reporter Katrina Irwin, Maurer also described HWS’ ability to offset 100 percent of its electricity use through the purchase of wind energy and other sustainability efforts, which have garnered national attention for the Colleges recently. Noelle Nichols ’18 was also quoted in the segment on how the Eco Rep program works to “encourage as well as educate” students about the sustainability practices in place on campus and what can be done to better them. The full segment is available here.

Last month, WROC-TV aired a segment titled, “Learning about Sustainable Food” highlighting HWS Food Week. The “Go Green” segment included interviews with Sarah Meyer, community outreach coordinator for the Finger Lakes Institute and chair of the Food Week Coordinating Committee, as well as Caeleigh White ’16 while they were working at the Community Lunch Program at the Geneva Methodist Church.

During the Oct. 23 segment, Meyer explained that the greens being served at the lunch program were produced through a project with seniors in Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Robin Lewis’ class. Salad ingredients like carrots, radishes and beets, are grown by the students at the HWS Fribolin Farm’s high tunnel and donated weekly to the Community Lunch Program. The full segment is available here.

Slated to air sometime in December, a third “Go Green” segment will feature the First-Year Sustainable Living and Learning Community taught by Professor of Economics Tom Drennen, Assistant Professors of Environmental Studies Beth Kinne and Robin Lewis, and Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Tarah Rowse. Some of the faculty members and their students were interviewed for the segment which will highlight the learning community’s living and classroom space in Rees Hall, which includes a specially designed kitchen where the students meet for lab and group discussion.

Launched last year, the Sustainable Living and Learning Community gives first-year students the opportunity to participate in a special, two-semester long program that investigates the intersection of sustainability and consumption while exploring the relationship between local actions and global effects.

This year, HWS ranked No. 53 on Sierra’s “Cool Schools” list, earning the highest possible rating in the categories for co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives, as well as innovation in sustainability. Earlier this year, HWS was also named a 2014 Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation for the third consecutive year, and was recently nominated as a finalist in the organization’s 2015 Service Learning Contest.