Highlighting the Colleges’ nationally recognized sustainability initiatives, WROC-TV 8 Rochester aired a third “Go Green” segment on Friday, Jan. 1. Hobart and William Smith have consistently been lauded for their sustainability programming, receiving a No. 53 ranking on Sierra’s “Cool Schools” list and also being named a finalist in the Arbor Day Foundation Tree Campus USA Service Learning Contest earlier this year.
The segment featured the newly launched Sustainable Living and Learning Community (SLLC) program that’s offered to 56 students as a specialized First-Year Seminar focused on sustainability education and community building. The segment highlighted 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, and also the projects students are tackling to implement change on campus, such as eliminating single use plastic bags in the bookstore.
Spanning two semesters, SLLC promotes sustainability across the curriculum, while engaging students by connecting them to both on- and off-campus, co-curricular activities involved with sustainability. SLLC seminars are taught by Professor of Economics Tom Drennen and Assistant Professors of Environmental Studies Beth Kinne, Robin Lewis and Tarah Rowse.
The segment included soundbites from Drennen, Lewis, SLLC teaching colleague Dylan Quay ’18 and SLLC student Alyssa Kelly ’19.
“I like the fact that it was a living and learning community and they emphasized the fact that you learn together and live together and then you applied it outside of the classroom together as a group,” said Kelly.
Quay that the program teaches students “how to facilitate change on campus and be an active participant in the community and on campus.”
Earlier this semester, the second of three “Go Green” segments featuring the Colleges aired on Thursday, Nov. 19. The segment included an interview with Sustainability Manager Adam Maurer, who discussed efforts to reduce the Colleges’ 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 reporter Katrina Irwin, Maurer described the Colleges’ ability to offset 100 percent of its electricity use through the purchase of wind energy and other sustainability efforts, which recently garnered national attention for HWS. Noelle Nichols ’18 was quoted in the segment explaining how the Eco Rep program works to “encourage as well as educate” students about the sustainability practices in place on campus. The full segment is available here.
In October, 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 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.
This year, HWS earned the highest possible rating in the categories for co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives, as well as innovation in sustainability in Sierra’s “Cool Schools” rankings. The Colleges were also named a 2014 Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation for the third consecutive year, in addition to being named a finalist in the Service Learning Contest put on by the organization in November.