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The HWS Update

A $1 million gift from the Midgley Foundation establishes a permanent fund to support summer research projects focused on environmental conservation. Summer research collaborations between student scholars and faculty mentors are a hallmark of scientific education at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Beginning in the fall of 2021, HWS students will have access to new

A student project designed to protect and encourage pollinators won the 2021 Action Program of the Year award from the IMPACT Conference. To provide food and habitats for bees, moths, butterflies and birds, three Hobart and William Smith students teamed up with the Office of Sustainability to create “pollinator patches” across campus. This spring, the

As a 2020 Woodworth Fellow, Willa Dow ’21 researched the impact of the French colonial legacy on the economies and environmental outlooks of four central African countries. Willa Dow ’21 was selected as a Stephen W. Woodworth ’54 Fisher Center Student Summer Fellow. Offered to students in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Fine and Performing Arts,

Last week, the Colleges celebrated Food Week. The weeklong event is held in conjunction with Food Day, an international day of awareness about how people’s diets impact people and the planet, and how food policy shapes agriculture, the global economy and our ecosystem. Organized by the Office of Sustainability, events included a lesson on how to make

Hobart and William Smith have again ranked among the nation’s top colleges and universities leading the way in sustainability and environmental responsibility in the 2021 edition of The Princeton Review’s “Guide to Green Colleges.” Launched in 2010, the guide relies on survey responses from administrators regarding their institutions’ sustainability policies, programs and practices, including whether

This summer, Hobart and William Smith Colleges took possession of approximately 27 acres adjacent to the arts campus at Houghton House. Funded through a donation from HWS Trustee Edward R. Cooper ’86, P’16 and Robin Savits Cooper ’87, P’16, the acquisition of undeveloped land provides HWS with a new teaching and learning resource, as well

As part of a new land management strategy developed by the Office of Sustainability and Buildings and Grounds, the Colleges have designated new Grow Zones. By design, patches of grass around campus have been left unmowed in order to allow natural biological processes, such as carbon sequestration, and pollinator habitats, to thrive. The strategy has

Environment America has ranked Hobart and William Smith as No. 2 in the nation among higher education institutions for producing or purchasing renewable energy. The Colleges ranked first place in the small school category. The designation recognizes colleges and universities who are leading America’s transition to renewable energy sources. Hobart and William Smith were also

Professor of Environmental Studies Darrin Magee spoke with Reuters about severe flooding and landslides in China that have resulted in the evacuation of tens of thousands of people from Anhui and Hubei provinces. Magee, a China geographer with expertise in water and energy in China, discussed the importance of dams in generating power — and

Nadia Harvieux, education program manager at the Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, has co-created an educational website on lakes called Libraries Love Lakes along with faculty from Fairfield University and others. The site geared toward children ages 4-12 features written resources, arts and crafts projects, and more to engage children while