Hobart and William Smith Colleges - Environment America Ranks HWS No. 2 in Nation
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Environment America Ranks HWS No. 2 in Nation

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 recognized for reducing energy consumption, deploying renewable energy technologies and switching to electric vehicles.

“We are committed to doing our part to combat climate change,” says Sustainability Manager Michael Amadori. In addition to ensuring that all of the Colleges’ electricity is carbon free, Amadori explains, “Having commissioned one of the largest solar installations in higher education in New York State, Hobart and William Smith has made a huge impact on our local grid and provided students and the greater Geneva community with learning opportunities.”

The Colleges are a signatory member of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, and have committed to carbon neutrality by 2025. This year, the Colleges participated in the NYSEG Energy Efficiency Program established by the New York State Public Service Commission. The Colleges are also part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership, a requisite for Environment America’s rankings.

Read the full Environment America report here.

The rankings are based on each institution’s most recent reports to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) database and from the EPA’s Green Power Partnership. Learn more about the methodology here.

In 2019, Hobart and William Smith obtained 125 percent of its electricity from renewable energy sources. All of the Colleges’ energy has been generated by renewable sources since 2011. While the HWS solar panels provide a significant amount of campus electricity, the Colleges’ purchase its remaining energy from wind and hydro power. In the ranking, Georgetown University came in No. 1, obtaining 130 percent of its electricity from renewable sources.

To observe how productive the Colleges’ solar panels are, visit the Colleges’ digital kiosk here.

The Colleges moved up five spots in this years’ Environment America rankings. Last year, the policy and advocacy organization named the Colleges seventh in the nation.