Sustainability Manager Michael Amadori and Senior Employment Specialist Doreen Secor have teamed up to provide new and current employees a quick way to get up to speed with the Colleges’ sustainability initiatives. The Guide to Getting Green at HWS brochure offers faculty and staff tips on recycling, composting and energy savings and also describes the Colleges’ sustainability commitments, long-term programs and goals on-campus and in the Geneva community. New employees are provided a paper copy (printed on 100% recycled paper) as part of their onboarding process, which can be especially useful if someone comes from a different state since recycling rules can vary.
The brochure also offers reminders and advice for how everyone can help participate in the Colleges’ sustainability initiatives. Amadori notes that after we return to the office (and even as we work from home), it may not seem like much to turn off your computer and lights, or to use a refillable water bottle, as the brochure advises, but “when you get buy-in from the whole community, the little steps quickly add up. We have a small enough community that if we all get behind the initiative; we can make a big difference.”
In addition to providing information, the brochure also helps the Colleges earn points in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) created by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. Defined as “a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance,” STARS ratings inform rankings from Sierra magazine’s Cool Schools and Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges. “HWS currently holds a Silver rating and is close to reaching Gold,” Amadori explains.
Sustainability is a core value at HWS. This value is showcased by the active efforts and participation from the people who live and work on our campus. The Office of Sustainability engages faculty, students, staff and the Geneva community on the environmental, economic and social pillars of sustainability. For more information about the Colleges’ sustainability efforts and goals, click here.