Sustainability

Sustainability

Sustainability is a core value at HWS. The Office of Sustainability engages faculty, students, staff and the Geneva community on all three pillars of sustainability: environmental, economic and social. This requires a cross-disciplinary approach that works with multiple departments to generate innovative ways to make Hobart and William Smith more sustainable. We have a unique program that uses the physical campus as a laboratory to explore different strategies and that encourages students to link classroom learning with real world applications. In 2007, the Colleges were a charter signatory of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, committing Hobart and William Smith to climate neutrality by 2025.

CAMPUS

Our campus is situated in a unique setting on the edge of a small city, a few blocks from vast agricultural lands and on the shores of one of the deepest lakes in the United States. The applied sustainability opportunities are endless and act as a microcosm of the complex issues of the 21st century.

Awards

In 2019, Environment America found that Hobart and William Smith Colleges was a top-10 school nationwide for renewable electricity purchased per student.

HWS continues to be recognized as a "Cool School" for sustainability by Sierra Magazine.

Solar generation

Hobart and William Smith Colleges generate electricity from two solar farms – together representing one of the largest solar installations at a higher education institution in New York State – that deliver 50 percent of the Colleges' electricity. View our real-time solar generation!


Sustainability News

HWS Employees Encouraged to Go Green

Tue, 30 Jun 2020

Green_Colleges_1Sustainability 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’…

Exploring Views on GMO Produce in Ireland

Tue, 23 Jun 2020

Processed with VSCO with c1 presetAccording to Lindsay Lesniak ’21, who studied farmers’ views on genetically modified potatoes through a Student International Initiative Fund (SIIF) grant during her semester abroad, GMO foods are accepted in…

Halfman Receives Inaugural Finger Lakes Watershed Citizen’s Award

Thu, 04 Jun 2020

Halfman John-0246The Finger Lakes Regional Watershed Alliance (FLRWA) honored Professor of Environmental Studies John Halfman with its new Citizen Award, given to individuals who contribute significantly to the alliance’s cause of…

Sustainability

Resources

EcoRep Certification

Zero-Sort Recycling Items

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View our real-time solar generation!

Quick Guide to Sustainability at HWS

See our map of useful sustainability locations


Contact

If you have any questions or comments about sustainability initiatives at HWS please feel free to contact us at sustainability@hws.edu or (315) 781-3676.

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