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

Coopers’ Woods Offers New Opportunities for Research, Sustainability

Tue, 15 Sep 2020

Land Purchase4This 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.…

Grow Zones Established on Campus

Tue, 15 Sep 2020

Grow ZoneAs 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…

Environment America Ranks HWS No. 2 in Nation

Fri, 04 Sep 2020

Gates Road Solar Farm, Sustainability, Tom Drennen, Beth Kinne, Michael AmadoriEnvironment 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…

Sustainability

Resources

EcoRep Certification

Zero-Sort Recycling Items

Keep these items out of Zero-Sort Recycling

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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