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

Connecting Climate Change and Colonialism in Africa

Tue, 29 Dec 2020

Willa Dow DUAs 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…

Food Week at HWS

Tue, 03 Nov 2020

Garlic PlantingLast 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…

HWS Among Nation’s Top Green Colleges

Fri, 30 Oct 2020

Campus Photos 20201024 QuadHobart 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…

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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