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Michael Amadori started as the sustainability manager at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in January 2018. His role at HWS spans long-term strategy, analysis and education, working with students, faculty, offices across campus and in the local community to promote both sustainable practices and an understanding of sustainability challenges. Prior to HWS, he spent five years running an organics recycling company he founded, Full Circle Feed. At the same time, he worked as an adjunct professor for courses in Ecology, Energy Markets & Regulation, Engineering Economic Analysis, and Poisoning of a Planet at several colleges in upstate NY. His educational background includes a B.S. in biological sciences from the University of Rochester in 2007 and a M.S. in ecological engineering from the SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry in 2012. In between his schooling, he performed a year of service for the AmeriCorps in Lake Tahoe, NV, where he was responsible for environmental education and outreach to the local community as well as water quality testing and analysis.
Michael works with the entire campus community to foster a culture of sustainability into the Colleges’ planning processes, facility operations, research activities, curriculum, student activities, and extracurricular life. The Office of Sustainability is located in the Student Engagement Center so great emphasis is placed on being accessible to students. He works regularly with the first-year Sustainable Living and Learning Seminar, Campus Greens group, and oversees 50 student EcoReps to put on events such as EarthWeek, RecycleMania, Clothing Swap, and the Green Lens Environmental & Social Justice film series. Lastly, he reports on The Colleges’ progress under the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) and manages the implementation of the 2025 Carbon Neutrality objective. This requires collaboration to plan, develop, implement, and evaluate projects by encouraging the prudent use of all capital ¾ natural, built, financial, social, and cultural. All facets of the campus community must work together to reduce our environmental footprint and carbon emissions if we are to meet our goal.