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Environmental sustainability is a core value at HWS. With a unique program that allows our students and faculty to use the physical campus as a laboratory to explore environmental impact mitigation strategies, the HWS Sustainability Program enables and encourages students to link classroom learning to real world application; that plays a direct role in the environmental performance of the Colleges. And, with a campus 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 micro-examples of issues beyond the Colleges, City of Geneva and upstate region providing a global element essential to addressing the complex environmental issues of the 21st century.


First Years to Explore Sustainable Living

When the Classes of 2018 arrive in the fall, more than 50 students will have the opportunity to explore sustainability and consumption through a new Learning Community, "Sustainable Living." The two-semester long program will have an emphasis on the relationship between local actions and global effects. "Sustainable Living gives students interested in any aspect of sustainability a strong start a...  More >>

Green Mug Campaign Coming

To encourage the use of reusable coffee mugs as a means of decreasing environmental impact, the Office of Sustainability will soon give the more environmentally friendly mugs to anyone who signs a pledge to use one instead of disposable cups. The "Green Mug Campaign" looks to raise awareness of the environmental impacts of disposable coffee cups, and how simply not using them is considerably more...  More >>

Hydration Station Kicks Off Club’s Plan

Through a collaboration with the northeast-based environmental organization, BeCause Water, the Campus Greens Club received a grant to install a hydration station at the Scandling Campus Center this semester. The opening of the hydration station reinforces the theme of sustainable water use the club has adopted for the semester. They hope students will use the station to refill reusable water bot...  More >>

HWS Remains a Tree Campus USA

Hobart and William Smith were honored with the 2013 Tree Campus USA® recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation for their commitment to effective urban forest management. The Tree Campus USA® designation recognizes college and university campuses that effectively manage their campus trees, develop connectivity with the community beyond campus borders to foster healthy urban forests, and strive to en...  More >>

Let the Mania Begin!

This semester, the Colleges' sustainability efforts will be weighed -- in tonnage and kilowatts- against those of campuses both throughout New York State and nationally as part of the RecycleMania and Campus Conservation Nationals (CCN) competitions. Both kick off on Feb. 3. "Recyclemania and Campus Conservation Nationals are fun competitions that help colleges and universities educate students a...  More >>

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Classroom Sustainability Report
Please use this link to report on the sustainability of your classroom(s). Your participation will assist with the improvement of academic spaces on campus.


If you have any questions or comments about sustainability initiatives at HWS please feel free to contact us at sustainability@hws.edu or (315) 781-4380.