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.
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Hobart and William Smith Colleges again have been named among the most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada, according to The Princeton Review. The Colleges were included in the fourth annual edition of its free downloadable book, "The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges." "This year's sustainability recognition is marked by significant volunteer effort from our ... More >>
This spring, Dean of William Smith College and Professor of History Susanne McNally and students in her "Food Systems in History" course, in cooperation with the HWS Campus Tree Committee, planted 15 fruit trees on campus. The Colleges' first orchard, it is located behind the campus garden maintained by the Sustainable Foods Club. "If it works out as planned, apples, pears and plums should be rea... More >>
Hobart and William Smith Colleges will be recognized in two venues this month as among 20 colleges and universities nationwide that exemplify the mission of the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) to re-stabilize the earth's climate through education, research and community engagement. The "Celebrating Sustainability" series highlights the sustainability initia... More >>
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This Environmental Commitment provides a framework and support for more than 674 of America's colleges and universities to go carbon neutral. The signatories of the Commitment pledge to fulfill a three-step constitution which includes expediently initiating a comprehensive plan for climate neutrality, taking tangible action to reduce greenhouse gases, and publicizing the action plan, inventory and progress. The Commitment recognizes the unique responsibility that institutions of higher education have as role models for their communities and in training the people who will develop the social, economic and technological solutions to reverse climate change.
If you have any questions about the HWS Goes Green Program or Climate Task Force, feel free to contact Sustainability Coordinator James Landi at (315) 781-4442.