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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.


Davis '15 Leads Real Food Challenge

The Real Food Challenge (RFC), a national sustainability project aiming to shift existing university food budgets away from industrial farms and towards local, fair, and humane food sources, has become the focal point of this summer for Stacey Davis '15. Interning for the Finger Lakes Institute under the direction of Community Outreach Coordinator Sarah Meyer, Davis works on the official Rea...  More >>

Interning for Community Development Center

While taking her sustainable community development (SCD) capstone last semester, Alex Vitulano '16 was sold on spending her summer in Geneva as a Finger Lakes Economic Development Intern. Majoring in environmental studies and double minoring in Spanish and sustainable community development, Vitulano is using the internship to expand her knowledge of developmental efforts by working on two local p...  More >>

Real Food Challenge Research Underway

Hobart and William Smith Colleges continues to recognize and support a commitment to the Real Food Challenge (RFC) campaign, which provides campuses with structure and resources for serving "real food" -- that is, food that "truly nourishes producers, consumers, communities and the earth," according to the RFC website. In support of a more sustainable food system, that "fundamentally respects hum...  More >>

National Recognition Kicks Off Earth Week

Hobart and William Smith Colleges' longstanding commitment to environmental leadership and sustainable practices are in the national spotlight this month. Recognized as one of North America's most environmentally responsible schools, HWS has been included among the select institutions featured in the 2015 edition of The Princeton Review's "Guide to 353 Green Colleges." Now in its sixth year, the ...  More >>

Wake the Farm Workshops

Members of the Hobart and William Smith community, as well as the public, can help ‘wake' the HWS Fribolin farm through a series of workshops being held in April and May. Led by Sarah Meyer, community outreach coordinator for the Finger Lakes Institute at HWS, the program's theme, Wake the Farm, focuses on making preparations for the 2015 growing season. The first workshop, Wake the Farm Beehive ...  More >>

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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.