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.


Bruha to Attend Youth Climate Summit in Sri Lanka

Youth_for_ClimateAmanda Bruha ’20 will attend the first Sri Lanka Youth Climate Summit, to be held in the island nation from Jan. 20-22. Bruha is traveling under the auspices of The…
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Kinne On Water Shortage Issues

Kinne Beth Office HoursAssistant Professor of Environmental Studies Beth Kinne and Penn State Law Senior Lecturer Lara Fowler recently gave the webinar, “Climate Change and Water Management in Eastern States: Overcoming Barriers to…
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Students Present on Sustainability at AASHE

AASHEThree HWS students recently presented on the Colleges’ nationally recognized sustainability initiatives at the annual Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) conference. The students were accompanied…
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Second Nature Internship

carly simmonsIn November, Carly Simmons ’16 will begin an internship at Second Nature, assisting the Boston-based non-profit organization in its mission to promote sustainability through initiatives within higher education. Simmons will…
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Collaborative Garden Serves A Community

Chefs_Share_2In celebration of National Food Day and their plentiful harvest, the Colleges and several prominent Finger Lakes chefs invited the broader community to the Chefs Share Community Luncheon on Oct.…
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Green Room Certification tells HWS students all the ways they can live a more sustainable lifestyle while on campus and in Geneva.


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


In 2015, HWS ranked No. 53 of 153 schools who reported to Sierra's "Cool Schools" list, earning the highest possible rating in the categories for co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives, as well as innovation in sustainability.



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