The Climate Commitment

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.

Climate Task Force Members

The President's Climate Task Force oversees the planning and implementation of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment with the immediate goal of delivering Hobart and William Smith Colleges to climate neutrality.

Mark D. Gearan, President
Tom Drennen (Co-Chair), Professor of Economics and Environmental Studies
Pete Polinak (Co-Chair), Vice President of Finance
Martha Bond, Director of Grants
Dan Budmen, Hobart representative
Chris Button, Associate Director for Planning and Construction
Lisa Cleckner, Director of Finger Lakes Institute
Tara Curtin, Professor of Geoscience
Stacey Davis, William Smith representative
Robert Flowers, Vice President of Student Affairs
Louis Guard, Esq. '07, Chief of Staff and Counsel
Adam Maurer, Sustainability Manager
Lynn Pelkey, General Manager of Dining Services
Jeff Rizza, Co-President of Campus Greens
Howard Simmons, Director of Buildings and Grounds
Cathy Williams, Director of Communications
Scott Woodworth, Assistant Director of Buildings and Grounds


Climate Action Plan



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.