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.


HWS Earns National Arbor Day Foundation Honor

Tree_CampusRecognized for enhancing engagement around conservation and promoting a campus of healthy trees, Hobart and William Smith have been designated a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation for…
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Recycle E-Waste on Campus Following Spring Break

Recyclemania_1Just months after signing the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment in 2007, Hobart and William Smith Colleges began participating in RecycleMania, a nationwide competition between colleges and universities…
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Second ‘Meat’ and Greet Planned

Meat_Greet2In conjunction with Hobart and William Smith Colleges, several local farmers and prominent Finger Lakes chefs will stage the second annual Meat and Greet Farmer and Chef Fair.  Consumers, chefs,…
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Community Garden Training Program Seeks Volunteers

Day of Service 10-15-16Hobart and William Smith Colleges and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ontario County – through the Growing Geneva Together Community Garden Coalition (GGTCG) – are seeking people to become volunteer garden…
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Local Chefs Share With Community Lunch Program

Chefs Share 2In celebration of National Food Day, talented chefs from across the region will join Catholic Charities of the Finger Lakes’ Geneva Community Lunch Program in partnership with the Hobart and…
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Sustainable Purchasing and Practices

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.


Preparing Students to Lead Lives of Consequence.