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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.


Grant Recipients Focus on Water Sustainability

Daniel Budmen '15 and Rebecca Greiff '14 have formed the HWS Drink Local Campaign in an effort to eliminate plastic water bottle use and promote the use of reusable water bottles on campus. Rachel Newcomb '15 has created a rain barrel project, "Store the Storm," in collaboration with the Finger Lakes Institute. The three are the first recipients of the Carver and DeLaney Family Environmental Stud...  More >>

Many Ways to Celebrate Earth Week

From films to lectures, drum presentations to races, the Colleges' celebration of Earth Week this year represents an array of sustainability issues and themes. Earth Week kicked off Monday, April 21, with a showing of the documentary, "Dirt!" Inspired by William Bryant Logan's acclaimed book, "Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth," the movie takes a humorous and substantial look into the history ...  More >>

400 Pounds “Swept” out of Landfills

HWS officially kicked-off RecycleMania earlier this semester with the Sustainability Sweep. Now in its fifth year, the Sweep is a recycling sprint designed to help boost the Colleges' recycling effort as students return from winter break. The event, sponsored by the Office of Sustainability, collected more than 400 pounds of recyclables, diverting them away from landfills. Teams of up to four peo...  More >>

First Years to Explore Sustainable Living

When the Classes of 2018 arrive in the fall, more than 50 students will have the opportunity to explore sustainability and consumption through a new Learning Community, "Sustainable Living." The two-semester long program will have an emphasis on the relationship between local actions and global effects. "Sustainable Living gives students interested in any aspect of sustainability a strong start a...  More >>

Green Mug Campaign Coming

To encourage the use of reusable coffee mugs as a means of decreasing environmental impact, the Office of Sustainability will soon give the more environmentally friendly mugs to anyone who signs a pledge to use one instead of disposable cups. The "Green Mug Campaign" looks to raise awareness of the environmental impacts of disposable coffee cups, and how simply not using them is considerably more...  More >>

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Classroom Sustainability Report
Please use this link to report on the sustainability of your classroom(s). Your participation will assist with the improvement of academic spaces on campus.


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.