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.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
The HWS Finger Lakes Institute and the Sustainable Community Development program will welcome award-winning journalist Steve Curwood, the host and executive producer of "Living on Earth," Public Radio International's environmental news show, broadcast nationally and in the Finger Lakes region on National Public Radio affiliates WEOS, WXXI and WSKG. Hosted as part of the Sustainable Community Deve... More >>
Through the United Planet's Environmental Quest program and the Padnos Family International Internship/Research Travel Award, Chavon Thomas '15 immersed herself in environmental sustainability projects and youth education in rural Ecuador during 2014-15 winter break. A women's studies major with a concentration in eco-feminism and health, and a Writing Colleague and public policy minor, Thomas sp... More >>