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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.


Yellen to Receive HWS Blackwell Award

Dr. Janet L. Yellen, Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, will be awarded the prestigious Elizabeth Blackwell Award by Hobart and William Smith Colleges during a ceremony at The National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, Jan. 22. The appointment of Yellen as chair of the Federal Reserve in February 2014 made her the first woman ever to hold the central bank's ...  More >>

RecycleMania to Kick off Feb. 1

This year's RecycleMania competition is just around the corner, and HWS is set to participate in the national competition beginning on Sunday, Feb. 1. With a host of materials management events planned, the Colleges are expected to make a strong showing in the competition, which presents awards in categories such as pounds of recycled and composted materials as well as per capita rates of recycli...  More >>

Colleges Renew 100% Wind Commitment

Hobart and William Smith Colleges have redoubled their commitment to a campus powered entirely by renewable energy. The Colleges have resigned a 2011 agreement with the renewable energy marketing and developing company, Community Energy, Inc., that made HWS the first small liberal arts college in New York to be powered solely by wind. The 13,000 megawatt hours of electricity the Colleges use annu...  More >>

HWS First in Negawatt Challenge

Hobart and William Smith Colleges won first place in the Fall 2014 New York Negawatt Challenge, reducing electricity usage by 5.1 percent during the competition, which is part of the Campus Conservation Nationals (CCN). HWS competed against the other five institutions that are part of the New York Six Consortium: Colgate University, Hamilton College, Skidmore College, St. Lawrence University, and...  More >>

HWS Explores Solar Energy

HWS was recently awarded a grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) for a proposed solar array project. As designed, the proposed project would be one of the largest single solar projects in New York State, comprising 8,000 panels on approximately 10 acres of land at the recently acquired Fribolin farm property on White Springs Lane. An open forum to discu...  More >>

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Green Room Certification is a quick and easy way to learn about sustainability and how to be more sustainable at HWS. Take the GRCertification online, meet an EcoRep, and be entered to win a prize for your floor/house.


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.