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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.


"Go Green" Segments Highlight Sustainability at HWS

The second of three "Go Green" segments featuring the Colleges' sustainability initiatives and programs aired on WROC-TV 8 Rochester on Thursday, Nov. 19. The segment included an interview with Sustainability Manager Adam Maurer, who discussed efforts to reduce HWS' carbon footprint through various initiatives, including the Eco Rep Program, yellow bike program, water bottle refill stations and t...  More >>

HWS Finalist in Arbor Day Contest

Hobart and William Smith Colleges have been selected as one of three national finalists in the 2015 Arbor Day Foundation Tree Campus USA Service Learning Contest open to institutions with fewer than 15,000 enrolled students. The competition promises up to $10,000 to fund the proposed service project, which would help finance both the purchase of 100 fruit trees and maintenance after the initial ...  More >>

Local and Sustainable: HWS Food Week

Encouraging the HWS community to think more critically about the relationship between their food and the environment, Food Week 2015 will include a series of events celebrating locally and sustainably grown food across the Finger Lakes region. The week kicks off on Saturday, Oct. 17 and will culminate on national Food Day, Saturday, Oct. 24, coinciding with HWS' October Day of Service when studen...  More >>

A More Sustainable Community

As part of the First-Year Seminar (FSEM), "Sustainable Living and Learning," 56 first-year students in the Colleges' Sustainable Living and Learning Community recently toured the Ontario County Landfill and zero-sort recycling center, giving them the opportunity to find out what happens to garbage after it's thrown out. The students not only learned about the significance of reducing waste, but a...  More >>

Basnet '09 Continues Organic Movement in Nepal

During her time at HWS, Prabighya Basnet '09 began a small vegetable garden on campus, in part to address two questions: “Where food comes from? and “How is food produced?” "This really inspired me to increase my understanding of the processes involved in growing food and the food/farming market," says Basnet, who came to study in Geneva from Kathmandu, Nepal. "Our current system of high intensi...  More >>

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EcoRep Application

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 sustainability@hws.edu 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.