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.
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A garden is much more than a space filled with flowers, trees and plants. It is a world of vital color; a place marked by intoxicating smells - lilac, fresh grass, fallen leaves - and the rustle of wind through braches; a space that engages all senses. It is this philosophy that Cari Varner, program manager of the Finger Lakes Institute's Community Design Center (CDC) and Sustainable Community De... More >>
Sodexo Campus Services recently created two student internships dedicated to increasing environmental initiatives, as part of the company's commitment to sustainability and environmental awareness on campus. Maggie O'Reilly '16 and Amelia Littleton '16 are serving as sustainability marketing interns for the 2013-2014 academic year. One of the central goals for the interns is to connect the studen... More >>
As the temperature drops and energy use for heat cranks up in residence halls, senior EcoReps are championing sustainability efforts for student housing. They are again offering Green Room Certification (GRC), a movement that emphasizes ownership and awareness of sustainable practices among students. EcoRep Stacey Davis '15 enjoys "giving students on campus a sense of direction toward living more... More >>
Every Monday, 8:00 p.m., Sill House (710 South Main Street)
Click the image to see the HWS Environmental Performance Dashboard
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.
This Environmental Commitment provides a framework and support for more than 674 of America's colleges and universities to go carbon neutral. The signatories of the Commitment pledge to fulfill a three-step constitution which includes expediently initiating a comprehensive plan for climate neutrality, taking tangible action to reduce greenhouse gases, and publicizing the action plan, inventory and progress. The Commitment recognizes the unique responsibility that institutions of higher education have as role models for their communities and in training the people who will develop the social, economic and technological solutions to reverse climate change.
If you have any questions about the HWS Goes Green Program or Climate Task Force, email email@example.com or call (315) 781-4380.