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.


FLI Redoubles Focus on Invasive Species

Thanks to funding from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service given to the Finger Lakes Lake Ontario Watershed Protection Alliance, the Finger Lakes Institute (FLI) at Hobart and William Smith has added Emily Staychock to its staff. Staychock will serve as Aquatic Invasive Species Outreach Coordinator. "It's has been fantastic doing work related to aquatics in the Finger Lakes region, where so much o...  More >>

Abbe Center Hosts "Green Shabbat"

This Friday, Jan. 29, the Abbe Center for Jewish Life invites students to attend a special-themed version of its weekly dinner program, titled "Green Shabbat." In collaboration with the Office of Sustainability and the HWS EcoRep organization, the dinner will promote Jewish culture and its commitment to caring for the environment. The "Green Shabbat" event coincides with the celebration of Tu B'S...  More >>

O'Reilly Implements Food Recovery Project

Hoping to help provide hunger relief to people in need living in Geneva while also reducing the overproduction of food on campus, Maggie O'Reilly '16 is launching a pilot project to recover surplus food from Saga Dining Hall that can be donated to the community. After spending the fall semester conducting preliminary research, O'Reilly will begin working with a team of volunteers throughout the s...  More >>

HWS Featured on WROC's "Go Green"

Highlighting the Colleges' nationally recognized sustainability initiatives, WROC-TV 8 Rochester aired a third "Go Green" segment on Friday, Jan. 1. Hobart and William Smith have consistently been lauded for their sustainability programming, receiving a No. 53 ranking on Sierra's "Cool Schools" list and also being named a finalist in the Arbor Day Foundation Tree Campus USA Service Learning Conte...  More >>

HWS Sustainability Showcased at AASHE

The expanding sustainability efforts taking place at Hobart and William Smith were in the spotlight at the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) conference this semester thanks to a group of students, faculty and staff who attended the event in Minneapolis, Minn. Representing the Colleges were Rachael Best '18, Daniel Bristol '18, Finger Lakes Institute Dir...  More >>

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If you have any questions or comments about sustainability initiatives at HWS please feel free to contact us at 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.



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