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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.


FLI Summer Sustainability Interns

Mary McLoughlin '15 and Cameron Benoit '16 are spending the summer working as sustainability interns for the Finger Lakes Institute. Each is focusing on a different area of sustainability at the Colleges, from preparing the Eco Representatives to change student habits for a lifetime to working to curb greenhouse gases institutionally. Their internships are funded by the Office of Sustainability ...  More >>

Charge Your Electric Vehicle on Campus

The Colleges recently installed an electric vehicle (EV) charging station on campus. Located in the Medbery Parking lot, it is free and available to the public, thanks to a grant from the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA). Hobart and William Smith received a NYSERDA grant to support 80 percent of the costs of the unit, which is maintained by ChargePoint, as well...  More >>

Sustainable Minor Earned

Four members of the Hobart and William Smith Classes of 2014 graduated with a new minor, Sustainable Community Development (SCD). Established earlier this year, SCD is an interdisciplinary program that integrates curricular and experiential components in architectural studies, economics, environmental studies and sustainability. "This program is a true differentiator for the HWS campus and the Fi...  More >>

FLI, PRISM Program Featured

Rochester's Democrat and Chronicle recently featured an article on new stewardship programs to combat the spread of invasive species in Canandaigua and Conesus Lakes after a loss of federal funding. The initial programs were led by the Finger Lakes Institute (FLI) at Hobart and William Smith starting in 2012, after it received federal grants. Members and stakeholders of the Canandaigua and Conesu...  More >>

Community Barn Sale Seeks Donations

Over the past eight years, the HWS community has donated nearly $40,000 to the United Way of Ontario County as thousands of items have found a second use during the Community Barn Sale. This year, the Barn Sale takes place on Thursday, May 22, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Proceeds will be benefit the United Way and Geneva 2020. "We really want to support the United Way, and also expand our commitment to...  More >>

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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.


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.