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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.


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 >>

FLI Spearheads Storm Drain Project

In an effort to spread awareness about the Castle Creek Watershed and its quality, Finger Lakes Institute Community Outreach Coordinator Sarah Meyer spearheaded a storm drain labeling project to mark 500 storm drains throughout the Geneva community. The project was funded by a grant from the Ontario County Water Resource Council. "We want to shed light on the value and role of our local urban str...  More >>

Local Food, Farm Exhibit

Inspired by the recently acquired farm property on White Springs Lane, Finger Lakes Institute Community Outreach Coordinator Sarah Meyer has curated a "Working History of Food and Farm in the Finger Lakes" exhibit to bring awareness to the Colleges' and Geneva's unique food and farming history. As part of HWS Food Week, a reception for the exhibit, including local food cooking demos, will be held...  More >>

HWS Joins People's Climate March

Dozens of HWS students joined the largest climate march in U.S. history on Sunday, Sept. 21, to promote a more sustainable environmental and economic future. Drawing more than 300,000 activists, the People's Climate March wound through Midtown Manhattan to advocate for a world with an economy that works for people and the planet; a world safe from the ravages of climate change; and a world with g...  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.