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.


Solar Energy at HWS

Hobart and William Smith are taking another meaningful step toward climate neutrality with the creation of two local solar farms, which will not only deliver 50 percent of the Colleges' power through renewable energy, but will also provide new hands-on curricular opportunities for students. The first solar array on Route 14 in the Town of Geneva will have more than 9,000 solar panels, each capabl...  More >>

FLI Receives EPA Grant

In May, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded $516,367 to the Finger Lakes Institute (FLI) at Hobart and William Smith Colleges for water chestnut control in the Finger Lakes. Water chestnut (Trapa natans) is so prolific that one acre can produce 100 acres from one year to the next. In 2015, the FLI-based Finger Lakes-Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (FL-PRISM) -- a...  More >>

Laundry Changes to Boost Energy Efficiency

Beginning this summer, laundry facilities in student residences will be updated to reflect the Colleges' commitment to responsible and sustainable energy use, with changes to be fully implemented by the fall 2016 semester. "Every year when we solicit students about the things on campus they'd like to change, laundry services are mentioned. After conducting research, we've found a system that wor...  More >>

Water, Energy, Environmental Issues in China

China environmental experts Jennifer Turner and Thomas Hennig will lead a forum, "China's Challenges at the Water-Energy Nexus," as a part of the Tanaka Asian Studies Lecture Series. The conversation will take place on Monday, April 4, at 6 p.m. in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library. Turner will discuss "China's Water Tripping Point," exploring the environmental challenges the co...  More >>

Sustainability and Organic Farming at NOFA

Hobart and William Smith students, faculty and staff recently showcased some of the Colleges' recent endeavors surrounding environmental and agricultural sustainability at the 34th annual Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA)-New York conference in Saratoga Springs. "After working to develop the Finger Lakes Institute's Food System Program over the past few years, it was very gratifying to...  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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