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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.


A More Sustainable Community

As part of the First-Year Seminar (FSEM), "Sustainable Living and Learning," 56 first-year students in the Colleges' Sustainable Living and Learning Community recently toured the Ontario County Landfill and zero-sort recycling center, giving them the opportunity to find out what happens to garbage after it's thrown out. The students not only learned about the significance of reducing waste, but a...  More >>

Basnet '09 Continues Organic Movement in Nepal

During her time at HWS, Prabighya Basnet '09 began a small vegetable garden on campus, in part to address two questions: “Where food comes from? and “How is food produced?” "This really inspired me to increase my understanding of the processes involved in growing food and the food/farming market," says Basnet, who came to study in Geneva from Kathmandu, Nepal. "Our current system of high intensi...  More >>

Densen '17 Coordinates EcoRep Program

Ryan Densen '17, an economics major from Acton, Mass., has taken a primary leadership role in the campus Eco Representatives (EcoReps) Program as student coordinator. Responsible for proposing and carrying out projects and goals for the 2015-2016 academic year, Densen aims to facilitate environmental, economic, and social responsibility across campus. During the week leading up to the start of cl...  More >>

Munderville '16 Interns at Fribolin Farm

When people eat better, they feel better," says Natalie Munderville '16. "When we feel better, we interact better." Interested in uncovering how food plays a role in the social sphere, Munderville, who is studying gender, chose to apply for a farming internship through the Finger Lakes Institute (FLI) after getting an email from Food Systems Program Manager and Community Outreach Coordinator Sara...  More >>

HWS Among Sierra's Greenest Schools

Back in the national spotlight for successes in environmental leadership and sustainability, Hobart and William Smith Colleges have again been named to Sierra magazine's annual list of the greenest colleges and universities, moving ahead 63 spots since first appearing on the list in 2009. This year, HWS ranked No. 53 on Sierra's "Cool Schools" list, earning the highest possible rating in the cate...  More >>

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EcoRep Application

Sustainable Purchasing and Practices

Green Room Certification tells HWS students all the ways they can live a more sustainable lifestyle while on campus and in Geneva.


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.


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.