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.
Hobart and William Smith were honored with the 2013 Tree Campus USA® recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation for their commitment to effective urban forest management. The Tree Campus USA® designation recognizes college and university campuses that effectively manage their campus trees, develop connectivity with the community beyond campus borders to foster healthy urban forests, and strive to en... More >>
This semester, the Colleges' sustainability efforts will be weighed -- in tonnage and kilowatts- against those of campuses both throughout New York State and nationally as part of the RecycleMania and Campus Conservation Nationals (CCN) competitions. Both kick off on Feb. 3. "Recyclemania and Campus Conservation Nationals are fun competitions that help colleges and universities educate students a... More >>
Former Undersecretary of Agriculture Gus Schumacher, who is known for his lifelong efforts to improve access to fresh local food in underserved communities, will present the first on-campus lecture of the spring President's Forum Series. Schumacher is currently executive vice president and cofounder of Wholesome Wave, a nonprofit agency which helps community groups find affordable fresh food. His... More >>
The Finger Lakes Institute (FLI) is excited to welcome ceramic artist Karen Jean Smith as its new exhibitor for the FLI's Illustrate the Finger Lakes Program. In its fourth year, the program was established to emphasize the interdisciplinary approaches to understanding our natural world by inviting artists and scientists (professionals, hobbyists) to share their images, observations and inspirati... More >>
After a very successful Green Room Certification (GRC) program kicked off the year, the Office of Sustainability is launching a new program to green up office spaces on campus. The Green Office Certification program highlights many of the same issues as GRC, while focusing on the unique differences between residential and office spaces. Jamie Landi, sustainability manager, explains that the goal ... 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (315) 781-4380.