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.
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 >>
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 >>
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 64 spots since first appearing on the list in 2009. This year, HWS ranked No. 52 on Sierra's "Cool Schools" list, earning the highest possible rating in the cate... More >>
The Real Food Challenge (RFC), a national sustainability project aiming to shift existing university food budgets away from industrial farms and towards local, fair, and humane food sources, has become the focal point of this summer for Stacey Davis '15. Interning for the Finger Lakes Institute under the direction of Community Outreach Coordinator Sarah Meyer, Davis works on the official Rea... More >>
While taking her sustainable community development (SCD) capstone last semester, Alex Vitulano '16 was sold on spending her summer in Geneva as a Finger Lakes Economic Development Intern. Majoring in environmental studies and double minoring in Spanish and sustainable community development, Vitulano is using the internship to expand her knowledge of developmental efforts by working on two local p... More >>
Green Room Certification tells HWS students all the ways they can live a more sustainable lifestyle while on campus and in Geneva.
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