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.


Protecting the Finger Lakes from Algal Blooms

ClecknerA call to protect the Finger Lakes from harmful algal blooms was the message from Lisa Cleckner, director of HWS’ Finger Lakes Institute, on a recent edition of “The Capitol…
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Environmental Studies Summer Youth Institute Accepting Applications

ESSYI Bog Trip Beth NewellThe Environmental Studies Summer Youth Institute (ESSYI), an enrichment program for high-school students pursuing hands-on learning experiences at the college-level, is accepting applications for its 26th summer. Through the Hobart…
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HWS Opens 2nd Solar Farm Site

Drennen at Solar Farm-0263Hobart and William Smith are continuing efforts to enhance sustainability and achieve climate neutrality with the opening of the second of two local solar farms that together are generating up…
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HWS Earns National Arbor Day Foundation Honor

Tree_CampusRecognized for enhancing engagement around conservation and promoting a campus of healthy trees, Hobart and William Smith have been designated a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation for…
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Recycle E-Waste on Campus Following Spring Break

Recyclemania_1Just months after signing the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment in 2007, Hobart and William Smith Colleges began participating in RecycleMania, a nationwide competition between colleges and universities…
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EcoRep Certification

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 or (315) 781-3676.


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.


Preparing Students to Lead Lives of Consequence.