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.


HWS Hosts Conscious College Road Tour

Campus Road TripHobart and William Smith Colleges focused on sustainability during Earth Week with the arrival of the Conscious College Road Tour on Monday, April 29. HWS is one of only 14 college campuses…
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Sustainable Community Development in Action

2016 ENV351 -2Advancing Solid Waste Management in the Town of Geneva More than two years after receiving a Sustainable Materials Management Plan from the “Sustainable Community Development (SCD) Capstone” class, Geneva Town…
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The Next Phase of Sustainability at HWS

Substainablity Staf-00040[1]Hobart and William Smith’s sustainability goals are threefold — environmental, economic and social — says Sustainability Manager Michael Amadori, and he wants to “work with students on issues that impact…
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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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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.


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