Sustainability is a core value at HWS! Our office engages faculty, students, staff, and the Geneva community on all three pillars of sustainability: environmental, economic, and social. This requires a cross-disciplinary approach that works with multiple departments to come up with innovative ways to make Hobart and William Smith Colleges more sustainable. We have a unique program that uses the physical campus as a laboratory to explore different strategies and encourages students to link classroom learning with real world application. Our campus is 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 microcosm of the complex issues of the 21st century.


Reducing Impact, Monitoring Solar Productivity

DCIM100MEDIADJI_0063.JPGThe Office of Sustainability has focused their efforts on both reducing energy consumption on campus and monitoring the productivity of the Hobart and William Smith solar farms, which provide clean…
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Bikes, Electric Vehicles and Car Sharing

YellowBike-oncampusThis year, Hobart and William Smith’s Office of Sustainability has evolved transportation options for students and HWS community members to be more accessible and sustainable. In September, the Colleges’ installed…
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Finger Lakes Institute Receives US Fish and Wildlife Service Funding

FLI-water-stewards-4The Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart and William Smith Colleges has been awarded funding to hire 20 seasonal watercraft stewards to help safeguard the Finger Lakes and Great Lakes from…
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HWS Food Week

Food Week schedule poster19In celebration of HWS Food Week, students will enjoy fresh seasonal food, plant vegetables and participate in forums, film screenings and conversation about food security, food justice, food waste and…
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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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If you have any questions or comments about sustainability initiatives at HWS please feel free to contact us at or (315) 781-3676.


In 2019, Environment America found that Hobart and William Smith Colleges was a top-10 school nationwide for renewable electricity purchased per student.

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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