Enviromental Studies


"Go Green" Segments Highlight Sustainability at HWS

The second of three "Go Green" segments featuring the Colleges' sustainability initiatives and programs aired on WROC-TV 8 Rochester on Thursday, Nov. 19. The segment included an interview with Sustainability Manager Adam Maurer, who discussed efforts to reduce HWS' carbon footprint through various initiatives, including the Eco Rep Program, yellow bike program, water bottle refill stations and t...  More >>

HWS Finalist in Arbor Day Contest

Hobart and William Smith Colleges have been selected as one of three national finalists in the 2015 Arbor Day Foundation Tree Campus USA Service Learning Contest open to institutions with fewer than 15,000 enrolled students. The competition promises up to $10,000 to fund the proposed service project, which would help finance both the purchase of 100 fruit trees and maintenance after the initial ...  More >>

Carbon Storage and the "Critical Zone"

The "critical zone" refers to the planet's permeable, near-surface layer -- that level of the environment where rock, soil, water, air and living organisms interact and shape the Earth's surface. This summer, with the support of a $19,927 grant from Susquehanna Shale Hills Critical Zone Observatory (CZO) and the National Science Foundation, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Kristen Bru...  More >>

A More Sustainable Community

As part of the First-Year Seminar (FSEM), "Sustainable Living and Learning," 56 first-year students in the Colleges' Sustainable Living and Learning Community recently toured the Ontario County Landfill and zero-sort recycling center, giving them the opportunity to find out what happens to garbage after it's thrown out. The students not only learned about the significance of reducing waste, but a...  More >>

Basnet '09 Continues Organic Movement in Nepal

During her time at HWS, Prabighya Basnet '09 began a small vegetable garden on campus, in part to address two questions: “Where food comes from? and “How is food produced?” "This really inspired me to increase my understanding of the processes involved in growing food and the food/farming market," says Basnet, who came to study in Geneva from Kathmandu, Nepal. "Our current system of high intensi...  More >>

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