To translate knowledge and research about the Finger Lakes environment into collaborative action.
The FLI strives to protect and promote the water resources and natural capital of the Finger Lakes region. We connect HWS academic activities to regional, state and federal research and community needs. The FLI provides (i) relevant, actionable scientific analysis for the region; (ii) research and professional development opportunities for students, faculty, and staff; and (iii) a place for community education about existing and emerging water quality issues
- Advance, coordinate, and share scientific data and understanding about the Finger Lakes environment
- Provide equitable, meaningful professional experiences for the next generation of environmental researchers, educators, and policy-makers at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and beyond
- Enhance understanding of environmental issues by regional policy makers and the public
- Support the economic foundation of the Finger Lakes region through comprehensive land use planning, policy development, and sustainable enterprise
- Promote regional equity by creating and increasing access to educational resources for all community partners including: Finger Lakes region residents, K-12 teachers and students, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and other regional colleges and universities.
ResearchHWS’ Finger Lakes Institute Awarded $400K Grant from USDA
USDA grant to continue efforts to control the invasive plant giant hogweed.
SustainabilityFinger Lakes Youth Climate Summit - Open for Registration
High school students are invited to participate in the 2023 Finger Lakes Youth Climate Summit, a conference focused on climate solutions. The event is hosted by HWS’ Finger Lakes Institute.
SustainabilityNew Staff to Tackle Non-Native Species in the Finger Lakes
The Finger Lakes Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (Finger Lakes PRISM) is a collaborative program designed to address the threat of invasive species. Housed within Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ Finger Lakes Institute (FLI), the program is one of eight across New York that focus on managing invasive species, developing detection programs, employing response efforts, providing education programs and outreach, and working with communities.