The FLCDC connects Finger Lakes communities seeking sustainable approaches to issues with well-prepared students and faculty members who actively study, research, and present alternatives. Some of our activities include:

  • Academic coursework related to sustainable community development (Introduction to Environmental Studies, Topics in Environmental Studies, and Sustainable Community Development Methods & Tools, among others).
  • Research and analysis on behalf of municipalities, community leaders, agencies, and organizations regarding community sustainability strategies; green business and infrastructure development; guidance for sustainable practices in tourism, food systems, and urban area management; regional environmental resilience planning; conservation and renewable energy issues; and land use policy guidelines to meet pressures for growth while preserving the desired atmosphere.
  • Coordination of sustainable learn-and-tour opportunities to promote Finger Lakes economic development, tourism, and recreation.
  • Publications, videos, and online resources to build leadership in sustainability in Finger Lakes communities.
  • Applied professional development and local government training in sustainability issues and rural/suburban Finger Lakes Smart Growth strategies.
  • Referrals to appropriate resources and programs for individuals seeking sustainable approaches to community issues and concerns.
  • Tours for municipal leaders for Finger Lakes sustainable development as well as opportunities for community leaders and local government officials to get to know Finger Lakes Institute and the Community Development Center.


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We welcome the interest of our community, including local planning boards, community leaders, academic collaborators, and interested citizens.

Lisa Cleckner
FLI Director
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
300 Pultney Street
Geneva, NY   14456
(315) 781-4381




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