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Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Location Geneva, NY
Organization Type Education (Higher)
Percentage Green Power 108.5%
Purchasing Third-Party Certified Green Power Product? Yes
Organization-wide Purchase Yes
Awards/Recognition Green Power Leadership Award 2012
Environmental Web Page exit EPA
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Hobart and William Smith Colleges are independent liberal arts colleges with 2,200 total students located on the northshore of Seneca Lake in Geneva, NY. The Colleges have been purchasing wind renewable energy credits since 2002 and were the first institute of higher education in New York to use wind power as an alternative energy source. In November 2011, Hobart and William Smith Colleges increased its committed to supply 100 percent of its electricity generated by wind energy, making HWS the first small liberal arts college in New York to be powered solely by wind. "This is an exciting and significant milestone in our effort to reduce the Colleges' impact on the environment and achieve climate neutrality by 2025," says HWS President Mark D. Gearan. "And like many good ideas at Hobart and William Smith, this one came directly from our students." The renewable energy purchasing review and recommendation was initiated by Maeve Donnelly '13 and Noah Lucas '13. After working on a project analyzing alternative energy options, the two submitted a proposal on wind energy to the President's Climate Task Force, made up of students, faculty and staff. Environmental sustainability is a core value at HWS. With a unique program that allows 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, which plays a direct role in the environmental performance of the Colleges.


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