Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 61.98
Liaison Michael Amadori
Submission Date March 2, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Hobart and William Smith Colleges
IN-11: Grounds Certification

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Michael Amadori
Sustainability Manager
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution own and/or manage land that is currently certified under the following programs? (at least one positive response required):
Yes or No
Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program (ACSP) or ACSP for Golf No
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Forest Management standard No
National Wildlife Federation’s Certified Wildlife Habitat Program No
An IFOAM-endorsed organic standard or Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) No
Salmon-Safe No
Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) No
Tree Campus USA (Arbor Day Foundation) Yes
Bee Campus USA No
An equivalent program approved by AASHE No

A brief description of institution owned and/or managed land that is currently third party certified under one or more of the programs listed above, including the year each certification was achieved and/or renewed:

HWS first established the Tree Advisory Committee in 2012. Each year since then, the five core standards of Tree Campus USA have been upheld and advanced, with HWS earning Tree Campus USA recognition in 2017 for the sixth consecutive year. The Tree Advisory Committee meets at least twice yearly and includes 16 individuals, representing students, faculty, facility, and community members. In 2016, a student intern gathered data and continued the ground-truthing of the current tree inventory and map. Student research projects related to restoration and carbon storage in forested watersheds are additional recent projects developed and undertaken in the previous year. For 2016, HWS spent $23,000 on tree planting and management costs, with 360 volunteer hours contributed from student and civic organizations. HWS partnered with the Geneva Shade Tree Committee to celebrate Arbor Day on April 29, 2016. Plantings included a Yoshino Cherry Tree, American Hornbeam, and two Red Horse Chestnut Trees. Approximately 200 children from local schools joined in the ceremonies, which included nature themed poetry, songs, and theater. Tree-related service projects included student participation in invasive species removal on a forested preserve, and pruning, clearing, and planting work in local neighborhood parks. Almost 120 volunteers participated in these service efforts.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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