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
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Michael Amadori
Sustainability Manager
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee?:
Yes

The charter or mission statement of the committee(s) or a brief description of each committee's purview and activities:

The Climate Task Force (CTF) oversees the planning and implementation of the Climate Leadership Network's carbon commitment, with the goal of delivering Hobart and William Smith Colleges to climate neutrality, graduating students with basic environmental literacy, and advancing sustainability across the campus.


Members of each committee, including affiliations and role (e.g. staff, student, or faculty):

1. President of the Colleges - Gregory J. Vincent (Staff)
2. Professor of Economics and Environmental Studies - Tom Drennen, Co-Chair (Faculty)
3. Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer – Carolee White, Co-Chair (Staff)
4. Associate Professor of Geoscience - Tara Curtin (Faculty)
5. Director of Finger Lakes Institute - Lisa Cleckner (Staff)
6. Vice President for Marketing and Communications - Cathy Williams (Staff)
7. Chief of Staff and Counsel - Lou Guard (Staff)
8. Vice President for Campus Life - Robert Flowers (Staff)
9. Director of Buildings and Grounds - Howard Simmons (Staff)
10. Assistant Director of Buildings and Grounds - Mark Ocwieja (Staff)
11. Associate Director of Planning and Construction - Chris Button (Staff)
12. General Manager of Dining Services - Dave McCandless (Staff)
13. Campus Sustainability Manager - Michael Amadori (Staff)
14. Residential Sustainability Coordinator - Noah Lucas (Staff)
15. One William Smith Representative (Student)
16. One Hobart Representative (Student)


Does the institution have at least one sustainability office that includes more than 1 full-time equivalent (FTE) employee?:
Yes

A brief description of each sustainability office:

The Office of Sustainability includes a full-time Sustainability Manager, a part-time (10 hrs/wk) Residential Sustainability Coordinator, and a student EcoRep Coordinator. The Office of Sustainability oversees all sustainability programming on campus, which focuses on developing a culture of environmental sustainability, reducing the Colleges’ impact on the environment, and promoting economic and social equity.


Full-time equivalent (FTE) of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
1.25

Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:
Yes

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Michael Amadori, Sustainability Manager; Noah Lucas, Residential Sustainability Coordinator

Does the institution have a mechanism for broad sustainability coordination for the entire institution (e.g. a campus-wide committee or an officer/office responsible for the entire campus)?:
Yes

A brief description of the activities and substantive accomplishments of the institution-wide coordinating body or officer during the previous three years:

The Office of Sustainability (OS) works across the spectrum of campus and community sustainability, with emphasis on student programming and sustainable operations. Annually, for the past three years, the OS has successfully held an intensive EcoRep training session during which student peer-to-peer volunteer educators learn about campus and local sustainability initiatives specific to waste, energy, water, food, and other important areas. In addition, the OS helped coordinate the first campus celebration of Food Day, which was held in October 2013 and continues to this day.. The office has helped lead several other significant efforts, including the annual hosting of Earth Week events and programs; collaborating with a student leader to coordinate a trip to the People’s Climate March in New York City (32 HWS students attended); and helping to facilitate the installation of more than eight water bottle refill stations across campus to encourage reusable water use.

OS has been involved with the HWS Fribolin Farm Committee, a group charged with the strategic development of the College's 34-acre farm. In September 2014, the Office of Sustainability also oversaw the commitment of three more years of wind energy, in this case, 13,000 MWh/year of green-e certified wind, 100% of our current electricity usage. HWS recently completed the installation of two 2.5 MW off-site solar arrays. The 5 MW in total of solar will represent over 50% of the Colleges electricity consumption.

The Sustainability Manager coordinates the Climate Task Force, a committee formed to oversee the HWS Climate Action Plan in order for HWS to reach climate neutrality by 2025. The Climate Task Force meets at least twice each semester to discuss strategic development of sustainability, climate, and energy initiatives on campus.


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