Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 60.54
Liaison Michael Amadori
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

Hobart and William Smith Colleges
EN-10: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Mikayla Gullace
Sustainability Intern
Office of Sustainability
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Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability :
Science on Seneca

Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? :
Yes

Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe?:
Multi-year or ongoing

Which of the following best describes the partnership?:
Sustainability-focused

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners? :
No

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability:

Science on Seneca (SOS), an EPA-award-winning environmental education program, is a middle and high school educational outreach program of the Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. The goals of Science on Seneca are to provide students with an interesting experience in the collection, analysis and sharing of scientific data and to amass baseline data on Seneca Lake's major features. SOS enables regional science teachers to provide their students with an outdoor classroom experience on Seneca Lake using the William Scandling, Hobart and William Smith Colleges' 65-foot research vessel. The FLI staff is also constantly working with teachers to improve the experience of the SOS training and the applicability to the classroom through a number of hands on lessons, curricula, and resources.

Website URL: http://www.hws.edu/fli/sos.aspx


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (2nd partnership):
Geneva 2030

Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? (2nd partnership):
Yes

Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe? (2nd partnership):
Multi-year or ongoing

Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus? (2nd partnership):
Sustainability-related

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners? (2nd partnership):
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (2nd partnership):

Geneva 2030 is an important multi-year effort, launched in 2011, to advance the Geneva schools and build a stronger community. The effort harnesses the resources of the entire Geneva community – non-profit organizations, businesses and individuals – and focuses on three key areas identified by the Geneva City School District as being critical to the future of Geneva’s children:1) graduation rate, 2) career and college readiness, and 3) literacy.

Measurable goals:
- Raise the graduation rate to 90 percent by 2020 for all students.
- Expand Geneva High School alumni outreach efforts to determine higher education and career pathways, and provide role models for students.
- The percent of students performing at mastery, scoring 85% or above on NYSED regents exams or Level 4 on NYSED assessments, will increase to at least twenty (20%) of all students.
- The percent of students performing at proficient, scoring 65% or above on the NYSED regents exams or Level 3 or above on NYSED assessments, will increase to at least eighty (80%) of all students.
- The percent of students performing below standard, scoring 54% or below on NYSED regents exams or level 1 on NYSED assessments, will decrease to no more than ten (10%) of all students.

Inclusive process:
Geneva 2020 has a well-represented and diverse Steering Committee. Workgroups are filled with members of the community from all backgrounds. Geneva 2020 is building Collaborative Action Networks (CANs) that will do the main work of Geneva 2020, which is building community support to achieve the program goals. CANs must be led by diverse leadership tables, especially those that have been traditionally underrepresented. Geneva 2020 follows the rubric set forth by the national StriveTogether model to make sure that leadership is representative of a realistic cross-sector of the Geneva community.

Financial support:
HWS financially supports the Geneva 2020 with a half-time Program Coordinator position. A matching partnership between HWS and the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund splits the financials costs of running Geneva 2020. HWS employs a half-time (with benefits) Geneva 2020 Program Coordinator.

Website URL: http://www.hws.edu/about/geneva2020_about.aspx
Community report: http://www.hws.edu/about/pdfs/Geneva2020_community_report.pdf
Vision Report: https://www.hws.edu/about/pdfs/vision_for_future.pdf


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (3rd partnership):
Finger Lakes Youth Climate Summit

Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? (3rd partnership):
Yes

Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe? (3rd partnership):
Multi-year or ongoing

Which of the following best describes the partnership? (3rd partnership):
Sustainability-focused

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners? (3rd partnership):
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (3rd partnership):

The Finger Lakes Youth Climate Summit is a one day conference focused on educating and empowering local high school students to create environmentally positive change in their schools and communities. During the summit, students from different schools will learn the science behind climate change, impacts on the Finger Lake region and what they can do to combat climate change. Students work with their classmates to develop a Climate Action Plan to tackle an actionable project at their school. At the end of the summit, students will leave with a plan to initiate action in their schools and communities, new friends from other schools, and a sense of determination and empowerment to make positive change for the good of the environment!

https://www.hws.edu/fli/fl_climate_summit.aspx


A brief description of the institution’s other community partnerships to advance sustainability:

Please view our annual report to see the many ways we work with the local community and help provide leadership and engagement opportunities.


Website URL where information about the institution’s community partnerships to advance sustainability is available:
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