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

STARS v2.2

Hobart and William Smith Colleges
IN-20: Grounds Certification

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Mikayla Gullace
Sustainability Intern
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
ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation No
Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program (ACSP) No
Bee Campus USA Yes
Demeter Biodynamic No
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Forest Management standard No
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Green List Standard No
National Wildlife Federation’s Certified Wildlife Habitat Program No
An Organic standard or Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) endorsed by IFOAM No
Salmon-Safe No
Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) No
Tree Campus USA (Arbor Day Foundation) Yes
An equivalent program approved by AASHE No

A brief description of the institution’s third party certified land holdings:

Tree Campus USA, 2012 - present:
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 2020 for the eighth consecutive year. The Tree Advisory Committee meets twice annually and includes individuals, representing students, faculty, facility, and community members. Approximately 30 hours of volunteer labor by students was dedicated to tree care and urban forest management. Typically, as part of our city's annual Arbor Day Observation, the HWS Tree Advisory Committee partnered by providing 2 William Smith EcoRep students to offer a short, tree-centric, hands-on activity to the city's elementary school children that attend the Arbor Day tree planting event. Seedlings are given to all attendees.

Bee Campus USA, 2019 - present:
In February 2019, HWS became a designated Bee Campus USA. Our students and campus community incorporates pollinator conservation and education in our land management, coursework, service learning, research, and community engagement. In 2019, a perennial Pollinator Patch was created on main campus at 601 S. Main Street. The site contains various seeded and planted perennials that are preferred by, and attract, beneficial insects.


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