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As leaders in education and environmental stewardship, students, faculty, and staff at Hamilton are committed to protecting and sustaining the environment through institutional processes, management of facilities, and curriculum. 
H2030 Carbon Neutral

Climate Commitment

Hamilton signed the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment in 2007, and the College’s first Climate Action Plan was developed two years later. In 2022, Hamilton announced its goal to reach carbon neutrality by 2030, 20 years earlier than its initial target of 2050.

Academics & Research

Sustainability is an integral consideration in many facets of a Hamilton education, from curricular offerings to off-campus study options and student research opportunities.

Climate Leadership

Members of the Hamilton College community are committed to developing environmentally conscious facilities and policies and are active in sustainability initiatives.

Student Engagement

Hamilton College students find many ways to get involved with sustainability efforts on campus and beyond through clubs such as HEAG and summer internships.

Land

Hamilton has a 1,350-acre campus (800 acres of which are undeveloped) and can trace its landscape-preservation commitment to 1850, when Oren and Nancy Root bought a building near the center of campus and began their stewardship of the surrounding environment.

Facilities

Hamilton uses Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) guidelines as a basis for design in new construction and for major renovations. The College also seeks sources of renewable energy to reduce its carbon footprint.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Hamilton cuts waste by promoting campus-wide recycling, composting food and reusing products through annual programs such as Cram & Scram. Hamilton also participates in Recyclemania, an eight-week competition for colleges and universities.

Food

Shrinking the distance our food travels from farm to plate is one way that Bon Appétit, Hamilton’s food service provider, leads the way in changing the way people eat. Sourcing closer to home draws us back to the land, back to the kitchen, and back to the simple pleasure of real, seasonal food.

Transportation

Students don’t need to have a car on campus to run an errand, visit the mall, or go out to dinner and a movie. They can use the Jitney shuttle service, sign up for a Zipcar account to rent a car by the hour or day, take a taxi, or hop the public bus.

 

Related News

Three students happily stand together in front of an intentional low-mow zone on campus.

Sustainability Summer Interns Make Their Mark on College Hill

Eileen Bussiere ’25 arrived at Hamilton in August 2021 and quickly discovered an interest in environmental issues. Within the year, she found herself among a small group of sustainability summer interns.

Assistant Professor of Biology Peter Guiden,Maddie Vavra '23 and Becky Rosen '22

Making Campus Greener

Professor Peter Guiden is working with Maddie Vavra ’23 and Becky Rosen ’22 to better understand the biology of trees that are native to Central New York.

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Brian Hansen

Director of Environmental Protection, Safety and Sustainability

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