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Arthur Levitt Public Affairs Center

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Program on Sustainability

The Program on Sustainability at the Arthur Levitt Public Affairs Center is an interdisciplinary program that supports research on sustainability as well as programs that complement and enrich classroom learning. The Program is a broad-based, multi-faceted initiative that promotes both academic research on sustainable practices and policies to achieve them as well as hands-on learning experiences for Hamilton students. The Levitt Center's sustainability program supports the study of issues related to meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. These issues include environmental conservation as well as poverty reduction and health.  Learn more about Environmental Sustainability at Hamilton College.

Student-Faculty Research

The 1812 Garden
The reconstruction of an early-19th c. kitchen garden on the campus of Hamilton College is the "laboratory" project of College Seminar 235 " Food for Thought: The Science, Culture, and Politics of Food". "The "founding" garden, planted on May 14, 2008, is the result of the research endeavors of the Spring 08 seminar sections, taught by Prof. David Gapp (Biology) and Prof. Franklin Sciacca (Russian Studies). "The 1812 Garden" also functions as one of the activities organized in celebration of the upcoming bicentennial of the College in 2012. 

Hamilton College Climate Change and Environmental Issues Youth Poll
Hamilton Economics Assistant Professor Julio Videras and his students collaborated with the polling firm Zogby International to conduct the poll of the nation's youth. Nine hundred high-school sophomores, juniors, and seniors from across the U.S. were contacted by phone in November 2006. According to the national survey, most American high school students don't adequately understand the issue of global climate change, despite increasing emphasis at school and in the media. Read a summary here. Read about past sustainability polls here.

Find out more about faculty involved in this program here.

Stephen Ellingson, the director of the Sustainability Program, earned a doctorate and master’s degree in sociology from the University of Chicago. He is the author of The Megachurch and the Mainline: Remaking Religious Tradition in the Twenty-First Century (University of Chicago Press, 2007), which won the 2007 Distinguished Book Award from the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion. He is also co-author of The Sexual Organization of the City (University of Chicago Press, 2004); co-editor of Religion and Sexuality in Cross-Cultural Perspective (Routledge, 2002) and co-author of Organizational Ethics in Health Care: Principles, Cases and Practical Solutions (Jossey-Bass, 2001).

Program News

Nicole LaBarge '15
From Farm to Fork: Food Sustainability at Hamilton College

The corn from Ohio, the blueberries from Maine, and the strawberries from California that all ended up at your summer barbeque traveled quite a distance before arriving on your plate. “Farm to Fork,” a term used by the college’s food service provider, Bon Appétit, entails buying locally grown products when possible in order to reduce carbon emissions caused by transporting food long distances, as well as to stimulate the local economy. Nicole LaBarge ’15 is working on a Levitt Project, “Analyzing the Sustainability of Bon Appétit at Hamilton College Using Life Cycle Assessment.”  More ...

Jody Roberts
Combining Art and Science to Communicate Environmental Change

Between all the statistics, graphs and technical language, some find it difficult to conceptualize the real local impacts of climate change. On April 13, Jody Roberts, director of the Institute for Research at the Chemical Heritage Foundation, spoke to the Hamilton community about art’s ability to help people visualize the pressing consequences of environmental shifts. His lecture, titled “Sensing Change: How Art and Science Work to Communicate Climate Change,” was the final event in the Levitt Center’s Sustainability Lecture Series.  More ...

Rachel Sobel '15, third from right, and other ACS student delegates.
UN Climate Change Convention Students Hosting Videoconference

Rachel Sobel ’15 is among six student delegates sponsored by the American Chemical Society (ACS) who are currently attending the UN Climate Talks in Warsaw, Poland. A videoconference with the student delegates will take place today, Thursday, Nov. 21, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Levitt Center Conference Room (KJ251A).  More ...

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