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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.  In the past, we have brought Matthew E. Kahn '88, Sean Safford, and Edward Glaeser to campus to speak on sustainability. 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 EllingsonStephen 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

Rachel Sobel '15
Rachel Sobel ’15 Selected to Attend U.N. Climate Change Talks in Peru

Rachel Sobel ’15, a biochemistry and women’s studies double major, has been selected for the second consecutive year to attend the United Nations Climate Change Convention. She is one of eight students sponsored by the American Chemical Society (ACS) to attend the talks, being held this year in Lima, Peru, from Dec. 1-12.  More ...

Peter Cannavo
USA Today Publishes Cannavo Essay

USA Today published an opinion piece written by Associate Professor of Government Peter F. Cannavo titled “Global warming reveals our own Game of Thrones” on Oct. 16 in both its online and print editions. In his piece, Cannavo compares the manner in which many in the United States have overlooked or minimized the dangers related to global warming or, in fact, questioned its very existence, to that of the behavior of warring factions in the television show “Game of Thrones.”  More ...

Home Grown

The 10th annual Eat Local Challenge hosted by Hamilton food service provider Bon Appetit on Sept. 23 featured a complete array of fresh, delicious foods that came from within a 150-mile radius of Clinton. Hamilton community members feasted on lunch outside McEwen under bright sunny skies.  More ...

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