Arthur Levitt Public Affairs Center

Levitt Center
315-859-4451 or 315-859-4894

The Levitt Center is located in Kirner-Johnson 251.

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 sustainability at Hamilton.

Stephen EllingsonStephen Ellingson, 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.

Student-Faculty Research

The 1812 Garden
The reconstruction of an early-19th c. kitchen garden on the Hamilton College campus 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 2008 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 College's bicentennial 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 of the poll or past sustainability polls.

Find out more about faculty involved in this program.

Program News

Danielle Nierenberg in Tanzania
Cultivating a Better Food System: The Ingredients and Recipe for a Sustainable Future

“We aren’t all producers, but we’re all eaters,” Danielle Nierenberg pointed out last night. Nierenberg is the president and founder of Food Tank, a nonprofit organization begun in 2013 that is “dedicated to building a global community for safe, healthy, nourished eaters.” The event was part of the Levitt Center Speaker Series, and was additionally supported by the Arthur Coleman Tuggle Fund.  More ...

Emily Moschowits '16 at a cafe in Italy.
Emily Moschowits ’16 Maps a Slow Food Journey

Though traveling through Italy enjoying wine-tastings and local delicacies may sound like a simply ideal vacation, Emily Moschowits ’16 is taking what she’s learned this summer in the food and wine capital of the Mediterranean and applying it to Hamilton’s own local community. Moschowits is in the final stages of a food-studies project, funded through the Levitt Center, addressing methods of promoting local sustainable food in the Upstate New York area.  More ...

From left Hillary Joy Pitoniak, Ice Lekometros '16, Laura Kwasnoski '18 and Kelt Wilska '17.
Hamilton Community Farm Cultivates More Than Fresh Produce

The Hamilton College Community Farm Garden is moving into its eighth year this fall, but even during the summertime students and staff are busy tending to the ¾ acre plot. The farm was founded in 2007 with the intent to “create a forum where knowledge of food and agriculture is intentionally cultivated to strengthen the relationship between the Hamilton Community and the land that supports (it).”  More ...