Campus Sustainability

Our Mission

As leaders in education and environmental stewardship, students, faculty, and staff at Hamilton College are committed to protecting and sustaining the environment through institutional processes, management of facilities, and curriculum. This leadership extends across the environmental spectrum from greenhouse gas reduction to preventing pollution of natural resources.

To fulfill this commitment, we establish these goals:

  • Reduce Hamilton College's carbon emission 50% by the year 2020. Hamilton College will work to reduce its energy consumption and pursue development and use of renewable energy sources. The ultimate goal is to achieve climate or carbon neutrality in the next 20 years.
  • Develop programs to raise awareness and encourage conservation by all members of the community. Provide tools and incentives for conservation efforts.
  • Continue to use Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) guidelines as a basis for design in new construction and for major renovations.
  • Ensure that the College's academic and non-academic practices and processes minimize the use of hazardous materials and the production of hazardous waste.
  • Continuously improve Hamilton's recycling program.
  • Encourage and support the procurement of local products, thereby encouraging the development of local resources to meet our needs and reducing transportation emissions.
  • Focus procurement on products that contribute to sustainability including products that are energy efficient, made with recycled content, and that have the capacity to be recycled when their use has ended.
  • Manage the Hamilton College Arboretum, forest and other landholdings to maximize their potential to store carbon, while also ensuring their health, sustainability, and contribution to the educational mission.
  • Support and encourage curricular programming for environmental education at Hamilton College.