Campus Sustainability

Academic Initiatives

Environmental Studies Major

Established in 2005, the Environmental Studies Program at Hamilton explores the complex connections through an interdisciplinary program that balances broad, practical groundwork and focused individual study.

Departments involved include Government, Geosciences, Philosophy, Biology, English, Religious Studies and Economics.

Arthur Levitt Public Affairs Center - Sustainability Program

This broad-based, multifaceted initiative promotes both academic research on sustainable practices and the policies to achieve them as well as hands-on learning experiences for Hamilton students. More than 28 faculty members participate in this program.

Joel W. Johnson Family Professorship in Environmental Studies

$2.5 million professorship established by Joel W. Johnson '65 and his wife Elizabeth, and awarded to Professor Eugene Domack in 2007.

Environmental Historian

Professor Peter Cannavo (government) appointed as environmental historian.

Sustainability Research

  • Two $50,000 grants from Blue Moon Fund awarded with help of Jaime Yordan '71.
  • Economics professors Ann Owen & Julio Videras received funding from the Blue Moon Fund for the research of and establishment of the Program on Sustainability.
  • Research published in the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management
  • Economics lecturer Nesecan Balkan and Gwyn Kirk, a former Jane Watson Irwin Chair in Women's Studies (1999-2001), traveled to El Salvador during Hamilton's Spring Break in 2007 to research sustainable development in Central America with a focus on El Salvador.

Environmental Molecular Science Initiative (EMSI)

$500,000 Sherman Fairchild Foundation grant for scientific equipment and technician support to provide a multidisciplinary approach to identification and remediation of environmental issues.

Levitt Summer Research Fellows

Two students who received Levitt Fellowship grants for the summer 2007 on projects related to sustainability:

Climate Change and Environmental Issues Youth Poll

This data set contains responses from a nationwide sample of 900 high school students. Questions in the survey elicit attitudes, opinions and knowledge about climate change. The survey was conducted in November 2006.  View the poll results.

Community Garden, funded by the Levitt Center

A service learning project that helps to build and maintain a community garden at the site of Adrean Terrace/F.X. Matt/N.D. Peters Apartments, a public housing complex run by the Utica Municipal Housing Authority. The community garden is open to all residents of the apartment complex and has the goals of facilitating the consumption of locally grown produce and encouraging community development.

Supported by Home Depot, the Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties, The Arthur Levitt Center and many student volunteers.