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As leaders in education and environmental stewardship, students, faculty and staff at Hamilton are committed to protecting and sustaining the environment through institutional processes, management of facilities and curriculum. 

Climate Commitment

Hamilton’s 19th President Joan Hinde Stewart signed the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment in 2007, and the College's first Climate Action Plan was developed two years later. In 2022, Hamilton announced its goal to reach carbon neutrality by 2030, 20 years earlier than its initial target of 2050.

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Academics and Research

Sustainability is an integral consideration in many facets of a Hamilton education, from curricular offerings to off-campus study options to student research opportunities.

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Climate Leadership

Members of the Hamilton College community are committed to developing environmentally conscious facilities and policies and are active in sustainability initiatives.

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Student Engagement

Hamilton College students find many ways to get involved with sustainability efforts on campus and beyond through clubs such as HEAG and summer internships.



Hamilton has a 1,350-acre campus (800 acres of which are undeveloped) and can trace its landscape-preservation commitment to 1850, when Oren and Nancy Root bought a building near the center of campus and began their stewardship of the surrounding environment.

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Hamilton uses Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) guidelines as a basis for design in new construction and for major renovations. The College also seeks sources of renewable energy to reduce its carbon footprint.

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Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

Hamilton cuts waste by promoting campus-wide recycling, composting food and reusing products through programs such as Cram & Scram. Hamilton also participates in Recyclemania, an eight-week competition for colleges and universities.

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Shrinking the distance our food travels from farm to plate is one way that Bon Appétit, Hamilton’s food service provider, leads the way in changing the way people eat. Sourcing closer to home draws us back to the land, back to the kitchen and back to the simple pleasure of real, seasonal food.

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Students don’t need to have a car on campus to run an errand, visit the mall or go out to dinner and a movie. They can use the Jitney shuttle service, sign up for a Zipcar account to rent a car by the hour or day, take a taxi or hop the public bus.

Contact Information

Brian Hansen

Director of Environmental Protection, Safety and Sustainability
315-859-4647 bhansen@hamilton.edu
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How You Can Help

Energy Saving Tips

Unplug your chargers when not in use.

Use power strips to switch off televisions and stereos. Even when you think these products are off, together their "standby" consumption can be equivalent to that of a 75- or 100-watt light bulb running continuously.

Set computers to sleep or hibernate so less power is used during periods of inactivity. Shut down your computer when you're done for the day.

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