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Student Engagement

Hamilton Environmental Action Group (HEAG)

The Hamilton Environmental Action Group, or HEAG, is a student-run environmental advocacy group. Its mission is to inspire Hamilton to become a green campus—a campus that uses sustainable energy, recycles, and is aware of its environmental impact. Some of its major programming or recent projects include organizing “Green Week”, spearheading energy reduction competitions, and facilitating the “Take Back The Tap” (TBTT) campaign to encourage tap water consumption through hydration station installations and bottled water reductions. The club can be reached by email at heag@hamilton.edu.

Hamilton Sustainability Coordinators (HSC)

The Hamilton Sustainability Coordinators act as a formal bridge between the student body and the sustainability initiatives undertaken by the college. Students on HSC work with the Student Assembly and the Sustainability Working Group to collaborate on various projects and integrate sustainability into everyday campus life. HSC began in 2004 as the Recycling Task Force and has since expanded its role to include projects regarding food, organic and inorganic waste, college grounds and forest, and community education and outreach. Mentored by Sara Sokia and Brian Hansen, HSC liaisons have brought composting to the suite dorms, introduced the Food2Energy program for organic waste, hosted on campus farmers market, assisted with invasive species removal, and so much more. Contact HSC at hsc@hamilton.edu.


Avery Morgan '21, Lilia Harlan '22, Margaret Phipps '23

Avery Morgan ’21, Lilia Harlan ’22, Margaret Phipps ’23

Avery, Lilia, and Margaret worked on a new reforestation plot (tract 11), developed new trail systems in the Rogers and Reservoir forests, and researched strategies to expand low-mow zones and pollinator gardens on campus.

sustainability interns '19

Ryan Wall ’20 and Jay Carhart ’21

Ryan and Jay worked on projects ranging from maintaining the many trails around campus, overseeing recycling efforts at weekly community lunches, to improving the reforestation area located on the former golf course.

Nick Pace ’19, Haley Berliner ’19

Hayley Berliner ’19 and Nick Pace ’19

Hayley and Nick researched and implemented forest stewardship practices, investigated community engagement opportunities that generate carbon offsets through community tree planting, and investigated the practical and financial viability of projects related to green roofs/rooftop gardens, green fitness equipment, and green revolving funds.

Olivia Shehan ’18 and Emma Karsten ’18

Emma Karsten ’18 and Olivia Shehan ’18

Emma and Olivia investigated peer institution best practices to improve Cram & Scram, developed detailed analyses of alternative land use practices (no-mow zones, butterfly gardens, forest carbon sequestration) with the assistance of local forester Dr. Steven Bick, and worked on a community service project to clean up the Oriskany Creek.

Victoria Blumenfeld '16

Victoria Blumenfeld ’16 

Victoria investigated a geothermal replacement compressor system for Sage Rink, attended meetings hosted by BYSERDA and Second Nature regarding ongoing Hamilton initiatives, wrote a waste management plan, including an informational packet for RA’s, and contributed to the logistics for a sustainability-themed orientation adventure trip for first-year students.

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