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 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.


Office / Department Name

Levitt Center

Contact Name

Levitt Center

Office Location
Kirner-Johnson 251

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