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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)

Originally formed in the fall of 2004 as the Recycling Task Force, the group rebranded itself as the HSC in 2017 to reflect the fact that it’s involved with more than just recycling. While the 5-10 students comprising the HSC are recycling champions who spearhead the annual Recyclemania competition and Trashion Show, they are involved in many other things—from composting, to land management considerations and website maintenance. The HSC liaisons with Tim Gadziala and Brian Hansen when college is in session, and can be reached by email at hsc@hamilton.edu.

Summer Sustainability Interns

For the third year in a row, Hamilton hired summer interns to work on a wide array of sustainability projects.

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Hayley Berliner ’19 and Nick Pace ’19 marked trails in the Kirkland Glen with new signs.
2017 Interns Hayley Berliner ’19 and Nick Pace ’19

Projects included:

  • Determining and implementing certain forest stewardship practices to meet “additionally” principles required to claim ~1000 MT CO2 in sequestered forest carbon offsets.
  • Investigating community engagement opportunities with the greater Clinton/Kirkland region that generate carbon offsets through community tree planting.
  • Investigating the practical and financial viability of projects related to green roofs/rooftop gardens, green fitness equipment, and green revolving funds.
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2016 Sustainability Interns Emma Karsten ’18 and Olivia Shehan ’18 in the Oriskany Creek.
2016 Interns Emma Karsten ’18 and Olivia Shehan ’18

Project highlights:

  • Investigated peer institution best practices to improve Cram & Scram and the RTF.
  • Investigated and 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.
  • Worked on a community service project to clean up the Oriskany Creek
2015 Intern Victoria Blumenfeld ’16 

Project highlights:

  • Investigated a geothermal replacement compressor system for Sage Rink
  • Attend meetings hosted by BYSERDA and Second Nature regarding ongoing Hamilton initiatives
  • Wrote a waste management plan, including an informational packet for RA’s
  • Contributed to the logistics for a sustainability-themed XA trip for first years
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