Students load Veterans Outreach Center truck.
What started as an endeavor to reduce unnecessary waste 15 years ago now provides five community organizations with sizable donations at the end of every spring semester.
With students hailing from 47 states and 51 countries this past academic year, many cannot take all their belongings with them upon graduation. Undergraduates sometimes exceed their summer storage capacity. Enter the College’s “Cram & Scram,” an increasingly popular program that encourages students to donate those belongings that can’t be stored or make the trip home with them. Everything  – from furniture to kitchenware to clothing and study materials – is collected, cleaned, and organized by a corps of more than 150 Hamilton faculty, staff, and student volunteers.

Loading food items for the Country Food PantryDiverting 30 percent of landfill waste to recycled purposes, this year’s initiative benefited the Clark Mills Country Pantry, the Central New York Veterans Outreach Center, Anita’s Stevens Swan Humane Society, On Point for College, and the Rescue Mission.

 “This program provides so much for those less fortunate in our community. The expressions of appreciation and smiles on the faces of those we donate to is what confirms the ultimate value of our effort,” said Director of Environmental Protection, Safety, and Sustainability Brian Hansen.

Sustainability at Hamilton

From student and faculty research to green programs and initiatives, Hamiltonians are committed to protecting and sustaining the environment through institutional processes, management of facilities, and curriculum.

The College’s collective sustainability events and programs, including the Cram & Scram, are part of a concerted campus-wide effort to combat climate change and will help Hamilton reach its recently announced goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2030.

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