Hamilton 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.
Academics & Research
Sustainability is an integral consideration in many facets of a Hamilton education, from curricular offerings to off-campus study options and student research opportunities.
Members of the Hamilton College community are committed to developing environmentally conscious facilities and policies and are active in sustainability initiatives.
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.
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.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Hamilton cuts waste by promoting campus-wide recycling, composting food and reusing products through annual programs such as Cram & Scram. Hamilton also participates in Recyclemania, an eight-week competition for colleges and universities.
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.
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.
Sustainability Fair Explores Issues, Offers Opportunities
Hamilton hosted the Sustainability Fair on Oct. 24, an event aimed at exposing students to local sustainability issues and the various opportunities for involvement.
Sustainability Interns Make Their Mark on College Hill
With the support of many Hamiltonians from across campus, a small cohort of interns spent the summer developing a plan for how the College can use green landscaping as a tool in its sustainability efforts.
Director of Environmental Protection, Safety and Sustainability