Campus Sustainability
Campus Sustainability

As leaders in education and environmental stewardship, students, faculty and staff at Hamilton are committed to protecting and sustaining the environment through institutional processes, management of facilities and curriculum. This leadership extends across the environmental spectrum, from reducing greenhouse gas to preventing pollution of natural resources.




Sustainability is an integral consideration in many facets of a Hamilton education. The Environmental Studies Program and the off-campus Academic Program in the Adirondacks are interdisciplinary in nature and focus on environmental issues. More ...



Students and faculty mentors work side by side on projects in science and the arts, economic analyses and studies in the humanities. These initiatives bring students closer to sustainability issues wherever they intersect with the interdisciplinary interests of Hamilton faculty. More ...


Environmental Groups, Clubs and Functions

To raise awareness of environmental issues and engage the campus in conservation efforts, the Hamilton Environmental Action Group and the Recycling Task Force host events such as Green Week, Dorm Energy Battle and Trashion Show. More ...


Reduction, Reuse, Rebuying and Recycling

Hamilton cuts waste by promoting campus-wide recycling, composting food and reusing products through programs such as Cram & Scram. Hamilton also participates in Recyclemania, an eight-week competition for colleges and universities. More ...



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. More ...


Hamilton President Joan Hinde Stewart signed the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment in 2007, and in 2009, Hamilton developed a Climate Action Plan that calls for the College to be carbon neutral by 2050. More ...



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. More ...



Hamilton has a 1,280-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 beautiful surrounding environment. More ...


Recreation and Wellness

Outdoor activities are a valuable and effective way for students and community members to increase their enjoyment of nature and to develop skills important to many areas of life. The Outdoor Leadership Center and Hamilton Outing Club provide logistical support, gear and leadership training. More ...



Hamilton 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.



Hamilton's building energy dashboard tracks real-time electrical consumption and serves as an educational tool to heighten awareness. Student energy-use competitions and winter holiday shutdowns are other ways the College promotes energy conservation. More ...

Energy Saving Tips

Unplug your chargers when not in use.

Use power strips to switch off televisions and stereos. Even when you think these products are off, together their "standby" consumption can be equivalent to that of a 75- or 100-watt light bulb running continuously.

Set computers to sleep or hibernate so less power is used during periods of inactivity. Shut down your computer when you're done for the day.