Hannaford Awards Hartwick $5,000 Grant for Cob House

February 22, 2010

Hartwick College has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the Hannaford Charitable Foundation toward the completion of the Cob House at the College’s Pine Lake Environmental Campus. This is a first-time grant from the foundation, and is the first grant Hannaford has made in the region. Angelo Malone, manager of Hannaford Supermarket in Oneonta, presented the grant to Hartwick President Margaret L. Drugovich earlier this month.

“Hannaford Corp. is very committed to sustainability,” Drugovich said in announcing the grant. She commended Director of the Pine Lake Institute for Environmental and Sustainability Studies Brian Hagenbuch for providing Hannaford with a full, rich picture of life at Pine Lake, including students engaged in research at the living/learning community. She also thanked Director of Corporate, Foundation, and Government Relations Maggie Arthurs, who was instrumental in bringing together Hartwick and Hannaford.

The Hannaford grant will be used to complete work on the Cob house, sister to Pine Lake’s Strawbale house. The natural building was designed and partially built by students, and is composed of wet clay, straw, and sand. It will house two students during the academic year and will be available for summer rental.

Pine Lake is a residential 125-acre environmental living and learning campus for Hartwick students and faculty, as well as the general public. Throughout the year, Pine Lake features academic courses, research, public programming, environmental education, lectures, hands-on education, arts programming, and recreation. The College’s goal is to make Pine Lake and its natural resources available to students, faculty, visiting researchers, area students, and individuals from the community and local organizations in an effort to promote sustainability and environmental awareness.

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Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,480 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick’s expansive curriculum emphasizes a uniquely experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a unique January Term, a wide range of internships, and limitless study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for the world ahead. Strong financial aid and scholarship programs keep a Hartwick education affordable.

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