University affirms 'climate neutrality' position

A Greener Shade of Blue

With UB President John B. Simpson a signatory to the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, the university has taken a leadership role in fighting global warming.

UB is the first university center and second campus in the SUNY system to sign the commitment to achieve “climate neutrality,” reducing greenhouse emissions and offsetting those that remain. Only 176 of this country’s more than 4,000 colleges and universities have signed the agreement.

Simpson’s commitment coincides with UB’s efforts to reduce energy consumption through innovative conservation measures, research and teaching, and to promote alternative energy sources under the theme “A Greener Shade of Blue”.

“As UB embarks upon the extensive physical planning process we have launched to realize our vision for UB’s growth over the next 15 years,” says Simpson, “now is the time for setting new and ambitious goals, and for forging partnerships both within and outside the university that will make meeting these commitments possible.”