Sustainable Living

UB is proud to be among the top 2 percent of colleges and universities in North America for sustainability, based on our certified “gold” rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.

Whether you want to save energy, eat sustainably or learn how to be a better steward of our natural resources, living on campus lets you be part of a nationally recognized “green” community.

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Green Housing

Greiner Hall received a gold rating under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED certification system for its many environmentally friendly features, including: 

  • Laundry room counters made from recycled detergent bottles
  • A roofed bike rack area for nearly 100 bikes
  • An irrigation system that draws water from an on-campus lake
How Can You Be Green?

See tips for conserving energy and being a responsible steward of the environment.

> Be green in your room

> Be green around campus

Sustainable Dining

At UB, we work directly with local farms to design menus around harvest dates, supporting the farm-to-table movement. Campus Dining & Shops (which runs the dining centers on campus) is also a member of the Made In/Grown In New York program, which promotes and supports agricultural and food products from New York State.

100 percent of dining center food waste is composted on campus, keeping it out of local landfills.

Be an Eco Rep Leader

At UB, students are expected to take a leadership role in conducting activities as responsible stewards of the natural environment by promoting environmental awareness, taking personal action and thinking globally. If you live on campus and you want to practice and promote sustainable living, we encourage you to become a UB Eco Rep student volunteer. As an Eco Rep, you’ll learn more about environmental issues such as recycling and energy and water conservation, and teach others in your community how to be good stewards of our natural resources. 

The Eco-Rep Leadership Program concentrates on several topics related to ecological education and development, including:

  • Environmental awareness and leadership
  • Recycling and waste stream management
  • Energy conservation
  • Clean energy (solar, wind, geothermal)
  • Water conservation
  • Transportation and mobility

Our Role

Sustainability is about meeting today’s needs without sacrificing the needs of the next generation. Sustainability requires solving our problems with a different way of thinking. It means making discoveries that positively change the way we live day to day, and how we interact with the world. It means looking at our own carbon footprint and reducing that to zero.

At Campus Living, we are committed to:

  • Designing and building new facilities with energy efficiency and sustainable building principles in mind 
  • Continuing to improve the energy efficiency of our existing buildings through capital improvements and other measures
  • Monitoring and analyzing energy use to identify waste and determine conservation opportunities
  • Improving and maintaining a proactive energy conservation program 
  • Incorporating conservation awareness into staff training

Proud of Our Accomplishments

State of Sustainability

See highlights of where we've been—and where we're going.

> View Our Online Report

Sustainability Dashboard

View real-time energy and resource use right on your computer. The UB Sustainability Dashboard encourages engagement and competition among UB students, faculty and staff. 

> Explore the Sustainability Dashboard