Updated October 10, 2019
At the University at Buffalo, we work every day to create a more sustainable campus and community through our research, teaching, operations and our interaction with the community. And we've been doing it for over three decades.
As a public research institution, our model of sustainability focuses on finding solutions to global challenges through research, educating individuals about these challenges in our curriculum and interactions, setting the bar high for sustainability in our own operations, and sharing our experiences and learning from the external community.
Our impact spans the university with recent successful efforts focused on ramping up renewables across the campus and city, encouraging entrepreneurial ideas to rejuvenate Lake Erie, creating the next generation of change agents and more. These endeavors have helped us earn gold certification from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, won Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s “Energy to Lead” prize, and being recognized by the EPA as an Environmental Champion.
UB is a leader in sustainability in higher education. Our commitment spans 30 years—from the origins of the environmental movement at Love Canal, to the innovative operational measures we take that continue to save the university millions of dollars each year, while reducing UB’s environmental footprint on the future.
As an early signatory of the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment, UB is committed to becoming climate neutral by 2030.
To achieve this goal, we brought together leaders from across the university to form the Environmental Stewardship Committee, a group of administrators, faculty and students charged with charting the university's path toward climate neutrality and sustainability.
Our sustainability efforts include:
Our focus on developing sustainability literate individuals brings together our faculty and students to learn about local and global challenges. From the northern reaches of the Arctic and the coral reefs of the Caribbean, to the shores of Cattaraugus Creek and Lake Erie, the university is working to create a better tomorrow through sustainability.
Recognized as a national leader among public research universities, UB has received numerous awards for its wide-ranging endeavors to reduce its environmental impact.