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Environment and Sustainability

News about UB’s environmental programs and related sustainability initiatives.

Photo of Annie Leonard
2/20/14

Millions of people have seen her animated Web videos. She wrote a best-selling book and has testified before Congress. She has even appeared on Stephen Colbert’s show.

a tower consisting of many metal and plywood parts with intricate geometry
2/19/14

Hwang's eco-sculptures provide habitat for bats and birds and call attention to misunderstood or ignored ecological conditions.

Rendering of a sleek, modern-looking house
2/13/14

University at Buffalo students and professors will build a 1,400-square-foot solar-powered home as finalists in the U.S. Department of Energy’s elite Solar Decathlon competition.

a polar bear walking on an icy terrain.
2/10/14

The new UB study is part of a broader genomic research program aimed at understanding what makes a polar bear a polar bear.

2/6/14

The University at Buffalo has announced the launch of RENEW (Research and Education in eNergy, Environment and Water), an ambitious, university-wide, interdisciplinary research institute that will focus on the most difficult and complex environmental issues, as well as the social and economic issues with which they are intertwined.

UB volcanologist Michael Sheridan
2/4/14

Michael Sheridan and Alison Graettinger provide insight on the risks surrounding some of the world’s most dangerous volcanoes, and how communities nearby can protect themselves.

UB researcher Robert Silverman wearing a blue, button-up shirt
1/27/14

UB researcher Robert Silverman challenges assumptions that quality affordable housing is readily available in shrinking cities.

1/27/14

Ahmad Zaki, a professor at Kabul University, is studying urban planning at UB with the hope of starting what he and his colleagues believe will be their country’s first program in the field.

1/13/14
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Submarine-like body sensors and a new way to snuff out fungal infections are among the highlights from a year of inventing at the University at Buffalo.
A cream-colored flower set against a black backdrop
12/19/13

The DNA of a storied plant could help solve ‘Darwin’s abominable mystery’ — the apparently abrupt proliferation in the variety of flowers in fossil records dating to the Cretaceous period.