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Environment and Sustainability

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

Honey comb inside a wooden capsule

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Elevator B, a steel tower that University at Buffalo students designed and built to house a colony of bees along Buffalo’s waterfront, continues to receive recognition from the international architecture community.

image of a metal signpost with instructions on how to text scientists stream information

BUFFALO, N.Y. — A project that asks hikers, fishermen, birdwatchers, school kids and nature-lovers of all stripes to monitor stream levels is expanding from its home base in Western New York to three new states: Iowa, Michigan and Wisconsin.


BUFFALO, N.Y. – A study by researchers at UB and three Chinese research institutions is the first to demonstrate that low-level occupational exposure to the industrial chemical trimethyltin chloride (TMT) may be a risk factor for nephrolithiasis, or kidney stones.


BUFFALO, N.Y. — A toxin dangerous to humans may help E. coli fend off aquatic predators, enabling strains of E. coli that produce the toxin to survive longer in lake water than benign counterparts, a new study finds.


Buffalo, N.Y. — Two University at Buffalo faculty members have received a $200,000 Scialog grant from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement to devise a new method for gleaning hydrogen fuel from water.

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BUFFALO, N.Y. — Sarbajit Banerjee, co-director of the University at Buffalo’s New York State Center of Excellence in Materials Informatics, delivered a fast-paced “moonshot” proposal in Washington, D.C. this month as part of Solve for X @ Global Diaspora Forum.

Photo of UB's Solar Strand.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Barely a year old, the University at Buffalo’s Solar Strand has produced 1 million kilowatt hours of electricity.


BUFFALO, N.Y. – Sixty-two percent of Americans now say they believe that global warming is happening and only 16 percent say it is not.  However, the percentage of climate change deniers has increased by four points since September and 46 percent of them say they are “very” or “extremely” sure they are correct.

Qiaoqiang Gan, University at Buffalo assistant professor of electrical engineering

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Most Americans want the U.S. to place more emphasis on developing solar power, recent polls suggest.


BUFFALO, N.Y. — Bill McKibben, author of a groundbreaking book on global warming and founder of the global grassroots climate action campaign, will deliver the 2013 commencement address for UB’s School of Architecture and Planning on Friday.