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Environment and Sustainability

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

UB volcanologist Michael Sheridan

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

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


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.

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

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.


Samina Raja, associate professor of urban and regional planning, is founder of the Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab at UB and a community leader on food issues.


The University at Buffalo is launching the Institute for Bridge Engineering, which will develop plans for bridges that are resistant to natural and manmade hazards, as well as examine ways to build safer, more cost-effective bridges using advanced materials, smart technology and other devices and train the next generation of bridge engineers.

interior of a model bus

With NFTA, UB researchers are testing features that could make public transit better for all users.


Rust is a civil engineer’s nightmare. Now, however, University at Buffalo researchers believe they can detect corrosion before the damage becomes severe by sending a jolt of electricity between opposite ends of steel cables.


Grants will advance the creation of a sculptural habitat for birds and bats, and allow for continued work on a home filled with imaginary cityscapes crafted from found objects.