BUFFALO, N.Y. — Students from the University at
Buffalo’s new Sustainability Academy will join fellow
undergraduates in touring Love Canal, the Buffalo waterfront, Silo
City and other locations this Friday to learn about the
region’s history of industrial pollution and how the
community is turning this legacy around to create a more
sustainable Buffalo Niagara.
Media are invited to join the educational tour to meet the
students as they hear from local advocates who are tackling
The event helps launch the Sustainability Academy, which is new
this fall and gives students interested in environmental issues the
opportunity to live and learn together through seminars,
internships and hands-on community projects. The academy is one of
five themed Undergraduate
Academies at UB.
WHAT: Undergraduate Academies Sustainability Tour
WHEN: Friday, Sept. 27, 2:45-6 p.m.
WHERE: At each of the following locations, students will
hear from local advocates and researchers who will discuss current
challenges related to sustainability:
2:45 p.m.: Love Canal (starts at Wheatfield Ave. and 100th St.,
3:55 p.m.: GoBike Buffalo and Complete Streets (700 block of Main
4:45 p.m.: Buffalo River (River Fest Park, 249 Ohio St.,
5:35 p.m.: Silo City (Intersection of Ohio and Childs streets,
WHO: More than 30 students, including more than a dozen
from UB’s new Sustainability Academy.
Kenneth Shockley, academic director of the Sustainability
Academy, will also be on-site, along with UB Chief Sustainability
Officer Ryan McPherson and Hadar Borden, administrative director of
the Undergraduate Academies.
WHY: The event helps launch UB’s Sustainability
Academy, which kicked off this semester with a freshman class of 48
members majoring in many different fields.
In its inaugural year, the Sustainability Academy will host
seminars on sustainability, facilitate student participation in
projects like the planting of a food garden on UB’s North
Campus, and place undergraduates in internships with the Western
New York Environmental Alliance. Partners that play a key role in
facilitating such activities include the UB Office of
Sustainability, Campus Dining & Shops and the 100-plus
organizations in the WNY Environmental Alliance.
For information on the Undergraduate Academies, visit http://www.academies.buffalo.edu/index.php.
For information on sustainability initiatives at UB, visit http://www.buffalo.edu/sustainability.html