Civil rights leader Shirley Sherrod shared her powerful message
of hope and resiliency amid overwhelming obstacles as part of a
food justice event organized this week by the Food Lab in
UB’s School of Architecture and Planning.
Rooms for individual and group study. A traditional “Grand
Reading Room” featuring rich oak woodwork and archival images
of university life. High-tech classrooms. Suites for producing,
editing and viewing multimedia. A café.
Civil rights movement leader and food justice advocate Shirley
Sherrod will be the keynote speaker for an event happening Tuesday
on Buffalo’s East Side that is designed to engage the
community in a conversation about food justice.
Reviewing a year highlighted by breakthroughs in research,
creation of cutting-edge academic programs, national awards and a
major philanthropic milestone, Satish K. Tripathi told members of
the UB community, alumni and friends, “Together, we have
achieved incredible things.”
IRVINE, CALIFORNIA – Countless hours of designing,
building, fine-tuning and fundraising over the past two and a half
years have paid off for the more than 200 UB students and faculty
members who worked on the GRoW (Garden, Relax or Work) Home.
For the more than 200 UB students and faculty who have spent the
past two years designing and building the GRoW Home, the moment has
finally arrived. The Solar Decathlon is underway in Irvine,
California. The U.S. Department of Energy-sponsored collegiate
contest began last Thursday with opening remarks by U.S. Energy
Secretary Ernest Moniz and runs through Oct. 18.
A leader in maternal and child health will give the keynote
address in UB’s third annual “Critical
Conversations,” a presidential series showcasing
distinguished individuals at the forefront of their fields who are
helping to shape understanding of vital issues facing the world
Jennifer L. Zirnheld, associate professor of electrical
engineering, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, has been
named by INSIGHT
into Diversity magazine as one of 100 Inspiring Women in
The Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Partnership
(ISEP), a collaboration led by UB, SUNY Buffalo State College, the
Buffalo Museum of Science and the Buffalo Public Schools, has been
selected as one of 27 learning communities across the country to
launch the STEM Ecosystems Initiative, a national project that
promotes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)
Toxic flame retardants used in electronics and fabrics have been
banned or removed from American and European products for nearly a
decade. Yet they still surround us — in the dust we breathe
and the food we eat. The chemicals are even found in the breast
milk of new moms.
Bright and early Wednesday morning, two flatbed tractor trailers
left Buffalo, embarking upon a 2,500-mile journey across the
country to Irvine, California. The trucks are each hauling a
section of the 1,100-square-foot GRoW Home that UB is entering in
the Solar Decathlon, a biennial event sponsored by the U.S.
Department of Energy.
Customers are more likely to purchase food products when grocers
use food traceability systems to show where and how the food was
produced and shipped, according to new research from the School of
Daniel Hess builds cities for people. So when Hess, UB associate
professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, arrived
in New Orleans in 2005 about two weeks after Hurricane Katrina and
walked around empty streets — void of people — it was
In 1980, Mount St. Helens erupted in Washington State, killing
57 people and destroying hundreds of homes. The area around the
mountain became a wasteland: Roadways were swallowed and bridges
damaged. Ash fell over 11 states.
In the Arctic, sea ice is melting and leaving larger sections of
ocean exposed to air and sun. This phenomenon could fuel increased
evaporation, leading eventually to more precipitation in far-north
UB’s Sustainable Living Fair — the ultimate resource
for members of the UB community who want to live a greener life
— will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 22 in the
Student Union on the North Campus.
The arrival last week of the 250-foot-high tower crane at Main
and High streets in downtown Buffalo marks a new milestone in
constructing the future home of the School of Medicine and
The mostly abandoned grain elevators of Silo City are an
integral part of a presentation of new experimental music and sound
art taking place next weekend sponsored by UB’s Center for
21st Century Music and organized by a UB graduate student.
Using more than a decade’s worth of daily satellite
images, researchers have determined ecosystems of South
Africa’s Cape Floristic Region bounce back from wildfires
much more quickly in warmer winter weather.
Say you work in Crofts Hall and have a meeting on the Spine. You
could get into your car, head toward Capen and drive around looking
for a parking place. Or you could take the Green Line shuttle to
In the United States, hunger and obesity go hand in hand. More
than 17 million US households struggle to put food on the table,
and when they do, it’s often high in fat and sugar because
healthy options are scarce in low-income neighborhoods.
Using a case study approach to investigate protection of
endangered species, a UB Law School faculty member has found
significant gaps in how public agencies keep track of endangered
species agreements. The finding by Jessica Owley, associate
professor, demonstrates key concerns with monitoring and
enforcement of endangered species permits.
With its Greek-style amphitheater at Baird Point, Lake LaSalle
has long served as the iconic image of UB’s North Campus.
Built in 1970 to provide flood control and water runoff, the
60-acre lake for years was more popular with flocks of Canada geese
than with boaters and other recreational users.
Eight communities across the country will receive training and
assistance to link family farmers and local residents who lack
access to healthy food, thanks to a project spearheaded by UB and
Volunteers spent the day planting 180 trees in areas around the
South Campus with little or no tree coverage as part of
“ReTree the District,” an initiative to add more than
1,000 trees to the urban tree canopy over the next two years.
The Growing Food Connections Policy Database, hosted by the
School of Architecture and Planning, assists local governments as
they work to broaden access to healthy food and help sustain local
farms and food producers.
UB’s annual celebration of International Education Week
(IEW) Nov. 10-14 will focus this year on the topic of
sustainability, with the keynote speakers and other events bringing
a global context to the subject.
Alanna Olear is one of many students taking advantage of
UB’s undergraduate research opportunities. She is studying
which alternative leaves a smaller environmental footprint
throughout the life of the product.
Buffalo is nestled in a region loaded with farms and orchards,
yet a deacde ago the city housed many neighborhoods where fresh
fruits, meats and vegetables were in short supply. Now, Buffalo has
become a leader in urban agriculture.
Children enrolled in the UB Child Care Center, a state-licensed
and nationally accredited center serving the children of UB
students, faculty and staff, are able to experience its
The People's Climate March was held on September 21st to raise
awareness of the urgent need to combat global climate change. UB
students were among the nearly 400,000 people who participated in
The university has installed a boat launch between The Commons
and the Center for the Arts. The launch is part of an effort to
further engage the UB community, especially students, in nearby
The UB community gets an A+ for generosity, donating more than
24,000 items in this year’s school supply drive sponsored by
the Office of Community Relations. In all, 24,469 items were
collected, making this year’s drive the most successful one
Where can you learn how to be more “green” at work
and home, see rescued birds, enjoy free samples of sustainable
products and even donate items to Goodwill? The answer, of course,
is the sixth annual UB Sustainable Living Fair.
Children attending the UB Child Care Center’s summer camp
last week learned about the importance of water to everyday life as
part of an annual summer program presented by the Office of
An article in The Wall Street Journal listing "The Best
Architecture of 2014" includes UB’s Solar Strand,
calling the 3,200-panel, ground-mounted photovoltaic array a
“small but telling model of landscape architecture at its
Due to UB's continued committment to sustainability, the
university has been recognized by AASHE, Advancement for
Sustainability in Higher Education as a STARS gold university. As a
result, the university is now placed in the top 1.6 percent of
colleges and universities in North America. Of the more than 5,000
higher education institutions, only 81 have achieved the level of
We have made a commitment to sustainable buildings. Greiner
Hall debuted in August 2011 and represented the first LEED
gold designed student residence hall in the State University of New
York System and also was designed with the practice of
Universal Design in mind.
The U.S. Green Building Council Center for Green Schools named
UB one of the 2014 “Best of Green Schools” recipients.
The awards recognize 10 individuals, institutions, projects and
events representing national leaders and innovators in school
The University at Buffalo’s commitment to solving pressing
environmental issues, educating students about these challenges and
operating eco-friendly campuses has been recognized by the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with the Environmental
Champion Award. The EPA also named UB the Mid-American Conference
(MAC) champion for renewable energy usage.
UB IT increased the efficiency of the computing power at the
Center for Computational Research. The project decreased total
energy consumption at the data center by 20%, saved UB more than
$278,000, and reduced our carbon footprint by 550 metric tons.
The annual Second Nature Climate Leadership Awards recognize
innovative and advanced leadership in sustainability, climate
mitigation, and resilience at signatory campuses of the American
College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. They
do so based on demonstrated advances in innovation, embedded
opportunities, and student preparedness with relation to
sustainability and climate action.
UB is an innovator in solar energy on campus through The Solar
Strand, a one-of-a-kind solar array designed by landscape architect
Walter Hood that serves as a model for blending art, science,
accessibility and technology at public research institutions.
Think of the impact any small city has on the environment. Waste
is created, water is used and energy is needed to power the
community. UB understands that by focusing on sustainable measures,
we can mitigate our environmental impact.