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
The colleges in this collection do a great job of teaching their
students sustainable practices, working in their communities, and
spreading information. These institutions deserve credit and
William Phillipps, UB geology graduate student, will travel to
Norway to collect data that proves the Svalbard-Barents Sea
Ice-Sheet’s (SBSIS) the point when the ice began to melt is
older than its suggested age.
UB's Prosperity Scholarship program welcomes its newest class of
young, promising scholars, the biggest selection of students in the
scholarship’s history and claiming many of Western New
York’s best and brightest students as its own.
Illinois environmentalists expecting a battle with business over
a call for a ban on microbeads, which show up inside fish that are
caught for human consumption, found the industry quickly
Two UB architecture faculty members have won internationally
prominent lifetime achievement awards for their “significant
and lasting” contributions to environmental design research,
practice and teaching.
Robert G. Shibley, dean of the School of Architecture and
Planning, is being recognized by the American Institute of
Architects New York State (AIANYS) for his design influence on
public architecture across the state.
This spring, concerned regional citizens can gain practical
skills to mobilize their ideas into community action by enrolling
in the Citizen Planning School, a free resource being offered by
the School of Architecture and Planning.
Students and professors in architecture, engineering and
management will design, build and promote GRoW House — a
1,400-square-foot, solar-powered home — as finalists in the
national Solar Decathlon competition.
The façade of the Burchfield Penney Art Center has been
transformed into a permanent, constantly changing new media
gallery, thanks to a collaboration between SUNY Buffalo State and
the UB Department of Architecture.
For years, UB dining officials have heard students talk about
eating healthier. And when it was meal show time and the students
had to choose, they did what they always have done. They grabbed
pizza, burgers and fries.
Students from UB’s new Sustainability Academy joined
fellow undergraduates in touring Love Canal, the 700 block of Main
Street, the Buffalo River and Silo City to learn about the
region’s history of industrial pollution.
On a Tuesday morning in June, school groups huddle around the
Buffalo Zoo’s polar bear exhibit. The children come and go in
great, chattering waves of 20 or 30, oohing and aahing and
balancing on tiptoe to get a better view.
Eco-minded students will have the chance to intern with
environmental organizations and get a behind-the-scenes look at
UB’s operations this year, thanks to the university’s
new Sustainability Academy.
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.
Fulbright scholar and climate activist Subhashni Raj will start
her PhD at the university this fall as the first recipient of the
Jerome L. Kaufman Doctoral Fellowship for the study of food-systems
The practical implications of environmental
justice—fighting for the rights of poor and minority persons
in neighborhoods unfairly burdened by toxic wastes—got a
thorough airing at a recent forum co-sponsored by the UB Law
Last year two University at Buffalo students, Matthieu Bain and
Andrew Perkins, purchased a house for $800, moved in, and lived
there for a year while fixing it as best they could with only the
city's discards and forgotten items.
Sarbajit Banerjee, co-director of UB’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.
A mock, online grocery store created by Leonard
H. Epstein, PhD, and colleagues will provide important evidence
on how price and nutrient profiling—using the NuVal nutritional coding
system—affect food purchase decisions.
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.
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.
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.