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.
Many college students who head to the Dominican Republic for
spring break are looking to enjoy the sun and sand. But 32 students
from UB spent their break on this Caribbean Island teaching English
to disadvantaged children.
Starting this spring, you won’t need to BYOB—bring
your own bicycle, that is—to UB. UB has teamed up with
Buffalo BikeShare and a New York-based company to launch a beta
test of an innovative new bicycle-sharing program.
Samina Raja has spent the better part of the past decade conducting research in the field of food security and heading the only research laboratory in the United States dedicated to food systems planning.
New research describes how long-time residents teamed up with
gentrifiers and external environmental activists to push for the
cleanup of Greenpoint’s Newtown Creek while preserving the
area’s industrial roots.
Earth’s exponentially growing population is a “wicked problem” at the root of every major issue plaguing Earth today, Sonny Ramaswamy, director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, said at a thought-provoking presentation March 6 in the Center for the Arts.
Energy-efficiency projects at UB made possible by NYSERDA will
save the university approximately $513,000 in energy costs and
eliminate more than 2.600 tons of global-warming, greenhouse gas
The director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture,
will speak on how to increase food production in the context of a
burgeoning global population, changing climate and diminishing
If it were possible to capture the soul of a city inside a
single home, it might look something like the house that UB faculty
member Dennis Maher has spent the past three years refurbishing on
Buffalo’s West Side.
Essentially a blueprint of UB’s accomplishments and future
goals, the report was certified “Silver” by the
Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher
Education (AASHE) Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating
When gender-neutral housing was introduced this fall, the new
policy reflected not only best practices, it also incorporated a
transgendered student’s thoughtful analysis and the ethical
principles of social work he holds dear.
As part of its continuing effort to improve on-campus living, UB
has opened Crossroads Culinary Center, a new dining facility that
puts the university at the forefront of the collegiate dining
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.
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.
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.