The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) is an international collection of colleges and universities that are committed to sustainability efforts on their campuses. Their mission is to "inspire and catalyze higher education to lead the global sustainability transformation." They provide resources for higher education to implement sustainable initiatives through a peer to peer network. AASHE also has developed a set of metrics to capture sustainability initiatives on college campuses. This is called the Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System (STARS).
The New York Coalition of Sustainability in Higher Education (NYCSHE) It unites representatives of higher education and supporting organizations with a common interest to promote, sustain, and advocate for environmental, economic and social responsibility, as envisioned by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
The SUNY Sustainability Coalition (SSC) is a subgroup of NYCSHE consisting of SUNY colleges and universities. The SSC serves as a state forum for sustainability initiatives, bringing together a broad spectrum of SUNY professionals to discuss issues critical to the acceleration, expansion and adoption of sustainable initiatives around curriculum, operations, research and engagement. The primary function of the group is to provide a voice for SUNY on sustainability issues, advocate for policies to further the sustainability goals of the system, increase awareness of accomplishments and advise system administration in the development of improved practices of sustainability. The group supports and enhances the ability of its members to fulfill their responsibilities in order to achieve the sustainability goals of their respective institutions by providing a forum for members to address shared efficiencies, best practices, implementation strategies, and professional growth and training opportunities.
UB Sustainability is committed to working with the many great organizations in Western New York advancing programs and policy work to make our region more resilient. We look to provide technical assistance through faculty research and student coursework as well as service through volunteerism and internships.