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UN Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nations put forth an ambitious plan- seventeen global goals with 169 targets to hit by 2030 to make our world more resilient and sustainable. As a reader of Sustainability Now, you'll notice that each one of our news stories that feature the University at Buffalo and Western New York will be highlighted with the corresponding Goals that pertain to the article. This will show UB's part in helping to attain these goals, and our commitment to make the planet a better place for everyone. 


Three research projects have been selected to receive funding from UB’s RENEW Institute, which is dedicated to solving complex environmental problems.

“These RENEW-funded projects address critical problems related to climate change, chemical exposure among school children, and the need for more efficient and higher performance semiconductors for renewable energy applications,” says Amit Goyal, director of RENEW, which stands for Research and Education in eNergy, Environment and Water. “We anticipate that each of these projects will lay the foundation for successful grant applications in the areas of energy, environment and water sustainability.”


Sustainability Month at UB is 30 days long — give or take — but 17 is the magic number. That’s the number of goals nearly 200 United Nations member countries adopted in 2015 as part of a new sustainable development agenda. Those goals are serving as the framework for many of the events and activities planned for this year’s Sustainability Month, which begins March 29 and continues through May 1. It is organized by UB Sustainability in collaboration with numerous schools and departments at UB. The goals have also helped frame many of UB’s sustainability efforts in recent years and will continue to do so moving forward.


Is your smartphone charger cord frayed? Perhaps you lost a button on your favorite shirt. Or maybe your favorite necklace needs fixing. All of these needs — and more — can be taken care of during a repair and reuse fair happening next week in the Student Union lobby, North Campus.

The repair fair is being hosted by UB’s Office of Sustainability as part of the Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN) Points of Intervention campus tour, which is visiting 12 other universities across the country this spring.


Young people don’t get a pass on the issues of the day, former National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice told an enthusiastic UB audience on Wednesday. “Venting on Facebook isn’t good enough. Your engagement is not optional,” Rice, the featured speaker for UB’s 42nd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration, said at the lecture in Alumni Arena on the North Campus.


Michael Rembis is first and foremost a historian. An associate professor of history working in disability research, Rembis is also director of UB’s Center for Disability Studies (UBCDS). He says addressing disability in its full complexity can promote participation, self-determination and equal citizenship for people living with disabilities in society.


UB’s award-winning GRoW Home will soon need a change-of-address form. That’s because the 1,100-square-foot, ultra-efficient dwelling will be relocated from its current spot on the South Campus to a more prominent, and permanent, location next to the Solar Strand on the North Campus.