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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. 


Things are quickly changing at the vast intersection of climate science, energy technology and government laws and policies. A recent roundtable discussion in Buffalo highlighted that evolution. The question is whether they’re changing fast enough.


Environmental change is a heated topic in the current political climate. But as the polar ice cap at the North Pole continues to melt, and as microplastics and marine garbage build up in the planet’s waterways, the disturbing realties become harder to ignore or deny.


Criminal justice advocate Yusef Salaam told an enthusiastic UB audience, “As Dr. King said, once you have found your purpose in life, do it as if God himself called you to do it … be that excellent.”


What’s the environmental impact of a cup of coffee? Skyler Hein, PMBA ’22, and her team members set out to find the answer—and a business opportunity—in the UB School of Management’s first “Sustainability as a Business Strategy” course.


Buffalo’s story of place is being shared with mayors, ministers, journalists and thousands of others attending the United Nations’ 10th World Urban Forum this week in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates


Jim P. Zheng, a recognized leader in battery technology and UB alumnus, has rejoined his alma mater to help advance research in clean energy. Zheng, who returns to UB after a decorated career of more than 30 years in academia and national laboratories, has been named an Empire Innovation Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering.