Meghan Fay Zahniser

UB Alum, Meghan Fay Zahniser, Director of Programs, Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). 

Meghan is the Director of Programs for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). She oversees all of AASHE’s programs including their Resource Center, Professional Development (including workshops for faculty and staff as well as their annual conference), Publications, and the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS).

Previously, Meghan worked as Sustainability Specialist at NELSON, where she provided sustainability expertise and consulting services to various clients. She also spent over five years working at the U.S. Green Building Council where, as Manager of Community, she developed and managed a local chapter network for building industry professionals and helped create the Emerging Green Builders program that integrates students and young professionals into the green building movement. Meghan also worked as Environmental Educator for the University at Buffalo Green Office, organizing campus and community education focused on energy conservation, green building, and sustainable living. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences, with concentrations in environmental studies and health & human services, from the University at Buffalo and a master’s degree in Organization Management and Development from Fielding Graduate Institute.

A native of Vestal, New York, Meghan and her husband, Max, currently live in Philadelphia.

  1. If you had $1 million to give to UB, to whom or what area would you give it, and why? I would absolutely give this money to the UB Green Office (Office of Sustainability) to help UB continue to do great work with sustainability.
  2. Fondest memory of UB? The UB Green Office of course! But some of my UB Green work was also parallel to the volunteer work of UBEN (the environmental network). Perhaps one of the highlights was the de