With more than 40,000 students, faculty and staff, UB is the
size of a small city. We’re working to reduce our
environmental impact and "green" our operations with the goal of
achieving climate neutrality by 2030.
Our commitment to renewable energy stems from our goal of
becoming climate neutral by 2030. Our award winning Solar Strand
paved the way for our exciting new Localizing Buffalo's Renewable
The garden will be to connect students, faculty and the
community through experiential learning and practice. The garden
will be a model of sustainability and by being accessible and
highly visible; it will contribute to the advancement of the
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Looking for a bike rack, or where to fill your reusable water
bottle? Interested in locating campus solar installations and
green buildings? Check out our sustainability map!
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Our Green History
The UB Green office is created, providing environmental
stewardship for campus facilities. Today, the office’s
efforts include offering assistance to groups both on and off
The university appoints Ryan McPherson as its chief
sustainability officer, charged with creating a culture of
sustainability at UB.
UB releases its Climate Action Plan, which draws from the
university’s comprehensive plan and sets a goal of achieving
climate neutrality by the year 2030.
UB hires its first energy officer and creates the Conserve UB
program, which leads to energy conservation efforts that have saved
the university more than $100 million.
UB becomes an initial signatory of the American College and
University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, a pledge to reduce
the global emission of greenhouse gases.
UB’s environmental efforts begin with the creation of the
Rachel Carson College, named for the author of “Silent
Spring,” the book that sparked the environmental