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Letchworth Woods is a living forest and recognized by the National Wildlife Federation as a Certified Habitat.
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’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 movement.
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.
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 campus.
The university appoints Ryan McPherson as its chief sustainability officer, charged with creating a culture of sustainability at UB.
UB becomes an initial signatory of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, a pledge to reduce the global emission of greenhouse gases.