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What We Do

Exterior of Barbara and Jack Davis Hall

Barbara and Jack Davis Hall, the new home of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, features numerous sustainable building strategies.

Our sustainability culture, our core values, have been gaining momentum for the last 30 years.

As a public research institution, our model of sustainability focuses on finding solutions to global challenges through research, educating individuals about these challenges, setting the bar high for sustainability in our own operations, and sharing our experiences and partnering with the external community.

UB is a leader in sustainability in higher education. Our commitment spans 30 years—from the origins of the environmental movement at Love Canal to the innovative operational measures we take that continue to save the university millions of dollars a year and reduce UB’s environmental footprint on the future.

As an early signatory of the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment, we have committed ourselves to becoming climate neutral by 2030.

To achieve this goal, we brought together leaders from across the university to form the Environmental Stewardship Committee, a group of administrators, faculty and students charged with charting the university's path toward climate neutrality and sustainability.

Our sustainability efforts include the opening of five new LEED designed buildings over the course of a year, the artistically infused, publicly accessible Solar Strand, a dynamic new composting system, the implementation of a campus-wide single stream recycling initiative, and other innovative programs that are moving UB toward being a more sustainable campus.

Teaching students about local and global sustainability challenges

Our focus on teaching sustainability brings together our faculty and students to learn about local and global sustainability challenges.

Our faculty and researchers work from the northern reaches of the Arctic and the coral reefs of the Caribbean to the shores of Cattaraugus Creek and Lake Erie, bringing our dynamic and changing world into the classroom.

Visit our Research page to learn more about the groundbreaking, collaborative work UB faculty and students are engaged in throughout the year.

Setting a good example for our campus and community

We set an excellent example for our students, faculty, staff and our community by pioneering changes on campus that reduce UB’s environmental footprint on the future.

These include:

  • piloting the use of LED lighting
  • building the first LEED Gold designed residence hall in the State University of New York system
  • creating a one-of-a-kind solar installation, the UB Solar Strand, which fuses science, technology, research and art and will shift our perceptions of how renewable energy can be delivered

One-stop shop

This site is a resource for students, faculty, staff and the community to become empowered with news, information, policies and best practices for sustainability at UB and in the community.