Barbara and Jack Davis Hall, the new home of the School of
Engineering and Applied Sciences, features numerous sustainable
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
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
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
Our focus on teaching sustainability brings together our faculty
and students to learn about local and global sustainability
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.
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.
- 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
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.