UB students ask questions about the Climate Action Plan at a
forum on climate neutrality.
The Environmental Stewardship Committee created a climate action
plan that defines a path toward climate neutrality for the
The plan calls for specific action in areas such as energy,
transportation, information technology, materials use and human
The Climate Action Plan guides the work of the Environmental
Stewardship Committee in creating one-, three- and five-year plans
of action and an overall business case for carbon neutrality at
The Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System (STARS)
is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and
universities to measure their sustainability performance.
STARS was developed by our higher education colleagues and is
administered by the Association for the Advancement of
Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).
Through a course, UB student researchers assist in gathering
information from across the university to inform the STARS process
and establish the State of UB’s Sustainability.
Faculty and staff involved in the process are being engaged
throughout the year to ensure clear communication of our
The STARS report will indicate a number of our strengths, but
also areas where we can improve and continue to reduce our
environmental footprint on the future.
The American College and University Presidents' Climate
Commitment calls upon its signatories to become climate neutral by
an established date. In early 2007, former UB President John B.
Simpson signed the American
College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC),
adding UB to the list of now more than 670 institutions of higher
education nationwide leading society’s response to global