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Governance, Strategy and Policies

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UB students ask questions about the Climate Action Plan at a forum on climate neutrality.

Climate Action Plan

The Environmental Stewardship Committee created a climate action plan that defines a path toward climate neutrality for the university.

The plan calls for specific action in areas such as energy, transportation, information technology, materials use and human resources.

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 UB.

Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System

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 efforts.

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.

American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment

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 climate change.