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Student Volunteers
11/20/14

The new Zero Waste program is a partnership between UB Athletics, Campus Dining & Shops, University Facilities and UB Sustainability that aims to eliminate garbage at the stadium.

outdoors
11/18/14

Teri Rueb, a professor in the UB Department of Media Study, contributes to creating “Other Order”, a sound walk through the Bussey Brook Meadow at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University.

IEW 2012 Tango Dance
11/11/14

UB’s annual celebration of International Education Week (IEW) Nov. 10-14 will focus this year on the topic of sustainability, with the keynote speakers and other events bringing a global context to the subject.

Students, Day of Caring
11/4/14

Not all UB students who live in the University District are troublemakers; a large number of students are engaged in projects that are continually improving the neighborhood.

Offshore wind energy is one of the topics of research being funded by RENEW.
10/30/14

Four research projects have received funding under RENEW, UB’s new interdisciplinary environmental research initiative.

10/29/14

Alanna Olear is one of many students taking advantage of UB’s undergraduate research opportunities. She is studying which alternative leaves a smaller environmental footprint throughout the life of the product. 

10/28/14

Buffalo is nestled in a region loaded with farms and orchards, yet a deacde ago the city housed many neighborhoods where fresh fruits, meats and vegetables were in short supply. Now, Buffalo has become a leader in urban agriculture.

10/23/14

Children enrolled in the UB Child Care Center, a state-licensed and nationally accredited center serving the children of UB students, faculty and staff, are able to experience its enriching curriculum.

students
10/21/14

Charger-toting smartphone users have reason to rejoice because three UB research groups have received $1.3 million in combined funding to improve energy management in smartphones.

People's Climate March
10/16/14

The People's Climate March was held on September 21st to raise awareness of the urgent need to combat global climate change. UB students were among the nearly 400,000 people who participated in the march.

Park(ing) day
10/14/14

A parking place in the Diefendorf lot on the South Campus was transformed into a mini-park to promote alternative means of transportation as UB’s contribution to Park(ing) Day Buffalo.

Kayaker
10/8/14

The university has installed a boat launch between The Commons and the Center for the Arts. The launch is part of an effort to further engage the UB community, especially students, in nearby natural resources.

9/25/14

The UB community gets an A+ for generosity, donating more than 24,000 items in this year’s school supply drive sponsored by the Office of Community Relations. In all, 24,469 items were collected, making this year’s drive the most successful one yet.

9/23/14

Where can you learn how to be more “green” at work and home, see rescued birds, enjoy free samples of sustainable products and even donate items to Goodwill? The answer, of course, is the sixth annual UB Sustainable Living Fair.

BNMC
9/16/14

The Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus collaborates with National Grid to create a model of progressive approaches to energy use for the future.

Ariane Tardit (left) and Connor Zink examine water from Lake LaSalle. Photo: Erin Moscati
9/9/14

Children attending the UB Child Care Center’s summer camp last week learned about the importance of water to everyday life as part of an annual summer program presented by the Office of Sustainability.

9/4/14

UB undergraduate Deshawn Henry has developed an easy, inexpensive way to disinfect contaminated water, work that could have a tremendous impact in developing countries.

circadian.rhythms
9/2/14

Research could lead to regulatory guidelines for environmental chemicals that disrupt ability to send ‘time-of-day’ messages.

aga
8/28/14

A researcher at RENEW, Aga spoke about how antibiotics move through ecosystems and how to detect them.

8/21/14

The purpose of the National Grid/UB Engineering Leadership Camp is to stimulate student interest and to encourage curiosity.

Matthieu Bain (left) and Andrew Perkins in Spencer’s Art House, Flint, Mich. Photo: Ryan Garza
8/14/14

By restoring abandoned buildings with found materials, Andrew Perkins is battling a culture of rampant consumerism and reckless waste—and creating some pretty cool spaces in the process.

Rosie, spider
8/12/14

A protein UB scientists found in the venom of a South American spider could finally answer the need for an effective muscular dystrophy treatment - and save a young boy's life.

8/12/14

The colleges in this collection do a great job of teaching their students sustainable practices, working in their communities, and spreading information. These institutions deserve credit and encouragement.

William Philipps conducts research on deglaciation and global climate change in Greenland while an undergraduate student working under Jason Briner, associate professor of geology.
7/29/14

William Phillipps, UB geology graduate student, will travel to Norway to collect data that proves the Svalbard-Barents Sea Ice-Sheet’s (SBSIS) the point when the ice began to melt is older than its suggested age.

Algae on the shore of Great Lakes beaches
7/24/14

According to UB researchers, green algae in the Great Lakes not only protect bacteria from destruction by the sun’s ultraviolet rays, but feed the organisms as well.

Buffalo cityscape
7/22/14

UB's Prosperity Scholarship program welcomes its newest class of young, promising scholars, the biggest selection of students in the scholarship’s history and claiming many of Western New York’s best and brightest students as its own.

Aerial image of Tonawanda and Grand Island  area
7/18/14

UB researchers prepare to conduct major study to analyze affect of Tonawanda Coke plant emissions on health of area residents and employees.

Penny with microbeads on it
7/17/14

Illinois environmentalists expecting a battle with business over a call for a ban on microbeads, which show up inside fish that are caught for human consumption, found the industry quickly collaborated. 

Agricultural workers spray pesticide to a cotton field in Egypt.
7/16/14

UB faculty members James Olson and Matthew Bonner have partnered with teams in Egypt to research and reduce the adverse effects of pesticides used in cotton farming.

A beady glare from BB, UB’s female peregrine until 2013. Photo: Kenneth Nusstein, UB Facilities
7/15/14

Generations of peregrine falcons have become UB’s feathered friends.

A gentleman waiting for the arriving metro
7/10/14

UB faculty member Daniel B. Hess researched a pilot program that offered Metro Rail use to some UB students, faculty and staff.

Fred Stoss has been a dedicated environmental researcher and advocate since his student days.
7/9/14

Environmentalist Frederick Stoss, UB associate librarian and subject specialist, received the first Friend of the Biblioteca Nacional Aruba (BNA, National Library of Aruba) Award.

Students use a blow torch and cotton swabs to collect bacteria samples from a paper-towel dispenser.
7/3/14

Don’t touch that paper towel. High-speed hand dryers are cleaner, more environmentally friendly and save a bundle over time.

6/27/14

The Congress for New Urbanism’s national conference is in Buffalo this week, and UB’s School of Architecture and Planning are among those leading the conversation.

south
6/25/14

Two UB architecture faculty members have won internationally prominent lifetime achievement awards for their “significant and lasting” contributions to environmental design research, practice and teaching.

shibley at strand
6/5/14

Robert G. Shibley, dean of the School of Architecture and Planning, is being recognized by the American Institute of Architects New York State (AIANYS) for his design influence on public architecture across the state.

buffalo
6/3/14
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has cited UB as a national best practice for its community outreach efforts in neighborhoods around the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus (BNMC).
BAT TOWER, GRIFFIS SCULPTURE PARK, EAST OTTO, NEW YORK.
5/27/14

The Architectural League’s 32nd annual Emerging Voices Award brings a focus to creative practices that will influence the future direction of architecture.

research
5/19/14

RENEW (Research and Education in eNergy, Environment and Water) promises to tackle the most difficult and pressing issues that society faces in trying to create a more sustainable world.

Yankee and Dixie have returned to the nesting box at the top of MacKay Heating Plant.
5/13/14
One of UB’s popular spring rituals — falcon-watching — is in full swing with the return of peregrine falcons Dixie and Yankee to their South Campus nesting box.
Members of the UB team are, from left, Noor Jariri, Nate Sutorious, Pat O'Byrne, Matt Egan, Dave Stedman, Anthony Marchesiello, Peter Casey and Nick Lanzano
5/8/14
The challenge: reduce a snowmobile’s emissions and noise while maintaining or improving its performance.
UB Sustainability Dashboard
5/6/14

A partnership between UB’s divisions of Finance and Administration, and University Life and Services, the Sustainability dashboard tracks real-time electricity use on the North and South campuses.

houses in the Buffalo Community
5/2/14
No More Toxic Housing: Creative Legal, Policy, and Grassroots Solutions for Buffalo and Beyond
UB South Campus Quad
5/1/14

After a successful debut last year, UB is again offering its bicycle-sharing program to faculty, staff and students.

sbr
5/1/14

Developing a website can be time-consuming and costly. Fortunately, for the Western New York Sustainable Business Roundtable, it was neither.

Arctic Diary
4/23/14

Professor Jason Briner brings students to Greenland, Alaska or Baffin Island about twice a year to ply the land for clues about the history of climate change.

OFW Community Development Coordinator Matthew Fisher welcomes UB Students Nate Aldrich, Matthew Shofett, Tyler Kuss, and Dr. Hiro Hata of the UB School of Architecture as they present plans for the area.
4/21/14
SOUTH BUFFALO - The Old First Ward Community Center’s monthly community meeting was held at the Larkin Building on Exchange Street on Feb 18 for a special presentation. 
Students at the UB Campus Garden
4/16/14

Barack Obama’s done it. So has Mitt Romney. And Chris Christie.

Now, the UB community can “slow jam the news.”

Downtown Buffalo
4/9/14
This spring, concerned regional citizens can gain practical skills to mobilize their ideas into community action by enrolling in the Citizen Planning School, a free resource being offered by the School of Architecture and Planning.
Sam Magavern
4/7/14

Sam Magavern brings people together. As co-director of Partnership for the Public Good (PPG), he works to bring people with energy and good ideas to bear on the challenges facing the city of Buffalo.

Bat Tower in Griffis Sculpture Park is one of many projects by Joyce Hwang that provide habitat for bats and other misunderstood creatures
4/2/14

Joyce Hwang, associate professor of architecture, has received a 2014 Emerging Voices award from the Architectural League of New York.

Students plant trees at the Solar Strand on the North Campus.
3/7/14
“Opportunity” is the word Joshua Beres uses to describe UB’s Sustainability Academy.
annie better
2/20/14

Millions of people have seen her animated Web videos. She wrote a best-selling book and she has testified before Congress. She has even appeared on Stephen Colbert’s show.

UB faculty member Robert Silverman
2/20/14
When you think of the Rust Belt, glossy neighborhoods with rocketing rents may not be the first images that jump to mind.
Louisiana wetlands group
2/18/14
The trouble began before they received the first of many complimentary snack bags.
The Garden Box has room for the home gardener to grow vegetables in any weather. Image: School of Architecture and Planning
2/17/14
Students and professors in architecture, engineering and management will design, build and promote GRoW House — a 1,400-square-foot, solar-powered home — as finalists in the national Solar Decathlon competition.
Alan Rabideau, an environmental engineering professor with a track record of interdisciplinary research, will serve as the first Research and Economic Development Leadership Fellow.
2/10/14

Alan Rabideau, a UB environmental engineering professor with a track record of interdisciplinary research, will serve as UB's first Research and Economic Development Leadership Fellow.

Dr. Briner researching at Baffin Island in Canada
2/10/14

UB has announced the launch of RENEW (Research and Education in eNergy, Environment and Water), an interdisciplinary research institute that will focus on difficult and complex environmental issues.

Samina Raja
1/28/14

Samina Raja, a UB food systems researcher, has won the 2014 William R. and June Dale Prize for Excellence in Urban and Regional Planning.















Students in Entrepreneur course
1/27/14

Twelve classmates have joined the ranks of UB’s first entrepreneurial boot camp for students, and up to five of them have a chance to win $8,000 in seed funding when they complete it.

A volunteer outfitted with motion sensors navigates a full-scale replica of a public bus.
1/21/14

A temporary building on the South Campus houses a humble-looking contraption that could serve as a spark for improving public transit everywhere: a full-scale replica of a 40-foot public bus.

This electric car-charging station outside Bonner Hall on the North Campus is part of UB's effort to reduce its environmental footprint.
1/16/14
In a good month, Alan Rabideau doesn’t stop at the gas station.
Water treatment plant
12/19/13

Only about half of the prescription drugs and other newly emerging contaminants in sewage are removed by treatment plants says a new report.

Greiner Hall
12/17/13

 The University at Buffalo won two awards from BUILDINGS magazine’s eighth-annual America’s Best Buildings of the Year (ABBY), a contest for commercial and institutional facilities.

Clam fossils
12/4/13
Think Greenland’s ice sheet is small today?
Phillip Tucciarone
12/4/13
Phillip Tucciarone, a UB chemical and biological engineering student, has won a Marshall Scholarship, one of the most prestigious scholarships awarded annually to U.S. college students. 
Clean Air Rally
12/4/13
 When cleaning up polluted land, water and air, the conventional approach is to focus solely on scientific and engineering solutions.
Robert Mark Silverman and Li Yin
12/3/13

Two UB Professors have been awarded a $125,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Sustainable Communities program.

Dr. Jason Briner studies glacial and sediment cores during his Arctic adventures.
11/26/13

Jason Briner knew it was dangerous to camp on the coast of Baffin Island, one of Canada’s most northern points, during the summer. Yet that’s exactly what he was doing eight years ago.

Main Street near UB's South Campus. As part of a five-year project in partnership with Carnegie Mellon University, UB researchers are studying ways of making buses safer and more accessible for all riders, including through the use of vehicle ramps, interior design, and sidewalk and crosswalk improvements.
11/21/13

Carnegie Mellon University and UB are collaborating to advance physical access and public transportation for people with disabilities.

Romano's and Bruscia's sculptural wall rises in Buffalo, among Silo City's colossal grain elevators. Project 2Xmt is made from 152 pieces of super-thin, textured steel.
11/19/13

A sculptural wall located at Buffalo's Silo City and designed by architecture faculty members is a finalist in an international competition in computational design.

Students in Peru
11/18/13

UB undergraduate students will travel to northern Peru next summer to conduct rigorous interdisciplinary research into the biological and chemical properties of indigenous medicinal plants.

Stingray swimming
11/14/13

Stingrays move through water with such ease that researchers from UB and Harvard University are studying how their movements could be used to build more maneuverable unmanned underwater vehicles.

 

Sandy Geffner (left) and Nick Peterson explore the flora of Letchworth Woods on UB’s North Campus.
11/12/13

On a clear September morning, Sandy Geffner, environmental studies faculty member, and Nick Peterson, Geffner’s student and a UB staff member, treaded through Letchworth Woods on the North Campus.

Hovannes Kulhandjian and Zahed Hossain dropped two, 40-pound sensors into Lake Erie and then typed a command into a laptop.
11/5/13

UB researchers are developing a deep-sea Internet. The technological breakthrough could lead to improvements in tsunami detection, pollution monitoring and other activities.

While stony corals are present in this photo of a reef community at St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, much of the three-dimensional structure is created by the softer, flexible, tree-like gorgonian corals. Photo: Howard Lasker
10/29/13
As Earth’s temperature climbs, the stony corals that form the backbone of ocean reefs are in decline.
Burchfield Penney Art Center
10/21/13

The façade of the Burchfield Penney Art Center has been transformed into a permanent, constantly changing new media gallery, thanks to a collaboration between SUNY Buffalo State and the UB Department of Architecture.

Architecture dean Robert Shibley was recognized for reviving "the very idea of planning and urban design in Western New York." Photo: Douglas Levere
10/21/13
Robert G. Shibley, professor and dean of the Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning, has received the American Institute of Architects New York State (AIANYS) 2013 Educator Award.
UB Student chooses food for her meal at C3
10/16/13

For years, UB dining officials have heard students talk about eating healthier. And when it was meal show time and the students had to choose, they did what they always have done. They grabbed pizza, burgers and fries.

Meredith Minkler
10/14/13

UB and community sponsors presented a public lecture last week by pioneering public health advocate Meredith Minkler, professor of health and social behavior at the University of California, Berkeley.

Adel Sadek mines "big data" to help solve transportation issues. Photo: Douglas Levere
10/7/13
Traffic is light as you merge on the highway. But a few miles ahead, near a busy intersection, it starts to snow and cars are spinning off the road.
Student observing bear
10/1/13

On a Tuesday morning in June, school groups huddle around the Buffalo Zoo’s polar bear exhibit. The children come and go in great, chattering waves of 20 or 30, oohing and aahing and balancing on tiptoe to get a better view.

Alan Rabideau
9/30/13

A University at Buffalo-led research team receives $796,000 NSF grant to develop new management techniques for our nation’s superfund sites.

 

Academies students
9/30/13

Students from UB’s new Sustainability Academy joined fellow undergraduates in touring Love Canal, the 700 block of Main Street, the Buffalo River and Silo City to learn about the region’s history of industrial pollution.

UB study to examine health effects of Tonawanda Coke emissions
9/26/13

A UB study to examine the effects of emissions from the Tonawanda Coke plant on the health of residents is one of several initiatives being recommended by federal prosecutors.

Sustainability Academy students
9/24/13
Eco-minded students will have the chance to intern with environmental organizations and get a behind-the-scenes look at UB’s operations this year, thanks to the university’s new Sustainability Academy.
Sustainability leaders from across SUNY attend a reception in the Solar Strand after the day's conference sessions. Photo: Nancy J. Parisi
9/23/13

In 2006, Charles F. Zukoski, then a high-ranking administrator at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, was asked to support a plan to make the university climate neutral by 2030.
Day of caring volunteers
9/18/13
As Jennifer Berryman landscaped the front lawn of Bristol Homes on Wednesday, she remembered painting the nonprofit assisted living facility a year earlier.
SAE Team
9/13/13

The UB Society of Automotive Engineers' (SAE) team was the Best Emissions Winner in the SAE 2013 Clean Snowmobile Challenge.

shibley and hood
9/6/13

Domus, an international magazine on architecture, art and design, recently sat down with Dean Robert Shibley to investigate the process behind the realization of UB's Solar Strand.

Tyler Manley, Mobile Market director for the Massachusetts Avenue Project
9/4/13

Tyler Manley is one of three members on the Massachusetts Avenue Project staff who majored or minored in philosophy. How did his University at Buffalo degree prepare him for his job?

Andrea Martinez, an electrical engineering student at UB, holds the first sample taken on Sea Dragon for the week.
8/19/13
When Andrea Martinez opts for the can of juice instead of the plastic bottle at the store, it’s apparent that the research she performed on pollution in Lake Ontario has had an effect on her.
garden
8/14/13

Four UB students and two staff attended a conference at UMASS Amherst this summer to learn about permaculture.

Bridge spanning a ravine in Kenya
8/1/13
A senior class project for Jerome O’Connor’s students is counting for much more than a final grade; it’s giving them real world experience and a chance to help people in need.
Raj posing with Dr. Raja
7/23/13

Fulbright scholar and climate activist Subhashni Raj will start her PhD at the university this fall as the first recipient of the Jerome L. Kaufman Doctoral Fellowship for the study of food-systems planning.

Sandy Geffner showing wildflowers to students
7/17/13

UB is offering a wide variety of summer camps, including a great program for the young nature lovers in your family.

Environmental justice forum
7/8/13

The practical implications of environmental justice—fighting for the rights of poor and minority persons in neighborhoods unfairly burdened by toxic wastes—got a thorough airing at a recent forum co-sponsored by the UB Law School.

CDS
7/7/13

UB Campus Dining and Shops has been awarded silver in this year’s National College and University Food Service Association (NACUFS) Sustainability Awards contest.

strand
7/6/13

The National Wildlife Federation has listed the Solar Strand and Letchworth Woods under its “Certified Wildlife Habitat” program.

ecoli
7/5/13
A toxin dangerous to humans may help E. coli fend off aquatic predators, enabling strains of E. coli that produce the toxin to survive longer in lake water than benign counterparts, a new study finds.