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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.

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.

William Philipps conducts research on deglaciation and global climate change in Greenland while an undergraduate student working under Jason Briner, associate professor of geology.
7/3/14

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.

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.

Stream with water citizen science sign near by
7/4/13

A project that asks hikers, fishermen, birdwatchers, school kids and nature-lovers of all stripes to monitor stream levels is expanding from its home base in Western New York to three new states: Iowa, Michigan and Wisconsin.

Bike
6/25/13

A UB study has found that dedicated bike lanes are not necessarily the most important factors in reducing the severity of injuries in crashes between bikes and motor vehicles.

House used in project
6/19/13

Last year two University at Buffalo students, Matthieu Bain and Andrew Perkins, purchased a house for $800, moved in, and lived there for a year while fixing it as best they could with only the city's discards and forgotten items.

Sarbajit Banerjee
6/17/13

Sarbajit Banerjee, co-director of UB’s New York State Center of Excellence in Materials Informatics, delivered a fast-paced “moonshot” proposal in Washington, D.C., this month as part of Solve for X @ Global Diaspora Forum.

Leonard Epstein
6/13/13

A mock, online grocery store created by Leonard H. Epstein, PhD, and colleagues will provide important evidence on how price and nutrient profiling—using the NuVal nutritional coding system—affect food purchase decisions.

UB's Solar Strand
6/5/13

Barely a year old, UB’s Solar Strand has produced 1 million kilowatt hours of electricity.

Gan
6/5/13

Most Americans want the U.S. to place more emphasis on developing solar power. A major impediment, however, is the cost to manufacture, install and maintain solar panels.

Irus Braverman
6/3/13

UB Law School faculty member Irus Braverman will embark on her next project while in residence at Cornell University during the 2013-14 academic year.

woodlawn beach
5/31/13

UB students are studying solutions for how to keep beaches safe from harmful bacteria levels.

5/22/13

Because information about climate change is ubiquitous in the media, researchers looked at why many Americans know so little about its causes and why many are not interested in finding out more.

5/22/13

“The Environment” is the theme of the eighth edition of the UBThisSummer Lecture Series, the annual summer series of talks by prominent UB faculty members.

Chuck Bartlett uses a tool to loosen soil around ramps he’s harvesting from a clump near Beaver Meadow Audubon Center in North Java.
5/21/13

The snow melting is one unmistakable sign, but for David Grabowski, it’s not really spring until he pulls his boots on and heads into the woods looking for dinner.

(From left, rear) UB students Amal Ibrahim (purple shirt), Patricia Johnson, Abigail Gaylord and Kiomaris Sandoval help Dominican students during an English day camp held in a Protestant church in Monte Cristi.
5/13/13

Many college students who head to the Dominican Republic for spring break are looking to enjoy the sun and sand. But 32 students from UB spent their break on this Caribbean Island teaching English to disadvantaged children.

Bill McKibben
5/9/13

Bill McKibben, author and founder of the global grassroots climate action campaign 350.org, will deliver the 2013 commencement address for School of Architecture and Planning.

from left: Peter Marley, Ann Brozek and Brian Schultz
5/9/13

Three UB students took first place in UB’s Panasci TEC for their plan to manufacture a material coating that can regulate heat from the sun in any building creating “smart” windows or surfaces.

Citizen scientists testing air quality
5/8/13

The collaborative workshop is the third that UB is hosting with the EPA this year to improve the region’s sustainability

fred stoss
5/8/13

Fred Stoss, with his signature mustache and walleye tie, is a well-known name among certain circles on the island of Aruba. He’s also met former Vice President Al Gore several times.

kapoor
5/7/13

UB is the 11th largest green power user among U.S. colleges and universities, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

University at Buffalo Dining Hall Food
5/6/13

A decade past graduation, Kevin Purdy has fond memories of a freshman year spent living in the University at Buffalo’s Ellicott Complex.

mckibben
5/2/13

Renowned author and environmentalist Bill McKibben is delivering the School of Architecture and Planning’s Commencement address. 

A new female falcon, dubbed "Dixie" by bird enthusiasts, has joined Yankee atop MacKay Heating Tower.
4/26/13

Yankee, the male peregrine falcon nesting on the South Campus, has found a new mate. What’s more, the female—bird enthusiasts have named her “Dixie”—has produced four eggs.

ej forum
4/25/13

Local activists, academics, community organizers and federal experts will exchange ideas toward making Western New York’s homes and communities healthier at a daylong environmental justice forum.

strand
4/22/13

Solar power plants are often located behind fences, on rooftops or in hard-to-reach places. UB’s Solar Strand, believed to be the nation’s most publicly accessible photovoltaic array, is an exception. 

Davis Hall
4/15/13

UB engineers and their students are improving the environment in Western New York and beyond.