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Points of Pride

Exterior of Greiner Hall

Our LEED Gold designed Greiner Hall is an example of the marriage of sustainable and universal design.

UB has embarked upon numerous endeavors to reduce its environmental impact, setting the standard for public research universities.

gold
11/13/15

Due to UB's continued committment to sustainability, the university has been recognized by AASHE, Advancement for Sustainability in Higher Education as a STARS gold university. As a result, the university is now placed in the top 1.6 percent of colleges and universities in North America. Of the more than 5,000 higher education institutions, only 81 have achieved the level of gold.

Second Nature
11/13/15

The annual Second Nature Climate Leadership Awards recognize innovative and advanced leadership in sustainability, climate mitigation, and resilience at signatory campuses of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. They do so based on demonstrated advances in innovation, embedded opportunities, and student preparedness with relation to sustainability and climate action.

 

EPA Award
11/13/15

The University at Buffalo’s commitment to solving pressing environmental issues, educating students about these challenges and operating eco-friendly campuses has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with the Environmental Champion Award. The EPA also named UB the Mid-American Conference (MAC) champion for renewable energy usage. 

Princeton Review
11/13/15

In 2015, The Princeton Review rated the University at Buffalo among the colleges and universities it considers the nation’s best for high-quality degree programs, affordability and career prospects. 

Solar Strand
11/13/15

An article in The Wall Street Journal listing "The Best Architecture of 2014" includes UB’s Solar Strand, calling the 3,200-panel, ground-mounted photovoltaic array a “small but telling model of landscape architecture at its most forward-thinking.”

USGBC
11/13/15

The U.S. Green Building Council Center for Green Schools named UB one of the 2014 “Best of Green Schools” recipients. The awards recognize 10 individuals, institutions, projects and events representing national leaders and innovators in school sustainability. 

 

 

6/19/14

UB is an innovator in solar energy on campus through The Solar Strand, a one-of-a-kind solar array designed by landscape architect Walter Hood that serves as a model for blending art, science, accessibility and technology at public research institutions.

6/19/14

We were one of the first universities to sign on to the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment to achieve climate neutrality.

State of Sustainability
8/24/15

UB is benchmarking its sustainability performance with the State of Sustainability Infographic. This will help communicate our goals and achievements to both the campus and the broader community.

2/2/16

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has named UB one of its Top 10 College and University Green Power Partners.

6/19/14

UB developed a world-class climate action plan with one-, three- and five-year goals for six committees that span the university’s sustainability spectrum.

6/19/14

We have made a commitment to sustainable buildings. Greiner Hall debuted in August 2011 and represented the first LEED gold designed student residence hall in the State University of New York System and also was designed with the practice of Universal Design in mind.

6/19/14

We are a leader in purchasing renewable energy. UB is poised to move toward purchasing 30 percent of its electricity from wind power.

Tom Furlani, UB CIO
2/2/16

UB IT increased the efficiency of the computing power at the Center for Computational Research. The project decreased total energy consumption at the data center by 20%, saved UB more than $278,000, and reduced our carbon footprint by 550 metric tons.