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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Sustainable Futures, a service learning program in architecture,
landscape architecture and planning, is conducted in
Monteverde, Costa Rica and hosted by the Monteverde Institute, the
University at Buffalo, and other universities.