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UB Sustainability

UB North Campus

Facilitating the Climate Action Plan

UB Sustainability works with a broad range of campus and community groups, including the UB Environmental Stewardship Committee, to facilitate the university's Climate Action Plan (PDF), which calls for UB to achieve climate neutrality by 2030.

The office also works with campus partners to promote sustainability related programs and events throughout the year.

Our Staff

Ryan McPherson, UB's Chief Sustainability Officer at the UB Solar Strand.
Ryan A. McPherson, Chief Sustainability Officer

In September of 2011, Mr. McPherson was named the University at Buffalo’s first Chief Sustainability Officer.  In his role as the CSO, Ryan connects people across the university with information, innovation, and tools to reduce UB’s footprint on the future and enhance quality of life by improving environmental stewardship, increasing economic efficiency and augmenting cultural values and awareness.  He specifically works closely with university partners and employs an integrated campus-wide strategy that leverages the university’s operations, curriculum, external engagement and research to further UB’s sustainability efforts.

Don Erb
Don L. Erb, Director of Sustainable Operations Integration

In August of 2014 Don Erb joined UB’s sustainability team after 22 years of service as the Director of Residential Facilities at the University at Buffalo. Don has a proven track record of innovation and effectiveness in the construction and sustainable operation of UB’s housing facilities. Don works with all University Departments to assist them in reaching UB’s operational sustainability goals that are embedded in our Climate Action Plan, Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 88 and our march towards zero waste.  He will specifically work in the areas of transportation, energy conservation and efficiency, materials management, natural resource conservation, and the built environment.



Jess Russell in India
Jess Kozlowski Russell, Sustainability Engagement Coordinator

Jess joins us from Glasgow Caledonian University (Scotland, UK) where she was working on environmental initiatives as part of the Caledonian Environment Centre.  As sustainability engagement coordinator Jess works with students, faculty and staff on a range of initiatives and programs to embed sustainable thinking and practices across the university. She also works to facilitate the development of the next generation of sustainability leaders and is interested in elevating the conversation around sustainability to be inclusive, inspiring, and fun!



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Erin Moscati, Sustainability Education Manager

Erin works to minimize UB’s materials consumption and increase the amount of waste diverted.  She also creates and implements educational programs to help the campus community engage in sustainability initiatives and transform UB’s operations.  Erin coordinates UB’s participation in RecycleMania and chairs UB’s Recycling committee which unifies people and departments across campus in waste reduction efforts. Erin is also launching a new engagement program which will teach faculty and staff how to serve as environmental advocates within their departments. 

Visit the UB Sustainability Space on the South Campus to meet, gather, and find resources on sustainability!