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UB Sustainability

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Facilitating the Climate Action Plan

UB Sustainability works with a broad range of campus and community groups, including the UB 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 as part of the Caledonian Environment Centre in the School of Engineering and Built Environment.  Jess works with students, faculty and staff on a range of initiatives to embed sustainable thinking and practices across the university. She also works to coordinate the University's sustainability metrics and reporting initiatives by engaging with stakeholders and streamling the data collection and analysis process. She is committed to integrating sustainability into UB's research and teaching effots, and works to facilitate the development of a university-wide sustainability strategy.

 

 

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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. 

 

JoMarie
JoMarie Woltz, Administrative Assistant

JoMarie Woltz joined UB Sustainability in 2014 as Administrative Assistant after spending many years at UB as Secretary to the Chair in the Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health in the School of Public Health. JoMarie has worked with research and academic faculty and staff and comes to Sustainability with over 30 years of knowledge and experience in the University's business systems. She works closely with the Chief Sustainability Officer and Sustainability Team to ensure that day-to-day office operations run smoothly and efficiently.

UB Sustainability Student Team

Madeleine
Madeleine Dewey: Engagement & Outreach Student Coordinator

Madeleine, a junior environmental engineering major from Alfred, NY, joined UB Sustainability in the fall of 2015. As Student Engagement and Outreach Coordinator, her focus is on creating programs and educational opportunities for students. She hopes to help the student body learn that sustainability knowledge and practice is applicable to everyone, and how the average student can apply the ideas of sustainability in their personal lives and future careers. 

Liam
Liam Fitzpatrick: Sustainability Development and Tracking Intern

Liam is a senior at UB from Long Beach, New York getting his degree in environmental studies with a concentration in education and policy.  His experience comes from solar panel installation with Empower Solar on Long Island. He started his internship in fall 2016 working on tracking UB’s sustainability rating through the STARS system.  He is also assisting with developing a maintenance plan for the UB Solar Strand and creating signage for the LEED accreditation of the downtown medical building.  

Jess
Jess Gilbert: Campus Garden Coordinator

Jessica is a Ph.D. student in the UB Geography Department. Her research focuses on promoting environmental sustainability at the individual level. She began volunteering for UB Sustainability in Fall 2015 with a goal to increase the UB community’s engagement and participation in the Campus Garden. She is currently facilitating the creation of a UB Campus Garden Club, which will increase student involvement in the garden, as well as be the general body responsible for its care. She plans to continue her work with the garden and hopes to help turn the garden into a community space that promotes healthy, sustainable lifestyles.

Kaia
Kaia Grosso: Zero Waste and Engagement Intern

In the fall of 2015, Kaia joined the Sustainability team as a Zero-Waste intern and as of Fall 2016, became a Student Assistant in the office. An environmental geoscience major hailing from Stony Brook NY, Kaia works in the field making sure Zero Waste operations are undergoing without faults and that the volunteers are properly instructed in their tasks. When he isn't out there on foot, he's engaging in communications with the rest of the department and others to improve and advance the Zero Waste Program at University at Buffalo.

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