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Ian Malone

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Ian is an environmental studies major, a member of Alpha Kappa Chi, UB's professsional environmental fraternity, and an intern with the Office of Sustainability.

What does sustainability mean to you?

Sustainability to me means living in a way that lessens our impact on the planet and not depleting our resources to the point of making life harder for future generations.

What are you doing to help UB become more sustainable?

My contribution for helping UB be more sustainable is using less plastic and buying more locally, recycling more and informing friends about what can be recycled.

How do you involve UB’s faculty or staff in your sustainability work?

I am part of an environmental organization on campus which works towards informing people about sustainable living and how the way we are living now is negatively impacting the environment. 

How has sustainability impacted your academic pursuits?

I am now fully invested in pursuing a career that supports living sustainable. My goal is to participate in changing the way we get energy and to move away from conventional gas or oil fuels. 

What is the one thing you would like people to know that you do in your personal life to further sustainability? 

I would like to people to know that even though I have a car, I still bike to as many places as possible. Living sustainable is possible for everyone and starts by changing the little things we do every day.

How could UB improve its sustainability efforts?

UB has made some big efforts to be more sustainable, from the new community bikes around campus to the massive composting facilities that we now have. But I believe that the biggest step towards being more sustainable would be to re-design the campus, around cars and driving everywhere, towards a campus in which students could walk to all of our necessities, such as grocery stores.