Alex is a member of Engineers for a Sustainable World and an
intern with the Office of Sustainability.
What does sustainability mean to you?
To me sustainability means living in a way such that we conserve
resources for future generations—living comfortably but
modestly in a fashion that is able to be sustained in the
future. It means making compromises, making conscious
decisions that are good for our environment, our economic interests
and our health, and making a change because the way that we live
now is not sustainable.
What are you doing to help UB become more
Here at UB I am studying to be an environmental engineer. I am
currently an intern at the UB Office of Sustainability, and I am a
member of ESW and their educational outreach program. Within these
different organizations I am working to learn more about
sustainability while also sharing the knowledge that I do
have. I believe that leading by your actions is the best way
to inspire change so when others see me recycling, going around and
turning off all of the lights, or only using reusable cups and
utensils hopefully they will decide to make choices that will bring
UB closer to sustainability as well.
How do you involve UB’s faculty or staff in your
I have been working with Jim Simon and Erin Moscati in the
Office of Sustainability to promote sustainability around campus.
Recently we have been focused on programs around campus such as
Recyclemania and the Buffalo Recycling Alliance project. I have
also been working through the Resident Assistants to promote
recycling and sustainable behaviors to the students living in the
resident halls. I have also been working on getting to know the
environmental faculty at UB such as Professor McPherson and
How has sustainability impacted your academic
Sustainability is what I have decided to pursue academically. I
am studying environmental engineering here at UB but I have also
immersed myself in the clubs and organizations that are
environmentally oriented as well. I have not yet decided on a
career but I know that it will revolve around promoting
What is the one thing you would like people to know that you
do in your personal life to further sustainability?
If I could pick one thing I do sustainably to share with people
it would be that we really don’t need all of this extra
stuff. As Will Smith put it “too many people spend money they
haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to
impress people they don’t even like”. Be
sustainable socially, economically, and environmentally…if
you don’t need it don’t buy it.
How could UB improve its sustainability efforts?
UB is already working very hard to lessen its impact on the
environment. Our climate action plan has us reaching climate
neutrality by 2030 and while this is an ambitious goal many people
are working hard to get us there or as close as possible. Some ways
I think that UB could improve include using more recyclable or
environmentally friendly packaging, having compost in the SU in
addition to those in the dining halls, and using less salt in the