Alyssa is a Biomedical Engineering major and the President of
Engineers for a Sustainable World.
What does sustainability mean to you?
Sustainability is a way of living that promotes the natural
environment so as to reverse the damages inflicted on the planet
and promote the longevity of our world. We must work with the
environment to maintain and repair the nature around us so as to
make the world a better place to live in not only for us, but the
future generations to come.
What are you doing to help UB become more
I am currently the president of Engineers for a Sustainable
world. We work on many different projects within our club to
promote sustainability and also research new methods of sustainable
ideas for our community. We do a lot of outreaching to teach the
community what it means to be sustainable in their life as well as
show them with hands on activities.
How do you involve UB’s faculty or staff in your
Our clubs advisor, Dr. James Jensen works with our club closely
on various projects giving insight and helping to complete them. We
also work with various campus groups run by faculty and staff to
promote sustainability in a combined effort.
How has sustainability impacted your academic
I started college wanting to be a Biomedical Engineer and work
with medical devices. After being involved in ESW and other clubs
on campus, I want to focus my efforts to work for a company that
promotes sustainable medical supplies to reduce the waste in the
medical field. I hope to stay very active in my community promoting
sustainability while working as an engineer.
What is the one thing you would like people to know that you
do in your personal life to further
Being the current president of ESW I promote sustainability on a
daily basis. I have also personally reshaped my home to be a more
sustainable one. I have educated my family and friends on the
importance on being sustainable. I have made my own parents stop
purchasing plastic water bottles and get reusable ones and
explained to them that they can recycle much more than they have.
In my apartment with my friends I have made recycling bins for
everything and made them think before they throw things out. I try
to teach people why it’s important to live this way in hopes
to make an impact on our world.
How could UB improve its sustainability efforts?
UB has done a lot in the past 3 years I’ve attended, like
getting more recycling bins and the solar strand. I think UB should
continue its efforts to make it easier to be sustainable, as well
as educate students on the importance of being sustainable. UB
should add more water bottle fountains to promote reusable water
bottles on campus. Educating students on the easy things they
can do to promote our natural environment is the key to making more
people live sustainably.