Aubrey is a Chemical Engineering major and the Environmental
Director of the Student Association and one of eight students that
was critical to UB's submission to the Sustainability Tracking
Assessment Rating System (STARS).
What does sustainability mean to you?
Sustainability is the ability for an act to continue the way it
is operating for an infinite amount of time. It encompasses people,
economy and environment and how they all work together.
What are you doing to help UB become more
I am the Environmental Director for the Student Association, so
I advocate on behalf of students environmental concerns. My
department is currently working on a project that will hopefully
lessen if not eliminate the university selling plastic water
bottles in vending machines to promote the use of reusable water
bottles and cut down on plastic waste at the university. Other than
this project we also have multiple events every semester to teach
students how to live more sustainably by making simple changes like
shutting off the lights when not in use or choosing local foods
instead of imported products.
How do you involve UB’s faculty or staff in your
I hope to get the faculty and staff on board with the water
bottle plan to help the university cut down on the plastic waste.
We also invite faculty and staff to the events we hold educating
the university on sustainability and environmental issues to get
How has sustainability impacted your academic pursuits?
What I have learned about sustainability has enhanced my
academic career by allowing me to be more well rounded.
Professional careers depend not only on the economy, but also on
people and the environment. I have decided to focus on public
health and environmental engineering in the future because I
believe both are connected and also are involved in important
ongoing issues in society today.
What is the one thing you would like people to know that you
do in your personal life to further sustainability?
To further sustainability in my own life, I promote recycling in
my house as much as possible, and try to carpool or take the subway
whenever possible instead of driving.
How could UB improve its sustainability efforts?
UB could improve its sustainability efforts most efficiently by
focusing on facilities. Changing to more efficient light bulbs and
water heaters is always helpful. UB could use more motion-sensored
lights so that classrooms and bathrooms don’t stay lit when
no one is there, and low flow toilets could cut down on water
useage. UB made a great step toward sustainability with the solar
array, and we should continue with that theme and pursue more
“green power” options.