Cassie is a double major in Geology and Environmental
Geoscience, an RA in Campus Living, and a Student Assistant with
the Office of Sustainability.
What does sustainability mean to you?
To me, sustainability means to endure. I don’t think
it necessarily means we need to reduce or lessen our quality of
life in the future, it just means we need to be innovative as we
move forward and try to balance the needs of humanity and the needs
of the earth.
What are you doing to help UB become more
I work for the Office of Sustainability, where I work to
implement or improve UB’s sustainability efforts. I am
also an R.A. and create programs that are related to
Sustainability, and ensure that the residence halls are following
UB’s environmental practices.
How do you involve UB’s faculty or staff in your
I currently work with Jim Simon and Erin Moscati at the Office
of Sustainability to promote sustainability throughout the many
facets of campus. I have worked on large-scale projects such
as RecycleMania and educating residence hall staff about
sustainable practices. I also work to advertise sustainable
practices through UB Green social media. Additionally, I am
formulating my Senior Geology Thesis project, which will hopefully
be based around hydrology and how it pertains to our water
resources for the future.
How has sustainability impacted your academic
Sustainability is essentially the core of my academic
pursuits. I am currently double majoring in Geology and
Environmental Geoscience, so sustainability is a part of every
class I am taking. Although my career path is not yet clear,
I see myself attending graduate school for Hydrology or
Environmental Engineering, and pursuing a career path that pertains
to the hard science involved in sustainable practices.
What is the one thing you would like people to know that you
do in your personal life to further sustainability?
One thing that I would like people to know is that I try to live
simply. Although I do fall victim to the many fashion trends,
when I purchase materials for myself, I buy quality, not
quantity. The root of humanity’s issue is that we
always want more. To instill a mind set of simplicity is
crucial to sustainability. I also have a competition going to
see how fast I can shower in the morning—I am currently at 6
How could UB improve its sustainability efforts?
Overall, I think that UB is a very progressive school as far as
sustainable practices goes. Our Climate Action Plan and Solar
Strand are really large steps in comparison to other
Universities. I do think it is important to encourage
students to want less, and see value in simplicity. To create
and foster this mindset in the student body will greatly improve
UB’s sustainability efforts. I also I would, like to
see UB use the roofs of the buildings on North Campus for green
space. If urban gardens could be created the benefits could
be two fold: students could use these areas as study space, and
rainwater could be efficiently used in these gardens.