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Eileen Lusenskas


Eileen is an Environmental Studies Major and part of the leadership team of Alpha Kappa Chi, UB's professional environmental fraternity.

What does sustainability mean to you?
Sustainability to me means, being able to support oneself without hurting or causing any damage to future generations.  It mean respecting the environment and each other so we can enjoy them later on.

What are you doing to help UB become more sustainable?
Throughout my years at UB I have been a part of Environmental Network and Alpha Kappa Chi, UBs first and only Environmental Professional Fraternity. These two organizations help get the word out about different environmental issues and things we can do to help. We show students and Faculty what they can do and how easy it is to be sustainable. Just by showing buffalo what we do, I think it can really make a difference. 

How do you involve UB’s faculty or staff in your sustainability work?
We educate them. Just by doing that, I think it can really help change how UB operates in a better way.

How has sustainability impacted your academic pursuits?
It has gotten me to really think about what I want to do for the rest of my life. Going into college I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do, but after meeting new people and joining the different groups it was really shown me what I enjoy. I now want to be an environmental educator to young kids, to really show young children about their environment and how they can protect it and enjoy it for many years to come.

What is the one thing you would like people to know that you do in your personal life to further sustainability?
Personally I am a Natural Resource Instructor at a summer camp program in Vermont. It is a conservation camp that teaches kids between the ages of 12-16 hunter education, conservation, and other environmental topics. Each week we have a new set of campers, we show them how important it is to respect out environment so they will be able to enjoy is for many years to come. A big part of the camp is Hunter Education, We teach the kids how to be safe legal and ethical hunters and at the end of the week they take a test and are able to receive there hunter certifications.

How could UB improve its sustainability efforts?
The biggest thing UB can do is to educate, educate faculty, students, visitor’s, really anyone who will listen. To show them how easy it is to live a sustainable life!


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