Emily was one of the students who created a film announcing
Annie Leonard's March visit to UB. She asked students if they
wanted More, or Better "stuff".
What does sustainability mean to you?
To me, sustainability means working towards a world where all
walks of life can live harmoniously. As humans, we sometimes hold
the false notion that as the "superior race," the rest of the world
is at our disposal to fulfill our various wants however we choose.
I believe that we have the technologies and knowledge now to
reverse these selfish practices to rebuild a world where life can
What are you doing to help UB become more
In my personal life, I try my hardest to limit my waste and eat
a plant based diet as often as possible. I always choose to buy
used or recyclable products over new ones. I've attended various
sustainability themed film screenings and events. As an academic
assistant in the on-campus dorms, I hold small programs to empower
students on how to be more conscious consumers.
How do you involve UB’s faculty or staff in your
Recently, I've worked with the Undergraduate Academies and the
Office of Sustainability to create a promotional video for
sustainability advocate, Annie Leonard. It was a great opportunity
to do what I love (creating media) while spreading a message I feel
very strongly about.
How has sustainability impacted your academic
Initially, when I entered college as a Media Studies major
concentrating in Film Production, I had dreams of becoming a
Hollywood movie director. Now, after learning more and more about
sustainability and various other social movements at University at
Buffalo, my interests have certainly swayed. Once I graduate, I
hope to help produce media that advocates for social change
initiatives and differing perspectives rather than media that
perpetuates these conflicts.
What is the one thing you would like people to know that you
do in your personal life to further sustainability?
I get compliments on how I dress quite often, and I'm always
happy to tell people that most of what I buy is from thrift stores!
I love thrift stores because I can find great quality clothing for
cheap that would have otherwise been thrown away.
How could UB improve its sustainability efforts?
I would love to see UB hold a larger, more regular farmer's
market, organized clothing and book swaps between students, or a
social change orientated media club. Anyway UB can integrate
sustainability to students' passions, the better!