Hannah is an Environmental Studies major at UB and a new member
of UB's Professional Environmental Fraternity, Alpha Kappa Chi.
What does sustainability mean to you?
Sustainability to me means meeting human needs with as little or
no harm done to the Earth in the process, especially damage that
will put future generations in danger.
What are you doing to help UB become more
I am joining UB’s environmental fraternity this semester
to link up with other students that are also interested in a more
sustainable campus, and essentially world. I am also just in
general conscious of my waste, where my food comes from, and how I,
personally can have the smallest impact each day.
How do you involve UB’s faculty or staff in your
As an environmental student here I am educated every day by
staff members who have taken their own steps towards
sustainability. Also, as a student worker for CDS I try and share
my ideas and conscious habits with other staff members, regardless
of their age and position.
How has sustainability impacted your academic
My passion deepened for being environmentally conscious of my
daily actions from some of the courses I’ve taken in the past
What is the one thing you would like people to know that you
do in your personal life to further sustainability?
I try to create as little waste as possible each day. I also eat
food that has not gone under rigorous chemical alterations or
travelled extreme distances to convenience me. I always think about
how far food would have to travel to be on my plate, and how many
different processes it would have to undergo to be in that
How could UB improve its sustainability efforts?
I think the top way that UB could improve its sustainability
efforts is to further educate the students that go here. It is
important to do things like install solar panels, minimize waste,
and compost food at campus shops, but the people of our generation
need to be educated so we can have a larger group of people that
care about the condition of our Earth.