Holly is an Environmental Geosciences major and a student
assistant at the Office of Sustainability.
What does sustainability mean to you?
To me, sustainability implies continuity. It means that a system
isn’t linear; there is no end and beginning and no waste. For
humans, moving towards a more sustainable way of life will require
a more ecological frame of mind; we are part of nature instead of
masters of it. Sustainability means looking at the long term big
picture, instead of searching for cheap solutions with immediate
payoffs, and making lot of sacrifices.
What are you doing to help UB become more
I work at the Office of Sustainability. I help with projects
like Zero Waste, Recylemania, and the Sustainable Film Series. I
also help promote events hosted by the office. I think promoting
sustainable events and efforts on campus is really important and I
love being a part of it. I think getting more students involved and
aware about what we are doing and why is the best way to make a
difference on campus.
How do you involve UB’s faculty or staff in your
I work with Erin Moscati and Jess Kozlowski Russell at the
Office of Sustainability. They are great examples of hard-working
individuals who care about moving toward sustainability and
I’m learning a lot working with them. In addition, as an
Environmental Geosciences major, most of my professors are very
involved in conservation efforts. I’ve worked with Dr.
Kenneth Shockley, Dr. Jessica Poulin, and Dr. Himanshu Grover.
How has sustainability impacted your academic
I’ve chosen to study Environmental
Geosciences because, in the future, I’d like to work on
doing research, consulting, or policy changing regarding
What is the one thing you would like people to know that you
do in your personal life to further sustainability?
It’s so hard to pick one important thing because
it’s not about making a few dramatic sacrifices; it’s
making a lot of small changes in your day-to-day life. My best
example would be I try to be aware of how much I waste and what I
really need. Reduce, reuse, and recycle. That mantra might be
redundant but make my choices about what I eat, what I buy, and
what I throw out with that in mind. Also, I love to garden!!
How could UB improve its sustainability efforts?
UB already does a lot of great sustainability work but I think
we could improve by implementing more widespread instruction about
sustainable living. Maybe a course regarding sustainability could
be required of all students, similar to library skills and