What does sustainability mean to you?
Sustainability, usually spoken of in terms of the environment,
can be applied to all aspects of life. For me, sustainability can
mean maintaining a healthy lifestyle, creating lasting friendships,
in addition to recycling and using only what I need.
What are you doing to help UB become more
Last year I participated in an internship through the Office of
Sustainability, collecting data from University operations
officials about our waste and recycling. The report that was
generated from this data serves as a benchmark for UB’s
submission to AASHE STARS. Now I’m doing research in the
Biology Department involving bioremediation of heavy metals from
How do you involve UB’s faculty or staff in your
I worked directly with staff at my internship to help gather all
the data I needed related to sustainability. I also accompanied UB
staff to the Louisiana Bayou to work on an Alternative Winter Break
trip to help protect the wetlands!
How has sustainability impacted your academic
As an environmental engineering student, my academics revolve
around sustainability to an extent. In courses we discuss topics
such as how much energy/materials recycling actually saves,
treating wastewater, and developing emissions models.
What is the one thing you would like people to know that you
do in your personal life to further sustainability?
If I see a plastic bottle lying on the ground around campus, I
like to throw it in the recycling bin so it doesn’t end up
How could UB improve its sustainability efforts?
UB has already put a lot of effort into sustainability,
especially in new LEED buildings. However, I think that insulating
some of the dorms more effectively could save a lot of energy and