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 sustainable?
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 the environment.
How do you involve UB’s faculty or staff in your sustainability work?
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 pursuits?
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 being landfilled.
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 money.