Jayralin is a member of the Sustainability Academy and part of
the UB Campus Garden leadership team.
What does sustainability mean to you?
Sustainability to me means learning to live within your means,
whether they may be monetary, or just environmentally
speaking. One should strive to treat the environment with the
same respect one does to their own body, loving it and keeping it
clean and thanking it every day for everything it provides.
What are you doing to help UB become more
In addition to being a vegan (there’s a lot more
compostable, plant-based foods I eat) I’m also working this
summer towards becoming zero waste. As I’ll no longer
be on the meal plan I’ll be shopping for all of my food and
now I plan on reducing my waste to as little as possible.
That means bulk bin shopping, placing grains and other
small-particle foods in glass jars and buying fruits and vegetables
and placing them in fabric bags or cloths. I’d like to
have as little waste as possible because the process should be
refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle, rot as highlighted by Bea Johnson
of Zero Waste Home.
How do you involve UB’s faculty or staff in your
I am close to some of my professors that I’ve taken
classes with and like to stay in contact regularly regarding
environmental news and events going on campus. When I had to
introduce Annie Leonard in the spring semester of my freshman year
it was professors like Dr. Ken Shockley, Ms. Andi Coulter, and Mr.
Ralph Critelli that really helped me out with my content.
How has sustainability impacted your academic
I implement sustainability through everything that I
study. I’m also pursuing minors in English and French
and a creative writing program. I realize now that a lot of
my writing (both poetry and prose) tend to revolve around the same
principle – how we impact the environment and how that
impacts everyone’s life. The plants, animals (yes,
let’s not forget humans are animals, too), soils, rocks,
climate, everything is so delicately interconnected and I love
drawing that through everything I learn.
What is the one thing you would like people to know that you
do in your personal life to further sustainability?
I’m really into eco-fashion! As I have very little
possessions the pieces of clothing I do have I like to use to the
fullest by having them be multifunctional. An example of that
is a piece I have called the Versalette by Seamly which can be
turned into thirty different garments through a series of strings
that can be pulled and adjusted. The company is also very
sustainable because all of their clothes are multifunctional and
are made from surplus fabric right in Denver, CO.
How could UB improve its sustainability efforts?
UB could definitely begin to improve its sustainability efforts
by phasing out plastic water bottles. It is extremely
unnecessary and so many schools have already taken the pledge to
stop selling them. It would be incredible to no longer see a
“pure” natural resource sold in cancer-causing plastic
bottles. Also, definitely improving the efficiency of the bus