What does sustainability mean to you?
It means changing our habits and our lives so that we can continue to live on this earth without making our future generations lives more difficult. We need to stop passing issues off on to the future generations and need to address them ourselves.
What are you doing to help UB become more sustainable?
I am on the e-board for Environmental Network and in the environmental professional fraternity Alpha Kappa Chi and through my involvement in these organizations is how I make UB more sustainable. With EN, we try to hold events or be involved with activities on campus that mainly focus on educating students about environmental issues and doing service on and off campus. Through Alpha Kappa Chi I am involved via our professional and service events but I also am working in a group of cross campus interests and we are trying to get an organic garden started on campus.
I am a student representative on two ESC sub-committees.
How do you involve UB’s faculty or staff in your sustainability work?
I did an internship at the Office of Sustainability and helped gather data for the STARS (Sustainability Tracking and Rating System” report and I often had to investigate what other schools were doing to earn credit for the report. Using school’s STARS reports and their sustainability website I started investigating ways UB could become more sustainable with new practices or ideas from these other schools. I then share some of the ideas with the Office of Sustainability. They then can either keep these ideas in mind for the future or let me know if they are worth looking into further and seeing how feasible it would be to implement.
How has sustainability impacted your academic pursuits?
Being aware of sustainability issues is the reason I chose my major, Environmental Geosciences. I’m considering going to graduate school for either something sustainability related or for something along the lines of conservation biology
What is the one thing you would like people to know that you do in your personal life to further sustainability?
I’m pretty committed to making the earth a better place, I have no problem picking bottles or cans out of the top of trash cans to put them in recycling bins.
How could UB improve its sustainability efforts?
By giving me a lot of money to implement new ideas? In the community, students could be more interested and concerned about environmental issues since this is something our generation needs to fix. Administrativly, requiring that every student take a environment and sustainability related course before they graduate would be nice. UB just needs to stay on the same path it currently is on and remain committed to being environmentally friendly and sustainable. We have the opportunity to be the leader in the SUNY system, which would be great.