Jonathan is a member of Alpha Kappa Chi, UB's professional
environmental fraternity and the UB Environmental Network.
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
What are you doing to help UB become more
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
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.