Kelley is an Environmental Design Major at UB.
What does sustainability mean to you?
Sustainability is a way of life; it is how each and every one of
us in this world can contribute to the betterment of society while
still living the life we choose. In my life, I think of
sustainability as a motivating factor. I base my actions around
their sustainability. It is a means of asking if the environmental,
economic, social, and mental effects of my actions are viable
What are you doing to help UB become more
To help UB become more sustainable, I try to be an example to
other students in my actions and I participate in as many events as
possible. I am currently pledging to Alpha Kappa Chi- the
co-educational, professional environmental fraternity on campus-
and hoping that with this group I can be a proponent for
sustainable efforts and change around UB and the surrounding
How do you involve UB’s faculty or staff in your
I would love to involved UB’s faculty and staff more in my
sustainability work, but most often I go to faculty/staff with
questions I have about sustainability or the environment.
Professors are always willing to take that extra time to talk with
me to expand my knowledge, and I am very grateful for that. I have
learned more about how integration of sustainable efforts is the
key to true sustainability.
How has sustainability impacted your academic
It has certainly helped to decide what fields I am interested in
and where I see myself moving toward. Having been at UB and
deepened my understanding of sustainability I know I want to work
with other people who are passionate about sustainable living
practices. I see myself working in the Buffalo-Niagara Region with
community revitalization and redevelopment.
What is the one thing you would like people to know that you
do in your personal life to further sustainability?
One thing I do in my personal life, that I would like to share
with others, that furthers sustainability is I remind myself every
day that my choices matter and by deliberately making better, more
sustainable choices I can be a part of the positive change toward a
How could UB improve its sustainability efforts?
I think UB could improve its sustainability efforts by making
sustainability an essential part of campus life, and reiterating
issues of sustainability as everyday issues. Sustainability
shouldn’t be a compromise on campus, but the primary choice.
UB should be pushing sustainable practices to its students, faculty
and staff, exemplifying those practices, and continue working
within the campus community to constantly improve their