What does sustainability mean to you?
To me, sustainability begins with evaluating how our collective actions affect our neighbors, our cities, and the larger global environment. When we have an understanding of our impact on this planet, we can act to become better stewards for both present and future generations.
What are you doing to help UB become more sustainable?
Currently, I am working with BikeShare at UB to provide a fun, healthy, and environmentally friendly mode of transportation for UB students. BikeShare is great for quick trips on and nearby both North and South Campuses and reduces trips that previously made by car or bus.
How do you involve UB’s faculty or staff in your sustainability work?
Since I am pretty new to UB, I have not yet had the opportunity to collaborate with faculty in my sustainability work. Many of the faculty in my program, Urban and Regional Planning, share my interest in alternative forms of transportation such as biking, so I am sure collaboration is right around the corner.
How has sustainability impacted your academic pursuits?
The idea of sustainability directs my academic pursuits. I am studying Urban and Regional Planning and hold a degree in Historic Preservation. I value and seek to promote historic urban cores of cities for their inherent sustainable qualities such as walkable and bikeable streets and densities, as well as buildings that are great for local businesses.
What is the one thing you would like people to know that you do in your personal life to further sustainability?
One thing that I do in my personal life to further sustainability is to concentrate on reducing material consumption. I try to monitor the amount of stuff that comes into my apartment through things like switching to digital formats, buying necessary items with little to no packaging, and, in general, living with less.
How could UB improve its sustainability efforts?
I think UB could improve their sustainability efforts by making a stronger connection with downtown Buffalo and the surrounding neighborhoods. I think the school could benefit by better utilizing the history, culture and architecture that is present downtown and in the surrounding neighborhoods. The city would definitely benefit by having a stronger UB student presence shopping, dining and supporting local establishments that are located downtown.