Megan is studying Urban and Regional Planning in the School of
Architecture and Planning and is working with the Office of
Sustainability to promote BikeShare at UB.
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
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
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
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