Sam is an Environmental Studies major and a E-Board member of
Alpha Kappa Chi, UB's professional environmental fraternity.
What does sustainability mean to you?
Sustainability means finding viable solutions for making the
earth’s resources endure for the future. It means
finding a healthy balance with human need and protecting the planet
for the sake of all of its inhabitants. We have a duty to be
responsible caretakers of the earth in order to ensure the
longevity of the natural entities that we have been fortunate
enough to enjoy, for future generations.
What are you doing to help UB become more
I’m a member of Alpha Kappa Chi, UB’s first
professional environmental fraternity. As a member on the
e-board, I’ve worked on a number of projects and activities
to promote sustainability at UB. We organize various service and
professional events including Earth Day demonstrations, tree
planting, and professional speaker events that promote
sustainability and environmental education. I’ve also
been working with the Wellness Center as the intern Farmers Market
Coordinator. The farmers market is a great resource for students to
have convenient access to nutritional, local produce as well as
educational materials on sustainable agriculture. I believe
that education and awareness are the keys to promoting positive
How do you involve UB’s faculty or staff in your
UB really has amazing faculty and staff that are interested in
sustainability work and the environmental field. Our
fraternity has been lucky enough to have the support of many of
these professors through speaker events, workshops or hands-on
How has sustainability impacted your academic
Sustainability has had a huge impact on my academic pursuits as
an environmental studies major. There are so many amazing
opportunities and classes offered at UB that promote sustainability
and conservation. Last winter I was able to camp in the Florida
Everglades and take a course on unique environments. This
summer I was fortunate enough to have a life changing experience
studying biodiversity conservation and ecosystems in
Madagascar. Habitat conservation and sustainable agriculture
are both issues that I’m passionate about, and that
ultimately go hand in hand. These experiences as well as my work
with the farmers market have really affirmed my passion for the
environment. In the future, I hope to have a career working for a
non-profit organization that ties in sustainable agriculture and
What is the one thing you would like people to know that you
do in your personal life to further sustainability?
Besides recycling and trying to reduce my resource use as much
as possible, I think it’s important for people to know that
you can always keep learning and improving your sustainability
efforts. I’ve made a lot of small changes in my daily
life that further sustainability like carrying my own reusable
water bottle, becoming a vegetarian and buying local. There
are so many people doing amazing things to promote sustainability
who inspire me to learn about more ways I can contribute.
It’s important to me to always keep learning.
How could UB improve its sustainability efforts?
Since I’ve been at UB I’ve seen a lot of great
changes towards making our campus more sustainable. The
opening of the Solar Strand, offering a sustainability course this
spring, and breaking ground on a new campus garden are all exciting
additions to our campus. Something I think UB could improve
upon would be reducing waste from campus food. If we could
eliminate disposable plastic water bottles, and compost more of our
food waste, it would be a huge improvement.