Victoria is a Psychology Major, part of the Civic Engagement
Academy, and a Team Leader for the 2014 Louisiana Wetlands
Alternative Break trip.
What does sustainability mean to you?
Sustainability to me means being proactive about not only the
bigger environmental issues, but the issues that we face every day-
something as simple as unplugging your phone charger when
you’re not using it, or picking up a plastic water bottle
that’s on the road. Little things make a difference and
ultimately add up to something larger.
What are you doing to help UB become more
This year, I am a trip leader for the Alternative Winter Break
program to the Louisiana Wetlands. Thirteen UB students, staff
members Jim Simon and Liz Hladczuk, as well as myself will be
spending a week in Southern Louisiana helping to promote
sustainability through hands-on projects and discussion based
exercises. I hope to leave Louisiana with different strategies and
ideas our team can utilize in our own Buffalo community.
How do you involve UB’s faculty or staff in your
As a member of the Academies, I am often surrounded by the
academic directors who are always interested in new ideas from
students concerning different issues throughout campus. With that
said, I try to engage in conversations daily with these faculty
members in order to make connections that could help future
endeavors regarding sustainability efforts from programs and
offices like UB Campus Garden, the Office of Sustainability, Campus
Living, etc. Additionally, I currently work with Jim Simon from the
Office of Sustainability on the Alternative Winter Break program to
the Louisiana Wetlands. Jim is a great mentor and provides a lot of
insight on various sustainability issues occurring throughout the
How has sustainability impacted your academic
The amazing thing about sustainability is that it has no bounds.
Anyone can work towards a better, less impacted world, which is
what I am trying to do every day.
What is the one thing you would like people to know that you
do in your personal life to further sustainability?
If I see something on the ground that I know is recyclable, or
is garbage, I always pick it up. Anyone that has walked with me can
vouch for me on that! I never let the water run when I am brushing
my teeth, either- what a waste!
How could UB improve its sustainability efforts?
I think UB does a fantastic job with its sustainability efforts-
better than most universities I have visited. One thing I think
they could do better is shortening the bus route from Ellicott
Complex to the Student Union. There is a traffic circle outside of
Richmond Quadrangle the busses could utilize instead of their route
now that would not only lessen the trip, but alleviate the gas
mileage, costs, and environmental impact.