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 sustainable?
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 sustainability work?
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 world.
How has sustainability impacted your academic pursuits?
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.