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2013 SUNY Sustainability Conference

Keynote Speaker Addressing the Conference

Keynote Speaker Robert "Skip" Backus, CEO of the Omega Institute, giving his presentation about the Omega Institute's campus as a learning living laboratory.

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Sustainability at UB

UB's model of sustainability focuses on finding solutions to global challenges through research, educating individuals about these challenges, setting the bar high for sustainability in our own operations, and sharing our experiences and partnering with the external community.  UB is a leader in sustainability in higher education.  Our commitment spans over 40 years—from the origins of the environmental movement at Love Canal to the innovative operational measures we take that continue to save the university millions of dollars a year. 

We strive to evolve, build resilience and minimize our environmental footprint on the future as most strongly illustrated by our aggressive commitment to become climate neutral by 2030.

Our sustainability efforts include the opening of five new LEED- designed buildings in a little over a year; the artistically infused, publicly accessible Solar Strand; a dynamic new composting system; a first-of-its-kind bicycle-sharing system; the launching of the Sustainability Academy within the Academies; providing community leadership to create, implement and provide ongoing strong leadership and collaboration to the the WNY Environmental Alliance, and other innovative programs that are moving UB toward being a more sustainable campus.