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Sharing our best practices

Jack and Barbara Davis Hall is just one of our LEED Gold Certified buildings. 

We make our best practices available to our colleagues in higher education and others to communicate what works well in sustainability. After all, we are all working toward the goal of a sustainable tomorrow.

Side by Side in the Community

Our vision for sustainability extends beyond our campus borders. We bring our sustainability solutions and thinking to partners in our own region, state, nation and globe and particularly those in need.

Our students and researchers turn their microscopes and pens towards the community, working in places like Hickory Woods and the West Side of Buffalo to assist communities struggling with legacies of toxic pollution, or those that are looking to create a more sustainable tomorrow.

Building Knowledge

UB is home to the first LEED certified green building in Western New York, as well as a 3,200 panel solar array.

In addition to this sustainable physical infrastructure, UB is focused on greening the natural environment through tree plantings and community clean-ups, and infusing issues of sustainability into the fabric of our community.

UB is a driving force for implementing sustainable practices and engaging the community in our efforts.

To share our green building practices with architects, engineers, designers, and peers in Higher Education, we developed the UB High Performance Building Guidelines to serve as a checklist of best practices when building green.

We Know the Sun

UB has installed more than 800 kWh of solar power on campus in the past decade and we know how to marry the process of installation with art, education, research and engagement.

Expanding solar power usage in our community means jobs and real-world applications for the scholarship of our faculty and students. 

A Growing Partnership

We also work with partners in the community, such as Grassroots Gardens of Buffalo and the Massachusetts Avenue Project, to supply them with nutrient rich soil amendment from our on-campus composting program.