Climate Week 2019

Climate March.

Climate Week takes place between September 20th to September 30th. There are events each day both on campus and in the community to get involved with climate advocacy. 

Youth Strike.

Buffalo Youth Climate Strike joins the Global Climate Strike again this month to demand a climate emergency from our elected officials during a global week of climate action on September 20 – 27. The week will kick off on September 20th, just a few days before the United Nation’s Climate Action Summit in New York City, when citizens around the world will walk out of school and work to join thousands of brave young people who demand climate action from the world’s leaders. We invite you to join the climate justice movement here in Western NY and stand with the Buffalo Youth Climate Strike!

Please see the message below from Buffalo Youth Climate Strike organizer and former WNY Environmental Alliance Youth Fellow, Ilyas Khan :

“The Buffalo Youth Climate Strike strikes again, and we need your help to make this our most powerful action yet! On September 20th the Youth of Western New York will be walking out in solidarity with global youth strikes and with the many communities impacted by Climate Change, #strikewithus. That same day we will be joined by various other local and regional organizations to #unitethestruggles and celebrate International Peace Day. As Western New Yorkers, we recognize our region will become a haven for climate refugees, so we are demanding our elected officials declare a climate emergency. To uphold that declaration, we youth are asking them to draft policy which justly addresses both symptoms of climate change and its causes, while also being inclusive and conscious of the marginalized communities which will be hardest hit by this crisis. This is a global issue, and it’s only getting worse. The time for action is now! Join us, September 20th, to demand a climate emergency. “

UB will have their own Climate Strike just prior to the one downtown at 12:30 outside the Student Union. 

University Global Compact.

Sunday, Sept. 22, 6:30 pm reception: UB has joined a soon-to-be-launched organization called the University Global Compact to be inaugurated on September 22 at a special reception at the Rockefeller Foundation in Manhattan. Former UN Secretary General, Mr. Ban Ki Moon, will be in attendance as will other higher education leaders from around the world.  The University Global Compact is a collaborative platform of globally engaged universities and higher education associations working in partnership with the UN and other stakeholders to create a more sustainable future for all .

 UB is commited to:  

1. Increasing students’ understanding of the most pressing challenges facing the world today as articulated in the Sustainable Development Goals, and inspiring students to play an active role in driving change and finding new solutions  
2. Developing the global competence and leadership skills students need to effectively collaborate across cultural and national boundaries and across disciplines and sectors in creating a more sustainable future  
3. Engaging in actionable research, knowledge sharing, and innovation in collaboration with other local and international organizations in pursuit of novel approaches to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals  
4. Engaging with private and public actors in leading, guiding and supporting local, national and global responses to the Sustainable Development Goals  
5. Recognizing the impact that our own operations have on important sustainable development issues and acting responsibly to address them and serve as an example to others  
6. Communicating publicly our progress and being accountable for our outcomes

PSS Flyer.

You’ve probably heard of the “triple bottom line” approach to sustainability. But do you really know what it is? The Professional Staff Senate is inviting members of the UB community to find out at this year’s Sustainable Living Fair.

The event takes place from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 23 in the lobby of the Student Union, North Campus. As in previous years, the fair is happening in conjunction with the Pride of New York Showcase, hosted by Campus Dining & Shops in the Special Events Field, across from the Student Union.

There will be between 25 and 30 vendors this year, and each contributes to one or more of the three pillars of the triple bottom line: social, environmental, financial.

Tuesday, September 24th: Environmental Network Free Clothing Pop-Up

EN Thrift Shop.

EN will be hosting the free thrift shop for students for the third year in a row. This is our way of combatting fast fashion and clothing insecurtiy. All donations will be free for students to take and doations will be taken in the SA office.

Time: 11-1pm

Location: Student Union Lobby

Green Your Commute.
Transportation represents the largest source of New York State's greenhouse gas emissions and also the largest part of most New Yorker's personal carbon footprint as well. This is why it is critically important that we all lower our emissions from transportation so that we can meet our greenhouse gas emission reduction goals (a 40% reduction by 2030 and 80% by 2050). Plus, you may discover that a more sustainable commute is both relaxing and enjoyable! 

Thursday, September 26th: How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate

Andrew Hoffman.

What causes people to reject or accept the scientific consensus on climate change?

Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019
5 - 6:30 p.m.
106/201 Student Union Theater

Though the scientific community largely agrees that climate change is underway, debates about this issue remain fiercely polarized.

Hoffman makes a case for a more scientifically literate public, a more socially engaged scientific community and a more thoughtful mode of public discourse.

Andrew (Andy) Hoffman is the Holcim (U.S.) Professor of Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan; a position that holds joint appointments in the Stephen M. Ross School of Business and the School of Environment and Sustainability.

Friday, September 27th: Campus Garden Build Day/Welcome Back Party

Campus Garden Build Day.

The UB Campus Garden is moving! It will now be closer to the UB Bees and Bizer Creek, solidifying this area as a food systems hub for campus. We need your help to build two raised beds and fill them with soil so that they will be ready to be planted in this Spring.

Please come prepared to get dirty!

The workday will start at 3pm and end at 6pm. Please meet outside of 101 Statler (across the pedistran bridge). You can park in the Center for Tomorrow Lot. 

Food and snacks will be provided.