Zero Waste

ZeroWaste

UB has created a strategic plan to move the university toward Zero Waste.  Our goal is to reduce the amount of physical waste that is produced across our campuses.  The plan specifically focuses on how to improve UB's campus-wide recycling diversion rate and expand composting opportunities.

Zero Waste Stadium

Help UB Football tackle ZERO WASTE.

Since the 2014 football season, UB students have volunteered to help UB Stadium go green, by ensuring fans recycle and compost.

Over the last 4 seasons, we've diverted 9,461 pounds of compost from the landfill. 

What do volunteers do?

Games are divided into three, 3 hour shifts to make it easier to help out.  

First shift: Start time is 2 hours prior to kick-off. End time is one hour after kick-off.
Volunteers for this shift will be responsible for set-up prior to game.  Some possible tasks include: arranging collection barrels; ensuring signs are in place; lining barrels with bags; educating fans


Second shift: Start time is one hour prior to kick-off.  End time is two and a half hours into the game.
Volunteers for this shift will be responsible for servicing recycling and compost containers.  Some possible tasks include: educating fans; transporting materials from inside the stadium to outside the stadium; communicating with concessions staff; collecting materials from concessions and suites.


Third shift: Start time is 2 hours after kick-off.  End time is dependent upon when the game ends, and amount of clean-up required. 
Volunteers for this shift will be responsible for servicing recycling and compost containers, and post-game break-down.  Some possible tasks include: educating fans; transporting materials from inside the stadium to outside the stadium; collecting materials from concessions and suites; securing signage; storing Zero Waste education materials; ensuring collection equipment is secured. 

If you have a shift preference, please let us know.  Shifts are scheduled on a first come, first serve basis.

2018 Volunteer Schedule

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Date Time Register
Saturday, Sept. 1 6:00 p.m. Volunteer
Saturday, Sept. 15 6:00 p.m. Volunteer
Saturday, Sept. 29 TBA Volunteer
Saturday, Oct. 13 TBA Volunteer
Tuesday, Oct. 30 8:00 p.m. Volunteer
Tuesday, Nov. 6 7:30 p.m. Volunteer
UBReUSE

UBReUSE is a student-run campus waste diversion program supported by UB Sustainability and Campus Living. The program captures goods during move-out, that are useful, but no longer wanted or needed by their owner. UBReUSE's goal is to connect these materials with new owners and reduce the amount of stuff going to landfill.

Areas of focus

  • Understand perceptions and differing levels of recycling literacy across campus
  • Evaluate current state of recycling infrastructure
  • Research and identify best practice behaviors at AAU institutions and leading sustainability colleges and universities that would be scalable to UB
  • Develop specific outreach, engagement and communications strategies to reach more community members and at different levels
  • Document opportunities for cost avoidance and revenue generation related to waste reduction and propose ways to invest saved revenue
  • Develop specific action items management can implement with custodial staff to improve recycling efforts and program transparency
  • Create systematic tools to document recycling problems and solutions, in order to help identify recurring issues and build upon everyday accomplishments
  • Establish and implement campus criteria for purchasing indoor and outdoor recycling equipment to ensure program consistency
  • Create a plan to implement and/or improve recycling opportunities for Downtown Campus