Sustainability Month 2017

Sust month.

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Monday, April 3

Unaccompained Minors and the Southern Border| 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm  | 684 Baldy Hall

Cowspiracy| 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm  | 150 Farber Hall, South

Food by Merge available on a first come, first serve basis! 

Lynn Ineson, VP for Procurement & Sustainable Sourcing with CLIF Bar | 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm  | 216 Norton Hall, North

Join us for a conversation with Lynn Ineson, VP for Procurement & Sustainable Sourcing with CLIF Bar and UB alum. 

This will be a unique opportunity for you to hear from an industry leader and learn how one company’s mission to source organic and certified sustainable ingredients can become a catalyst for a healthier and more sustainable food system. 

Lynn’s talk will provide you with a not-to-be-missed opportunity to hear from a national sustainability leader, and engage in a dynamic dialogue.

Tuesday, April 4

Erie Hack Quarter Final Pitch | 5:00 to 7:00 pm | Salvadore Lounge (2nd floor) Davis Hall

Come support fellow UB students as they compete for a chance to win $100,000 at the Cleveland Final!  Refreshments will be served. 

Wednesday, April 5

3rd Annual Women in STEM Summit |9:30 am- 3:00 pm |Student Union

Thursday, April 6

UB Yard Sale | 11:00 am- 7:00 pm| Student Union Lobby 

Thinking about doing some spring cleaning? Student Engagement is hosting a “Yard Sale”. All proceeds raised at this sale will be donated to the Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo.

If you have some gently used items that you want to donate to our sale, we would love to take them off your hands! We will have volunteers available to receive and sort your donations in Student Union room 145 on April 4th and 5th

Email Rachel DiDomizio for information.

Friday, April 7

UB Yard Sale | 9:00 am- 4:00 pm| Student Union Lobby 

Thinking about doing some spring cleaning? Student Engagement is hosting a “Yard Sale”. All proceeds raised at this sale will be donated to the Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo.

If you have some gently used items that you want to donate to our sale, we would love to take them off your hands! We will have volunteers available to receive and sort your donations in Student Union room 145 on April 4th and 5th

Email Rachel DiDomizio for information.

Wednesday, April 12

From Burma to Buffalo | 3:30 pm- 5:30 pm| 403 Hayes Hall

Join Buffalo News reporter Jerry Zremski and photographer Derek Gee as they discuss their experiences reporting on the lives of refugees from Burma during “From Burma to Buffalo,” a presentation sponsored by the School of Social Work’s Immigrant and Refugee Research Institute.

Zremski and Gee, who spent 20 months reporting the series of stories detailing the arrival of more than 8,000 Burmese refugees in Buffalo, also will discuss how the Trump administration’s stance on immigration and refugees will affect refugees in the resettlement program.

Those wishing to attend should RSVP. For further information contact Isok Kim, assistant professor in the School of Social Work.

Thursday, April 13

Student State of Sustainability | 6:00 pm- 7:30 pm| Jeanette Martin Room, 5th Floor Capen Hall

Join the Student Association's Environmental Affairs Department and other student groups as they discuss the initiatives they've been focusing on to help UB achieve sustainability.  Introductory remarks will be given by Chief Sustainability Officer, Ryan McPherson.

Friday, April 14

InFocus: Climate Neutrality | 12:00 pm- 1:00 pm| 108 Capen Hall

Join the Intercultural & Diversity Center as we discuss who is better postioned to lead us toward climate neutrality-- government or business?  Moderated by Chief Sustainability Officer, Ryan McPherson.

Building a Sense of Place through Non-Motorized Travel | 1:30 pm- 2:30 pm| 140 Ketter Hall

Roger B. Chen, PhD, assitant professor with the Golisano Institute for Sustainability at the Rochester Institute of Technology will explore how Sense of Place serves as a guiding principle in many built environment designs, including those for streetscapes and public spaces. Accordingly, urban planners and engineers associate locations having a Sense of Place with visitors developing a strong identity or character for a particular location. 

Monday, April 17

SustainABILITY Art Show Opening Reception| 6:00 pm | The Project Space, Center for the Arts 

Join us as we kick off the Earth Week art show!  Work will revolve around recycled pieces, sustainability, waste and the physical environment. The show will be on display through Friday, April 21.  


Tuesday, April 18

WNY Sustainable Business Roundtable Expo & The Triple Bottom Line  | 3:00 pm- 7:30 pm| Historic American Axle Bldg., 1001 East Delavan Ave., Buffalo

The WNY Sustainable Business Roundtable invites you to meet our exhibitors and sponsors, learn about innovative local businesses, be inspired by the keynote speakers and have some fun. The Expo will be held at the American Axle Building at 1001 E Delavan - a great revitalized space with secure, free parking.

The EXPO starts at 3:00 with the opening of the Exhibitor Space. Local businesses will use this forum to introduce new products and meet new customers. At 5:00 a visionary panel of speakers will describe how their companies transformed and prospered using Triple Bottom Line practices. Vincent Stanley from Patagonia, John Fullerton from the Capital Institute, and Fred Keller from Cascade Engineering will each speak and then they will join a roundtable discussion facilitated by Ali McPherson of NiagaraShare. At 6:30 the Exhibitor Space reopens and the informal mixer begins.

Friday, April 21

NYS Pollution Prevention Institute Student Summit| 8:00 am- 2:00 pm| Student Union Lobby

Each year, NYSP2I hosts a R&D Student Competition. The Competition provides an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate level student teams from colleges and universities across New York State to get involved by researching, developing and designing solutions to real-world environmental challenges. The competition promotes creative thinking, problem solving, teamwork and collaboration across disciplines. Student teams selected to participate in the competition present their projects to environmental experts, gain insight from established professionals and receive recognition by potential future employers.

Saturday, April 22 | Earth Day

ReTree the District| 9:00 am| 995 Kensington Ave.| Buffalo

Join your family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues on Earth Day for ReTree the District's Spring 2017 planting day!  Help to plant 80 trees across Buffalo's University District. 

Rain or shine!

Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper Spring Shoreline Sweep| 10:00 am - 12:00 pm| 40 sites across WNY

Join as Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper coordinates their Spring Shoreline Sweep, the largest single-day shoreline cleanup in Western New York. Targeting shoreline sites, hundreds of volunteers come out to engage in direct citizen action that makes our community a better place and reconnects the public with our region’s most valued asset — our water. 

There will be a Volunteer Appreciation Party following the sweep from 12:30 – 2:30 PM! The party will be at Lakeward Spirits located at 65 Vandalia St. Buffalo, NY 14204. Prior registration is strongly encouraged and a link to register for the party will be in your site registration confirmation email.

Prior registration for the sweep is encouraged.

Buffalo March for Science| 1:00 pm- 3:30 pm| Soldier's Circle to Delaware Park via Lincoln Parkway| Buffalo

This Earth Day, April 22nd, Western New Yorkers will March in Buffalo alongside the National March for Science in DC to protect our health, education, and safety. The Buffalo March for Science begins at 1:00 PM at Soldier’s circle and follows Lincoln Parkway to a rally and science festival in Delaware Park. Table space at the festival is available for interested groups.

The Buffalo March for Science stands for robustly funded diverse scientific enterprises serving the public and evidence based policy. Up to date science education creates employment opportunities in a growing economy. Western New Yorkers are taxpayers and deserve honest communication about publically funded projects and databases. Everyone in Western New York has valid concerns for the future of our world and must be treated as partners in the advancement of science. Science, technology, education, and healthcare must be regulated for the public interest, requiring open, inclusive, and accessible science.

Thursday, April 27

Computer, Electronics & Clothing Recycling| 7:30 am- 4:00 pm| Center for Tomorrow Parking Lot

UB will host a free computer and electronics recycling event for faculty, staff, students and alumni association members. This will be an opportunity to recycle items from home.  UB property will not be accepted and should be disposed of according to UB procurement services’ procedure.

Recycling services will be provided by Maven Technologies, the first Certified Electronics Recycler in NYS; Maven guarantees your security!

Thursday, April 27

UB Bull Ride to Solar Strand| 11:00 am- 12:00 pm| Center for the Arts

An activity held in conjunction with UB Wellfest and Bring Your Kids to Work Day. Join us for a relaxed, kid-friendly ride starting at the Center for the Arts, with a pit stop at the Solar Strand for some fun hands-on activities before we return to the Center for the Arts.  

Crazy costumes and bike decorations highly encouraged!  

Friday, April 28

Michael Mann; The Madhouse Effect: Climate Change Denial in the Age of Trump| 8:30 am- 11:00 am| Davis 101, North

UB RENEW Institute Distinguished Lecture 

Join Michael Mann for a somewhat lighthearted take on a very serious issue—the threat of human-caused climate change and what to do about it, based on his collaboration with Washington Post editorial cartoonist Tom Toles. They target the ongoing campaign to deny that threat through satire and where appropriate, ridicule, built around Tom Toles’ famously insightful, edgy, and provocative climate-themed cartoons in the Washington Post. Using Toles’ cartoons (existing ones and some exclusive ones) as a template, Mann will review the scientific evidence of climate change, the reasons we should care, and the often absurd efforts by special interests and partisan political figures to confuse the public, attack the science and scientists, and deny that a problem even exists. Despite the monumental nature of the challenge this poses to human civilization, Mann finds a way to end on an upbeat and cautiously optimistic note.

Saturday, April 29

2017 Buffalo YIMBY: Buffalo Block by Block| 10:00 am- 4:00 pm| Tri-Main Center, 2495 Main Street, Buffalo

Buffalo YIMBY (Yes In My Backyard) will be a festival that celebrates and supports the vital grass roots efforts throughout the Buffalo Niagara area, and the people that make them happen. This year’s festival is called “BUFFALO: BLOCK BY BLOCK” and it will provide a platform for people and groups involved in grassroots, locally-driven community development to gather, exchange ideas and establish the networks that will help build a better Buffalo. It’s a chance to spread the word about your work, celebrate achievements and identify new challenges and opportunities in an atmosphere focused on listening, learning and engaging.

YIMBY aims to bring Block Clubs, Community Groups, Grass Roots Organizations, and individuals throughout Buffalo under one roof to get to know each other, to share success stories and challenges, and to learn more about hands-on, simple actions to make our city better, one block at a time. There will be plenty of opportunities for tabling, presenting, brainstorming, workshops, performances, and we are open to hearing other ideas that folks may have.

This event is FREE, family friendly and open for those curious and interested in seeing what is happening with community development around Buffalo.

Drug Take Back Day| 10:00 am- 2:00 pm| Various Locations Across Western New York

Drop off your unwanted medications!  Pharmacists and UB students will be on site to assist with collecting expired or unwanted medications for disposal.

Protect our Waterways; prevent poison prevention and misuse; avoid accidents by elderly  

If you are unable to participate a secure disposal box is located 24/7 at the UB Police Station in Bissell Hall on North Campus. 

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