Sustainability Month

Each April, UB celebrates our planet with a full list of lectures, workshops, activities, games, dinners, and awards. Keep checking back for an updated list. All events are coded with the Sustainable Development Goals that pertain to the theme or message of its program. Click on the image below to view all 17 goals. 

Thursday, March 29

LECTURE: Water, the Environment, and a Socially Just World

The UB School of Social Work's annual symposium will address water rights, environmental justice, implications for social work, and human rights. This event will feature 3 important presentations by speakers who are experts in different areas of evironmental justice. There will also be panel that will feature local activists and responders to environmental issues.

Thu, March 29, 2018

1:30 PM – 8:30 PM 

403 Hayes Hall, South Campus

Tuesday, April 3

The World's Challenge Challenge

Think big. Think broad. Think collaboratively.

The World's Challenge Challenge calls on students to solve some of the problems facing the world. In teams of three, students from diverse backgrounds will choose one idea and relate it to one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals set by the global community. It is an engaging opportunity for students to gain real-world experience through social innovation and entrepreneurship.

Wednesday, April 4

Film Screening/Documentary - in honor of Earth Day and UB's Sustainability Month.

Activists and thought leaders in the realms of science, economics and spirituality discuss how we can take action in the face of climate disruption. Featuring Bill McKibben, Joanna Macy,Roger Payne, Richard Heinberg, Gus Speth, Stephanie Kaza, Nikki Cooley and Ben Falk. Refreshments will be served.

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Thursday, April 5

Movie Screening: Chasing Ice

Join us for our sustainability themed movie series Thursday, April 5 at 6pm in 305 Capen (inside Silverman Library). We are privileged to present Chasing Ice (2012, 1hr 15 min, documentary) directed by Jeff Orlowski.

A multi-year record of the world’s glaciers melting due to climate change is documented in stunning time-lapse photography. This Oscar nominated, 2014 Emmy award-winning film for Outstanding Nature Programming is breathtaking.

A brief introduction precedes the movie and a discussion after the movie will be led by Fred Stoss, Librarian: Biological, Ecology and Geosciences, & Mathematics. With degrees in biology, zoology and information studies, and nearly a decade of research work in toxicology and environmental health, Stoss has dedicated his professional and personal life to climate change, sustainability research and environmental advocacy.

This film is presented by University Libraries with co-sponsorship from UB’s Professional Staff Sustainable Living Committee and UB’s Sustainability office.

Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Location:305 Silverman

North Campus

Friday, April 6

Sustainability has become mainstream, and business schools now discuss the importance of a sustainability perspective to every aspect of management. Yet many environmental problems continue to become more pressing. What are the next steps to take?

Hear from Andrew Hoffman -Holcim Professor of Sustainable Enterprise from the University of Michigan.


102 Alfiero Center

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Sunday, April 8

Eco-Performance Lab is a creative workshop for a mixed group of artists and non-artists to confront
ecological crises through theater. Beginning with a presentation of research and culminating in short
performances made by participants, The Lab is an introduction to Superhero Clubhouse’s approach to
theater-making, offering tools to explore questions about who we are and how we move forward in
our new, turbulent reality. This exciting workshop is lead by Jeremy Pickard and Zelda Soussan, produced in partnership with UB Sustainability. 


The Boiler Room 

500 Seneca Street

Buffalo, NY 

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Monday, April 9

Buffalo Recycling

with Susan Attridge, Recycling Coordinator of Buffalo's Department of Public Works

(Environmental Network club event, ALL invited. Questions, contact Pamela Chong,

6:30pm  119 Clemens Hall

Tuesday, April 10

The UB Affordable Housing Initiative

The School of Architecture and Planning is convening leading scholars and practitioners across the planning, architecture and real estate development professions to explore current conditions and future trends in housing policy, design and finance, and to consider new models for high-quality, affordable housing. The symposium kicks off a new program at the school to design and build affordable housing prototypes for Buffalo and cities like it across the U.S. 

Thursday, April 12

Distinguished Speaker James Balog

Balog and the EIS team were featured in the 2012 internationally acclaimed, award–winning documentary “Chasing Ice” and in the 2009 PBS "NOVA" special “Extreme Ice.” “Chasing Ice” won an Emmy Award in 2014 and was short-listed for an Oscar. It has been screened at the White House, in the U.S. Congress, in the U.K. House of Commons and at the United Nations. It has been the subject of features on “NBC Nightly News,” “ABC Nightline,” “The Late Show with David Letterman,” PBS’s “Moyers & Company,” and “Real Time with Bill Maher.” National Geographic showcased the Extreme Ice Survey in 2007, 2010 and 2013.

Wednesday, April 18

Women in STEM Summit

To coincide with Earth Day, this year’s Summit celebrates women’s contributions to advancing sustainability. Join us for an unforgettable keynote interview between SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson and Liesl Folks, Dean of UB’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Discover what’s current in sustainability, science and policy with local thought leaders who are building sustainable solutions and influencing sustainable change. Meet organizations that support diversity and sustainability initiatives at our Information Fair. 

Don’t miss this opportunity to be inspired, grow and connect with us!

Friday, April 20

SustainABILITY Art Show

UB Sustainability will be exhibiting works from students in the Project Space at the Center for the Arts that reflect themes of the environment and resiliency. 

Exhibition runs from April 20-26th with an opening reception on the 20th. 

Monday, April 23

Transforming our Tomorrow

The next big clean energy ideas will be presented at the Transforming Our Tomorrow clean energy symposium. Students from across the state will present their work on changing the way we produce our energy to a more sustainable and resilient system. 

Lecture- Doing Justice to the Archive: Climate Change in the Octavia E. Butler Papers


306 Clemens Hall

Tuesday, April 24


Think you know your Clean Energy Trivia? Test your skills and win some prizes!


210 Student Union

Beyond Tree-Hugging: Leveraging Sustainability as a Key Strategy to Advance Your Business Objectives

We live in complicated and changing times—perhaps more than at any other time in modern history.  Long-term prosperity, growth and more holistic returns on investments are increasingly influenced by major megatrends like climate change, finite resources, a growing global population with diversified needs and the new lifestyle preferences of millennials and Z’s.  World leaders, innovators, investors, key thought leaders and forward looking higher education institutions are transitioning from a linear based economy to one that is more circular, regenerative, inclusive and effective.  This session will move beyond the stereotype of tree hugging environmentalists and dig deeper into how all of us at UB can strive to evolve, build resilience and minimize our environmental footprint by leveraging this more holistic broader sustainability approach that works to steward our natural resources, empower our staff, students, faculty and community while creating smart long term financially efficient strategies.  This purpose through people, planet and penciling approach is the core of our internal strategy to achieve the University’s overarching goals but is also a practical approach to thinking about our everyday business practices in a way that supports greater efficiency and cost savings in areas such as, but not limited to, procurement, financial reporting, budgeting and overall financial decision-making.

Location: Buffalo Marriott

Thursday, April 26

Celebration of Student Academic Excellence

The 14th Annual Celebration of Student Academic Excellence will be taking place on Thursday, April 26, 2018. Come join the UB community as we gather to recognize and celebrate the outstanding academic contributions of our students, faculty, and research mentors. The event will feature presentations from students participating in research and creative works followed by a formal recognition ceremony with President Tripathi honoring select individuals for their contributions to academic excellence.

The deadline to submit an abstract is Fri., March 16 at 11:59 p.m. Interested students can access applications on the online portal.

Questions, comments and concerns can be directed to the CURCA Graduate Assistant, Meghan Lipinoga, at

Global Health Dialogue: Health Impacts of Air Pollution Exposure During Pregnancy

This cohort study is designed to characterize the burden of pregnant women’s air pollution exposure and explore how it might affect miscarriage, gestational complication, birth outcomes and infant health. Intrauterine exposure to air pollution has been hypothesized to impart multiple-level health threats. First, airborne insults may cause pregnancy complications which are closely related to maternal and neonatal mortality. Second, airborne insults can interfere fetus development, lead to loss of pregnancy and affect birth outcome. Third, intrauterine exposure may also influence neonatal survival, infant development as well as the potential of developing diseases in adulthood. The proposed study aims to address environmental inequity in this vulnerable population. Project team members will recruit and follow-up 200 pregnant women from participating hospitals in Beijing. The aims of the pilot study include: 1) Recruit pregnant women from each participating hospital and retain the cohort through the follow-up period; 2) Assess the feasibility of using personal air sensor in characterizing maternal air pollution exposure at each trimester; 3) Collect and process biological samples.


220 Hayes Hall 

South Campus

Tuesday, May 1

Sustainable Business Summit


Mark Shima

Mark is a leading international expert on next generation solar manufacturing, and has overseen factories in Oregon and across Asia. He now leads the Buffalo manufacturing site.

Liesl Folks (Moderator) 

An internationally recognized expert in nanotechnology and magnetism, holding 14 U.S. patents, Liesl oversees a nationally ranked program at UB that includes approximately 6,000 students.

Bill Ulfelder

With Bill’s leadership, TNC is raising unprecedented resources, investing in cutting-edge science, connecting with new audiences, and increasing awareness of key environmental issues. 

Lcation: Hotel Henry

Thursday, May 3

Inclusive Excellence Summit

The Office of Inclusive Excellence will hold UB’s first Inclusive Excellence Summit May 3-4, 2018 on UB's North Campus. Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Gregory Vincent, President of Hobart and William Smith Colleges and a renowned expert on civil rights, social justice, and campus culture.

Location: UB North Campus

Time: 8-4:30pm