Sustainability Month

Sustainability Superstar

 Let the countdown to Sustainability Month begin as we debut our latest UB Sustainability Superstar video! Only eight more weeks with eight more videos to jump start thinking about Sustainability before the celebrated month even begins!

Watch the video below, and ask yourself- how can you be more like Brian Haggerty, Senior Associate Director of Campus Living?

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. 


Tuesday, April 2

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.


Tuesday, April 19

Buffalo ErieHack

The Erie Hack is a data and engineering competition that unites coders, developers, engineers, and water experts to generate enduring solutions to Lake Erie’s biggest challenges. The competition includes $100,000 in prizes for the most creative and effective hacks. Working from challenge statements derived from ideation sessions with NASA representatives and regional stakeholders, teams were charged with creating innovative digital tools, hardware innovations, and engineering solutions that build “the Blue Economy”:  the emergent economic sector dedicated to the sustainable stewardship of bodies of freshwater around the globe. The Erie Hack provides high school students, college students, and professionals the opportunity to combine their own expertise with solid mentoring to create technologies with the potential to invigorate Lake Erie’s environment and economy.


210 Student Union 

Monday, April 22

Solar Celebration

Celebrate all things clean energy with Environmental SA, UB Sustainability and the Education and Leadership Fellows in Sustainability. See solar panels, hear from business leaders in the clean energy field, and participate in fun solar activities. Plus, free food! 


Student Union Lobby


Thursday, April 25

Celebration of Student Academic Excellence

The 15th Annual Celebration of Student Academic Excellence will be taking place on Thursday, April 25. 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.

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


Friday, April 26

A-GIAL Earth Day

In celebrating this new event on UB’s calendar, the GIAL will represents a more active role in collaborative efforts to create GIS research, learning and outreach activities for students, faculty and alumni. The proposed events of A-GIAL Earth Day are around GIS touching any of the Department of Geography’s five defined research areas ( as well as collaborators on UB’s campus. The event is closely coordinated with the Geography graduate/undergraduate student associations, the directors of UGS and DGS, the leadership of the NCGIA and CTED and the chair of the Geography Department. 

8:30- 10:30 a.m.

Geography Department 

Wilkeson Quad

Tuesday, April 30

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. 


Wednesday, May 8

WNY Sustainable Business Summit

Join over 180 people representing 87 businesses form across WNY and Southern Ontario. More details to come. 


Location: Hotel Henry

Solar Smoothies
Green Carpet