Kim Diana Connolly, UB professor of law.
We asked Kim Diana Connolly, UB professor of law and vice dean
for legal skills, to tell us about her work in, and thoughts on
What are you doing to help UB become more
The job of a professor provides so many opportunities to teach,
demonstrate, and provide service and research in the area of
sustainability. For example, the work through the Healthy
Homes Legal Practicum brings students out of the law school
building to work with community partners in ways that help bring
new laws and enforce existing laws for low income Buffalo families
living in environmentally unhealthy housing. At the same time, as
an individual professor I work with individual and student groups
to increase sustainability practices, and to think about ways to
make change in our daily lives such avoiding single-use bottles or
taking a few extra steps to the recycling bin.
What kinds of sustainability related research/projects do you
pursue at UB?
Much of my research has been on the ways we regulate wetlands
and related ecosystems in this nation and throughout the world.
These vital areas provide such important services to people and
other inhabitants of the planet, but are regulated in haphazard
ways that are under attack from many directions.
How are students involved in your sustainability
Students can work with me for credit through clinics and
practicum courses in direct service on sustainability work, and can
join my work on pro bono projects with community partners (locally
and nationally) on various related issues. I also have research
assistants who make my publications and presentations possible.
What is the one thing you would like people to know that you
do in your personal life to further sustainability?
I am raising two fabulous children, who will face the ever-more
challenging world with a strong sense of the power that they have
in protecting its resources, both as individuals and as people who
can share their values with friends and society.
How could UB improve its sustainability efforts?
Commitment to sustainability has to come from all levels
the energy of students, the leadership of the UB administration,
the dedication of faculty and staff. The institution and all
stakeholders must support pervasive efforts, even when they take a
little more time or money: sustainability must be in the forefront
all the time as a matter of course.