UB Environmental Engineering Professor Alan Rabideau's research
is preventing pollutants from leaching into Cattaraugus
Take the research of Alan
Rabideau in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
Dr. Rabideau and a team of researchers and industry
professionals received the National Ground Water Association's 2011
Ground Water Remediation Award for an innovative nuclear waste
at the West Valley site 30 miles south of Buffalo.
The permeable treatment wall that the team created is expected
to be sustainable and treat the site for at least 20 years.
Aga, whose research is demonstrating the lasting environmental
effects of human activity and waste disposal on the Great Lakes.
Her research found elevated levels of industrial pollutants in carp
found in eastern Lake Erie.
Mitin, who with his colleagues is creating the next generation
of solar technology.
Mitin, a professor in the School of Engineering and Applied
Sciences, has developed a new, nanomaterials-based technology
that has the potential to increase the efficiency of photovoltaic
cells up to 45 percent.
Shockley in the Department of Philosophy who teaches and
researches on the ethical implications of climate change,
sustainability, and environmental issues.
As this field of study grows, national conferences like the
Buffalo Workshop on Ethics and Adaptation, held in Buffalo in March
2012 and organized by Professor Shockley, will occur with greater
frequency, raising the profile of sustainability ethics and
promoting scholarly work in the field.
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Stopping the flow of pollutants, measuring how they travel
through the environment, and assessing the implication that these
pollutants have on our society—these are just several of the
ways that UB faculty are changing the way the world looks at
sustainability every day.
Our scholarship has direct impacts on the way we travel, how we
power our buildings, where we get our food from, how our
information travels, and where, in this changing world, we can
Sustainability research is any systemic research focused on the
dynamic interplay between environment, economy, and society.
Sustainable systems preserve and advance the healthy functioning of
ecological, economic, and social systems now and in the future.
Sustainability research is informed by the simultaneous
consideration of environmental, economic, and social systems and
the long-term viability of those systems. Questions of scale,
both geographic and temporal are similarly central to this
With the engagement of the Research, Teaching, and Public
Service committee of the Environmental Stewardship Committee (ESC),
a comprehensive inventory of our sustainability research was
A list of all faculty research was generated, and colleagues
that were already conducting sustainability research were
identified. An email was sent to these faculty asking to confirm
that their course(s) was sustainability focused or related and
whether they knew of other colleagues doing this work.
Additionally, an email was sent to all faculty at the
institution, asking them to complete a survey on whether they
conduct sustainability related or focused research.
Our final list was informed by our initial assessment, the
specific responses we received from our targeted solicitation, and
finally, from our broad request of all faculty.
We look forward to refining this process in consultation with
the Research, Teaching, and Public Service Committee.