Carrie Zaenglein, member of UB's Green Team, with the straw
bales which were used to construct her super-efficient home.
We asked Carrie Zaenglein, office manager for the School of
Dental Medicine’s Information Resources, to tell us about her
work in, and thoughts on sustainability.
What are you doing to help UB become more
I have been a member of the UB Recycling Committee for years,
and I just joined the Green
Team, a pilot program for volunteers through the Office of
Sustainability. Even before being part of any committee, it
has always been my goal to make whatever office I am in more
eco-friendly. Things like what I buy for the office, making
sure everyone knows what can be recycled, encouraging double sided
printing, bring your own mug, turn off the lights, etc. We
spend a lot of time here at UB and should be concerned with our
environmental impact from consumables.
How have you involved your colleagues in your sustainability
There are a few advocates in the building who have helped me get
recycling going in areas where there was no equipment or
education. One main project was the Dental Clinics in the
School. I had help with spreading the word on the new bins
and there has been a positive response. The more people we
have speaking up and being an example, the better.
What is the one thing you would like people to know that you
do in your personal life to further sustainability?
I just leased a Chevy Volt, which runs on electric so it has
zero emissions. I also carpool with 2 others so that cuts
back on emissions. And I am trying to be vegan, which is way
more sustainable than a carnivorous lifestyle. Many
don’t realize the impact of the meat industry on the
environment, but it is huge. Even cutting out some meat or
having meatless days helps. These are things in addition to
my green home, which is insulated with straw bales and powered by
solar. I’m always reading and trying to implement more
green practices in my life.
How could UB improve its sustainability efforts?
More education for all; faculty, staff and students.
Changing the culture to everyone’s doing it versus only some
who care. Making people believe it does matter, it does make
an impact, and it does save money. UB is a small city and we
have a responsibility to be a local leader/example. We can do
more. But people should not think they have to go full force
at once. One little change at a time counts.
What question do you wish we had asked?
I wish you had asked if I would like a job working for the
Office of Sustainability. My answer would be, "Yes, I would love a
job working in the Office of Sustainability!"