Published May 4, 2015
UB’s commitment to solving pressing environmental issues, educating students about these challenges and operating eco-friendly campuses has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The agency recently presented the university with two honors, including the only Environmental Champion Award given to an institute of higher learning in New York in 2015.
“The EPA is thrilled to honor the work of these environmental trailblazers,” Judith A. Enck, EPA regional administrator, said in a press release. “These New Yorkers work tirelessly to protect human health and the environment, inspiring us all to strive for a more sustainable future.”
UB’s commitment to sustainability spans more than 35 years — from the origins of the environmental movement at Love Canal to the university’s aggressive commitment to become climate neutral by 2030.
“It is wonderful to receive the EPA’s Environmental Champion Award,” says Dennis R. Black, vice president of university life and services. “Through an integrated and collaborative approach, UB has become a leader in sustainability in higher education. We strive to evolve, build resilience and minimize our environmental footprint as we march toward achieving climate neutrality.”
The EPA cited UB for the following accomplishments:
The EPA also named UB the Mid-American Conference (MAC) champion for renewable energy usage. UB produced or bought roughly 75 million kilowatt hours of green energy, roughly 35 percent of its total power needs, enough to best peer institutions in the MAC conference.
As announced recently at UB’s first annual Sustainability Summit, the university is launching a new approach to embed sustainable thinking, practices and decision-making throughout the university via an integrated sustainability strategy.
“While we are proud of what we’ve done, we want to build on our history of environmental stewardship and recognize that sustainability is not a goal to achieve, but rather a strategy for creating a better future,” says Robert G. Shibley, dean of the School of Architecture and Planning, and co-chair of UB’s Environmental Stewardship Committee.
It is a shame that there was no mention of the old Rachel Carlson College back in the 1970s. We did some interesting things for that time.