VP Harris calls UB ‘model’ for sustainability work

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Kamala Harris visited UB on Sept. 14, 2022, to speak about the Inflation Reduction Act, the climate and health care bill recently signed into law by President Joe Biden. Given UB’s national leadership in sustainability research and education, the university was an ideal venue for Vice President Harris to promote this landmark piece of legislation.

Watch Vice President Harris’ speech on this page.

Stories about the visit

Vice President Kamala Harris at a podium.

Vice President Kamala Harris, shown here speaking in the Center for the Arts atrium, praised UB's sustainability work during a visit to campus on Sept. 14. Photo: Douglas Levere

Harris calls UB ‘model’ for sustainability work


Roll up your sleeves UB, your to-do-list is about to grow.

That message, delivered Wednesday by Vice President Kamala Harris at the Center for the Arts, centered on a key part of the recently passed Inflation Reduction Act: fighting climate change.

It’s work for which UB, a flagship of SUNY, has a long and impressive resume. From helping to expose toxins buried at Love Canal to current efforts aimed at reducing carbon emissions and predicting sea level rise, UB is poised to play an ever greater role ensuring the nation’s path toward a more sustainable future.

“The work that is happening here,” Harris said of UB and the greater Buffalo area, “is very exciting and really a model for our country.”

Grad student recounts surreal experience introducing vice president

Srikrithi Krishnan.

Krishnan at the podium. Photo: Meredith Forrest Kulwicki


The call came for Srikrithi Krishnan early in the week.

It was from the office of President Satish K. Tripathi, where she had worked as an undergraduate. A student would be introducing Vice President Kamala Harris during her visit to UB on Wednesday, the office explained.

Would she be interested?

“Oh my God, I was so excited,” said Srikrithi, a first-year graduate student majoring in public health and business administration. “Initially, I was like ‘Is this real life? Is this happening?’”

So, Srikrithi — who goes by Sri (pronounced Shree) — set aside her studies for the day and got started on her introduction early Tuesday.

Statement from UB President Satish K. Tripathi

“It was an incredible privilege to host Vice President Kamala Harris at UB for this historic visit.

“We are honored that the White House chose to come to UB to promote the administration’s investment in climate action through the Inflation Reduction Act, and we were fortunate to have the opportunity to share with the vice president the meaningful ways that our students and faculty are bringing their research and scholarship to bear on one of the most monumental challenges of our time.”

UB Points of Pride

  • Abbott Hall.

    Best of the Best

    As an AAU member, recognized as one of the leading North American universities engaged in the highest levels of research.

  • Blue flag with UB logo.

    New York’s Flagship

    Recognized for advancing the state’s public higher education mission as a leading center for academics and research.

  • Solar panels.

    Sustainable Impact

    No. 1 in the U.S. for health and well-being, No. 2 for climate action, and No. 4 for clean energy, according to the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings.

Slideshow of the visit

UB’s climate change research and leadership in sustainability

As a New York flagship and one of the nation’s leading public research universities, the University at Buffalo is deeply committed to addressing regional and global environmental challenges through innovative research, education and outreach programs.

electric car.

Emission Reduction

water droplet.

Water Pollution


Clean Energy


The Built Environment

solar panel.

Institutional Efforts


Educational Programs