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.
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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.”
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.
“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.”
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Students gather in front of the Center for the Arts as Vice President Kamala Harris arrives. Photo: Douglas Levere
President Satish K. Tripathi says the university was "deeply honored" to host the vice president. Photo: Meredith Forrest Kulwicki
Rep. Brian Higgins notes that Buffalo is well positioned to take advantage of the Inflation Reduction Act and that UB is a “great institution that has a history of pushing out innovation.” Photo: Meredith Forrest Kulwicki
Harris speaks in the atrium of the Center for the Arts before a crowd of roughly 150 students, faculty, staff and dignitaries. Photo: Meredith Forrest Kulwicki
“The work that is happening here,” Harris says of UB and the greater Buffalo area, “is very exciting and really a model for our country." Photo: Meredith Forrest Kulwicki
Following the event, Krishnan and her parents — mother, Bhuvana, and father, Krishnan — mingle with other dignitaries including Higgins (far left). Photo: Douglas Levere
Harris, standing in the Solar Strand, speaks with Robert Shibley (center), dean of the School of Architecture and Planning. Photo: Courtesy of Ike Irby @IkeIrby46
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.