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Students participate in a sustainability forum, one of the many ways in which the UB community keeps its pulse on topics and issues in sustainability.

There’s a lot happening in sustainability at UB. Visit this page for the latest news and updates.

12/11/17

In the not-too-distant future, parking could be a lot easier, recycling could be more efficient, and finding community space at the library and other buildings would be painless.

12/11/17

For years, policymakers have relied upon surveys and census data to track and respond to extreme poverty.

While effective, assembling this information is costly and time-consuming, and it often lacks detail that aid organizations and governments need in order to best deploy their resources.

That could soon change.

12/5/17

A scorching heat wave in the Phoenix area killed more than 100 people in the summer of 2016 as temperatures soared to near 120 degrees.

Over three days in November 2014, a massive snowstorm — dubbed “Snowvember” — dumped more than 7 feet of snow across parts of Western New York, causing 13 deaths.

12/4/17

The total cost of structural fires in the United States in 2014 was $328.5 billion.

That’s according to a new report written by UB engineers and issued by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

The report looks at structural fires — those involving residential, commercial and industrial buildings. It does not examine wildfires, vehicle fires and other outdoor fires.

11/28/17

Who hasn’t cursed their smartphone battery? Or downloaded something that took too much time or data? Thought so.

To alleviate these annoyances — and build a more energy-efficient and less costly internet — IBM has awarded UB computer scientists Tevfik Kosar and Murat Demirbas $75,000 to develop a software-based solution that reduces the energy consumption of existing computing hardware.

11/20/17

South Africa’s Cape Floristic Region is one of the richest repositories of plant life in the world.

Here, about 20 percent of Africa’s flora grows in a landscape that accounts for less than 0.5 percent of the continent’s area, according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The diversity of plant life is among the highest on the planet. About 69 percent of the region’s estimated 9,000 plant species live nowhere else in the world.