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UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The United Nations put forth an ambitious plan- seventeen global goals with 169 targets to hit by 2030 to make our world more resilient and sustainable. As a reader of Sustainability Now, you'll notice that each one of our news stories that feature the University at Buffalo and Western New York will be highlighted with the corresponding Goals that pertain to the article. This will show UB's part in helping to attain these goals, and our commitment to make the planet a better place for everyone. 


UB Sustainability Student Assistant, Michael McDonald has recently returned from an exciting trip to Spokane, Washington for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s (AASHE) 2019 Conference. Mike sat down with us to share his experiences at the AASHE conference and all things sustainability he discovered!


UB’s Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (IDEA Center) is partnering with Erie County on a project to integrate design and livable communities strategies across all county departments.


“Some have come to view the Arctic as the earth’s ‘environmental canary,’ ” write the editors of The Big Thaw: Policy, Governance, and Climate Change in the Circumpolar North (SUNY Press). “In days gone by, when a caged canary taken into mines stopped singing, coal miners knew that the carbon monoxide gas level was so high that they had to escape the chamber. The thawing Arctic may be the earth’s early warning system.”


UB students who have trouble accessing affordable food now have support on campus from Blue Table. The online food pantry service began with a soft launch in April and has been fully operational since the beginning of the fall semester.


Under a silver sky, on a quiet patch of earth by Lake LaSalle, UB freshman Trang Le examines a small tree. The specimen, a staghorn sumac, is petite compared to majestic oaks and willows that rise nearby. But it commands her attention.


Growing up in a lower-income household, Kelseanna Hollis-Hansen remembers most of her dinners coming from the corner store, including lots of convenience foods and few fruits and vegetables. That changed in her older teen years when her mother’s employment situation improved, but fueled Hollis-Hansen’s interest in the effects of healthy eating and health.