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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. 


Is your smartphone charger cord frayed? Perhaps you lost a button on your favorite shirt. Or maybe your favorite necklace needs fixing. All of these needs — and more — can be taken care of during a repair and reuse fair happening next week in the Student Union lobby, North Campus.

The repair fair is being hosted by UB’s Office of Sustainability as part of the Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN) Points of Intervention campus tour, which is visiting 12 other universities across the country this spring.


Young people don’t get a pass on the issues of the day, former National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice told an enthusiastic UB audience on Wednesday. “Venting on Facebook isn’t good enough. Your engagement is not optional,” Rice, the featured speaker for UB’s 42nd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration, said at the lecture in Alumni Arena on the North Campus.


Michael Rembis is first and foremost a historian. An associate professor of history working in disability research, Rembis is also director of UB’s Center for Disability Studies (UBCDS). He says addressing disability in its full complexity can promote participation, self-determination and equal citizenship for people living with disabilities in society.


UB’s award-winning GRoW Home will soon need a change-of-address form. That’s because the 1,100-square-foot, ultra-efficient dwelling will be relocated from its current spot on the South Campus to a more prominent, and permanent, location next to the Solar Strand on the North Campus.


In order to power entire communities with clean energy, such as solar and wind power, a reliable backup storage system is needed to provide energy when the wind isn’t blowing and the sun isn’t out. One possibility is to use any excess solar- and wind-based energy to charge solutions of chemicals that can subsequently be stored for use when sunshine and wind are scarce. During these down times, chemical solutions of opposite charge can be pumped across solid electrodes, creating an electron exchange that provides power to the electrical grid.


Searching for a power outlet may soon become a thing of the past. Instead, devices will receive electricity from a small metallic tab that, when attached to the body, is capable of generating electricity from bending a finger and other simple movements.