UB has been highlighted in the 2016 Sustainable Campus Index in
the Public Engagement section (AASHE) for its efforts in
advancing sustainability in higher education. UB was mentioned
specifically for the partnership it created with Erie County and
area business leaders to form the Western New York Sustainable
Business Roundtable, a group of nearly 50 businesses that works to
advance green practices among businesses in the region.
UB is among the 50 most environmentally responsible colleges in
the nation, according to The Princeton Review. The Princeton
Review’s Guide to 361 Green Colleges profiles colleges with
the highest commitment to sustainability based on their academic
offerings and career preparation for students, campus policies,
initiatives and activities. New as of 2016 is a ranking of the
Top 50 Green Colleges, with UB coming in at No. 33 on the list.
UB received a 2016 Green Power Leadership Award from the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). UB was one of only three
organizations nationwide to be chosen as a Green Power Partner of
the Year. With this award, EPA recognizes Green Power Partners who
distinguish themselves through their leadership, overall strategy
and impact on the green power market.
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
(NYSERDA) on April 26 named UB one of 16 “Leaders”
among REV Campus Challenge First Movers. The REV Campus Challenge
is part of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision
(REV), a strategy to build a clean, resilient and affordable energy
system for all New Yorkers. UB was recognized as a leader for its
comprehensive, clean energy investments, embrace of clean energy
research and development and curricula efforts, and increased
engagement in communities.
UB has earned a “top 50” rating among public
universities for the third straight year, according to U.S. News
and World Report. This distinction places UB among the top public
universities in the nation, ranking No. 43 in 2016, up two places
from last year’s No. 45. For the second straight year, the
magazine also rated UB among the “top 100” national
universities in the country, placing 99th.
In May 2016, UB won $1 million as part of Governor Cuomo's
Energy to Lead competition. This money will help to bring 100
megawatts of new, locally produced solar energy to Buffalo within
the next four years and will provide new experiential learning
opportunities for students.
UB ranks first on the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency’s Green Power Partnership list of the largest college
and university green power users. UB fulfills 100% of its energy
needs, an annual 213 million kilowatt hours (kWh), with
zero-emission, clean energy.
Due to UB's continued committment to sustainability, the
university has been recognized by AASHE, Advancement for
Sustainability in Higher Education as a STARS gold university. As a
result, the university is now placed in the top 1.6 percent of
colleges and universities in North America. Of the more than 5,000
higher education institutions, only 81 have achieved the level of
The annual Second Nature Climate Leadership Awards recognize
innovative and advanced leadership in sustainability, climate
mitigation, and resilience at signatory campuses of the American
College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. They
do so based on demonstrated advances in innovation, embedded
opportunities, and student preparedness with relation to
sustainability and climate action.
The University at Buffalo’s commitment to solving pressing
environmental issues, educating students about these challenges and
operating eco-friendly campuses has been recognized by the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with the Environmental
Champion Award. The EPA also named UB the Mid-American Conference
(MAC) champion for renewable energy usage.
An article in The Wall Street Journal listing "The Best
Architecture of 2014" includes UB’s Solar Strand,
calling the 3,200-panel, ground-mounted photovoltaic array a
“small but telling model of landscape architecture at its
UB was named among the 50 most “green” universities
in the United States by Online Schools Center, a website that
features higher education news. The website ranked UB 34th and
highlighted numerous environmentally friendly initiatives at the
university, among them the Sustainability Academy, the Solar Strand
and waste-reduction programs.
The U.S. Green Building Council Center for Green Schools named
UB one of the 2014 “Best of Green Schools” recipients.
The awards recognize 10 individuals, institutions, projects and
events representing national leaders and innovators in school
The inaugural Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College
Ranking of U.S. colleges and universities — based on data
from Times Higher Education — places UB at No. 28 among the
nation’s top public universities. UB is No. 130 among more
than 1,000 private and public colleges and universities ranked by
the WSJ/THE. UB is rated highest — No. 1 — among SUNY
institutions in the ranking. Factors measured by the rankings
include engagement, student outcomes and learning environments.
UB has been named to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s
2016 list of “Best College Values,” which considers
colleges based on quality and affordability. UB placed 53rd on
the magazine’s national ranking of the 100 best values among
public colleges for in-state students and 66th for out-of-state
UB is an innovator in solar energy on campus through The Solar
Strand, a one-of-a-kind solar array designed by landscape architect
Walter Hood that serves as a model for blending art, science,
accessibility and technology at public research institutions.
We have made a commitment to sustainable buildings. Greiner
Hall debuted in August 2011 and represented the first LEED
gold designed student residence hall in the State University of New
York System and also was designed with the practice of
Universal Design in mind.
UB IT increased the efficiency of the computing power at the
Center for Computational Research. The project decreased total
energy consumption at the data center by 20%, saved UB more than
$278,000, and reduced our carbon footprint by 550 metric tons.
Sustainable Futures, a service learning program in architecture,
landscape architecture and planning, is conducted in
Monteverde, Costa Rica and hosted by the Monteverde Institute, the
University at Buffalo, and other universities.