UB beat its conference rivals by using more than 219 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power, representing 100 percent of the school’s annual electricity use. That’s equivalent to the electricity use of nearly 21,000 average American homes annually. Of the 38 Conference Champion Award recipients, UB had the second-highest kilowatt-hours usage, trailing only the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s 250 million kWh.
UB moved up five spots on Sierra Club magazine’s “Cool Schools” ranking for 2017. The university landed at No. 52, up from 57 last fall, on the environmental group’s annual list of schools that are ahead of the curve when it comes to sustainability.
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 gold.
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 most forward-thinking.”
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 sustainability.
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 students.
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.