Green Buildings

UB has been a leader in creating green buildings, working to reduce energy and material usage throughout our facilities, and striving for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. 

Named after Jack Davis (a '55 engineering grad) and his wife Barbara, Davis Hall is designed to exceed the state’s energy efficiency code by 34%. It features an outdoor plaza that includes water efficient landscaping and methods to capture stormwater; a small green roof; waterless urinals; bicycle racks; the use of recycled building materials; and energy efficient HVAC systems.
The LEED silver-certified Center of Excellence Bioinformatics Life Sciences (NYS) is a partner in a unique collaboration with two of WNY’s prominent research institutions: Roswell Park Cancer Institute and Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute.
UB and Kaleida have partnered to build a facility that houses the CTRC and the Gates Vascular Institute. This LEED gold-certifed facility places clinicians adjacent to clinical and translational researchers and is one of only a handful of such buildings in the nation.
Built in 2003, the village's community center features many "green" design elements that significantly reduce or eliminate negative impacts on the environment and residents. 
Built in 2013, the interior of the LEED Gold-designed facility focuses on transparency and flexible technology in all classrooms, computer labs and student spaces. 
Greiner Hall opened on the North Campus in August 2011. The students living here take pride in its environmentally conscious features, which earned it a LEED gold rating. The building’s architects packed it with innovative surprises, like an irrigation system that draws water from an on-campus lake and laundry room counters made from recycled Tide detergent bottles.
The Hayes Hall renovation is a core component of UB’s leadership in sustainability, both through research and teaching and the development and operation of its own campus. On track for LEED gold certification, Hayes Hall joins nine other LEED-certified facilities at UB, recognized for their best-in-class building strategies and practices. 
The new School of Medicine opened in 2018 achieving LEED Gold. It was built onto of a metroail stop making a greener commute possible. The large windows on the side of the building cut down on lighting costs. 
The spring 2018 semester laid the groundwork to achieve one of Localizing Buffalo’s Renewable Energy Future three main objectives: to establish the Clean Energy Center on UB’s campus as an exemplary model of a solar powered community space by permanently installing the GRoW Home to serve as the base of operations for our Localizing initiative. Permanently siting the GRoW Home, within internationally renowned landscape architect, Walter Hood’s 750 kW Solar Strand on UB’s North Campus will serve to leverage the region’s commitment to solar energy and highlight our ability to successfully generate solar power as well as creating a multi-faceted space that invites the community in thereby creating one of the most publicly accessible renewable energy landscapes in the country.