Meghan Fay Zahniser.

UB Alum, Meghan Fay Zahniser, Director of Programs, Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). 

Meghan is the Director of Programs for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). She oversees all of AASHE’s programs including their Resource Center, Professional Development (including workshops for faculty and staff as well as their annual conference), Publications, and the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS).

Previously, Meghan worked as Sustainability Specialist at NELSON, where she provided sustainability expertise and consulting services to various clients. She also spent over five years working at the U.S. Green Building Council where, as Manager of Community, she developed and managed a local chapter network for building industry professionals and helped create the Emerging Green Builders program that integrates students and young professionals into the green building movement. Meghan also worked as Environmental Educator for the University at Buffalo Green Office, organizing campus and community education focused on energy conservation, green building, and sustainable living. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences, with concentrations in environmental studies and health & human services, from the University at Buffalo and a master’s degree in Organization Management and Development from Fielding Graduate Institute.

A native of Vestal, New York, Meghan and her husband, Max, currently live in Philadelphia.


  1. If you had $1 million to give to UB, to whom or what area would you give it, and why? I would absolutely give this money to the UB Green Office (Office of Sustainability) to help UB continue to do great work with sustainability.
  2. Fondest memory of UB? The UB Green Office of course! But some of my UB Green work was also parallel to the volunteer work of UBEN (the environmental network). Perhaps one of the highlights was the demonstration we organized to protest the spraying of pesticides to rid the campus of dandelions before graduation. The Dandelion Liberation Brigade was not 100% successful but we were featured on the front page of the Buffalo News. Plus, at graduation I gave President Greiner a bouquet of dandelions when I stepped up to shake his hand.
  3. Favorite UB class? Sandy Geffner’s Ecology of Unique Environments (both the Adirondacks course as well as the Everglades).
  4. Favorite travel destination…or destination you dream about visiting? I really look forward to visiting Ireland.
  5. If you could do it all over again, what would you change? I’d study abroad; probably in Ireland. However, if I’d studied abroad, I would have missed out on amazing opportunities with UBEN, UB Green and all of the amazing people I met through that work.