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UB Sustainability

UB North Campus

Facilitating the Climate Action Plan

UB Sustainability works with a broad range of campus and community groups, including the UB Environmental Stewardship Committee, to facilitate the university's Climate Action Plan (PDF), which calls for UB to achieve climate neutrality by 2030.

The office also works with campus partners to promote sustainability related programs and events throughout the year.

Our Staff

Ryan McPherson, UB's Chief Sustainability Officer at the UB Solar Strand.
Ryan A. McPherson, Chief Sustainability Officer

In September of 2011, Mr. McPherson was named the University at Buffalo’s first Chief Sustainability Officer.  In his role as the CSO, Ryan connects people across the university with information, innovation, and tools to reduce UB’s footprint on the future and enhance quality of life by improving environmental stewardship, increasing economic efficiency and augmenting cultural values and awareness.  He specifically works closely with university partners and employs an integrated campus-wide strategy that leverages the university’s operations, curriculum, external engagement and research to further UB’s sustainability efforts.

Don Erb
Don L. Erb, Director of Sustainable Operations Integration

In August of 2014 Don Erb joined UB’s sustainability team after 22 years of service as the Director of Residential Facilities at the University at Buffalo. Don has a proven track record of innovation and effectiveness in the construction and sustainable operation of UB’s housing facilities. Don works with all University Departments to assist them in reaching UB’s operational sustainability goals that are embedded in our Climate Action Plan, Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 88 and our march towards zero waste.  He will specifically work in the areas of transportation, energy conservation and efficiency, materials management, natural resource conservation, and the built environment.



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Jess Kozlowski Russell, Sustainability Engagement Coordinator

Jess joins us from Glasgow Caledonian University (Scotland, UK) where she was working as part of the Caledonian Environment Centre in the School of Engineering and Built Environment.  Jess works with students, faculty and staff on a range of initiatives to embed sustainable thinking and practices across the university. She also works to coordinate the University's sustainability metrics and reporting initiatives by engaging with stakeholders and streamling the data collection and analysis process. She is committed to integrating sustainability into UB's research and teaching effots, and works to facilitate the development of a university-wide sustainability strategy.



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Erin Moscati, Sustainability Education Manager

Erin works to minimize UB’s materials consumption and increase the amount of waste diverted.  She also creates and implements educational programs to help the campus community engage in sustainability initiatives and transform UB’s operations.  Erin coordinates UB’s participation in RecycleMania and chairs UB’s Recycling committee which unifies people and departments across campus in waste reduction efforts. Erin is also launching a new engagement program which will teach faculty and staff how to serve as environmental advocates within their departments. 


JoMarie Woltz, Administrative Assistant

JoMarie Woltz joined UB Sustainability in 2014 as Administrative Assistant after spending many years at UB as Secretary to the Chair in the Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health in the School of Public Health. JoMarie has worked with research and academic faculty and staff and comes to Sustainability with over 30 years of knowledge and experience in the University's business systems. She works closely with the Chief Sustainability Officer and Sustainability Team to ensure that day-to-day office operations run smoothly and efficiently.

UB Sustainability Student Team

Stephanie giving a tour of the GRoW Home
Stephanie Acquario: Communications Coordinator

Stephanie is a sophomore Communication and Environmental Studies Double major who joined the UB Sustainability team in the spring of 2016. From Albany, NY, she came to Buffalo and has since found her passion for student involvement in sustainability. Stephanie works as the UB Sustainability Communications coordinator to try to communicate residential sustainability to UB’s student life. Currently, Stephanie is also the Secretary of UB’s Environmental Network Club, a member of Students for Sustainability Council, and a Communications Coordinator for the GRoW Buffalo GRoW Home team. She uses her other involvements as connections to assist her in furthering her work at UB Sustainability. When she’s not working to normalize sustainability, you can find her watching That 70s show or watering her plants.

Jenna Bower: Graphic Design & Communications Student Coordinator

Jenna is UB Sustainability’s in-house Graphic Designer and is in her senior year in the Communications Design program at UB. Jenna is also the Creative Director of Marketing for Sub-Board 1, Inc., a Graphic Designer for the UB Office of Special Events, a design intern with the UB College of Arts and Sciences and a freelance graphic designer on the side. She previously held the positions of Creative Director and Advertising Designer at The Spectrum, UB’s student run newspaper. Jenna is interested in how graphic design and sustainability intertwine and inform each other and hopes to attend the Savannah College of Art and Design to earn a Master’s in Design for Sustainability. When she’s not working, you can usually find her cuddling with her toy fox terrier and watching Ted Talks.



Philip Chan: Sustainability Research Student Coordinator

Philip is a senior Environmental Engineering major and Geographic Information System minor from Brooklyn, NY. Since joining UB Sustainability in January 2014, Philip worked on projects involving the Sustainability Dashboard and the AASHE Sustainability Tracking and Assessment Reporting System (STARS). As the Sustainability Research Coordinator, he performs necessary research to help meet UB Sustainability’s goals. Philip is motivated outside of the office setting to pursue sustainability initiatives such as the UB Campus Garden. In the Fall of 2014, he helped write a research grant proposal that was successful in obtain crucial funding for a garden design project.

Kathleen Da Silva: Engagement & Outreach Student Coordinator

Kathleen joined UB Sustainability in 2012 and is currently a senior majoring in Environmental Studies. Here on campus, Kathleen has worked on several projects including Recyclemania, a nationwide competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling projects to help promote waste reduction. She has also worked with Zero Waste, to help reduce waste at University athletic games and increase community engagement. She is also involved in sustainability outreach through different social media platforms.

Malik Davies: Sustainability Metrics Student Coordinator

Malik joined UB Sustainability shortly after transferring to UB in the fall of 2015 from Nassau Community College. A chemical engineering junior from Queens NY, Malik is the Sustainability Metrics Coordinator. He primarily researches ways to improve the university’s metrics data collectionsystem so as to meet the very best standards and attain the best results. He is also involved with Zero Waste, helping to raise sustainability awareness among fans as well as to ensure waste reduction at UB Football games.

Madeleine Dewey: Engagement & Outreach Student Coordinator

Madeleine, a sophomore environmental engineering major from Alfred, NY, joined UB Sustainability in the fall of 2015. As Student Engagement and Outreach Coordinator, her focus is on creating programs and educational opportunities for students. This year she plans to organize an energy reduction competition between dorm buildings in order to save energy and money, which can then be used towards the creation of a legacy project on campus.  She hopes to help the student body learn that sustainability goes far beyond the environment and how the average student can apply the ideas of sustainability in their personal lives and future careers. 

Jess Gilbert: Campus Garden Coordinator

Jessica is a Ph.D. student in the UB Geography Department. Her research focuses on promoting environmental sustainability at the individual level. She began volunteering for UB Sustainability in Fall 2015 with a goal to increase the UB community’s engagement and participation in the Campus Garden. She is currently facilitating the creation of a UB Campus Garden Club, which will increase student involvement in the garden, as well as be the general body responsible for its care. She plans to continue her work with the garden and hopes to help turn the garden into a community space that promotes healthy, sustainable lifestyles.

Kevin Grosso: Zero Waste and Engagement Intern

In the fall of 2015, Kevin joined the Sustainability team as a Zero-Waste intern. An environmental geoscience major hailing from Stony Brook NY, Kevin works in the field making sure Zero Waste operations are undergoing without faults and that the volunteers are properly instructed in their tasks. When he isn't out there on foot, he's engaging in communications with the rest of the department and others to improve and advance the Zero Waste Program at University at Buffalo.

Molly Hurley: Spring 2016 Intern

Molly, a transfer student from SUNY Oswego, joined UB Sustainability in the spring of 2016.  Molly is a senior Environmental Studies major from Buffalo, NY, who also works in the Admissions office at UB. Within the sustainability office, she works as an intern to help bridge connections between the Sustainability office and the Admissions office to promote UB’s green practices to potential students. After graduation she hopes to work within a school or university to help them promote their green ideas and bring awareness that sustainability is interconnected within many different facets of everyday life.

Visit the UB Sustainability Space on the South Campus to meet, gather, and find resources on sustainability!