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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 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.

Erin Moscati, Sustainability Education Manager

Erin works to identify strategies and create educational programs to help the campus community engage in sustainability initiatives, and transform UB’s operations.  Erin coordinates UB’s participation in RecycleMania, oversees the Zero Waste program at UB Stadium and assists the student led UBReUSE team. Erin works closely with the Education and Leadership Fellows in Sustainability (ELFS) to create student led sustainability programming, and with the sustainability student team to deliver campus programming.

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

Liam Fitzpatrick: Sustainability Development and Tracking Student Coordinator

Liam is a senior at UB from Long Beach, New York getting his degree in environmental studies with a concentration in education and policy.  His experience comes from solar panel installation with Empower Solar on Long Island. He started his internship in fall 2016 working on tracking UB’s sustainability rating through the STARS system.  He is also assisting with developing a maintenance plan for the UB Solar Strand and creating signage for the LEED accreditation of the downtown medical building.  

Kaia Grosso: Zero Waste and Engagement Student Coordinator

In the fall of 2015, Kaia joined the Sustainability team as a Zero-Waste intern and as of Fall 2016, became a Student Assistant in the office. An environmental geoscience major hailing from Stony Brook NY, Kaia 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.

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