SDG 13: Climate Action
Taking steps to combat climate change and its impacts.
2019 was the second warmest year on record. We need to act quickly to slow the effects of our changing climate. The frequency of natural disasters is already speeding up. The research at our university will help slow this process, but we need everyone on board to bring us back from the brink.
Take a Deep Dive on SDG 13
Check out these resources that lifts up the importance of taking climate action from faculty, staff and guest lectures here at UB.
UB's Climate Action Plan Earth Day Annoucement
On the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, UB announced its updated climate action plan (www.buffalo.edu/climate-action) with 10 strategies to get to climate neutrality in 10 years. This online panel featured opening remarks from Provost A. Scott Weber, and was joined by panelists Amir Rezaei, Cannon Design, Tonga Pham, associate VP for UB Facilities, Maya Miller, Education and Leadership Fellow in Sustainability, Dr. Elizabeth Thomas, paleoclimatologist, and Ryan McPherson, chief sustainability officer.
Western New York Youth Climate Council: Climate Change and Activism
The UB School of Social work hosted the WNY Youth Climate Council on April 2, 2020.
The 2015-16 El Niño and Climate Change
Michael McPhaden is a Senior Scientist at NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory in Seattle, Washington. His research focuses on large-scale tropical ocean dynamics, ocean-atmosphere interactions, and the ocean’s role in climate. 6-14-18. RENEW
Carbon Reduction Challenge 2020
The Carbon Reduction Challenge (GLY479/579), co-taught each spring by Dr. Elizabeth K. Thomas, assistant professor in Geology and Ryan McPherson, UB Chief Sustainability Officer, is an interdisciplinary seminar-style science course that relies on subject matter experts from across the UB campus and beyond, encouraging lively discussion of both current events and past developments relevant to our energy and climate future. The main student activity is the semester-long "Carbon Reduction Challenge” project, which is carried out by teams of 2 to 3 students in collaboration with local businesses and organizations. The project involves designing, pitching, and implementing creative strategies to avoid carbon emissions and, where possible, identify benefits to all three legs of the triple bottom line: People-Planet-Profit. This video is of the spring 2020 final presentations.
The Madhouse Effect
Dr. Michael E. Mann is Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science at Penn State, with joint appointments in the Department of Geosciences and the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute (EESI). He is also director of the Penn State Earth System Science Center (ESSC). RENEW.
Social Work Research on Global Environmental Change: Past, Present, and Future Directions
In this episode, Lisa Reyes Mason, PhD takes the Social Work mantra of "person-in-environment" and describes her work related to Global Environmental Change. Applying a social and economic justice perspective, she discusses the impact that Social Work research, education and practice has on shaping our responses to challenges that will continue to challenge those of us living on Planet Earth.
Climate Action in the News
SUNY Distinguished Professor Andrew Whittaker is part of a cohort led by TerraPraxis, a non-profit focused on action for climate and prosperity, that is developing a digital platform to repower coal plants using advanced nuclear energy.
A plan to offset carbon emissions by converting brownfields to fields of bamboo. An “ecoscaping” initiative that would encourage even the busiest of people to grow food in their backyard by using ready-to-install garden beds.
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Diana Aga, Henry M. Woodburn Professor of Chemistry in the University at Buffalo College of Arts and Sciences, has been named director of the UB RENEW (Research and Education in eNergy, Environment and Water) Institute.
In another instance of your mother being right, the presenter of this year’s Richard V. Lee, MD, Lectureship in Global Health showed how the weather — specifically absolute humidity — can affect our health.
Clean energy is critical to solving our climate crisis. But we need to consider the full environmental and human health impacts of solar energy generation across its entire lifecycle, including mining, manufacturing, use, decommissioning and recycling. This requires us to identify critical stages in the production process, and how choices in materials and chemicals at different stages of production influence each other.
Urban design students have once again shown what UB has to offer to the community. This month, students submitted proposals for transforming vacant spaces on Buffalo’s East Side between Zenner and Kilhoffer Street into areas for urban infrastructure and potential housing.
UB is advancing its climate action efforts by installing 30 new electric vehicle plugs for EV owners on the North and South campuses.
Tripathi noted that among institutions of higher education, UB ranked No. 1 in the world for climate action this year, according to the 2021 Times Higher Education Impact Rankings. He thanked the UB Foundation for aligning investment decisions with UB’s sustainability goals.
A UB research team will investigate why stocked fish in Lake Ontario are not reproducing. The effort is being funded by New York Sea Grant, which recently announced eight projects totaling $1.3 million.
Study shows how to make stable and large aerogels that remove heavy metals, organic solvents, and organic dyes from water.
Back from a weeklong service learning trip to Louisiana, three UB undergraduates took time to reflect on their experiences on the Gulf Coast.
Six UB scientists and engineers have received prestigious grants for early-career investigators through the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) or U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research to pursue projects in these areas. Together, the awards total nearly $3.5 million.
From Sept. 20-26, UB students, faculty and staff are encouraged to participate by utilizing green transit options to get to and around the university’s three campuses. People who take part can share details of their commute using the hashtags #UBuffalo and #GTG21 on social media.
In a barren field in the shadows of towering grain elevators at Silo City, a group of UB architecture students have created a beautiful structure that will continue to evolve and take shape. And they did it amid the stops and starts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a continuation of the university’s climate neutrality efforts, UB will serve as a host site for an innovative battery technology system that uses zinc and air as fuel. The technology, developed by Vancouver-based Zinc8 Energy Solutions, provides a cost-effective solution for energy storage, making clean energy reliable and available as and when required.
Thanks to the entrepreneurial success of the late Carl V. Granger, founder of Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSmr), a venture he created in partnership with UB and the UB Foundation, the university has received a $10 million gift to its Boldly Buffalo campaign.
In 2020, powerful online movements emerged to celebrate and elevate the voices of Black scientists. Called the #BlackInX movements, these efforts arose during months of protests against police killings and police brutality.
This Black Lives Matter Poster Project exhibit in Silverman Library aims to expand understanding of what it means to be Black in America. Photo: Meredith Forrest Kulwicki.
Diversity has always been an issue in STEM. Although a 2018 Pew report found that women make up half of the U.S. workforce in STEM occupations, it also found that their presence varies widely across occupational clusters and education levels.
More and more organizations are adopting a new approach: that of servant leadership, in which leaders prioritize multiple stakeholders and improve society, while prospering financially.
Anticipated to begin operation in early 2022, UB's second mobile dental clinic is expected to expand the dental school’s outreach by more than 1,000 patients annually.
Jeffrey and Irene Jacobson have endowed the Irene and Jeffrey Jacobson Fellowship for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the School of Management. The two-year fellowship will fund a first- and second-year MBA student every year.
Picture this: World leaders have just unleashed utter chaos, launching nuclear missiles in a global war. The world as we know it is now a nuclear wasteland.
In December, we asked the readers of our newsletter Climate Fwd: and our Twitter followers what they were planning on doing differently in 2021. We got some amazing responses. If you’re thinking of making a “green” New Year’s resolution, here are a few ideas, collected from those replies.
Rayshard Brooks. George Floyd. Daniel Prude. Breonna Taylor. These are the now-familiar names of just a few of the many Black people killed by police in 2020.
Carbon offsets are a key component of UB's 10 in 10, the university's climate action plan.
New York residents and businesses generate up to 20 million waste tires each year. Tire dumps are breeding grounds for mosquitos and pollute the air and water when they burn.
UB researchers were the driving force behind the publication last week of a major report that details strategies local governments in low- and middle-income countries can use to create more innovative and equitable community food systems.
Recently, researchers have been exploring how to turbo charge a passive cooling technique — known as radiative or sky cooling — with sun-blocking nanomaterials that emit heat away from building rooftops. While progress has been made, this eco-friendly technology isn’t commonplace because researchers have struggled to maximize its cooling capabilities.
In a burst of climate orders, the president also ordered federal agencies to begin the process of reinstating environmental regulations reversed under the Trump administration.
The array of directives — touching on international relations, drilling policy, employment and national security, among other things — elevate climate change across every level of the federal government.
The University at Buffalo has played a crucial role in advancing the University Global Coalition’s SDG 13 Decade of Action, alongside the University of Waterloo and the Universidad Carlos III Madrid. As part of this leadership initiative, UB senior Netra Mittal joined an international plenary panel detailing a new study the working group commissioned.
Partnerships are a vital part of Sustainability Month at UB, and many of the signature events occurring across campus throughout April reflect the growing partnerships being built as the university strives toward implementation of its recently updated climate action plan and achieving climate neutrality by 2030.
UB Sustainability worked with various campus partners to host the Earth Day event as part of Sustainability Month at UB. Billed as a candid conversation, the program challenged members of the campus community to think about what they might be willing to sacrifice to advance UB’s climate action plan (CAP) and its aggressive goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2030.
Without minimum requirements, costly and land-consuming off-street parking becomes an option instead of a mandate, paid for by those who use it. Rethinking car-centric urban planning allows for more green space, transit-oriented development and active living.
“How can we save the climate?” “What about ending fossil fuels?” “But what about lowering emissions?” “How does that affect biodiversity?” These are dire questions the world is facing, but you’d be surprised by who is asking them and feeling the urgency to act.
How do you explain glacial flow to children? Well an artist in UB's geology department developed a stunning way to show just that! Using a variety of paints, the end results are incredible works of art.
At Triad Recycling and Energy Corporation in Tonawanda, employees take waste that's headed to the dump, and recycle it. Drywall gets shredded and turned into flooring for cattle. Foam from mattresses gets shredded too, and is made into carpet padding.
UB has once again been recognized as a leader in sustainability in higher education, garnering high marks in two recent rankings. UB fared well across a number of categories in the Times Higher Education 2022 Impact Rankings, which assess universities around the globe against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
UB will receive $4.5 million from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to create a new research center for improving plastic recycling.
When UB graduate student Matt Taboni began working at a local bakery in the summer of 2020, he realized how much food was wasted when he cut off the tops of cakes and tossed them into the trash. There wasn’t a proper system to store the scraps and donate them to local food pantries.
Larry Asp grew up playing shinny outside in this tiny rural town he calls home again after 40 years away. Since returning, he also holds the keys to the outdoor “Rink of Dreams” that gives the 90 local residents the chance to skate outside during the keen Canadian winters.
Scott and Coleen Stevens both graduated from UB in 1979, Scott in civil engineering and Coleen in physical therapy. They moved to New Orleans where Scott worked on a component of the space shuttle launch system and Coleen started her career in physical therapy. They married and decided the weather in New Orleans was not for them, so they moved back to the Albany, N.Y., area where they’d grown up. A few years later, Scott started a company that makes concrete-reinforcing steel and related materials.
Each day's events will correlate with one of the 17 United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
On Earth Day last year, UB rolled out its updated climate action plan, called UB’s 10 in 10. University leaders will gather virtually on April 22 to update the campus community on the plan’s progress over the past year.
After several years of due diligence, the Board of Trustees of the UB Foundation (UBF) Inc. announced Monday that its investment portfolio of U.S. public equities has divested from companies that derive revenues from fossil fuel.
When cartographers — people who make maps — set out to portray the Earth, they have to turn a 3-D sphere into a 2-D map. And that’s a lot harder than it sounds. Smooshing the globe into a flat image usually distorts lots of surface features. Some expand. Others shrink, sometimes by a lot. Now three scientists have come up with a clever way to limit those distortions.
School of Architecture & Planning
- ARC 280: Environment & Landscapes
- ARC 541: Intro to Building Tech
- ARC 558: Design Inclusive Environments
- ARC 573: Environmental Systems 2
- END 212: Urban & Environmental Planning
- END 302: Sustainable Urban Environments
- END 305: Environmental Education & Urbanism
- END 360: Environmental Design Workshop 2
- END 498: Research Projects Environmental Design
- URP 511: Urban Planning Info Sys & Analysis
- URP 526: Site Planning & Design
- URP 616: Advanced Planning Theories
College of Arts & Sciences
- BIO 309: Ecology
- BIO 318: Plant Biology
- BIO 332: Advanced Mol Bio Lab
- BIO 407 / 507: Advanced Ecology
- BIO 411: Tropical Marine Ecology
- BIO 438: Evolutionary Ecology
- BIO 511: Marine Ecology
- ECO 208: Intro to Environmental Economics
- ECO 412: Environmental Economics
- ENG 263: Environmentalist Writings
- EVS 118: Intro to Environmental Study
- EVS 201: Climate Change and Sustainability
- EVS 315: Field Ecology
- EVS 317: Environmental Politics
- EVS 326: Great Lakes Ecology
- EVS 385: Energy, Environment, Society
- EVS 419: Wilderness
- EVS 424: Environmental Sustainability in Practice
- EVS 433: Topics in Environmental Studies
- EVS 441: Wildlife Management
- EVS 442: Environmental Movements
- EVS 448: Animals, Zoo, and Ecology
- GEO 100: Wolrd Regions & Issues
- GEO 101: Earth Systems Science
- GEO 102: Climate Change
- GEO 104: Environmental Science
- GEO 106: Global Climate Change
- GEO 352: Introduction to Soils
- GEO 446: Global Change Ecology
- GEO 460: Geography of Development
- GEO 546: Global Change Ecology
- GEO 356: Forest Ecology
- GEO 366: Urban Geography
- GEO 577: Environmental Statistics
- GLY 101: Natural Hazards
- GLY 105: Natural Hazards & Climate Change
- GLY 453: Quat Dating / Paleoclimate
- GLY 462: Aqueous Geochemistry
- PHY 121: Descriptive Astonomy 1
- PHY 122: Descriptive Astonomy 2
- PSY 341: Cognitive Psychology
- SOC 229: Population Problems
- SOC 341: Environment & Society
- SOC 358: Sociology of Food
- VS 375: Science, Culture, Media
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
- CIE 340: Environmental Engineering
- CIE 415: Prof Practice Issues
- CIE 441: Ecological Engineering
- CIE 447: Sustainability
- CIE 448: Chem Princ Env Eng
- CIE 449: Env Eng Design
- CIE 461: Air Pollution
- CIE 469: Hazardous Waste
- CIE 543: Water Quality Modeling
- CIE 561: Wind Engineering & Turbulent Flow
- CIE 562: Ecological Engineering
- CIE 569: Hazardous Waste Management
- CSE 453: Hardware / Software Integrated System Design
Graduate School of Education
- LAI 525: Science, Tech, & Human Values
- LAI 535: Environmental Education
School of Management
- MGO 303: Suppl Chain Management
- MGO 636: Supply Chain: Design, Modeling