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Our entire campus community has the opportunity to get involved with sustainability work. You'll find something for everyone's interests!

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Education and Leadership Fellows in Sustainability (ELFS)

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Lead. Empower. Inspire.

Education and Leadership Fellows (ELFS) in Sustainability are a group of premier campus student leaders who are committed to educating and engaging their peers, working to cultivate a culture of sustainability at UB, and having a positive impact in our region and beyond. In doing so they will prepare themselves and their colleagues to become the next generation of globally-minded, sustainability literate leaders.

Student leaders will elevate the conversation about sustainability by developing and delivering programs and projects that engage, inspire and empower themselves and their peers to take action and live sustainably, both through their studies and long-term thinking.

Ready to Make Change?

Looking to leave your mark on UB's campus? From food systems to carbon offsets, the 2021-2022 cohort of Change Agents will choose from one of the following projects to work on throughout the school year.  

The University is on a mission to get to carbon neutrality by 2030. There are 10 main strategies outlined in our 10 in 10 Climate Action Plan (CAP) to get us there. One piece involves developing best practices for sustainable travel, sustainable purchasing, and hosting low-carbon events. The Carbon Offset committee of the CAP would like a team of students to research what these best practices are and produce a menu of policies that they can endorse for the rest of the university to use. 

Globally, our food system accounts for 25% of all greenhouse gas emissions. That’s just about the same here at our university. UB has set out to reduce that impact in half by 2030. 

For the first time ever, the University has found a baseline greenhouse gas impact of its food system. This completes the first milestone in the “Taking Stock of our Food” strategy of the recently updated UB Climate Action Plan. The second step is to reduce these emissions in half by 2030. That’s quite a task for the next 9 years! 

There is a lot of work to be done to get to this target. This cohort of Education Leadership Fellows in Sustainability (ELFS) will be charged with creating the system and structure to get us moving towards this goal. 

This green space certification pilot program at the University at Buffalo, SUNY is intended to provide staff, faculty, and students with the opportunity to reduce the environmental impacts of their labs, offices, classrooms and residence halls. These spaces are the foci for intervention and remediation.  The overarching concepts of conservation, recycling, chemical use and disposal, and purchasing guide the actions of this project.


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Educate fellow students on the importance of recycling, composting, waste reduction, energy and water conservation, local food options and reduced impact choices.

This is a highly competitive position open only to UB students. Submission of a cover letter and resume are required.  Qualified applicants will then be contacted for an in-person interview.   

Clubs and Extracurriculars


Looking to make friends with other sustainable-minded people? Clubs and extracurriculars are an amazing way to do that! 

Faculty and Staff

UB maintains institutional memberships to a number of sustainability organizations including the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) and the Post Landfill Action Network (PLAN).  Both of these organizations offer free sustainability-related professional development and training opportunities to their members.  Members of the UB community must first create personal accounts using your email to gain access.

Both the Faculty and Professional Staff Senates have sustaianbility focused committees for the UB community's participation. Each year, the PSS Sustainable Living Committee hosts a Sustainable Living Fair that brings in vendors from around the area to share their knowledge to our campus. 

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Volunteer Opportunities

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Are you interesting in volunteering, whether it be to earn community service hours, build your resume, or otherwise? UB Sustainability has a number of opportunities for you to get involved in our campus’s sustainability initiatives. 

If you would like to volunteer or learn more about our opportunities, contact the UB Sustainability team by calling us at 716-829-3535 or sending us a message here.

Looking for more? The Student Engagement office at UB hosts many volunteer opportunities on and off campus. Check out their website below for all of their offerings!

Sustainability Training Opportunities

All members of the UB community have access to participate in free sustainability training opportunities through The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) and the Post Landfill Action Network (PLAN), as a result of our institutional membership to these organizations.  To access AASHE’s Campus Sustainability Hub, including toolkits, click here.  To access PLAN’s resources and trainings, click here.

Being the Change You Wish to See