Carbon Reduction Challenge

team at triad.

UB undergraduate students Daniel Moses, Sean O’Neill, and Todd Glosser at Triad Recycling and Energy, their partner company for the 2019 Carbon Reduction Challenge.

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.

Watch the Spring 2020 Student Presentations

2020 Carbon Reduction Challenge Students.

2020 Carbon Reduction Challenge students and professors met regularly via zoom despite the coronavirus pandemic

Spring 2020

Students worked with the Williamsville Central School District, Curbell, Erie County, Rich’s Products, NY Department of Transportation, and Harmac Medical Supply in the 2020 Spring Semester. 


How to Participate

Students: Consider taking this class, GLY479/579, offered every spring semester. Undergraduate and graduate students from all majors welcome. Sign up today at the link below.

Congress man Higgins.

Students from the 2019 Carbon Reduction Challenge course presenting their project results to Congressman Brian Higgins and the UB Community