Sustainability Leadership Fellows


Program Overview

UB Sustainability is pleased to announce the Education and Leadership Fellows in Sustainability (ELFS) program as part of the new Change Agents Scholar Initiative. ELFS will have an opportunity to gain hands-on experience in leadership and project management by working directly with the UB Sustainability Office. ELFS will also have exclusive access to funding available to support projects.

UB Sustainability is pleased to announce the 2016 ELFS Class

  • Stephanie Acquario, Sophomore
  • Nenedkade Bah, Sophomore
  • Sambhavi Bellary, Sophomore
  • Jenna Bower, Senior
  • Connor Brown, Senior
  • Joseph Carleton, Sophomore
  • Catherine Connors, Junior
  • Katrina Cropo, Senior
  • Malik Davies, Junior
  • Connor Devine, Senior
  • Madeleine Dewey, Sophomore
  • Mark Geraci, Freshman
  • Kevin Grosso, Junior
  • Kayleigh Hamernik, Freshman
  • Angelica Hart, Junior
  • Natalie Hazzan, Freshman
  • Megan Koury, Junior
  • Jinling Li, Senior
  • Shelby Marra, Senior
  • Andrew Oskowsky, Sophomore
  • Samantha Rubino, Senior
  • Alvin Samuel, Junior  
  • Brian Stuhlmiller, Junior
  • Rishab Turakhia, Masters Mechanical Engineering candidate 
  • Jessica Turner, Sophomore
  • Russell Van Coevering, MD/MBA candidate
  • Quianhui (Gabby) You, Senior

The 2016 Education and Leadership Fellows in Sustainability (ELFS) at their leadership retreat.

Benefits of becoming an ELF

  1. Professional experience: Fellows will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience by working collaboratively to deliver energy and waste projects during Spring Semester.
  2. Leadership Training: Fellows will have an opportunity to participate in an intensive, off-campus leadership development retreat in March at Beaver Hollow, along with the chance to network with sustainability professionals and participate in ongoing skill development by working with local, regional and national leaders.
  3. Work Hard. Play Hard. ELFS will be rewarded at an end of the semester with an off campus adventure such as rafting, hiking in April for reaching agreed upon goals. 
  4. A lasting impact: Fellows will have exclusive access to funding for projects from the newly established Green Legacy Fund to support sustainability projects coordinated by student clubs or teams of students
  5. Rigorous selection: Students will work with fellow top performing students with a strong interest in and/or experience with community engagement and an interest in developing their leadership skills.
  6. Commitment: Fellows are expected to contribute to projects during Spring Semester and to Earth Week events. Time spent as a fellow may, in some cases be used to fulfill other experiential learning requirements where appropriate. 

Snapshot of Spring Semester Schedule of Activities

  • Week of Feb 29th: Orientation meeting
  • March 5th to March 6th (overnight): Leadership retreat at Beaver Hollow
  • March 10th (lunch): Exclusive lunch with sustainability leader Andrew Winston, The Big Pivot
  • April 10th to 16th: Green it Forward program
  • April 18th to April 22nd: Earth Week 
  • April 20th  :ELFS Recognition & Sustainability Social event 
  • April 21st: ELS Profile Unveiling with President Tripathi, Student Union
  • April 28th (tentative): Off-campus outdoor adventure: whitewater rafting/hiking/canoeing, etc.
  • May 8th to 15th: Post Landfill Action Network (PLAN) move-out event