Every day, UB works with its partners from across the Buffalo Niagara region to positively impact sustainability efforts in our communities.
UB supports the alliance’s work and lends the research and educational expertise of its faculty and staff to the organization. The WNY Environmental Alliance boosts collaboration among more than 90 organizations working on environmental issues throughout Buffalo Niagara, and works to advocate for the region’s environmental agenda.
One Region Forward is a broad-based, collaborative effort to promote more sustainable forms of development in Erie and Niagara counties – the Buffalo Niagara Region – in land use, transportation, housing, energy and climate, access to food, and more. It will combine research and public engagement with planning and action to help us meet the combined economic, environmental, and social challenges of the 21st century.
The Western New York Sustainable Business Roundtable is a “business-driven” organization that relies on its member businesses to drive its mission and organize its events. Members are businesses that have employees in the Western New York region and have signed a pledge to create and implement a sustainability plan.
In 2010, UB Campus Dining & Shops acquired a food waste decomposer and began sharing compost and soil amendment with individuals and groups both on campus and in the community, including the Massachusetts Avenue Project and Grassroots Gardens of Buffalo.
Each spring since 2009, a female peregrine falcon has laid eggs in a nesting box in the tower of MacKay Heating Plant on the South Campus. Classified as an endangered species in New York State, peregrine falcons were completely eliminated from the eastern U.S. in the 1960s, mainly due to pesticide residue in their prey.
Thanks to a collaborative effort between UB, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the NYS Historic Preservation Office, there are now more than five dozen in New York State.
The addition of cameras provides the public with a window into these fascinating raptors, from the laying of eggs to fledging from the nest.
The UB falcons have provided both entertainment and valuable ornithological documentation for future research in the habits of these birds.
In an ongoing collaboration, UB and the NYSDEC are developing procedures to facilitate the ability of people and nature to co-exist in an urban environment.