We asked Jim Jensen, UB professor of civil, structural and environmental engineering, to tell us about his work in, and thoughts on sustainability.
What kinds of sustainability related research/projects do you pursue at UB?
My research work has been in two areas. First, my students and I
are developing and testing sustainable drinking water treatment
methods for developing countries. These methods include using
natural plant materials, ceramic water filters, and water lenses to
make water safe to drink. Second, I'm supporting a number of
students in sustainability projects around campus ranging from
refillable water containers to high-velocity air hand-dryers.
How are students involved in your sustainability work?
I see my role as guiding students as they learn about
sustainability and seek sustainable solutions to global and local
problems. All my research is conducted with undergraduate and
graduate students. I teach a course in sustainability. In addition,
I support Ken Shockley, professor of philosophy, as he works with
students to develop UB's newest Undergraduate Academy in
What is the one thing you would like people to know that you do in your personal life to further sustainability?
A sustainable life is not about being perfect, but about being
better than the day before. I know I could do better in some
aspects of my life but I am a recycling fiend!
How could UB improve its sustainability efforts?
UB has come a long way due to the dedication of students, faculty, and staff and the support of the administration. UB's Climate Action Plan lays out a great future for UB. If we all work together to make it a reality, UB will be a better place to live and work.