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 sustainability.
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.