UB's Solar Strand has a maximum rated capacity of 750
kilowatts — enough to power hundreds student apartments.
UB is the size of a small city, with hundreds of buildings and
miles of road. We use electricity, fuel and countless other
resources to keep our campuses running. Thousands of students,
faculty and staff travel here every day.
Our environmental footprint is significant.
But crucially, as an early signatory of the American College and
University Presidents' Climate Commitment, UB and locally
based Ecology and Environment has developed a comprehensive
strategic plan to minimize our adverse impact on the
Our Climate Action Plan calls for UB to become climate neutral
To achieve this goal, we brought together leaders from across UB
to form the Environmental Stewardship Committee, a group of
administrators, faculty and students charting UB's path towards
climate neutrality and sustainability.
The committee is heading efforts to implement efficiencies
throughout UB's operations and leading the conversation on how the
university can weave sustainability into research, teaching and
public service activities.
As UB moves closer to climate neutrality, the actions of every
student, staff and faculty member matter. Discover how UB is
greening its operations—and learn how you can make a
The Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System (STARS)
is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and
universities to measure their sustainability performance.
STARS was developed by our higher education colleagues and is
administered by the Association for the Advancement of
Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).
Through a course, UB student researchers assist in gathering
information from across the university to inform the STARS process
and establish the State of UB’s Sustainability.
Faculty and staff involved in the process are being engaged
throughout the year to ensure clear communication of our
The STARS report will indicate a number of our strengths, but
also areas where we can improve and continue to reduce our
environmental footprint on the future.