Think of the impact any small city has on the environment. Waste
is created, water is used and energy is needed to power the
community. UB understands that by focusing on sustainable measures,
we can mitigate our environmental impact.
Recycling on campus is easier than ever with single-stream, “all-in-one” recycling at UB.
Now, you don’t have to sort recyclables by glass, plastic or paper. Just toss it in one of the specially marked “All-In-One” bins located across campus.
And it’s not just easier. It will also reduce the amount of materials going to landfills.
That goes for batteries, too. UB began recycling three types of batteries long before a New York State battery recycling policy was implemented in 2011.
UB Faculty and Staff--looking to get rid of that old desk, chair, or filing cabinet, but don't want to just see it go to waste? Consider listing the items on the UB SWAP page--it's like eBay for state property that still has a little bit of life in it!
UB has created a strategic plan to move the university toward Zero Waste. Our goal is to reduce the amount of physical waste that is produced across our campuses. The plan specifically focuses on how to improve UB’s campus-wide recycling diversion rate and expand composting opportunities.
RecycleMania is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities.
Food scraps take on new life at UB, where an innovative composting program has been in effect for several years.
UB’s decomposer system processes well over 600 pounds of food waste each day, producing 43,000 pounds of soil amendment each year.
The university encourages the public to stop by the Statler
Food Commissary to collect compost.
UB is constantly examining ways to conserve energy. For example, residential dining centers are trayless. By not using trays, UB saves on the amount of energy and water required to wash trays.
The UB Solar Strand is reducing the university’s carbon footprint by using renewable energy from the sun to power the equivalent of hundreds of student apartments on campus.
Here’s something else you might not know: UB is the largest purchaser of wind energy in New York State. And our nationally recognized energy conservation program saves more than $10 million a year.
Campus Living Paraprofessional staff are uniquely positioned to engage students living on campus and create positive change at UB.
No car, no problem...UB offers plenty of ways to travel around campus using alternative transportation methods. Our system of convenient, free shuttles and buses make it easy to travel to or around any of our three campus centers. Here are some other ways to get around:
Check out UBNow Reporter Cory Nealon's trip by bike to campus and interviews from faculty and staff on why they commute by bike in the video below.
Municipalities across the region, from the village and town level to the city and county level, have their own recycling programs and standards. Contact your local sanitation office to learn more about specific programs where you live.
Hydration stations located across campus at UB allow us to make a choice--refilling reusable water bottles with fresh Great Lakes water instead of buying bottled water. Check out the map below to see where you can fill your bottles!
By using recycled paper, you reduce pollution and demand for raw
materials. UB has been using recycled paper for nearly two decades.
We are proud to use 100 percent recycled paper in all our public
computing labs, and throughout our departments.
Aside from reducing your need for electronic devices, turning off equipment not actively in use is the simplest and most effective strategy to save energy.
Other energy saving tips include selecting energy efficient
goods and taking advantage of technology, such as power management
features or motion sensors.