UB has a long history of sustainability through operational
Rethink, reduce, repair, reuse and recycle are our mantras when
it comes to how we operate our three campuses. From the way we use
energy to the way we discard waste, UB is a leader in
sustainability. We owe our success to the support and participation
of the entire UB community.
For three decades, UB’s energy conservation initiatives
have saved millions of dollars each year. Our success is a result
of outstanding operational management and responsible energy use by
members of the UB community.
UB is committed to green power alternatives, as evidenced by our
two solar installations and the fact that 30 percent of our energy
comes from renewable energy outside of hydropower.
UB diverts more than 30 percent of the waste we produce from the
Campaigns to curtail trash include our "All In One" recycling
program, new in 2011. The program makes recycling easy by allowing
people to place all accepted recyclables in one bin instead of
In 2010, UB Campus Dining & Shops launched an aggressive
composting strategy designed to reduce food waste from dining
Today, we compost hundreds of thousands of pounds of organic
waste each year, with 43 percent decomposed on campus by an
innovative machine that transforms everyday refuse—onion
skins, egg shells, chicken bones—into a soil amendment for
By summer 2012, the addition of a second decomposer will enable
UB to compost 100 percent of its dining center food waste right
here on campus. UB helps build greater food security in Buffalo and
beyond by offering its compost as free fertilizer to urban
community gardens and members of the campus community.
UB's food decomposer helps the university compost food waste
from dining centers.
New buildings on all three UB campuses reflect our commitment to
the future. Construction and renovation projects across the
university have been designed to meet rigorous accessibility and
LEED green building design standards.
William R. Greiner Hall, a sophomore residence hall that debuted
in 2011, is one example. The building is packed with green features
such as high-efficiency lighting, low-flow faucets, and laundry
room counters made from recycled Tide bottles.
Inside our facilities, UB’s custodial team practices green
cleaning techniques, using nontoxic, recycled products and
implementing responsible application methods that protect our
health and the environment.
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:
UB’s IT Services has been at the forefront of utilizing
green information technologies and practices. As part of its
ongoing 2020 IT Strategic Transformation, the department has
implemented measures such as server virtualization, cloud computing
and virtual computing, which have all increased UB’s
efficiency and decreased its environmental impact. In addition, the
Center for Computational Research launched a series of green IT
projects a little over 2 years ago with funding from the New York
State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the
National Institutes of Health (NIH). The projects have been
successful, resulting in an incredible seven-fold increase in CCR's
research computing capacity as well as a decrease in total energy
consumption by 20%. As of January 2012, such actions have saved the
university more than $278,000 and reduced greenhouse gases by more
than 550 metric tons. The recently relocated CIT data center
will soon undergo similar improvements.
IT services has also been working on providing a cutting edge
learning environment for the School of Management, self-help course
capture technology in the School of Social Work, and upgrading
CIT's UBUnix timeshare environment. For more information
about IT services initiatives, visit: http://www.cio.buffalo.edu