END 333 - Campus as a Living Laboratory: Sustainability Planning at UB

Image Credit by Grace Celik

Image Credit by Grace Celik 

Climate Neutral by 2030? With nearly 40,000 people, hundreds of miles of roads and 3 campuses, UB is often referred to as a small city. Like cities and regions, large organizations also have a role to play in addressing global climate change and creating a more resilient and sustainable world. 

In 2007 UB signed on to the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment and by 2009, UB released its Climate Action Plan, which set the goal of achieving climate neutrality by 2030.

Using the UB campus as a living laboratory, this class will explore the techniques, strategies, and plans that large institutions are implementing to achieve climate neutrality and work toward embedding sustainability into operations, curriculum, research and community engagement efforts. Through a hands-on approach, this class will work toward achieving the following:

  1. Analyze sustainability data from across the university and set up system for annual monitoring and evaluation 
  2. Identify best practice approaches to further advance sustainability at UB based on plans, strategies, and initiatives at peer universities
  3. Synthesize and present findings to key stakeholders at UB additional text for course

For more information: www.buffalo.edu/sustainability