The Office of Sustainability

As a public higher education institution, the University at Albany has both an obligation and an opportunity to be a leader in sustainability. Our institution can and should serve as a model for other colleges and universities as well as for our own students and the community around us.


  • Give and Go

    Do you have too much stuff in your room? Way too much to bring home? When you move out you can place items in special Give & Go collection units at each living area. We encourage you to exchange and take what you need. All leftover items will be donated to the Trinity Alliance and Habitat for Humanity ReStore.

  • Shredding Day

    Get your SHRED on May 8th! The shredders will be here to destroy and recycle all paper, manila folders, checkbooks and other personal papers.

  • Family Earth Day

    Celebrate Earth Day for a free fun-filled day of family activities from 11am to 2pm at University Hall. There will be fun activities, amazing demonstrations and you'll be able to meet our new Weather Friends!

  • Green Workspace Challenge

    Think your UAlbany office is green? Earn an eco-certification by enrolling in the Green Workspace Challenge! Click here to fill out the Self-Assessment Sheet to start your path to Green Workspace certification.

  • Office Composting Program

    Are you part of an on campus office? Are you interested in being part of the office composting program? Contact gogreen@albany.edu to get more information or to get involved.

  • Zipcar on Campus!

    Reserve, unlock, and go with Zipcar, our car sharing service! Student organization leaders can now sign-up for free!

  • Terra Nomination Form

    The Office of Sustainability has established an award to recognize the persistent efforts of campus community members.  Each semester, one faculty member, one staff member and one student will each be awarded with a Terra.

  • Ask Sustainable Suzie

    Do you have a burning sustainability question? Send your questions in and Sustainable Suzie will answer them each month in the Green Scene Bulletin.

  • Sustainability Innovation Grant Program

    Members of the UAlbany community are invited to submit proposals for innovative academic endeavors or professional development opportunities that promote the core principles of sustainability including environmental stewardship, economic and resource equity, and societal community building.

    Faculty:

    Ron Friedman

    Ron is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology. Ron believes that climate changes is as much an issue for the psychology department as it is for scientists and researchers because it is a matter of self control and we can change our behavior. He incorporates information about climate change in his courses, such as his 400 student intro to psychology course, and seeks to raise awareness about the issue to a wide range of students. 

    Staff:

    Donna Duffy

    Donna is the UAlbany Campus Nutritionist for Sodexo. She holds the "key" to the popular blender bike and incorporates local food in her demonstrations. She has taken the staff lead on the Food Recovery Initiative currently in State Quad, and it has been a huge success, as they are looking to expand to Indian Quad in the future. As the Campus Dietitian, she has the ability to have a positive impact on students, faculty and staff and always shares the importance of selecting seasonal food choices grown by local farmers.

    Student:

    Radha Urribarri

    Radha is a senior in the environmental science program. She has been a dedicated student leader in the sustainability movement, starting when she was in the LLC of Environmental Sustainability. Radha has been a passionate advocate for veganism and local food and has a positive influence on all of her peers.

    Student:

    Jessica Tsang

    Jessica is a senior in the environmental science program. Last year, as a Recycling & Waste Reduction Chair, Jessica led teams of student volunteers at basketball and football games recycling and co-chaired the Trashion Fashion Committee. This year, as the President of UAlbany Students for Sustainability and Outreach & Engagement Chair on the Sustainability Council, she has been a great role model and student leader for a wide variety of UAlbany community members.
  • Happy Trails, Ecologically

    Most environmental histories of skiing have emphasized the industry’s ecological depredations, which makes sense: Modern ski resorts and the infrastructure required to operate them are incredibly resource intensive.

  • Getting Neighborhoods to Bounce Back

    Urban and regional planning has traditionally trained its focus on housing and economic development, but recently another player has come distinctly into view. This is resiliency, and UAlbany’s Master in Urban and Regional Planning (MRP) now reflects this paradigm shift in its community planning specialization.

  • Truly Better Weather Solutions

    In 2001, Donald Berchoff, then commander of the 15th Operational Weather Squadron at Scott Air Force Base, told leading officials in the base’s Tanker Airlift Control Center that they were wasting big taxpayer money on weather delays.