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.


  • Recyclemania!

    On February 5th we start in our 11th Recyclemania Compitition. We will be competting against hundreds of other schools from around the nation to see who can REDUCE, REUSE, and RECYCLE the most. Check back weekly for updates on where we stack up!

  • Fit Fair

    Come learn about Fitness and Alternative Transportation at the Campus Rec Fit Fair at the Physical Education Building Gym on February 27th from 5-7pm.

  • Diane Ackerman- NYS Writers Institute

    Diane Ackerman, renowned for her explorations of the natural world in nonfiction and poetry will be presenting a seminar at University Hall 100 at 4:15 pm followed by a reading at Clark Auditorium at the NYS Museum on March 7th.

  • 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.
  • Loving Business

    Twill is a small business founded in Albany in 2013 that makes blankets and beanies, and currently employs 10 people. And for each blanket or beanie purchased, another is given to someone in need, for example, a hospital patient.

    Why blankets and hats? "Everyone could benefit from a warm blanket or beanie during a tough time," Zac said. "We figured why not start with a simple product that everyone could use."

  • When Native Americans Controlled the Northeast Coast

    When the English and Dutch empires both tried to claim the same patch of coast between the Hudson River and Cape Cod during the 17th and early 18th centuries, the sea itself became an arena of contact and conflict. But there was an unexpected third player in that conflict.

  • Waste Reduction Challenge

    For the 11th year, UAlbany will compete in the national Collegiate RecycleMania competition, run by the nonprofit Keep America Beautiful.

    The competition, which last year included 350 schools from 48 states, kicks off Feb. 5 and runs for eight weeks, challenging schools to reduce waste and increase recycling.