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.


  • Summer Energy Saving Tips

    Be energy-conscious this summer. Check out these energy saving tips that you can implement in the office and at home!

  • Daylight Hour

    Join us, and offices across the world, on Friday, June 16 from 12-1 pm as we turn off our lights and allow daylight to illuminate our offices. Upload a photo on Facebook of your office daylighting, tag UAlbany Green Scene and #DaylightHour to be entered into a raffle to win Cider Belly Donuts!

  • Heritage Garden Club

    We are looking for any UAlbany community member interested in gardening to join our Heritage Garden Club this summer, which is located behind Indian Quad.

  • 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:

Oliver Elison Timm

Oliver Elison Timm, an associate research professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences (DAES). Timm organized a joint DAES/Atmospheric Sciences Research Center sustainability seminar on climate change, food production and global food security. He assisted Mitch Aso in hosting Andrew Stuhl and his talk on Unfreezing the Arctic and arranged for students and faculty to meet Stuhl. Timm arranged for multiple free screenings of the Leonardo DiCaprio film Before the Flood. In addition, he made a presentation at the Institute for Climate, Environment and Health's symposium and hosted DAES seminar speakers this semester.

Staff:

Zakhar Berkovich

Zakhar Berkovich, director of Undergraduate Student Services at Rockefeller College, led his office's efforts to get Green Workspace Certified and helped plan and run the Power dialog last spring. Berkovich is leading the charge to develop a sustainability plan for the campus. He is a member of two advisory bodies for the sustainability office: The Sustainability Innovation Grant Program Review committee and the Academic Advisory Working Group. In his role overseeing undergraduate programs at Rockefeller College, Berkovich has brought a sustainability flair to the school's course offerings and event programming..

Student:

Aggie Pijanowski

Aggie Pijanowski is a junior political science major with a minor in sustainability and education. She has spent the last three years making the campus more sustainable. She has organized research on the usage of bins in the main library, is currently helping audit bins in the lecture centers, and has made it her mission to improve signs in the living area's trash rooms to better educate her peers on recycling behaviors. Pijanowski helped co-chair the Trashion Fashion Show committee. A member of the Sustainability Council the last two years, she focuses on recycling and waste reduction. Her devotion to sustainable living is constant and unwavering..

Student:

Madison Corbeil

Madison Corbeil is a junior Environmental Science major with minors in business and math. She splits her time between the Office of Sustainability and the Energy Office. Corbeil educated and worked with all offices in Service Building A to become Green Workspace Gold Certified, the largest office to date because it is an entire building. She is working to identify green lab practices to assist with the creation of UAlbany's Sustainable Lab Coalition. Her passion for sustainability is evident and she influences peers in a positive and effective manner.

  • Sustainable Savings

    You and your team have just a few days left to reduce costs and enhance revenue by $100,000 for your client through sustainable business practices. How do you do it?

    This is the challenge facing students in Going Green Globally (G3), the cornerstone program for all first-year MBA students. G3 evaluates green concerns from a business perspective. It is just under two weeks of intensive experiential learning, capping a semester-long course.

  • Walking to Fill the Pantry

    The UAlbany chapter of United University Professions (UUP) recently presented St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry with $2,000 raised at its spring 5k Walk to Fight Campus Hunger. The walk helped to raise awareness about the nationwide problem of food insecurity on college campuses.

  • Deepening the Affiliation

    Developing and prioritizing human rights, addressing urban blight through regional information sharing, and building an interdisciplinary collaborative on climate change are just a few of the issues UAlbany and Albany Law faculty, staff and students have worked on together.