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.


  • Fall 2017 Energy Campaign

    September 6 kicks of the 11th Annual Energy Campaign. Stop by the Small Fountain between 11-2 pm. The Energy Campaign is a competition to reduce energy usage in the residential dorms and academic/support buildings.

  • Sustainability Coordinators Program

    The Sustainability Coordinators Committee gives university employees the opportunity to work with the Office of Sustainability on UAlbany Green Scene initatives. Meetings are the first Tuesday of every month from 12-1 pm in BB 374. Don't see your Department/Office/Division represented? Sign up for a training by emailing gogreen@albany.edu!

  • Student Organizations

    Any student interested in joining a sustainability-related organization on campus can log into MyInvolvement and join: UAlbany Students for Sustainability, UAlbany Outdoors and UAlbany Graduate Students for Sustainability!

  • 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.

  • A Thousand Years of Weather

    Mathias Vuille, a professor in the University at Albany’s Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences, is the principal investigator on a $4.997 million PIRE (Partnerships for International Research and Education) grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study climate variations over the last millennium in North and South America.

  • Hurricane Expertise

    As Hurricane Irma leaves behind a trail of debris, historic flooding and power outages to millions across the state of Florida, the expertise of UAlbany’s Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences (DAES) has been featured on the national stage and across the globe.

  • Chancellor's Welcome Message to SUNY

    Kristina M. Johnson begins her term today as the 13th chancellor of the State University of New York, the largest comprehensive system of public higher education in the United States.