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.Volunteer to Organize (5/12-5/19) or Volunteer to Sort (5/22-5/26)

  • Green Your Commute Day

    Walk. Bike. Carpool. Take Transit. Drive and Electric Car. Get to work by any means other than driving alone in a gasoline powered vehicle. #GYCD17 is a state-wide competition hosted by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. Register Here

  • Garden and Composting Internship

    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. We are also offering RSSW credits for any student interested in becoming the office’s Garden and Composting Intern for the summer. 

  • 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.

  • Infectious Programing

    UAlbany's Center for Public Health Continuing Education (CPHCE) won a Bronze award in the 37th Annual Telly Awards late last month. The Center won for its September, 2016, Public Health Live program, "Infectious Disease: Recognize and Report!" in the category of TV Shows/Segments (Public Interest/Awareness). More than 13,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries entered the competition.

  • Upgraded Fleet

    Three shuttle buses are making their loops around UAlbany's Uptown, Downtown and Health Sciences campuses with a modern look and plenty of Great Danes' pride. The buses, which are on the road now, have been newly wrapped for the first time in 31 years. Color is the most notable change. Instead of primarily white, the upgraded fleet are purple and gold. UAlbany's Minerva logo is also featured on each side.

  • A 25,000-Year History of the South American Monsoon

    In For years, atmospheric scientists have been able to use historical data to determine when the last ice age ended, or when the Earth experienced massive volcanic eruptions. For atmospheric scientist Mathias Vuille, bridging the gap between modern climate dynamics and paleoclimatic interpretation of proxy data is a critical element to the study of weather, and what long-term climate changes we may expect in our future..