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.

  • Energy Campaign Reveal

    Join us Friday, November 17th at 3pm in Assembly Hall for the Energy Campaign Reveal Ceremony! The Office of Sustainability will be announcing all of the winners of the Energy Campaign and announce the recipients of the Terra Awards.

  • Electronics Recycling Day

    Join us Wednesday, November 8, 2017 for UAlbany's Electronics Recycling Day at Dutch Quad Parking Lot from 11-2 pm. Drop off personal items such as computers, cameras, micorwaves, printers and so much more to be recycled in a sustainable way.

  • 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 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. Flyer Here

  • 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.


Bob Keesee

Dr. Bob Keesee of the Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Science department is a lifetime supporter of sustainability. He not only teaches sustainability focused courses through his normal work load, but he developed a freshman seminar course around sustainability that he has taught for several years. Bob serves as the advisor of the UAlbany Students for Sustainability group and attends their meetings. In addition, Bob has supported sustainability initiatives such as the Power Dialog, the National Climate Teach In, our REV campus challenge proposal and offering up his lab class to identify pollinator plants on campus. His passion is infectious and he has inspired our students who share his interest to be involved and feel connected to the school.


Darcie Abbatiello

Darcie Abbatiello’s efforts towards sustainability in the workplace and on campus should be recognized on a great level. She continuously researches and finds new ways for the University Art Museum to become a more "sustainable museum." She strives for their workplace to be as eco-friendly as possible. Since this summer, Darcie has led the Art Museum’s efforts to join the office composting program and participate in the Green Workspace Challenge. One of her on-going projects is that she is working with catering services to try and reduce the food waste when catering is on-site. Lastly, Darcie works with the Preparator and the Office Manager to procure installation materials and office supplies that are more eco-friendly. As the Registrar of the museum, Darcie is conscious of the materials that are used when packing and shipping artwork.


Maki Mandelis

Maki Mandelis began working in the Office of Sustainability in Fall 2016 as an intern from the Communications Department. In his role, Maki oversees the Office of Sustainability’s social media platform and other event outreach, so his responsibilities play a large role in raising awareness about sustainability events and initiatives. In addition, Maki has introduced sustainability initiatives to his peers, specifically the athletic teams and cheerleaders and has helped to get volunteers for the recycling crew at football, basketball and lacrosse games. Maki is the Treasurer of UAlbany Students for Sustainability.


Rob Bertolacci

Rob Bertolacci started in the Office of Sustainability two years ago as an operational apprentice. Without Rob, the inkjet/toner and compost collections would not be possible. He has taken over the meter reads, compilation and delivery of the Empire Commons “fake” energy bill program. Rob is a constant presence at the home football and basketball games as a key member of the UAlbany Green Scene recycling team. Rob is also an integral leader in the UAlbany Students for Sustainability group. Rob has not only taken over the weekly energy checks in the academic buildings as part of his duties but this semester, he has embarked on a self-imposed research study with the goal of moving the electricity-use dial as a result of his effort. This is done by entering selected buildings every evening, making observations about usage, turning electronics off and checking the weekly numbers to see if his efforts have made a difference. In addition, each Friday Rob leads a team of over 30 volunteers that goes through the campus classrooms, turning of lights, computers and monitors. This dedication is admirable and is exactly what we need to be able to pinpoint the effect of good energy practices on our utility use. 

  • Economic Driver

    President Havidán Rodríguez touted the successes of the University’s Center of Excellence in Atmospherics and Innovate 518 during a public hearing on Monday. The hearing was scheduled by the New York State Assembly to examine the effectiveness of state-supported programs in creating employment opportunities and business growth for New Yorkers. Several state leaders in economic development were invited to testify throughout the day, including President Rodríguez.

  • Problem-Solving Partners

    Local communities confronting problems such as immigrant rights, criminal justice reforms and the emerging opioid crisis will be given access to a new source of innovative solutions, thanks to a just-formed alliance of four established institutions of law, social science and public administration.

  • Igniting Science Curiosity

    A large group of faculty, undergraduate and graduate students within UAlbany’s Department of Atmospheric and Environment Sciences (DAES) spent four days teaching and inspiring the Capital Region community.