University at Albany
 

Our History

The Task Force on Environmental Sustainability laid the initial groundwork for the Office of Environmental Sustainability. In February 2006, President Kermit Hall created the Task Force, outlining its broad goal:

"As a public higher education institution, the University at Albany has both an obligation and an opportunity to be a leader in environmental 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."

The Task Force, made up of representatives from of various departments and disciplines, was charged with promoting sustainability with the following goals:to calculate what it takes to run our 20,000 plus member UAlbany community including a full accounting of the waste we generate; to find ways to lower consumption, protect environmental resources, and reduce waste; to document the benefits that accrue to our health and financial well-being; and to study our impact on the world and take responsibility for the consequences of our actions.

To further in this mission, the Office of Environmental Sustainability was created in January 2008, and the Office of Energy Management was established in July of the same year.

Timeline of Environmental Sustainability Efforts at UAlbany

2006 University signs the Talloires Declaration
2007 Launched campus-wide behavioral change initiatives including the Energy Campaign and RecycleMania
2008 President signed ACUPCC; Establishment of Office of Environmental Sustainability and Office of Energy Management; Development of Energy Action Plan
2009 Sustainability-themed housing opened; G3 program; Student Sustainability Council and Sustainability Coordinators groups created
2010 “The Power of SUNY” was unveiled; University Hall certified as carbon neutral; Awarded the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Environmental excellence Award
2011 Installation of 49.2kW Photovoltaic system on roof of Social Science building; Rain Garden built at Alumni House;
2012 UAlbany bus fleet added 5 hybrid buses; Liberty Terrace opened; UAlbany listed as one of Princeton Review’s Green Schools; UAlbany received STARS silver rating; UAlbany was listed as a Green College by the Princeton Review
2013 Sustainability minor approved; Compost program at Indian Quad Dining Hall piloted; Inaugural Earth Day Food and Art Festival held at Liberty Terrace; UAlbany was listed as a Green College by the Princeton Review