University at Albany

Student Opportunities

Bike Share

Bikes are available to rent for the day at all campus residences in the Wellness Centers or Quad Offices at Alumni, Indian, and Colonial Quads. For information on the rental process, check out the Bike Share page. If you have any questions, email bike

Sustainability Collaborative

The Sustainability Collaborative is a space where both graduate and undergraduate student groups and leaders who are interested in at least one aspect of sustainability can come together to discuss what a sustainable UAlbany means to them. Student leaders can share their events or event ideas, network, create partnerships, and collaborate for events. The Collaborative will also provide professional and leadership development, increase attendance and participation at events and meetings, and impact a larger student audience. Whether your student group focuses on environmental sustainability, health and well-being, social justice, community engagement, or equity, the Sustainability Collaborative is open to all! The group only meets four times each semester.

Heritage Garden

In fall 2013, students began to work to establish a Heritage Garden. We will build four raised beds in fall 2014 and plant heirloom crops that are representative of Albany's history. There are many ways to get involved! Join the newly established student group by following the group on Facebook and emailing Amanda Colley, President of UAlbany Grow Green, or join

Housing Opportunities

UAlbany offers a freshman housing opportunity for those who would like to live in a community with other students who share their desire to live a more sustainable lifestyle.

If you are an incoming freshman, the World of Environmental Health and Sustainability is for you! It is designed for freshman of any major who have an interest in sustainability.

Internships and Community Service

The Office of Environmental Sustainability offers internships for students who would like to receive credit through the School of Computing and Information or the Communications Department. Each semester, we also take on three to five students who earn Community and Public Service credit. To learn more about these opportunities, email

New York Campus Life Sustainability Education Roundtable

Join students, staff, and faculty from across New York State for the 3rd Annual Campus Life Sustainability Education Roundtable on November 7, 2015. We invite you to come UAlbany to share ideas, network with other student leaders, and discuss programs that engaged students in campus-based experiential sustainability learning opportunities. The day will feature hands-on workshops and info sessions to transform you into a stronger campus change agent.

Student Sustainability Council

The Student Sustainability Council serves as the advisory board for the Office of Environmental Sustainability on all student initiatives. The council is comprised of 16 chairs, Res Life representatives, and delegates from the Student Association, the Graduate Student Association, and environmental student groups.

The chairs assume responsibility for topics tanging from food to transportation to energy. The chairs are appointed in the spring prior to the school year in which they will serve. The Res Life representatives are responsible for reporting about sustainability programming at each quad and publicizing sustainability campaigns on the quad. Because each chair and Res Life representative takes on special responsibility, he or she is awarded with a stipend.

The Terras

The Office of Sustainability has established a new 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 for demonstrating a commitment to advancing sustainable culture at SUNY Albany. Read more to learn about nominating an outstanding member of the UAlbany community.

Trashion Fashion

The Office of Environmental Sustainability hosted the first annual Trashion Fashion Show in spring 2014 in partnership with Res Life, the Campus programming Board and UAS.  Students were challenged to create an ensemble made from reclaimed and recyclable materials to vie for awards in one of the four categories: individual, student group, quad, and fan favorite.  To read more about the event and to see pictures, flip through the May 2014 edition of Green Scene.

The Trashion Fashion Show was planned by a student committee comprised of students from several areas of campus life including Res Life, SA, Greek Life, and environmental sustainability. If you are interested in serving on the committee for spring 2015, email

UAlbany Graduate Students for Sustainability

The UAlbany Graduate Students for Sustainability is the organization for graduate students interested in making change on campus. Though the group was recently formed in Spring 2014, they have already partnered to host a speaker series. Check out their page on MyInvolvement and facebook to learn more about events for this upcoming semester.

To get involved, contact President Erin Sanderson at

UAlbany Outdoors

UAlbany Outdoors is student-run group that strongly encourages getting off campus and into the outdoors. Activities include hiking,backpacking, snowshoeing, and sledding/tubing. This group is for anyone who likes to travel and get away from it all. 

For more information, contact President Amanda Colley at

UAlbany Students for Sustainability

The UAlbany Students for Sustainability (U.S.S.) is a University at Albany student organization with the purpose of serving the campus and community by initiating, coordinating and maintaining student-driven sustainability projects on campus and in the local community. For more information, contact President Nicholle Gregor at