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2015

Joining The Call To Action To Fight Climate Change

ALBANY, N.Y. (December 17, 2015) -- "Colleges and universities across the country have already signed a White House American Campuses Act on Climate Pledge, demonstrating their commitment to carrying out their own sustainability goals and supporting strong action on climate change by world leaders. All of our SUNY campuses have joined this pledge to bring action on climate change and increase sustainability efforts across the country, which makes the system nearly 20% of the participating campuses. In coordination with this White House pledge, Defend Our Future launched a digital climate pledge that students can sign to demonstrate their support in taking action against climate change."

Book by Biologist Kleppel Heralds a Farming Revolution

ALBANY, N.Y. (November 18, 2015) — “Most of the food that most Americans eat comes from an industrial system of agriculture that is neither safe, nor ethical, nor sustainable. ”So says Professor Gary S. Kleppel of the Department of Biological Sciences and former longtime director of the University’s Biodiversity, Conservation, and Policy Program. But Kleppel, who with wife Pam became owners of Longfield Farm in Altamont (producing grass-fed lamb, wool, free range chickens and eggs, and artisanal breads) after he arrived at the University 15 years ago, writes of a solution.

Neural Development and Environmental Factors: Collaborating to Search for Answers and Markers

ALBANY, N.Y. (September 24, 2015) -- With chemicals in the environment found to affect the most vulnerable populations -- the unborn, young and the elderly -- the University at Albany’sRNA Institute, along with Rensselaer, N.Y.-based Athghin Biotechnology, Inc. and the Neural Stem Cell Institute (NSCI) are seeking to find answers for millions of children afflicted with neuro-developmental disabilities worldwide. Together, the researchers will collaborate to develop a new stem cell-based method to rapidly and sensitively analyze the effects of thousands of chemical compounds to determine any detrimental health effects on brain development.

UAlbany Atmospheric Scientists Advance Weather and Climate Prediction Research

ALBANY, N.Y. (September 22, 2015) -- As governments, scientists and policymakers grapple with the long-term impact of climate change, researchers at the University at Albany are seeking to improve the prediction models utilized to study global warming.

UAlbany Drones to Provide Unique Insights into Vegetation Change and Severe Weather in Capital Region through NSF-Funded Study

ALBANY, N.Y. (August 27, 2015) — University at Albany Assistant Professor of Geography and Planning Alexander Buyantuev will lead a team of researchers using unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) — commonly known as drones — to bring new insights into the effects of climate change, urbanization and wind farms on vegetation and analyze severe weather events. The research is funded in part by a National Science Foundation (NSF) Major Research Instrumentation Program award.

University at Albany Inaugurates NYS Mesonet with Completion of First Weather Tower

ALBANY, N.Y. (August 31, 2015) -- The University at Albany has inaugurated the nation’s most advanced mesonet system with a 30-foot weather station tower in Schuylerville, New York. Located in Hudson Crossing Park, the station is the first of 125 weather towers that will be located throughout the state to provide extensive, real-time, 3-D data to emergency personnel and first responders. The $23.6 million Mesonet initiative, supported by New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, is designed to support better planning for extreme weather events, and will make New York home to the most innovative statewide network of weather stations and profilers in the country.

UAlbany Scientist Garners National Science Foundation CAREER Award for Study of Oceans

ALBANY, N.Y. (July 15, 2015) -- University at Albany scientist Brian Rose has been awarded $544,681 through the National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Development (CAREER) Program. Rose, an assistant professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences at UAlbany, will utilize the support to examine the role of oceans in the planetary energy cycles.

UAlbany Fulbright Scholar Will Examine Impact of Environmental Pollution of Pregnancy and Birth in Romania

NEW YORK (June 24, 2015) -- University at Albany Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences Michael S. Bloom has received a fall 2015 Fulbright Scholar Award and will travel to Romania to teach epidemiology and investigate the impacts of groundwater arsenic contamination on pregnancy and birth outcomes.

Study: Mixtures of Common Chemicals May Increase Cancer Risk

ALBANY, N.Y. (June 23, 2015) -- Amid a global cancer epidemic, a task force of 174 scientists from research and medical institutions in 28 countries including UAlbany’s School of Public Health, concluded that average daily exposure to mixtures of chemicals might increase the risk of cancer beyond the risks from individual chemicals on their own.

UAlbany Earth Day Events Highlight New York Heritage

ALBANY, N.Y. (March 26, 2015) – The University at Albany will welcome Mohawk storyteller Kay Olan (Ionataiewas) on Earth Day, April 22, to help dedicate the University’s newly established Heritage Garden with a traditional greeting. The ceremony is one of several events planned to celebrate Earth Day and sustainability during the month of April.

UAlbany Students, Faculty and Staff Earn Accolades for Sustainability

ALBANY, N.Y. (March 16, 2015) -- Whether it's researching the relationship between campus culture and green initiatives, or advancing active transportation, UAlbany students, faculty and staff are dedicated to improving sustainability both at the University and within the community. Among the most recent accolades, UAlbany's School of Business Building has received LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED stands for “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design” and is a designation awarded by the USGBC as a verification of green buildings that incorporate environmental, social and economic benefits throughout the building’s entire life cycle.

Entrepreneurial UAlbany Students Leverage Passion for Superfood to Create ChugaChaga Tea

ALBANY, N.Y. (February 19, 2015) -- Two University at Albany students are combining their passion for good health with their entrepreneurial spirit and plan to launch a ready-to-drink tea called ChugaChaga by early summer. “Chaga is a very unique superfood, it’s a fungus that grows off birch trees,” said UAlbany junior Luke Evans of Bethel, N.Y. “It contains potent amounts of antioxidants, beta glucans, melanin, superoxide dismutase and betulinic acid.” Chaga is a mushroom that looks like burnt charcoal. Found on birch trees in Russia, Korea, Eastern and Northern Europe, northern areas of the U.S. and Canada, it is considered a medicinal mushroom in Russian and Eastern European folk medicine. It is also considered to be an immune-enhancing substance with more antioxidants than blueberries or pomegranates.

Lapenas Leads Project Developing a New Gauge of Climate Change

ALBANY, N.Y. (February 6, 2015) — UAlbanyclimatologist Andrei Lapenas is the principal investigator on a National Science Foundation (NSF)-sponsored project that converts a sensor originally designed to measure levels of the carbohydrate glucose in humans before kidney transplants, into one that can detect climate change.

School of Public Health's Allison Appleton Named harvard JPB Environmental Health Fellow

ALBANY, N.Y. (February 4, 2015) -- Allison Appleton, Sc.D., assistant professor of epidemiology at University at Albany, School of Public Health, has been selected as a JPB Environmental Health (EH) Fellow by the Harvard School of Public Health. The fellowship program, which formally began on October 1, 2014, and will extend through December 2017, brings together junior faculty from U.S. institutions with research interests related to social and physical determinants of environmental health on disadvantaged communities.

UAlbany Information Scientist Named to U.S. EPA's National Advisory Committee

ALBANY, N.Y. (January 20, 2015) — Theresa A. Pardo, Ph.D. has been appointed to a two-year term as a member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) National Advisory Committee (NAC). Pardo is director of the University at Albany’s Center for Technology in Government(CTG), and a research associate professor in the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy and the College of Computing and Information.

2014

UAlbany-Berkeley Climate Study Predicts a Significant Increase of Lightning During 21st Century

ALBANY, N.Y. (December 15, 2014) -- A new study published in Science predicts a 50 percent increase in lightning strikes across the United States during this century as a result of warming temperatures associated with climate change.

UAlbany Students Demonstrate Commitment to Sustainable and Local Food

ALBANY, N.Y. (October 30, 2014) -- Whether it's working to bring healthy eating options in the dining halls or increasing locally sourced foods on campus, University at Albany students have taken the lead on bringing the concepts of sustainable farming and food production to the campus community.

UAlbany's Everette Joseph Named to National Research Council Board

ALBANY, N.Y. (October 7, 2014) — Everette Joseph, director of the University at Albany’sAtmospheric Sciences Research Center (ASRC) and a SUNY Empire Innovation Professor, has been named a member of the prestigious National Research Council Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate.

Six UAlbany Atmospheric Scientists Receive Federal Grants to Aid Extreme Weather Prediction and Alleviate Global Water Crisis

ALBANY, N.Y. (October 30, 2014) — An array of recent federal government awards to University at Albany atmospheric scientists aim at improving the prediction of extreme weather events and addressing the management of critical water resources, both locally and globally.

UAlbany Launches 2014 Sustainability Campaign, Announces Several New Initiatives Designed to Reduce its Carbon Footprint

ALBANY, N.Y. (September 2, 2014) -- With a new car-sharing program, a complimentary filtered water station and a renewed commitment to conserving energy, the University at Albany has a host of sustainable initiatives underway for the 2014 fall semester.

Karan Verma, '16, Draws Inspiration from UAlbany's Living/Learning Community to Bring H20 Zone to Campus

ALBANY, N.Y. (September 3, 2014) -- This fall, a new H2O Zone located in the Campus Center is providing free filtered and seltzer water to all University at Albany students, faculty and staff. The complimentary hydration station is a result of the efforts of Karan Verma, a B.A./M.P.A., who has made curbing the number disposable water bottles consumed at UAlbany a priority.

Researchers Awarded $1.5 Million to Examine Impact of Pollutants on Aging Population

ALBANY, N.Y. (September 18, 2014) -- Edward H. Fitzgerald, a University at Albany School of Public Health researcher, has been awarded a $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) to study if exposure to organic pollutants (POPs) impacts neuropsychological function in older men and women.

UAlbany Students "Show Up" to Support the Regional Food Bank

ALBANY, N.Y. (September 19, 2014) – More than 200 University at Albany students volunteered at the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York on Saturday, Sept. 13, as part of an on-going effort to display the University’s commitment to the local community. Volunteers were recruited from UAlbany’s Living-Learning Communities (L-LCs), a program that pairs on-campus housing with freshmen and transfer students who share similar academic goals and interests. Some L-LCs include: World of Accounting, World of Art, World of Community Service, World of Environmental Sustainability and World of Laws and Justice.

UAlbany Atmospheric Scientists Studies the Past to Predict the Future for Greenhouse Gas Effects

ALBANY, N.Y. (June 12, 2014) — Through a new National Science Foundation (NSF) grant, University at Albany atmospheric scientist Aiguo Dai is studying more than a century of climate simulations in order to differentiate natural from man-induced forces affecting global drought and precipitation. The study’s results will help interpret recent extreme climate events, such as recent years' droughts and heat waves in the Southwest U.S., and could reveal critical information on how drought brought on by global warming may affect farmers, water resource managers, policymakers and other stakeholders in the U.S. and other countries.

Experts Advisory: National Climate Assessment Provides United States with Analysis of Potential Impact of Global Climate Change

ALBANY, N.Y. (May 6, 2014) -- With the rollout of the third National Climate Assessment, researchers, policymakers and individual citizens will be provided with a framework for the potential impact of climate change on the United States today and for the foreseeable future. University at Albany atmospheric scientists can provide expert analysis of the report, including its impact for New York as well as the nation.

UAlbany Data Scientists Leading Nationwide Initiative to Improve Transportation

ALBANY, N.Y. (March 18, 2014) — Applying pioneering web-based solutions, UAlbany associate professor and Lewis Mumford Center Director Catherine T. Lawson and the Albany Visualization And Informatics Lab (AVAIL), have been selected by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to lead a multi-state initiative to advance transportation planning in such areas as truck routing, pollution control, travel safety, traffic patterns, and more.

Grants Support UAlbany Campus Center Expansion, Environmental Initiatives

ALBANY, N.Y. (January 28, 2014) -- The University at Albany has been awarded two environmental grants for campus projects. The first award will support environmental construction measures for its planned Campus Center expansion project, while the second grant through the New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse and Recycling, Inc. (NYSAR3), is intended to initiate a campus-wide composting project.

2013

UAlbany Researcher's Work Yielding Insights into HIV and AIDS

Mary Katherine Gonder, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, leads an international biodiversity conservation project in Central Africa that will look at climate change while taking into account the socioeconomic challenges of the region in developing conservation strategies. The project is funded by a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation.

UAlbany Environmental Initiatives Target Reducing Carbon Footprint, Enhancing Educational Opportunities

ALBANY, N.Y. (November 7, 2013) -- In recognition of Sustainability Week (Nov. 11-15), the University at Albany is launching a series of environmental initiatives aimed at reducing its carbon footprint and enhancing career opportunities for students. Most notably, beginning in the fall of 2013, undergraduates are able to enroll in a sustainability minor, a multidisciplinary program designed to provide students with a solid foundation in the environmental, geopolitical and social aspects of sustainability.

UAlbany Atmospheric Scientists Study African Easterly Waves

ALBANY, N.Y. (October 2, 2013) — UAlbany atmospheric scientists Chris Thorncroft and Ryan Torn are working to improve knowledge and understanding of African Easterly Waves (AEWs) and their relevance to a range of applications vitally important for West African nations, including hydrology and flood prediction, agriculture and crop prediction, and malaria risk assessments.

Atmospheric Scientist Scott Miller to Study Adirondack Lake for Inland Water Impact on Climate Change

ALBANY, N.Y. (September 25, 2013) – UAlbany atmospheric scientist Scott Miller is co-principal investigator of a study at the Cranberry Lake Biological Station in the Adirondack Mountains aimed at identifying and quantifying several processes that affect emission of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere and how these can be expected to shift due to climate change.

UAlbany Scientist is Reconstructing Thousand-Year History of the South American Summer Monsoon

ALBANY, N.Y. (August 8, 2013) – University at Albany atmospheric scientist Mathias Vuille is leading a team of scientists in producing the first comprehensive 1,000-year climatological history of the South American summer monsoon (SASM). The study will help the continent forecast and prevent massive destructiveness from droughts and floods.

UAlbany Fulbright Researcher, Brazilian University Collaborate to Analyze Deforestation in the Amazon Rain Forest

ALBANY, N.Y. (August 5, 2013) – David R. Fitzjarrald, a Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Environmental Sciences at the University at AlbanyAtmospheric Sciences Research Center (ASRC), will collaborate with investigators at the University of Western Pará (UFOPa), Santarém, Brazil, to analyze on-the-ground measurements of the Amazon rain forest to determine how the climate is being affected by deforestation. Fitzjarrald will conduct the first phase of his research in August and September supported by a Fulbright Fellowship, a program designed to build mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries. While in Brazil, Fitzjarrald will also work with and mentor UFOPa students.

UAlbany Study Predicts an Ice-free Arctic by the 2050s

ALBANY, N.Y. (August 8, 2013) -- Accelerated climate warming propelled by greenhouse gas emissions could bring an ice-free September to the Arctic by 2054, a University at Albany scientist predicts. 

Sustainability as a Driver in New York's Economy

UAlbany biologist Gary Kleppel is helping New York State control biological invasions while supporting agriculture. In cooperation with public and private sector partners, Kleppel has developed a protocol that uses livestock for vegetation management. Invasive plants threaten native biodiversity and cause millions of dollars in damage to farm and forest land. Kleppel found that these plants can be targeted for grazing by sheep, reducing the enormous manpower and herbicide costs required to control them.

Science and Animal Enthusiast Finds Outlet for Career Success at UAlbany

ALBANY, N.Y. (April 15, 2013) — University at Albany Honors College senior Corine Giroux was raised on one of the largest poultry farms in New York State. In this setting, her love for animals blossomed. At age three, she was already pleading with her parents for her own horse.

UAlbany Named One of America's Most Environmentally Responsible Colleges

ALBANY, N.Y. (April 22, 2013) -- The University at Albany is one of the 322 most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada, according to "The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges." In its assessment, the Princeton Review highlights UAlbany’s energy initiatives including the "Change a Light" campaign and the Empire Commons student residence electric bill program.

UAlbany Advanced Computing System Provides Large-Scale Capacity to Examine Arctic Sea-Ice Variations, Tropical Hurricane Formation

ALBANY, N.Y. (April 25, 2013) A new, highly sophisticated computing system will allow several new University at Albany Atmospheric Scientists to conduct large-scale research of arctic sea-ice variations, tropical hurricane formations and structure, and boundary layer weather conditions of large operational wind farms.  

Tackling Climate Change

ALBANY, N.Y. ( March 18, 2013) -- Due to climate change, the ancient glaciers of the Andes Mountains of South America are melting faster than ever. This is a human, ecological, and economic disaster of enormous proportions, changing -- even eliminating -- ways of life in the hill towns and villages of Peru, Ecuador, Chile, and Colombia. Many of these towns count glaciers as their sole source of fresh water.

UAlbany Students and Neighbors Participate in Pine Hills Clean Up, April 7

ALBANY, N.Y. (April 4, 2013) -- On Sunday, April 7, University at Albany students will join neighbors in the Pine Hills section of Albany for their annual spring clean-up. The event, sponsored by the UAlbany Student Association and the Pine Hills Neighborhood Association, illustrates the cooperation between residents and the many students who live in the popular neighborhood.

Energy Efficiency Projects at UAlbany Support Governor Cuomo's Build Smart NY Initiative

New energy efficiency projects at University at Albany, undertaken in collaboration with theNew York Power Authority (NYPA) and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), will save the university approximately $704,000 in energy costs and eliminate more than 4,100 tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually.

2012

University at Albany and National Grid Foundation Establish GreenDependence Scholarship Program

ALBANY, N.Y. (October 9, 2012) -- The University at Albany and the National Grid Foundation (NGF) today announced the establishment of a GreenDependence scholarship fund. The $10,000 stipend will be presented to a UAlbany undergraduate student who demonstrates strong 'green' leadership. The scholarship will be awarded at the end of the fall 2012 semester.

Atmospheric Science Ph.D Student Flies around Sandy

On Saturday, October 27, 2012 Atmospheric Science Ph.D. student Rosimar Rios-Berrios joined a crew from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Aircraft Operations Center (AOC) on a synoptic surveillance mission around Hurricane Sandy. The purpose of this mission was to collect data from the environment around this tropical system as it was dangerously moving towards the Northeast coast of the United States. During the flight with their Gulfstream IV (G-IV) aircraft, they collected data with the tail Doppler radar and launched a total of 32 dropsondes (expendable weather reconnaissance devices), out of which 30 were successfully processed and sent to the National Hurricane Center. Data from these sondes were assimilated into numerical models to improve their accuracy and provide better forecasts of this historic event.

Climate Change Research Student Sustainability Experiences Showcased at UAlbany

ALBANY, N.Y. (October 29, 2012) – From tropical glacier melt in the Andes to flood-ravaged New Orleans, changing climate patterns have had a dramatic impact on communities all over the world. Recently, scientists and students at the University at Albany presented "a virtual field trip" to highlight their research and studies on climate change and sustainability.

UAlbany Enhances Sustainable Practices by Increasing its Locally Grown Food Purchases

ALBANY, N.Y. (September 4, 2012) – The University at Albany is expanding its commitment to purchase more locally grown and processed food. This year, 30 percent of the pork and about 10,000 pounds of frozen vegetables served in the University’s dining halls will be grown and processed by local farmers. 

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Funds UAlbany Atmospheric Research Designed to Improve Air Quality, Protect Health

ALBANY, N.Y. (September 7, 2012) -- Kenneth L. Demerjian, a research scientist at UAlbany's Atmospheric Sciences Research Center (ASRC), is partnering with Professor H. Mao of the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and scientists from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)to develop a prototype air quality management tool to provide real-time information on the effects of man-made emissions on air pollution concentrations.

UAlbany Opens "Liberty Terrace", a 500-Bed Environmentally Sustainable Student Housing Complex

ALBANY, N.Y (August 20, 2012) – The University at Albany today officially opened Liberty Terrace, a new 500-bed, environmentally sustainable student housing complex. Designed with a state-of-the-art geothermal heat pump system, Liberty Terrace is expected to use 50 percent less energy and 45 percent less water than a comparable building meeting current building codes and standards. The facility is on track to receive the University’s first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification.

UAlbany Signs United Nations Sustainability Declaration

ALBANY, N.Y. (April 19, 2012) - The University at Albany is strengthened its commitment as one of the world leaders in environmental sustainability today by signing the United Nations Sustainability Declaration at its annual Earth & Wellness Day. The declaration denotes UAlbany’s continued pledge to teach sustainable concepts, research environmental development issues, and green the campus.

UAlbany Research Finds Wind Farms May Impact Local Temperature

Albany, N.Y. (April 29, 2012) -- Large wind farms in certain areas of the United States appear to affect local land surface temperature, according to a paper published April 29 inNature Climate Change. The study, led by University at Albany Associate Professor ofAtmospheric and Environmental SciencesLiming Zhou, provides critical insight about the possible impacts of wind farms and could be important for developing efficient adaptation and management strategies to ensure long-term sustainability of wind power.

UAlbany Climate Scientist Leads International Efforts to Address Impact of Shrinking Andes Glaciers on Water Supplies

ALBANY, N.Y. (March 23, 2012) – University at Albany climate scientist, Mathias Vuille, will lead the development of a network of local scientists and stakeholders in four South American countries to address the impact on water supplies of shrinking glaciers in the Andes. A number of studies in recent years have documented the general retreat of glaciers in the Andes. As a result, water managers and decision makers are increasingly asking the scientific community for quantitative projections regarding future water supply.

UAlbany Scientist Seeking to Measure the Effects of Aerosols on Climate Change

ALBANY, N.Y. (February 13, 2012) -- Qilong Min, Ph.D., Senior Research Associate and Professor with the Atmospheric Sciences Research Center(ASRC) at the University at Albany is developing innovative ways to measure how dust in the Sahara Desert can change clouds in the tropical Atlantic, the Caribbean region and Europe. This research will help scientists find better ways to estimate the impact dust has on climate change.

2011

UAlbany Student Juggled Hard Times to Pursue Her Calling: Protecting Our Natural Resources

Albany, N.Y. (Dec. 2, 2011) — Rotterdam native Katherine Czajkowski, who graduated from UAlbany at its Winter Commencement on Dec. 3, has battled the loss of her home, cancer and the challenges of simultaneously working full-time, attending college part-time and being a wife and mom. But along the way, Czajkowski found her true calling in life: protecting and restoring the environment.

Reduced-Impact Logging in Tropical Rainforest Can Be Economical While Significantly Reducing Carbon Emissions

Albany, N.Y. (November 16, 2011) – Reduced-impact logging (RIL) in an Amazon rainforest generated profits while emitting a small fraction of carbon compared with total forest clearing, a University at Albany study concludes.

UAlbany NanoCollege Launches Solar Energy Development Center to Accelerate Commercialization of Innovative Photovoltaics Technologies

Congressman Chris Gibson (NY-20) was joined by UAlbany College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) Senior Vice President and CEO Dr. Alain Kaloyeros to announce the launch of CNSE's Solar Energy Development Center in Halfmoon, New York, an integral component of the CNSE green energy initiative that will retain 17 green collar jobs, create opportunities to grow the high-tech workforce, and further expand CNSE's growing portfolio of clean energy research, development and commercialization.

Small Amounts of Arsenic in Water May Cause Spontaneous Miscarriage, Report UAlbany Scientists

ALBANY, N.Y. (October 25, 2011) -- Worldwide, millions of women of reproductive age are exposed each year to low to moderate concentrations of arsenic in drinking water. Researchers led by University at Albany scientists will conduct a two-year pilot study on the correlation between low to moderate levels of inorganic arsenic (iAs) and spontaneous abortion of clinically-recognized pregnancies. The research led by Michael S. Bloom, assistant professor in the departments of Environmental Health Sciences and Epidemiology and Statistics at the UAlbany School of Public Health, is being supported by a $150,514 grant from National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS).

World Health Organization Designates UAlbany Institute for Health and the Environment as a Collaborating Center

ALBANY, N.Y. (October 24, 2011) -- The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/World Health Organization (WHO) has named the University at Albany’s Institute for Health and the Environment as a Collaborating Center in Environmental Health. The criteria on which WHO based its designation of the Institute as a Collaborating Center is based upon its scientific and technical standing, how the organization works with its respective country’s health, scientific or educational structures, its operational stability and its active participation in international activities related to environmental health. David Carpenter, M.D., director of the Institute for Health and the Environment and professor in the University at Albany School of Public Health's Environmental Health Sciences Department, is director of the Center. The Institute is the only PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center in Environmental Health.

Hurricane Season: Predicting Storm Threats for 2011

ALBANY, N.Y. (July 15, 2011) -- On June 30, Tropical Storm Arlene made landfall in Mexico, becoming the first named storm of the 2011 'Hurricane Season.'  Each year, the Climate Prediction Center of the National Weather Service provides an outlook of the upcoming Atlantic Hurricane season. The prospect for 'named storms' takes on added significance from June 1 through Nov. 30, officially hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean.

Joint Study Unearths Link Between Industrialization, Melting of Tropical Glaciers
ALBANY, N.Y. (June 29, 2011) -- A 3°C rise in air temperature and the warming of the tropical Pacific Ocean are mainly linked to tropical glacial melt during the past 10,000 years -- a process that has accelerated with the onset of industrialization -- according to UAlbany Assistant Prof. Mathias Vuille and a team of French researchers.

UAlbany, SEFCU and Empire State Development Launch Program to Aid Region's Small Businesses
Albany, N.Y. (June 29, 2011) - UAlbany partners with SEFCU and Empire State Development to launch a $2.5 million microloan program targeted to Capital Region small business.

University Receives National Honor for Community Service
ALBANY, N.Y. (May 23, 2011) - The University at Albany is named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service for its leadership among institutions of higher education in support of volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement.

APIC Corporation and UAlbany NanoCollege Launch $10M Partnership to Develop 'Green' Computer Chip Technology
ALBANY, N.Y. (May 20, 2011) - APIC Corporation, a pioneer of photonics technology integrated with electronics, and CNSE announced that they have formed a $10 million partnership for joint development and commercialization of innovative "green" technology to enable faster computer chips that use significantly less power.

'Spring Awakening' Event Highlights Students' Commitment to Sustainability
ALBANY, N.Y. (April 15, 2011) UAlbany's Student Association and the Office of Environmental Sustainability promoted healthy living and a healthy environment on April 14th with Spring Awakening. The event featured a health and wellness fair, a farmer's market, a clothing exchange and student presentations.

Melting Glaciers Presented at Annual Falconer Natural History Spring Lecture Series at UAlbany
ALBANY, N.Y. (April 13, 2011) - The Falconer Natural History 2011 Lecture Series begins March 15 at 8 p.m. at the University at Albany John J. Sullivan Auditorium, CESTM building, 251 Fuller Road. The Tuesday night lectures feature leading scientists on topics ranging from bird migration to melting glaciers.

New Federal Grant Will Make CNSE-SEMATECH National Center in Solar Cell Research
ALBANY, N.Y. (April 05, 2011) - U.S. Senator Charles Schumer announced a $57.5 million federal grant to the partnership of SEMATECH and UAlbany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, along with the University of Central Florida, that will provide a major boost to the U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium.

Capital District Student Sustainability Conference, April 2, Assesses Innovations and Initiatives
ALBANY, N.Y. (March 30, 2011) - Environmentally concerned college students from seven Upstate campuses will be on hand Saturday, April 2, at the University at Albany for the first-ever Capital District Student Sustainability Conference, hosted by the UAlbany Student Sustainability Council.

UAlbany Students Win Newman's Own Foundation National Campus Community Service Challenge
ALBANY, N.Y. (March 07, 2011) - The University at Albany student group Third World Impact was recognized nationally by Newman's Own Foundation for its efforts to build a primary school for more than 500 students in Uganda.

NanoCollege awarded $5M in federal funding to enable nanotechnology research and education
ALBANY, N.Y. (January 12, 2011) - The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering announced the receipt of nearly $5 million in federal funding to support innovative research and education in a host of critical areas, including clean energy technologies, nanomedicine, nanoelectronics, and nanoscale education and workforce training.

UAlbany Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences Department Launches Weather Blog
ALBANY, N.Y. (January 10, 2011) - The University at Albany's Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences (DAES) today launched "Weather and Climate," a blog that will be a leading voice on regional and global weather and weather-related phenomena.

UAlbany Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences Department Launches Weather Blog
ALBANY, N.Y. (January 10, 2011) - The University at Albany's Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences (DAES) today launched "Weather and Climate," a blog that will be a leading voice on regional and global weather and weather-related phenomena.

2010

UAlbany School of Business Professor Wins Grant to Reduce Idling Time at Traffic Lights
ALBANY, N.Y. (October 26, 2010) -- UAlbany School of Business Associate Professor Sanjay Goel has won a grant from the James S. McDonnell Foundation to study how traffic lights can be more efficiently organized so that drivers save time and gas, thereby reducing carbon emissions.

Campus Sustainability Efforts Reduce Energy Costs by $319,000
ALBANY, N.Y. (February 5, 2010) -- The University at Albany announced today that it reduced energy costs by a total of $319,000 through energy-saving steps during the fall semester and winter intersession. The biggest savings, $241,000, came through the Intersession Energy Savings campaign with the remainder through the University’s Fall Energy Campaign.

2009

Earth Day at UAlbany: Reduse, Reuse, Reycle
ALBANY, N.Y. (April 20, 2009) -- During UAlbany's Earth Day celebration on April 22, students, faculty and staff will be thinking of ways to reduce their own environmental footprint and find ways to lessen their individual impact. Sophomore Katie Devlin, of Long Island, has been trying to do just that. She recycles everything, totes her water bottle from class to class, even buys bar soap instead of bottled because the packaging can be recycled more easily. Devlin understands that everyone has an impact on the environment, and she wants hers to be a positive one.

$100K Grants Supports UAlbany's Efforts to Reduce Greenhouse Gases
ALBANY, N.Y. (April 6, 2009) -- The University at Albany has received a $97,290 grant from New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) to identify commuter vehicle patterns of students, faculty and staff and research alternative modes of transportation. The University will evaluate transportation flow to and from campus in an effort to reduce vehicle miles traveled and greenhouse gas emissions, as well as develop new transit recommendations.

Campus Project: Buying Locally
ALBANY, N.Y. (April 6, 2009) -- For Biology Professor Gary Kleppel, who lives on a farm, buying locally means knowing the people who grow the fresh fruits and vegetables eaten by his family. But for an entire campus of 18,000 students, Kleppel's definition has eased a bit.

UAlbany Surpasses Goal, Saves More Than a Quarter Million Dollars in Campus Energy Initiatives
ALBANY, N.Y. (February 9, 2009) -- The University at Albany announced today that it reduced energy costs by $280,000 as a result of its winter Intersession and Fall Energy Savings initiatives. The announcement was made at a lecture by leading environmental activist Denis Hayes, coordinator of first Earth Day in 1970. The event was a partnership between the University and National Grid, whose "The power of action" speaker series encourages people to save energy, manage energy costs and protect the environment.

UAlbany Explores Global Warming Policies
ALBANY, N.Y. (February 3, 2009) -- University at Albany Students and faculty will join Congressman Paul Tonko, who represents the 21st Congressional District, for a conversation on global warming policies and solutions via Webcam at 2 p.m. on Feb 4.

Reyclemania Underway
ALBANY, N.Y. (February 2, 2009) -- UAlbany students, faculty, and staff are learning to take responsibility for the world around them, showcased by a 30 percent increase in the university’s recycling rate from a year ago. Now UAlbany community members will see if they have what it takes to compete against more than 500 other universities and colleges in the national Recyclemania contest.

2008

UAlbany Announces Intersession Energy Savings Initiative
ALBANY, N.Y. (December 2, 2008) -- As part of the University's ongoing environmental sustainability efforts, UAlbany announced an Intersession Energy Savings Initiative, designed to decrease the campus' energy consumption and achieve cost savings of roughly $250,000.

Campus Sustainability Day Showcases UAlbany's Commitment to "Going Green"
ALBANY, N.Y. (October 21, 2008) -- The University at Albany is raising awareness and encouraging environmental conservation by celebrating National Campus Sustainability Day on Oct. 22. UAlbany will launch its "Change a Light" campaign by distributing compact fluorescent light bulbs in residence halls, as well as host its inaugural electronic recycling collection.

Kleppel: Sustainability from Classroom to Farm.
ALBANY, N.Y. (October 20, 2008) -- Gary Kleppel doesn't just talk about sustainability. He lives it. The University at Albany biology professor directs the Biodiversity, Conservation and Policy program.  At home, he is a farmer. Kleppel rises at 3:30 a.m. to take care of the hormone-free sheep and free-range chickens with his wife Pam at Longfield Farm in Altamont, N.Y.

John Delano: Living Green
ALBANY, N.Y. (October 6, 2008) -- John Delano is known for his passion for teaching about the origins of life and the composition of the planets. The Distinguished Teaching Professor will bring that same excitement to the community when he discusses the Experiences of a Green Family at UAlbany Day on Saturday, Oct. 25.

New Group on Campus: UAlbany Students for Sustainability
ALBANY, N.Y. (October 6, 2008) -- This September marks the start of UAlbany Students for Sustainability’s (USS) first full school year as a student organization at the University at Albany. With the help of Director of Environmental Sustainability Mary Ellen Mallia, the group was established in March 2008 by students interested in the sustainability movement.

UAlbany student embodies the spirit of environmental sustainability.
ALBANY, N.Y. Lynne Radle a GREAT Great Dane -- A senior from Niagara Falls, NY, Lynne is majoring in public policy with a minor in environmental studies. Her commitment to bettering the University can be evidenced by the wide array of activities in which she has been involved.

UAlbany Promotes Commitment to Sustainability by Signing Agreement.
ALBANY, N.Y. (May 5, 2008) -- University at Albany-SUNY Interim President George M. Philip today further demonstrated UAlbany's commitment to sustainability and to reducing its environmental impact by signing the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment.

Going Green: UAlbany Promotes Green Campus By Signing Climate Commitment
ALBANY, N.Y. (May 5, 2008) -- View the video news clip for special highlights of the event.

Motivated Campus: RecycleMania Inspires Students to Go Green.
ALBANY, N.Y. (February 25, 2008) -- RecycleMania is in full swing at the University at Albany.  As part of UAlbany's Go Green Initiative, RecycleMania teaches students to lower consumption, protect environmental resources and reduce waste.

Mallia Named UAlbany's Director of Environmental Sustainability.
ALBANY, N.Y. (February 1, 2008) -- Mary Ellen Mallia has been named the University at Albany's Director of Environmental Sustainability. The newly-created position is designed to support UAlbany's sustainability efforts including its "Go Green" initiative, environmental education and policies.

2007

Think Globally: It's Electric! Save Energy Now.
ALBANY, N.Y. (October 22, 2007) -- Every Wednesday, UAlbany senior Matt Ryan walks Empire Commons with a clipboard, reading electric meters for more than 200 student apartments. And no, he's not the meter man. Ryan, a senior from Shrub Oak, N.Y., is tracking how much electricity each apartment uses.

You Can Get There from Here:  UAlbany master's in regional planning students and their professor envision new ways to get around the uptown campus.
ALBANY, N.Y. (Fall 2007) -- UAlbany master's in regional planning students and their professor envision new ways to get around the uptown campus.  Route 66 and the Yellow Brick Road don't intersect on any map, of course.  But the best aspects of both - practicality and wonder - will soon overlap at UAlbany along the Purple Path and the Golden Grid.

Campus Update: Robinson: "All in the Same Boat" on a Greener UAlbany
ALBANY, N.Y. (February 23, 2007) -- The University at Albany is buying more local produce, is reducing its use of electricity, and in general, is becoming greener, according to Associate Professor of Biological Sciences George Robinson, a co-leader of the Task Force on Environmental Sustainability.

UAlbany Students Turn Off the Lights to Save Energy
ALBANY, N.Y. (February 20, 2007) -- The University at Albany's Energy Committee, part of the President's Environmental Sustainability Task Force, recently launched a new conservation campaign by encouraging students to reduce electricity use in residence halls. 

Campus Update: Albany Joins Nationwide Recycling Competition
ALBANY, N.Y. (February 1, 2007) -- Whether you are a faculty member, staffer, or a student, you can help the University at Albany win the nationwide RecycleMania competition. From now through April 7, UAlbany is competing against the University of Vermont, Harvard, Stony Brook, Binghamton and more than 150 other universities and colleges across the nation to see who can tip the scales in recycling tonnage.

2006

UAlbany Launches "GoGreen"
ALBANY, N.Y. (October 13, 2006) -- The University at Albany today kicked off "UAlbany Goes Green," a comprehensive environmental initiative encouraging the University at Albany faculty, staff, and students to "think and act green" by embracing the University's responsibility to conserve, recycle, and beautify the campus and environment.

Media Advisory: UAlbany Goes Green
ALBANY, N.Y. (October 11, 2006) -- UAlbany's Task Force for Environmental Sustainability reinforces the University's recycling program through promoting research and education aimed at lowering consumption, protecting environmental resources, improving transportation efficiency, and reducing waste. In the past four years alone, UAlbany has recycled more than 3,000 tons—including an average of 1.7 million pounds of paper a year-or approximately 83 pounds per person.