The Office of Environmental Sustainability

The Office of Environmental Sustainability implements and coordinates all campus activities related to responsible environmental programs, including recycling, education, communication, procurement and policies.

  • Give and Go

    Moving out? Don't have room to bring everything home? You can leave gently used items in the POD units located on each of the quads and on campus apartments which will find a new home at the Trinity Alliance.


  • Daylight Hour

    Join offices throughout the world for Daylight Hour 2016 to raise awareness about utilizing available natural light in lieu of electric lighting! UAlbany has signed up to participate.

  • Rediscover Nature this Summer

    Take a break and enjoy nature this summer! Check out our calendar to see when green events and programs around the Capital District are happening.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Photo Contest!

    Earth and Wellness Day is right around the corner and we are looking for submissions to our photo contest. Photos must be submitted here until midnight on Friday, April 8th. For offical rules please click the image above.

  • Judge Eleanor Stein

    Judge Eleanor Stein, Professor in the Rockefeller College for Public Affairs and Policy and Albany Law School, has made it her mission to incorporate sustainability and interdisciplinary principles into her curriculum here at UAlbany. She taught a Power Dialog course this spring, which aligned with the national event hosted by UAlbany in April and she obtained the New York State Energy Czar Richard Kauffman for the event. She also brings in guest lectures, such as faculty from various departments on campus and state officials, into the classroom.

  • Stephen Pearse

    Stephen Pearse, Executive Director of UAS, has been the driving force behind the sustainability initiatives related to Food and Dining over the course of the last few years since he joined the university. He has created a mindset within UAS and its partners to put sustainability front and center. He has helped to increase the purchase of local foods to 30%, brought MacGray carbon-free laundry service to UAlbany, and expanded the composting pilot program which started in Indian Quad dining hall to all quads on campus.

  • Amanda Colley

    Amanda Colley, senior in the Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences Honors Program, has been a great sustainability leader and mentor for students on campus and in the campus community throughout her 4 years here. She is the President of UAlbany Outdoors and Grow Green, and she was instrumental in the planning process and implementation of the Heritage Garden on campus. In her next chapter, Amanda will be moving out to the Sierra Nevada as a naturalist for the park.

  • Bringing Sustainability Lessons in the Classroom

    Last month, more the 30 professionals representing 22 different departments and organizations came together to discuss how sustainability education can be incorporated into our current offerings. 

  • Going Green Globally

    Six teams of University at Albany MBA students today presented sustainability-themed recommendations to clients to "green" the management of their organizations, with strategies that included marketing initiatives, infrastructure renovations, employee engagement plans, and the implementation of new technologies.

  • Urban Blight

  • The University at Albany has been awarded a $10 million endowmentfrom the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to address building the capacity of graduate students, faculty and researchers in health disparities from minority populations and underrepresented groups.