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.


  • Save energy this summer

    To create a more energy efficient work environment, discuss with your colleagues ways to decrease energy consumption in shared spaces.

     

  • Heritage Garden

    Did you know we have a Heritage Garden behind Indian Quad? We are currently growing plants and vegetables to be harvested for our Farm to Table dinner with the Interfaith Center in October.

  • Albany Pine Bush Events

    The Albany Pine Bush has a bunch of educational and fun activities planned for July and August. Check out their events calendar!

  • 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 gogreen@albany.edu 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. 

  • Ice, Wind and Sea

    Those who are hostile to a buildup of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere have a friend in the ice and waves of the Earth’s coldest waters.

  • Farming for Answers

  • In India, most urban planners examine issues of congestion, pollution and poverty in its rapidly-expanding cities. Surprisingly, Ray Bromley will not be one of them. The professor of geography and planning is spending the next six months in India, where he will set his sights on the origins and development of India’s Rural Reconstruction Movement.