The Office of Sustainability

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

  • Recyclemania!

    On February 5th we start in our 11th Recyclemania Compitition. We will be competting against hundreds of other schools from around the nation to see who can REDUCE, REUSE, and RECYCLE the most. Check back weekly for updates on where we stack up!

  • 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.

  • Trashion Fashion Show

    Do you have what it takes to be UAlbany’s next great designer? Can you turn unconventional materials into a beautiful design? UAlbany is hosting our 4th annual Trashion Fashion show, where you create an ensemble made from reclaimed and recyclable materials.

  • 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.

  • Sustainability Innovation Grant Program

    Members of the UAlbany community are invited to submit proposals for innovative academic endeavors or professional development opportunities that promote the core principles of sustainability including environmental stewardship, economic and resource equity, and societal community building.


    Ron Friedman

    Ron is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology. Ron believes that climate changes is as much an issue for the psychology department as it is for scientists and researchers because it is a matter of self control and we can change our behavior. He incorporates information about climate change in his courses, such as his 400 student intro to psychology course, and seeks to raise awareness about the issue to a wide range of students. 


    Donna Duffy

    Donna is the UAlbany Campus Nutritionist for Sodexo. She holds the "key" to the popular blender bike and incorporates local food in her demonstrations. She has taken the staff lead on the Food Recovery Initiative currently in State Quad, and it has been a huge success, as they are looking to expand to Indian Quad in the future. As the Campus Dietitian, she has the ability to have a positive impact on students, faculty and staff and always shares the importance of selecting seasonal food choices grown by local farmers.


    Radha Urribarri

    Radha is a senior in the environmental science program. She has been a dedicated student leader in the sustainability movement, starting when she was in the LLC of Environmental Sustainability. Radha has been a passionate advocate for veganism and local food and has a positive influence on all of her peers.


    Jessica Tsang

    Jessica is a senior in the environmental science program. Last year, as a Recycling & Waste Reduction Chair, Jessica led teams of student volunteers at basketball and football games recycling and co-chaired the Trashion Fashion Committee. This year, as the President of UAlbany Students for Sustainability and Outreach & Engagement Chair on the Sustainability Council, she has been a great role model and student leader for a wide variety of UAlbany community members.
  • Loving Business

    Twill is a small business founded in Albany in 2013 that makes blankets and beanies, and currently employs 10 people. And for each blanket or beanie purchased, another is given to someone in need, for example, a hospital patient.

    Why blankets and hats? "Everyone could benefit from a warm blanket or beanie during a tough time," Zac said. "We figured why not start with a simple product that everyone could use."

  • Atmospheric Expertise

    Falconer, the first full-time employee at the renowned Atmospheric Sciences Research Center (ASRC), was known as the “Dean of Weather Forecasting.” He was in charge of running the ASRC’s Whiteface Mountain Field Station. Every day, he called in weather forecasts to six or more radio stations. At Whiteface Mountain in 1963, he started a highly successful lecture series on natural history. A decade later, he started the Spring Lecture Series at the University at Albany campus, a series that continues for the community today.

    The free public lectures are Tuesday evenings at 8 p.m. in the Sullivan Auditorium in the CESTM building, 251 Fuller Road. This spring’s talks begin tonight and include:

  • Experts Q&A: Rebuilding U.S. Infrastructure

    In his joint address to Congress on February 28, President Donald J. Trump called for $1 trillion in infrastructure spending to fix America’s bridges, roadways, waterways and broadband networks. Critics and colleagues alike are in agreement that the investment is needed, and that $1 trillion is likely only a fraction of the cost..