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.

  • Energy Campaign

    Starting 9/7 the university will be kicking off this years Energy Campaign where we fight to conserve energy and lower our energy impact as a University.


  • Campus Crunch

    On October 20th join 26 other schools around New York State in Biting into a fresh New York State apple! There will be a Farmer's Market held from 11-2pm around the small fountain and the "crunch" will be taken at 12:30pm.

  • Farm to Table Dinner

    Share a local meal with fellow UAlbany community memebers as we listen to stories about our connection between food and faith. The dinner will be on October 19th at 6:30pm at the Interfaith Center.

  • 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.

  • The Climatic Toll of Volcanic Eruptions

     Volcanic eruptions over the last 1,000 years have exacted a heavy influence on global climate, according to a new study led by researchers at the University at Albany. The impact is felt most dramatically near the equator, where eruptions have led to reduced rainfall in both the summer monsoon and winter seasons, as well as a cooling trends across entire continents.

  • UAlbany Partners with the RED Bookshelf

    UAlbany has partnered with local organization The RED Bookshelf to collect and distribute gently used children's books to kids around the region. New Student Programs asked incoming freshman and transfers to bring children's books to donate when they started school. Student Affairs encouraged returning students to do the same.

  • More Perfect

  • If you haven't already seen the University Art Museum's major exhibit, Future Perfect: Picturing the Anthropocene.The exhibit itself the work of over 20 visual artists to explore humankind's relationship to the natural world. Anthropocene is a term proposed for a new geological period defined by the impact of human actions on the planet's ecosystems, geology and climate.