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.

  • Happy Holidays! Go Green

    While celebratating the holidays this season there are steps you can take to be more green. Check out this list for some easy ways to save the planet this Holiday Season


  • Intersession Power Down Information

    For the past eight years, the University has powered down during Intersession, turning off lights and heat in most buildings to save on energy costs.

    This year, things will be a little different. All occupied buildings, including office buildings such as University Hall and faculty offices and labs as needed, will be heated to 68 degrees Fahrenheit weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Unoccupied buildings will be powered down to 55 degrees.

  • Sustainability Open House

    Join us on reading day 12/13 from 12-2pm and take a break from studying. Stop by the Sustainability Office (BA 309) and meet with the members of the office and the Sustainability Student Groups.

  • 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.


    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.
  • Putting a Charge into Freight

    It is hard to find any other component of the transportation system that is more varied and that involves more interacting parties than America’s freight system. Yet this complex organism, pervasive in modern life, is rarely studied, even though intelligent transportation planning and regulations involving freight traffic cannot be accomplished otherwise.

  • The Heat is On

    Feeling under the weather? Some believe that extreme climate changes are a catalyst for negative long-term health issues for populations across the globe.

  • Lightning Before the (Really Big) Storm

    Kristen Corbosiero and Stephanie Stevenson’s research got a literal boost recently in Cape Canaveral, Fla. When a Lockheed Martin satellite lifted off into geosynchronous orbit on Nov. 19, it created an exciting new source of evidence to increase their multiple studies of tropical cyclones.