UAlbany and Sustainability
In creating the Task Force on Environmental Sustainability on February 1, 2006, President Kermit Hall outlined the broad goal it would help address. "As a public higher education institution, the University at Albany has both an obligation and an opportunity to be a leader in environmental sustainability. Our institution can and should set an example as an environmentally responsible citizen—a model for other colleges and universities as well as a model for our own students and the community in everyday life.”
To assist in this mission, the Office of Environmental Sustainability was created in January 2008 and the Office of Energy Management was established in July of the same year. The sustainability office is directed by Mary Ellen Mallia who heads a staff of student volunteers as well as coordinates activities of the student Sustainability Council and the faculty and staff Sustainability Coordinators. These groups play a key role in disseminating information about policies and providing feedback as to the effective implementation of such policies.
The University has made public commitments towards sustainability; first by signing the Talloires Declaration in 2006 and more recently when President George Philip signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) in May, 2008. The University completes its greenhouse gas emissions annually and is in the process of creating a carbon neutral plan.