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.

  • Green Your Commute Day (GYCD)

    Walk, bike, carpool, take transit, drive an electric car! Get to work by any means other than driving alone in a gasoline-powered vehicle on May 18th. GYCD is a state-wide competition hosted by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. If you would like to register at

  • Shredding Day Continued

    UAlbany will continue its Shredding Day on Thursday, May 17th at the Downtown Campus and Health Science Campus. Bring your your old papers, checkbooks and folders and have them shredded. The truck will be at different locations at different times so please check the link to the flyer above to see when the Shredding Day truck will be closest to you!

  • Give & Go

    When you move out, donate unwanted items by placing them in the special Give & Go collection storage units located on each living area. We encourage exchange among the campus community and any leftover items will find a new home at the Trinity Alliance.

  • 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. Flyer Here

  • 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.


Catherine Lawson

Dr. Lawson demonstrates a strong passion for sustainable development on campus as well as its integration into the classroom setting. Course material is specifically derived from University Student projects, Campus Planning studies and publications, and other University materials. Transportation and Statistics courses at the graduate level are taught using data and analysis from recent UAlbany transportation surveys. Additionally, Dr. Lawson encourages students to conduct research for individual thesis topics on areas such as alternative transportation, green infrastructure, and other elements of sustainable design.


Mike Vadney

Mike has been a key player in every aspect of operational sustainability on campus. He was instrumental in setting up the recycling infrastructure and signage at the residence hall trash rooms last year. He worked on establishing a waste infrastructure including compactors in the Campus Center to divert waste from landfill. He made the installations of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations on campus a reality and is currently helping with installation of (3) new stations. He has managed several lighting improvement projects on campus. He persistently advocated for campus electrical system upgrades for efficiency, reliability and resiliency and was able to convince upper management to invest in the project. He is currently assisting with several Energy Master Plan projects including the Combined Heat and Power Plant project and the solar PV project.


Archer Shurtliff

Archer has taken over the leadership of our Food Recovery Network. Archer has been our liaison with Sodexo, making sure that students are available to wrap up the food that can be donated to the Food Bank at Indian Quad. This is notable since he is a freshman and without his leadership, this program could have faltered. Archer is a member of the LLC World of Community Service and recently joined the newly formed Sustainability Leadership Council.

  • UAlbany & Albany Med Expand Partnership

    The University at Albany and Albany Medical College (AMC) are launching a new program to pave the way for qualified UAlbany students to earn a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree from AMC and combat the under-representation of certain demographics in the medical field.

  • Link between NY cancer diagnoses and Chernobyl disaster

    A School of Public Health professor has found a potential link between a cluster of cancer diagnoses in New York and the 1986 Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster.

  • Barriers to Citizenship

    Research done in conjunction with a Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy professor found the first concrete evidence that cost is a major barrier for low-income immigrants seeking to become citizens, and the finding will bring a Stanford professor to the downtown campus next week for a public discussion.