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.

  • Power Down Friday's

    The UAlbany Green Scene is looking for volunteers to assist with energy conservation efforts during Power Down Friday’s. Volunteers will go around and turn off all lights, computers, projectors and other electronics in the LC classrooms during the Energy Campaign.

  • Home Game Recycling

    The Office of Sustainability is looking for volunteers to assist with recycling at Home Basketball and Lacrosse Games this season. Volunteers are required to assist with pre-game recycling (during the tailgate if there is one) and stay after the game to pick up bottles/cans around/in the stadium. Student and Greek Organizations are welcome to sign up as a group!

  • Green Your Holidays

    This program will take a look at common holiday activities and show how they can be made more sustainable. It will also show some common holiday activities that can align with the global goals the UN has established to create a more sustainable world. This event will be on Tuesday, Dec 4th, Health Sciences Campus Cafe Conference Room, A Wing 12-1PM. Register online here.

  • 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.


David Lewis

Dr. Lewis is an invaluable asset to the Geography and Planning Department. Among his courses are Environmental Planning, Local Economic Development Strategies, Metropolitan Structures and Function, and Environmental Restoration and Brownfields Redevelopment. In addition to his work in the undergraduate and graduate classrooms he serves as an academic advisor to many students within the Sustainability Minor. Students frequently seek out Dr. Lewis for his expertise in the academic minor as well as the field of sustainability.


Bridget Collins

Bridget is a strong leader within the sustainability culture at the Dewey Graduate Library. In addition to her to work as a Sustainability coordinator she eagerly promotes elements of an exemplary green workspace. She has encouraged all library staff to opt for paperless pay stubs, take part in the Green Your Commute Program, and organized a spring cleanup in conjunction with the annual Shredding Day. Bridget has also identified the need for and implemented recycling receptacles in the library.


Rebecca Benjamin

Rebecca is a staunch advocate for alternative transportation in the Capital District. Rebecca utilizes running, walking, biking, busses, and carpooling as a means of travel. While continuing her graduate work at the University she advocates for a green lifestyle for all and has partnered with CDTA to arrange for student transportation on various academic field trips. Additionally, she participates in and promotes national Ride Your Bike to Work Day.

  • Standing Up for Science

    Led by monster storms Harvey, Irma and Maria, the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season was one of the most destructive on record, killing hundreds of people and costing the United States more than $200 billion in damage. Those numbers served as motivation for Josh Alland as he visited Capitol Hill last month.

  • Next Generation STEM Leaders

    There’s much more to the NYS Mesonet network than just improving our state’s resilience to extreme weather – it’s also promoting career opportunities that rely on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to the next generation of atmospheric scientists.

  • Protecting Our Air Quality

    Despite improvements, air pollution in New York City continues to pose significant health risks to not only the millions of people living within the Big Apple, but also those living downwind along the shorelines of the Long Island Sound in New York, Connecticut and, at times, as far east as Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

    It’s an issue that Brennan Stutsrim has dedicated his summer break to better understanding.

  • Building 25 Earns LEED Platinum Certification

    Building 25 looks the same from the outside — classic Edward Durell Stone lines in a two-story building set among the pines.

    But a nearly two-year-long project changed the academic building both inside and out, and last month the University got the plaque to prove it: a Platinum LEED certification, the highest rating for energy-efficient design.

  • Rebuilding Puerto Rico

    With the return of the final deployment of students and volunteers, Gov. Andrew Cuomo shared some impressive numbers to illustrate the success of this summer’s “NY Stands with Puerto Rico Recovery and Rebuilding Initiative.”

    In late May, 30 students from UAlbany’s College of Emergency Preparedness Homeland Security and Cybersecurity (CEHC), along with two staff volunteers, led the way, as part of the first group of students to depart.

  • Ready, Set, Save!

    Turning off a light, refilling your own water bottle, taking the stairs — the small steps we take every day to save resources and reduce energy usage that really add up.

    How much? Last year during the Office of Sustainability’s annual Energy Campaign, the campus community reduced its carbon emissions by 247 tons.