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.

To see what we are doing to be more sustainable visit our Sustainability Dashboard!

  • Climate Action and Sustainability Plan

    The University at Albany will be starting the formation of a Climate Action and Sustainability Plan.

    Vist our webpage here to learn more about the working groups and how you can get involved!

  • Community and Public Service

    Interested in working with our office? We have a variety of involvement opportunities coming up this fall. You can gain either one, two, or three academic credits from a Sustainability internship! Reach out to for more information.

  • Summer Hours

    The Office of Sustainability will observe summer office hours of 10AM - 4PM Monday through Friday. Our office may be closed intermittently so it is recommended that if you require assistance please make an appointment with Director Mallia by emailing

  • 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!


  • Sustainability Dashboard

    Check out the latest infromation about what we are doing at UAlbany to be more Sustainable!



Sarah Zahler

Sara Zahler is an Assistant Professor of Hispanic and Italian studies within the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. Her nomination for the Terra this semester stems from her engagement with students inside and outside the classroom. A transaction she made at a campus center venue where she opted for no lid on her food, no receipt, and brought her own bottle left students and workers in awe. This sparked action of the owner of the restaurant to plan to reduce plastic waste. Her daily actions set the stage for what it truly means to lead by example.


Meghan Popcun

Meghan has been an active and contributing member of the coordinators group faithfully attending meetings and adding great insight to the sustainability movement. This semester she agreed to join the Climate Action and Sustainability Plan Steering Committee and is heading the Engagement and Planning group. She has done a wonderful job managing the various departments and initiatives within this topic. We are lucky to have her leadership, drive and dedication on this project which will reap many rewards for the campus.


Grace McGrath

Grace is a strong force in the office as the lead on our weekly sustainability blog. This semester she has made strides in reducing the amount of plastic being used on campus. After meeting with multiple administrators, and University leadership she has presented student government resolutions on the banning of plastic materials on campus. Grace is a dedicated student leader with a passion that inspires many community members to take action.

  • UAlbany Continues Support of Puerto Rico Recovery Efforts

    Last May, 30 students from the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity (CEHC), along with two staff members, were among the first group of SUNY volunteers to assist with the island's ongoing Hurricane Maria and Irma recovery efforts. Dozens more from the campus community followed during the summer. Now, the University’s service work is continuing into the new year.

  • Metering Down

    The University reduced energy usage by 8 percent, saving 291 tons of carbon dioxide during this fall’s 10-week Energy Campaign, which ended in mid-November. That’s the equivalent to taking 62 cars off the road for a full year, said Mary Ellen Mallia, the University’s director of sustainability.

  • Study: Peru’s Quelccaya Ice Cap Could Meet its Demise by Mid-2050s

    If warming trends continue, Quelccaya, which until recently was the world’s largest tropical ice cap, will have reached a state of irreversible retreat by the mid-2050s, according to a new study led by UAlbany climate scientist Mathias Vuille and recent Ph.D. graduate Christian Yarleque.

    Scientists have observed a shrinking of the Quelccaya ice cap, located in the Andes of Southern Peru, for decades.

  • 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.