University at Albany


Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)

AASHE is an association of colleges and universities that are working to create a sustainable future. Its mission is to empower higher education to lead the sustainability transformation. The organization provides resources, professional development opportunities, and a network of support to enable institutions of higher education to model and advance sustainability in everything they do, from governance and operations to education and research.

Any member of the UAlbany community can access the wide-ranging resources on the ASSHE website by signing up using their UAlbany email address.


Second Nature

Second Nature is a high-visibility effort to address global climate disruption undertaken by a network of colleges and universities that have made institutional commitments to eliminate net greenhouse gas emissions from specified campus operations, and to promote the research and educational efforts of higher education to equip society to re-stabilize the earth's climate. Its mission is to accelerate progress towards climate neutrality and sustainability by empowering the higher education sector to educate students, create solutions, and provide leadership-by-example for the rest of society.

As part of second nature our university has signed the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC).

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New York Coalition for Sustainability in Higher Education (NYCSHE)

NYCSHE unites representatives of higher education and supporting organizations with a common interest to promote and support environmental, fiscal, and social responsibility. Made up of individuals with vested interests in sustainability in higher education, this coalition seeks to support not only the idea of sustainability, but each other and the initiatives on member campuses. This network is meant to be a way for ideas and best practices to be shared.


REV Campus Challenge (NYSERDA)

The REV Campus Challenge promotes clean energy efforts by recognizing and supporting NYS colleges and universities that implement clean energy projects and principles on campus, in the classroom, and in surrounding communities.  For the purposes of the REV Campus Challenge, clean energy is inclusive of energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable energy efforts. REV Campus Challenge members include two- and four-year, public and private institutions from all regions of NYS.  From community colleges to state research universities to private liberal arts colleges, REV Campus Challenge members represent New York’s leaders in institutional sustainability.  For more information and a complete list of current members, As an institution of higher education, we recognize the unique position we are in to further clean energy adoption in New York State through our actions on campus, by training tomorrow's leaders, and by working with our local communities.  By joining the REV Campus Challenge, University at Albany is demonstrating its commitment to advancing clean energy initiatives on-campus, in the classroom, and in the surrounding community.


New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse and Recycling (NYSAR3)

NYSAR3 is dedicated to providing statewide leadership on waste reduction, reuse and recycling issues and practices to improve the environment. The College Council section of this organization is designed to provide a forum through which college students, environmental staff, and faculty can share information about common environmental problems and best practices that have been developed to overcome those problems.


University Leaders for a Sustainable Future

The Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future (ULSF) strives to support sustainability as a critical focus of teaching, research, operations and outreach at colleges and universities worldwide through publications, research, and assessment. ULSF also serves as the Secretariat for signatories of the Talloires Declaration, a ten-point action plan committing institutions to sustainability and environmental literacy in teaching and practice. Over 350 university presidents and chancellors in more than 40 countries have signed the Declaration.


Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium

The Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium was established in October 2004 to advance education and action for sustainable development on university campuses in the northeast and maritime region. Organized around the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development, the NECSC members have committed to an annual meeting that advances campus sustainability by providing close networking opportunities, professional development, and access to the area's vibrant and growing college and university sustainability practitioner community. The NECSC represents more than forty institutions of higher education from the northeast United States and Eastern Canadian Provinces.


Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges and Universities

The Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges and Universities is an intercollegiate collaboration established to more fully engage its members in the regional environment. The Consortium's mission is to help shape the future of the regional and global environment through collaboration, education, and research. The Consortium facilitates intensive cooperation among its regional colleges and universities, and organizes inter-institutional collaboration among faculty. By channeling this extraordinary bank of intellect, talent and activism into innovative education and public service, the Consortium advances knowledge and understanding of the Hudson River Valley and beyond.

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