University at Albany

Student Opportunities

Bike Share

Bikes are available to rent for the day at the Physical Education Building. This program is managed by campus recreation. For information on the rental process, check out the Bike Share page. If you have any questions, email

Sustainability Residential Life Grant

The Residential Life Sustainability Fund was established to promote sustainability programming in the living areas. It consists of a portion of the money saved in the residential buildings from the annual Energy Campaign. The money in this fund will rollover each year.


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Student Leadership Committee

A student Sustainability Leadership Committee was established to create an avenue for collective advocacy by student groups with campus policy makers, thus addressing the dearth of interactions between student sustainability leaders and senior administration. There are 8 student leaders that sit on the steering committee. They are representatives from the following organizations: Student Association Director of Health and Sustainability, Graduate Student Association, UAlbany Students for Sustainability, UAlbany Graduate Students for Sustainability, Residential Life Sustainability Representatives, Eco-Reps, Sustainability Living and Learning Community, and Student Association Senate. The group received specialized instruction on the top sustainability issues that they would like to address.Members of the council are asked to bring the knowledge they learned back to their respective organization. Last year, this topics included energy, waste, food and investment. The students engaged in discussions with our Auxiliary Services and Sodexo on creating more vegan, vegetarian and carbon friendly choices in the campus center.

Heritage Garden

In fall 2013, students began to work to establish a Heritage Garden. We will build four raised beds in fall 2014 and plant heirloom crops that are representative of Albany's history.

Internships and Community Service

The Office of Environmental Sustainability offers internships for students who would like to receive credit through the School of Computing and Information or the Communications Department. Each semester, we also take on three to five students who earn Community and Public Service credit. To learn more about these opportunities, email

The Terras

The Office of Sustainability has established a new 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 for demonstrating a commitment to advancing sustainable culture at SUNY Albany. Read more to learn about nominating an outstanding member of the UAlbany community.

Trashion Fashion

The Office of Environmental Sustainability hosted the first annual Trashion Fashion Show in spring 2014 in partnership with Res Life, the Campus programming Board and UAS.  Students were challenged to create an ensemble made from reclaimed and recyclable materials.  To read more about the event and to see pictures, flip through the May 2014 edition of Green Scene.

The Trashion Fashion Show was planned by a student committee comprised of students from several areas of campus life including Res Life, SA, Greek Life, and environmental sustainability. If you are interested in serving on the committee for spring 2018, email


This course will build your skills to become an effective change maker on campus. We will use a team based approach to enhance awareness and engagement in campus sustainability projects. The course focuses on developing skills via 5 workshops around contemporary theories in peer education, social marketing, applied psychology, change leadership, organizational assessment and project management. Student in the class will learn how to plan, coordinate and implement sustainability education, operational audits, and feasibility studies in collaboration with campus staff.  

Information about the Eco-Reps

UAlbany Graduate Students for Sustainability

The UAlbany Graduate Students for Sustainability is the organization for graduate students interested in making change on campus. Though the group was recently formed in Spring 2014, they have already partnered to host a speaker series. Check out their page on MyInvolvement to learn more about events for this upcoming semester.

UAlbany Outdoors

UAlbany Outdoors is student-run group that strongly encourages getting off campus and into the outdoors. Activities include hiking,backpacking, snowshoeing, and sledding/tubing. This group is for anyone who likes to travel and get away from it all. Check out their page on MyInvolvement to learn more.

UAlbany Students for Sustainability

The UAlbany Students for Sustainability (U.S.S.) is a University at Albany student organization with the purpose of serving the campus and community by initiating, coordinating and maintaining student-driven sustainability projects on campus and in the local community.

UAlbany Sustainability Film Series

The Office of Sustainability co-hosted a sustainability film series last year. The multi-part series was co-hosted with various departments on campus and included panel discussions with Q&A sessions.

1. Hudson River at Risk - Assemblymember Patricia Fahy, Dr. Chris Pastore (UAlbany Dept of History), Jon Bowermaster (filmmaker), Dr. Mary Ellen Mallia (Office of Sustainability)
2. Hope on the Hudson - Jon Bowermaster (filmmaker), Dr. Mary Ellen Mallia (Office of Sustainability)
3. Blue Planet II - Dr. Mary Ellen Mallia (Office of Sustainability), Dr. Arati Iyengar (UAlbany Dept of Biology)
4. Wasted film screening and panel discussion - NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Radix Ecological Sustainability Center, Capital Roots, UAlbany Office of Sustainability

Green Your Space

Each fall, the apartments host a "Green Your Dorm" program. Appliances in the kitchen, living room, bedroom and bathroom are tagged with a sustainable tip that explains or suggests ways to make your living space greener. Students are also taught how to make effective green cleaning supplies.