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.

  • Fall 2018 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

  • Electronics Recycling Day

    Join us on Thursday, November 1, 2018 for UAlbany's Electronics Recycling Day! Drop off will be at the State Quad Parking Lot from 9AM - 2PM. Personal items accepted will include calculators, monitors, CD/DVD players and more.

  • 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.

  • 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.