Climate Action & Sustainability Plan

UAlbany formally adopted Our World, Our Future, the official Climate Action and Sustainability Plan for the University in April 2020.

The plan is aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and consists of six key elements. Here is an overview of the plan's six goals:

  • Ecological Literacy: Prepare UAlbany students to address 21st century sustainability challenges by integrating ecological literacy and the UN Global Goals into the curricular and co-curricular experience

  • Impactful Research: Enhance our current sustainability research strengths and increase the number of faculty and students participating in organized research specific to the UN Global Goals

  • Equal Access: Foster an inclusive learning environment through equity and eliminate physical and financial barriers in our curricular and co-curricular opportunities

  • Community Leadership: Cultivate and strengthen community partnerships focused on the UN Global Goals and communicate UAlbany’s sustainability story to recruit and engage students, faculty and staff

  • Carbon Neutrality and Climate Resiliency: Reduce our overall carbon emissions by 10% from the University fiscal year 2017-2018 and develop a contingency plan for threats posed by climate change

  • Culture of Sustainability: Institutionalize administrative processes, governance practices and social networks, that will steward the planet and support well being in campus operations and services

Access a detailed version of UAlbany's Climate Action and Sustainability Plan and a presentation on UAlbany's Sustainability Baseline