Status of initiative: N/a
Description/achievement of initiative

As a preeminent public research institution and the largest and most comprehensive campus in the 64-campus State University of New York system, our model of sustainability focuses on finding the solutions to global challenges through research, educating individuals about these challenges, leading by example in our own campus operations, and partnering with our external communities to share the benefits of these discoveries and contributions.

Implementation methodologies

By signing this declaration, the University at Buffalo is reaffirming its commitment not only to creating a more sustainable university but also to recognizing its vital role in ensuring a sustainable world for the benefit of present and future generations. UB is committed to growing our sustainability curriculum, deepening our research, increasing our collaboration with community partners, and decreasing our environmental footprint on the future. Over the next three years UB will be implementing a number of specific initiatives contained in UB's Climate Action Plan, including opening six new LEED-designed facilities, completing the artistically infused, publicly accessible Solar Strand, expanding our re-use and recycling rates, completing a holistic sustainability assessment, and pursuing other innovative programs focused on advancing UB?s long-range commitment to sustainability

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure


University at Buffalo, the State University of New York
UB's Climate Action Plan
Solar Strand
Holistic sustainability assessment
Sustainable Development Goals and targets
Goal 4
Resources devoted to implementation
Staff / Technical expertise
Expertise of students and staff concerning sustainable development
Progress reports
Cut off date each year: 2 May
This initiative fulfils the SMART criteria.
Location: NY Buffalo, United States (The)
Date of completion: 2015
Operating in countries
Partner connections
Contact information/focal point(s)
Satish Tripathi,

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