Our Approach to Environment and Sustainability

Ecology students collecting soil macroinvertebrates.

Ecology students collecting soil macroinvertebrates. Picture courtesy M. LeClair

We are proud to work together within in the UB system to examine environmental and social impacts as one coupled system. Our mission is to help solve the most complex socioecological problems that face humankind today.  These range from global climate change and biodiversity loss, to population and consumption growth, to how we discuss and reach decisions regarding the complex human-natural systems that will control the Earth’s future.  Our students engage in real-word and transdisciplinary research.

Our Students

Our program attracts a wide array of students with a diversity of backgrounds from around the nation and the world. We prepare our students to become researchers and practitioners at the interface of the human and natural world. Students will succeed in today's career market by having the critical thinking skills and experience required to put often opposing theories into practice. Many students end up working in non-profit and non-governmental organizations (NGO’s), governmental and policy setting bodies, and private companies such as environmental consulting groups. 

Our Faculty

Our professors are representative of the university as a whole, and have backgrounds that include expertise in the natural and social sciences and humanities.  Many of our faculty also have appointments in other departments within the College of Arts and Sciences including faculty members from Anthropology, Biological Sciences, Communication, Geography, Geology, and Media Studies, in addition to current leaders in the Environmental and Sustainability Sciences.

Our Impact

The Department of Environment and Sustainability provides an interdisciplinary home within the College of Arts and Sciences for the development of innovative and integrative approaches to environmental teaching, research and outreach. Combined with the Sustainable Urban Environments Initiative, the Department of Environment and Sustainability develops synergies with, and strengthens our reputation in the regional and national arenas, and energizes UB’s commitment to the multidisciplinary research, collaboration, and outreach.