Buffalo State's Sustainabilty Council is a volunteer group that advocates for and promotes environmentally responsible policies and practices for the campus and larger community.
The council sponsors educational forums and films on relevant topics, and undertakes hands-on projects such as the the installation of a garden in the courtyard between Twin Rise and North Wing. The garden is maintained to create a habitat for pollinating species, reduce runoff into nearby Scajaquada Creek, and provide educational opportunities for the campus.
The Buffalo State Civic and Community Engagement Office coordinates student, faculty and staff participation in the local community through volunteer and academic service-learning activities. Volunteer events including Buffalo State Community Service Day and Alternative Break have involved participants in tree plantings, urban farm and garden work, and community clean-up events. Service-learning is course-based community work that connects course curriculum to identified community needs. Activities related to sustainabilty have included community gardening and science education.
The New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) is New York State's largest student-directed research and advocacy organization. Environmental protection is among its major concerns. NYPIRG is a not-for-profit group established to effect reform while training students and other New Yorkers to be advocates. Buffalo State's NYPIRG chapter is one of 20 in the state.
Wilderness Adventure Club encourages Buffalo State students to experience and enjoy nature, providing opportunities for camping, hiking, white water rafting, rock climbing, skiing and other outdoor activities.
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