Monthly Archives: April 2015

Earth Week with GRoW


Earth week April 18th-25th 2015 was successfully organized and managed by UB students this year, with a very impressive turnout and participation by their peers. GRoW Buffalo decided they wanted to get involved towards promoting sustainability, while also spreading their name. Our Communications GRoW class participated by going to the Earth Week meetings every week, and collaborating with the other similar clubs to create a thriving and effective Earth Week. The main theme of the week was celebrating our collective efforts to “green it forward.” There was a plethora of groups that had tables set up in the Student Union to spread their brands.


More specifically, each group had tables with their own events going on. The Campus Garden group had people planting seeds and painting containers to prep for the upcoming growing season at their tables. The Campus Garden group also had a kayaking event on Lake LaSalle. People volunteered to help them cleanup the neighboring area with the kayaks which was hosted by OAC and Outdoor Pursuits. The Campus Dining participated in Earth Week by promoting their use of locally grown foods on campus, which supports the local farming business. I also thought it was really cool that they had SLICE awards for green initiatives on campus and a reception afterwards with food and drinks.



At UB’s first annual Sustainability Summit Join the green carpet was rolled out for Green SLICE awards; Erik Foley, managing Director of Penn State’s Sustainability Institute, shared insights about Penn State’s innovative approach to integrating sustainability. This was really helpful for UB to get such great ideas from an expert who managed this at such a big school before.



GRoW greened it forward by selling shirts and bracelets in order to raise funds for the Solar Decathlon coming up in October! Tuesday, April 22nd there was a select amount of people who were taken on a tour of the GRoW home. Thursday, April 24th was GRoW’s main event to raise money and build attraction to the UB community during earth week by having a house building competition. As you may assume this was not a regular house competition, the contestants had to build the best solar energy houses! The contestants got scissors, glue, tape, clay, and recycled materials to build their own version of a house to compete in the Solar Decathlon. The judges tested the houses for things such as water resistance, wind, and general stability. This was a great opportunity for GRoW to get their name out their, and get more people in the UB community to support them, which it most definitely was a success!

By: Jenna Harsanyi

Celebration of Undergraduate Excellence


The 11th CURCA event April 16th 2015 was a night to remember with an outstanding turnout of UB students, faculty, and administrators. The term CURCA stands for Celebration of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities. This annual celebration of Student Academic Excellence consisted of poster presentations from more than 400 undergraduate students.


The display showcased research and creative projects nominated by deans and program coordinators from across UB’s academic disciplines. Students were present to discuss and answer questions about their work. GRoW was thankfully one of those groups, and the team displayed two boards and two tables in the back. We had the biggest display out of all the groups, so we really stood out! The class and Lance has posters and surveys for people observing on whether they liked the poster layouts or not. Fortunately, a lot of people involved in community service in the buffalo neighborhood, wanted to help with the GRoW competition.


Also, this was a really big event for GRoW because for the first time ever, the team premiered their three-minute video, which featured an animated walk through of the GRoW home, UB’s entry in the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2015 Solar Decathlon. Standing for “Garden, Relax or Work,” the GRoW Home embraces the urban -arming culture of Buffalo, as well as its seasonal weather.


The highly collaborative effort has involved 13 UB academic departments, nearly 150 students and dozens of faculty members. Students also are working closely with several local businesses in the design, building and solar energy fields. At the end of the event, there was an award ceremony for the best poster design of the best research class going on at school, and guess who got an award? GRoW-the best research class going on at school right now, we did it again!

By: Jenna Harsanyi

GRoW under the spotlight on WKBW AM Buffalo show

Linda Pellegrino, host of WKBW’s AM Buffalo show, invited the GRoW team onto her show on Wednesday morning to talk about the GRoW Home’s journey to the up and coming Solar Decathlon.

The show began with plenty of enthusiasm from Pellegrino’s inspiring introduction of the GRoW Home.

“Imagine a house that’s a power plant and vegetable farm all rolled into one self-sustaining structure,” said Pellegrino. “Well, UB students and faculty had made this dream come true with their GRoW Home.”

Members of the GRoW team present were Kenneth Mackay, a Clinical Associate Professor, Christopher Osterhoudt, Project Manager, and Joseph Tuberdyck, Co-construction Manager.

If you are wondering what interesting insights Pellegrino and the GRoW team members had to say about our solar home, do click on the video above now.

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