The “Greening” of UB
by Buck Quigley - posted 2:34 pm, April 16, 2012
Recently, the State University of New York signed up to buy $22 million in hydrofracked natural gas from horizontal wells in Pennsylvania, while SUNY at Buffalo hastily announced the formation of its Shale and Society Institute at 6:14pm on April 5—months after the director, John Martin, spoke on the subject at a conference in Indonesia. He’s also a scheduled speaker at the Houston Club down in Texas this October for their 2012 Energy Summit. (The Houston Club lists the Buffalo Club as a “reciprocal club.”)
To balance these fossil fuel endeavors, UB will be rolling out its “solar strand” next Monday, the day after Earth Day—to much fanfare.
It was funded with $7.5 million from the New York Power Authority. The contract for the project went to Amherst energy company Solar Liberty.
“What a great project to see when you first enter into the university,” said Adam Rizzo, the company’s president. “It shows the University at Buffalo being a cutting-edge school.”
But it gets even greener. Only a month and a half ago, on March 2, Rizzo bought UB President Satish Tripathi’s five-bed, 4.5-bath home at 30 Raphael Court in Amherst for $640,000.