President's Post

President Watts sits in a chair

As the largest single employer in Alabama with an annual economic impact exceeding $5 billion, UAB strives to be a good steward of its resources and to make our campus and environment more sustainable. Our strong commitment is reflected in the design, construction and operations of our education, research and health-care facilities.

UAB has made significant strides during the past several years, opening a comprehensive campus recycling center, implementing a successful energy conservation plan and developing both a campus-wide committee and a student-housing community that focus on conservation and sustainability.

We continue partnering with the City of Birmingham to promote smarter, healthier and more sustainable development, signing in 2013 a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on projects such as energy efficiency and city planning that fosters a more livable city.

Sustainability has been incorporated into our curriculum and service activities, and our faculty are developing real-world solutions for environmental challenges through our robust research and technology transfer enterprise. In fact, we recently established an interdisciplinary Sustainable Smart Cities Research Center, whose faculty are globally respected for creating healthier city plans.

UAB is proud of these and other sustainability efforts and we remain committed to our leadership role in protecting and preserving our environment.


Ray L. Watts, M.D.
President, UAB