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10/9/2018

By Meg Mills

UK Has been recognized as a Tree Campus USA each year since 2012.

"This is a very exciting time to be involved with sustainability at the University of Kentucky, and I am inspired by the work being done and opportunities being made possible by students, staff and faculty across our campus." Shane Tedder, UK’s sustainability coordinator, said. 

Nationwide, October is designated as Campus Sustainability Month by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. UK is participating with events and opportunities throughout the month. These remain:

October 6-14 is Tree Week 2018, presented by the Urban Forest Initiative and collaborators on campus and in the community, including the TFISE. This week of events is a

10/2/2018

By Madison Dyment

For many students, the pinnacle of their collegiate experience is securing a position on a research project. For UK student and environmental and sustainability studies major Charles “Adler” Hulsey, that opportunity came through UK’s Student Sustainability Council and the Office of Undergraduate Research.

“I actually was made aware of this opportunity by a friend who worked previously with the Student Sustainability Council,” said Hulsey. “They had a research opportunity available for the summer; I applied and I got it.”

This particular position required Hulsey, a native of Alabama, to travel to South Carolina and study under his sponsor, Michael Vassalos, at Clemson University. Even without having conducted any kind of real academic research before, his background as an ENS major made Hulsey an excellent fit for the subject.

“My research

4/25/2018

Join us on a weekend trip to UK's Robinson Forest. Take a weekend off from studying to surround yourself with your fellow classmates and the serene beauty of Eastern Kentucky.

All food, lodging, and transportation will be provided.

We will be leaving at 9am on April 21st and returning at 12pm on the 22nd

4/25/2018

Come out to celebrate the end of the year with the Environmental & Sustainability Studies Program. All students and faculty are welcome. We encourage you to bring prospective students, family, and significant others!

The ENS Outstanding Student Award will be announced to our program's top senior student.

Food will be provided, courtesy of Sav's Grill.

 

Wednesday, April 18th at 5:30pm

 

4/24/2018

Students will present their final semester projects on 4/19. All projects are based off the University of Kentucky's draft of the Sustainability Strategic Plan (UKSSP).

1. Materials & Management 3-3:30pm

2. Buildings & Grounds 3:30-4pm

3. Energy 4-4:30pm

4. Food & Dining 4:30-5pm

5. Transportation 5-5:30pm

11/20/2017

By Jennifer T. Allen

Alexis Abdullah came to the University of Kentucky from Atlanta with the goal of experiencing different cultures and gaining new perspectives. Ryan Thorn came to Lexington from his hometown of Mercer, Pennsylvania, to experience a new part of the country. As UK seniors, both traveled 8,241 miles last summer to the southwest coast of South Africa to engage in an immersive experience unlike any they had before.

“When I came to college, I knew I wanted to study abroad at some point,” said Abdullah, a senior environmental and sustainability studies major. “I wanted to experience a different culture and gain perspectives that expanded my own. The opportunity to study abroad in South Africa appealed to my interests because of the history of social injustice and human rights struggles that are associated with the

6/29/2017

By Lori Minter

The University of Kentucky has released its Dean's List for the spring 2017 semester.  A total of 6,412 students were recognized for their outstanding academic performance. 

To make a Dean’s List in one of the UK colleges, a student must earn a grade point average of 3.6 or higher and must have earned 12 credits or more in that semester, excluding credits earned in pass-fail classes.  Some UK colleges require a 3.5 GPA to make the Dean’s List.

The full Dean's List can be accessed by visiting: www.uky.edu/PR/News/DeansList/.

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how

2/14/2017

By Lori Minter

A record number of students made the University of Kentucky Dean's List for the fall 2016 semester. The 7,408 students were recognized for their outstanding academic performance.  That's an increase of more than 200 over the previous record reached in fall 2015 when the number of students on the UK Dean's List surpassed 7,000 for the first time.  Last semester's Dean's List includes over 700 more students than the spring 2016 semester's list.

To make a Dean’s List in one of the UK colleges, a student must earn a grade point average of 3.6 or higher and must have earned 12 credits or more in that semester, excluding credits earned in pass-fail classes.  Some UK colleges require a 3.5 GPA to make the Dean’s List.

The full Dean's List can be accessed by visiting www.uky.edu/PR/News/

5/24/2016

by Guy Spriggs

Because of its size, history and valuable role in education for the state, many know someone with family legacy at the University of Kentucky.

There aren’t many whose connection to UK extends back more than 2 or 3 generations. But when Maryann Bandy transferred from Boston University in 2015, she became the fifth generation in her family to attend the University of Kentucky.

“My dad’s family grew up in Danville, so for them UK was local,” Bandy said. “But even though I’m from Atlanta, I kind of grew up in Lexington. UK has always been home.”

Hearing Bandy list her family who have taken courses UK – even from the two generations preceding hers – reveals a deep connection with the University. “My dad went here, his youngest sister, both of his half-siblings were here and both of his parents. My dad’s stepfather and stepmother, as well both her

1/13/2016

By Whitney Harder

(Jan. 13, 2016) — The University of Kentucky has earned a STARS Silver Rating in recognition of its sustainability efforts from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.

STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System, measures sustainability performance within academics, engagement, operations, and planning and administration. Rating more than 700 institutions on six continents, STARS is the world's most widely recognized standard for higher education sustainability.

"Earning a silver rating from STARS is very exciting for our campus, and the full report,

8/4/2015

By Whitney Harder

(Aug. 3, 2015) – Vibrant sunflowers, tomatoes, peppers, herbs and more thrive alongside homemade bamboo trellises and watering hubs in an 86-plot garden. Corn stalks grow tall while cabbage blooms in a plot across the walkway. This is where Sookti Chaudhary, a doctoral student in the University of Kentucky Department of Economics, cultivates fresh foods and connects with others.

The garden is located right here on the UK campus in the Shawneetown graduate and family housing community. What began as a student initiative in 2009, the Shawneetown garden has grown from a space for 20 residents to now nearly 90 plots. But more than that, thanks to a UK Sustainability

5/26/2015

The Department of Geography is proud to announce that Carolyn Finney will be joining the department's faculty this fall. She most recently was in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management at the University of California-Berkeley.

“Her research interests are broad, and coalesce around questions of difference, identity, nature, and place. Her work is exciting in the way it challenges the academy’s traditional boundaries of research, teaching, and service; and her commitment to public engagement in a variety of guises and settings also requires a methodological attention to participation, partnerships, collaboration, and perhaps even entails a radical epistemology. Dr. Finney’s book, Black Spaces, White Spaces out last year, UNC press, widely noted and favorably received; and has drawn much attention

4/10/2015

By Kathy Johnson

(April 10, 2015) — WUKY's "UK Perspectives" focuses on the people and programs of the University of Kentucky and is hosted by WUKY General Manager Tom Godell.  On today's program, UK sustainability coordinator Shane Tedder talks about Earth Days in the Bluegrass, a compilation of events during April celebrating sustainability and responsible global citizenship. 

To listen to the podcast interview from which "UK Perspectives" is produced, visit http://wuky.org/post/earth-days-bluegrass-0.

"UK Perspectives" airs at 8:45 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. each Friday on WUKY 91.3, UK's NPR station

3/30/2015

By Whitney Harder

(March 30, 2015) — A beautiful campus and a litter-free campus go hand-in-hand, and groups at the University of Kentucky will be able to care for their own piece of Wildcat country during the month of April. A new element of the Pick It Up campaign, the Adopt-a-Spot program encourages registered UK student organizations, UK offices and other groups to participate in weekly clean-ups to eliminate litter at UK.

During the month of April, groups that adopt a spot are responsible for making their defined zone litter-free once a week and documenting their efforts

3/25/2015

By Whitney Harder

(March 25, 2015) — On Monday, March 16, construction began on a new 30-kilowatt (kW) solar photovoltaic (PV) array at the Ralph G. Anderson Building on the University of Kentucky campus.

The installation is located on the southwest-facing roof of the building and is visible from the engineering courtyard, F. Paul Anderson Tower, Oliver H. Raymond Civil Engineering Building, and the

3/24/2015

By Shane Tedder

(March 24, 2015) — The University of Kentucky Office of Sustainability has partnered with the Student Sustainability Council and the Tracy Farmer Institute for Sustainability and the Environment (TFISE) to launch a rejuvenated student sustainability internship program. The partnership is offering six paid internships for undergraduate students in any degree program for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Applications are due by April 24.

Three internships will be mentored by the

3/24/2015

By Gail Hairston

(March 24, 2015) — Filmmakers Beth Stephens and Annie Sprinkle visit the University of Kentucky today, Tuesday, March 24, to screen and discuss their film “Goodbye Gauley Mountain: An Ecosexual Love Story.”

In a news release about the film, Stephens stated, “MTR (mountaintop renewal) must be stopped in order to ensure a future that includes clean air and water, as well as social justice. Our activist strategy is to switch the metaphor from ‘Earth as mother’ to ‘Earth as lover’ to garner more love and empathy for the mountains. It will take time, but we’ll get there.”

The free event is slated at 2 p.m. today, in the auditorium of William T. Young Library. It is co-sponsored by UK

3/23/2015

By Kathy Johnson

(March 20, 2015) — As the 45th anniversary of Earth Day approaches, the newly formed Bluegrass Earth coalition is inviting the public to celebrate sustainability in Lexington throughout March and April.

Bluegrass Earth was initiated by WUKY’s General Manager Tom Godell to bring together environmental groups in Central Kentucky. WUKY is the University of Kentucky's NPR station.

“Having long been a strong advocate of sustainability issues, I saw a need for environmental groups to come together under one umbrella so that they could share resources and have a greater impact with their outreach, education and events,” Godell said.

Bluegrass Earth is promoting multiple events to celebrate

3/23/2015

 By Kathy Johnson

(March 20, 2015) — WUKY's "UK Perspectives" focuses on the people and programs of the University of Kentucky and is hosted by WUKY General Manager Tom Godell.  Today he talks to Molly Davis, director of The Arboretum, about the upcoming 2015 Party for the Planet.  The complete schedule of Party for the Planet events is available at http://www2.ca.uky.edu/arboretum/calendar_events.php.

To listen to the podcast interview from which "UK Perspectives" is produced, visit http

3/19/2015

By Mike Lynch

(March 19, 2015) — As the anniversary of the most fatal landslide in the history of the continental United States approaches, we are reminded of the importance of evaluating geologic hazards and communicating that information to communities that may be at risk. The Oso landslide occurred March 22, 2014, wiping out a small community near Oso, Washington, and killing 43 people.

"This tragic event can be used to increase awareness, improve communication, and formulate better policy for people living in high hazard areas," said Matt Crawford of the Kentucky Geological Survey

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