Sustainability

Sustainability Definition: "A local, informed, balance-seeking process operating within sustainable area budget, and by doing so exports no negative imbalances beyond its budgeted territory or into the future." (Using a city-region as the basic unit of sustainability and its minimal scale). See: "Green versus Sustainability: From Semantics to Enlightenment" by Ernest J. Yanarella, Richard S. Levine, and Robert W. Lancaster, Sustainability, 2009, Vol. 2, pp 296-302.

Information about University of Kentucky and City of Lexington Sustainability Activities and Organizations

A. Campus Sustainability 

1.     UK Sustainability Home Page: http://www.sustainability.uky.edu/

2.     Sign up for Monthly Sustainability e-news: http://www.sustainability.uky.edu/lsv

3.     Student Sustainability Council and Environmental Stewardship Fee: http://www.sustainability.uky.edu/ssc

4.     Student Sustainability Survey Report (attached below), May 2012, Student Authors: Adam Hancock, Daniel Hardin, Stratton Hatfield, Andrew McLaughlin, Jerrod Penn; Supervised by Dr. Wuyang Hu. The Report was created in AEC 580 and sponsored by the Student Sustainability Council (follow this link to learn about the sustainability projects the SSC has sponsored the past few years).

5.     UK STARS report: https://stars.aashe.org/institutions/university-of-kentucky-ky/report/2012-02-03/

6.     UK Statement on Sustainability Policy: http://www.sustainability.uky.edu/policy/

7.     UK Solar House: http://www.uky.edu/solarhouse/vision.html

8.     NSF Funded Interdisciplinary Course Development project in Sustainability at UK:  http://uknow.uky.edu/content/nsf-selects-interdisciplinary-uk-course-encourage-systems-thinking-sustainability

B. Lexington Activities

1.     Public Transportation: Colt Trolley (http://www.colttrolley.com)

2.     Public Transportation: Lextran City-Wide Bus Service (http://lextran.com)

3.     Broke Spoke Community Bike Shop: http://thebrokespoke.org/

4.     Community Supported Agriculture (CSA;  http://www.ecovian.com/s/lexington/csa)

5.     UK Community Supported Agriculture (CSA;  http://www2.ca.uky.edu/sustainableag/csa)

6.     Berries on Bryan Station (http://www.berriesonbryanstation.com)

7.     Faith Feeds (www.faithfeedslex.org): Volunteers are always needed throughout the fall to harvest (“glean”) unused fruit from local orchards. Students drive to local orchards to meet Faith Feeds personnel. Send an email to: faithfeedslex@gmail.com to find out where to meet.

C. Links to Useful Environmental and Sustainability Information

1.  The Encyclopedia of Earth has great articles on a large range of topics (http://www.eoearth.org/)

D. International Organizations

Environmental Sustainability Knowledge Transfer Network (Sustainability and Chemistry).  This is a network in the _connect organization. It provides information and guidance to chemistry-using industries (not just the "chemical industry") in four key priority areas: 1) Sustainable Water Management, 2) Sustainable Energy, 3) Resource Efficiency, and 4) Sustainable Land Management and Food Production.    https://connect.innovateuk.org/web/sustainabilityktn/overview

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