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February 2019 Sustainability eNews
Welcome back Wildcats! We hope you have enjoyed your break and have had a great start to your semester. Check out the latest on sustainability at UK!
Sustainable Entrepreneurship Workshop on Feb. 5th

This event is open to all UK students and community members! Come enjoy pizza and cultivate your ideas at the Sustainable Entrepreneurship Workshop on Tuesday, February 5th from 6 - 8 PM in Whitehall room 233. Learn how to you could win up to $1,000 for your sustainable venture. Hosted by the University of Kentucky Student Sustainability Council and the Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship.

Please RSVP to Zoe Gabrielson at by Sunday, Feb. 3. 
Undergraduate Summer Sustainability Research Grant

UK Undergraduate Students: Apply now to be a Sustainability Summer Research Fellow through UK Office of Undergraduate Research! There is also an opportunity to conduct intercollegiate research at University of California, Riverside, Louisiana State University, Auburn University, and University of Delaware. In 2018, the Office of Undergraduate Research, UK Sustainability, UK Student Sustainability Council and the Food Connection awarded six fellowships. Find more information here.
Submit Your Ideas to the Student Transportation Fee Council

Got an alternative transportation idea that will help improve UK transportation for students? If so, submit a proposal to the Student Transportation Fee Council (STFC)! The STFC oversees the allocation of funds to programs, partnerships and initiatives that enhance automobile-free access to, from, and around campus, promotes safe transportation alternatives, and fosters sustainable mobility solutions focused on the unique needs of students. Find the application and more info here.

Do You Cycle to Work or Class? Check Out UK’s First Indoor Bike Room

**originally printed in UKNow

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 11, 2019) — The University of Kentucky opened its state-of-the-art indoor bike room today, making it one of a select few college campuses in the United States to have a dedicated indoor space for cyclists.

The new facility is located in Room 180 of Research Building 2, at the corner of Virginia Avenue and South Limestone. It features racks for 60 bicycles, private showers, personal lockers and a water fountain with a bottle filler. A fix-it station is also available, providing cyclists with all of the tools they need to make quick adjustments. 

“Every facility we construct at the University of Kentucky is designed to support the success of the UK community,” said Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration Eric N. Monday. “Improvements to campus health, efficiency, and sustainability — through spaces like the indoor bike room — support our people. It’s our people who make this place the University for Kentucky.”

The new bike room is secure, accessible by key card access. Its use is free for UK students, staff and faculty who have submitted an application. Priority for spots in the room will be given to cyclists who work or have the majority of their classes in the vicinity of Research Building 2.

This facility is another tangible example of the university’s commitment to becoming a bicycle-friendly campus. Last fall, the League of American Bicyclists’ Bicycle Friendly University program awarded UK a gold status designation, the only university with that designation in the Southeastern Conference. Shortly afterwards, UK was named the “most bicycle friendly university in America” by Bicycling Magazine. 

“In March 2011, Transportation Services, Campus Services, Sustainability, Facilities Management and the university administration, made a deliberate commitment toward enhancing bicycle infrastructure and encouraging bicycling as a viable campus mobility option,” said Lance Broeking, director of UK Transportation Services. “I’m extremely proud of the progress we’ve made during the ensuing eight years and encouraged by the continued interest and support from the campus community. This new bicycle facility is yet another symbol of our continued progress and partnerships.”

Sandra Broadus, Alternative Transportation manager for UK Transportation Services, participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony, saying she was thrilled with the way the facility turned out.

“It’s a great addition to campus,” Broadus said. “This new bike room gives us another opportunity to encourage students, staff and faculty to consider cycling as their primary mode of transportation.”

Amelia Neptune, director of the League of American Bicyclists Bicycle Friendly America Program, said UK’s new bike room “is a great indication of the university’s ongoing commitment to providing affordable, healthy and sustainable transportation options to UK students and employees.”

Access to the 1,740-square-foot indoor bike room is available off Virginia and Press avenues and South Limestone, with easy access to UK HealthCare facilities and the Lee T. Todd Pharmacy Building. 

For more information about UK’s bicycle programs, visit their website.

Recyclemania Begins!

There aren’t many things that inspire people more than friendly competition and, in February, that spirit is coming to campus for recycling and waste diversion. In February and March, UK will be participating in Recyclemania, an 8-week competition between colleges in the U.S. and Canada that will rank schools based on how we handle our waste. Schools will compete in categories such as Total Recycling, Diversion, and Per Capita Classic, which all measure how well we Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

Recyclemania started in 2001 as a competition between Ohio University and Miami University (OH) and has grown substantially since. Now run by the National Wildlife Federation and partnered with the US Environmental Protection Agency, Recyclemania has seen 1,000 colleges participate over the last 18 years. In 2018, 300 schools participated, recycling and composting 68.6 million pounds!

In the past, UK finished 25th out of 215 schools for Total Recycling! To help us improve our ranking, we are asking everyone to spring clean! UK Recycling is encouraging everyone to take a look at their office and recycle any unwanted papers, magazine and cardboard. Have hardbound books or full 3-ring binders? UK recycles that! Check out all of the items you can recycle this spring and share this flyer with your coworkers!

To keep climbing up the ranks, UK Recycling encourages all students, faculty, and staff to focus on recycling and reducing your use of single-use, disposable items. And be sure to look out for updates on our rankings throughout the next two months on UK Recycling Facebook, Twitter (@BigBlueRecycles), and Instagram (@universityofkentucky_recycling). To get a recycling bin in your office, send us an email,

Opportunities & Resources:
  • Learn more about the University of Kentucky's Sustainability Strategic Plan here.
  • Apply to the Student Sustainability Council for funding for your sustainability related project. Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis. Find the application and meeting schedule here.
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