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December 2019 Sustainability eNews
Check out the latest on sustainability at UK and read on for some tips on how to enjoy a sustainable holiday season!
BreakShuttle: Your Ride Home During Breaks

Need to get home and back to campus during academic breaks? BreakShuttle is now offering rides to Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Paducah and St. Louis with stops in cities along the way. Students can purchase tickets on a secure ticketing platform for rides home for winter break on the BreakShuttle website. For winter break, the shuttle departs on Friday, December 20th and returns Sunday, January 12th. 
Universities Fighting World Hunger 2020 Summit Call for Abstracts

UK will host the annual Universities Fighting World Hunger on March 19-20, 2020. The overall goal of the summit is to bring together current and future leaders to see a world without hunger. UFWH is seeking oral presentation and poster submissions from students, faculty, staff, and community organizations so that we may share solutions to accomplish our common goals. Learn more and submit your abstract here. Deadline to submit is December 31st.
Give Unwanted items to Give and Go Donations Stations

Now until the December holiday break, you can drop off any unwanted items to Give and Go Donation Stations in the lobby of every residence hall. Items include clothes, shoes, bedding, un-used toiletries, furniture and décor to nonperishable food. Food items will be donated to the Big Blue Pantry and everything else will be donated to Goodwill.

UK Recycling's New Campaign #BringOnTheBoxes

Hayley Christie, UK Recycling's new Americorps Environmental Educator, collecting #BringOnTheBox pledges
November 15th was America Recycles Day which has been hosted by Keep America Beautiful and celebrated across the country since 1997. America Recycles Day aims to end littering, improve recycling, and beautify communities. For the fifth consecutive year, UK Recycling celebrated with a full month of outreach and education. This year’s campaign was #BringOnTheBoxes, an effort to remind everyone that cardboard is recyclable. A waste characterization study done a UK showed that 5% of our landfill-bound material is still cardboard.

As part of the celebration, UK Recycling launched a pledge drive where participants commit to increase their recycling and to learn more about recycling on campus. You can still take the pledge here. As a bonus, participants will be entered into a raffle for the chance to win prizes.

These efforts are the result of the hard work of Hayley Christie, our new AmeriCorp Environmental Educator. She will be with UK Recycling for the 2019-2020 school year and comes to us as a recent graduate from Southeastern University in Florida, with a degree in Music Education. As a student co-founded a Green Team that started a recycling program at SEU and has has brought that same enthusiasm and dedication to UK. If you are interested in having her come speak to your group, organization, staff meeting and/or class about our recycling efforts on campus, contact her at

Tips on Having a Sustainable Holiday Season

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