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February 2017 Sustainability eNews
February has been a month of opportunities, check them out!
Student Sustainability Council seeks members for 2017-2018
You can apply to represent your student organization or as an at-large member here.

Applications for Summer Sustainability Grants now open

The grant includes a $2,500 stipend. Read up on the program or apply here.
Sustainability Internship Program accepting applications for 2017-2018
You can apply or read more about the positions for the 2017-2018 school year here.

UK Working on a Sustainability Strategic Plan, Seeks Community Feedback

Originally printed in UKNow.

Sustainability is one of the core principles of the University of Kentucky Campus Master Plan. To guide implementation of this core principle the university is developing a Sustainability Strategic Plan for campus operations and would like your feedback. 

Based on current opportunities, the university has identified six strategy areas to include in the plan: Recycling and Waste Reduction, Buildings and Grounds, Transportation, Energy Use, Food and Dining Services, and Greenhouse Gas Emissions.

UK students, faculty and staff are asked to take a short survey regarding these initiatives at The survey will close at midnight Tuesday, Feb. 28.

While the emphasis of the current planning effort is on operations, a new Faculty Sustainability Council has been formed to focus on curricula.  

Updates on the Sustainability Strategic Plan will be shared as they are available.

Registration Open for Community Supported Agriculture Program

Originally printed in UKAgNews.

Registration is open for the 2017 season of the University of Kentucky’s Community Supported Agriculture Project. All UK faculty, staff and students are eligible to enroll in the program, which provides a weekly share of fresh vegetables from May through October from the U.S. Department of Agriculture-certified organic unit of the Horticulture Research Farm in Lexington.

Community Supported Agriculture, also known as a CSA, is a subscription-based program where consumers buy “shares” in a farm’s output. Members benefit from receiving fresh, local and affordable produce from growers they know and trust. The UK CSA is sponsored by the Department of Horticulture in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. The college’s organic farm is not a commercial farm and is not managed for profit. Financial proceeds from the sale of shares support production during the growing season and student educational activities in the sustainable agriculture degree program, including student study tours and support for conference attendance.

The project is an integral part of the experiential education component of the sustainable agriculture degree. The farm acts as both a formal and informal classroom, affording students experience in sustainable agriculture practices.

For more information on the CSA program visit their website, or click here to register.
Resources & Events
  • The Urban Forest Initiative is seeking 10 undergraduates to participate in an urban and community forest workshop. The position comes with a $200 stipend upon completion. Email Grace Coy at for more info.
  • The Department of Community and Leadership Development is hosting Dr. James Votruba as part of their Leader In Residence program. This will include a student forum titled Leading Change and Effective Activism on Feb. 22 at 11:30 am in William T. Young Library. See the full schedule of events here.
  • UK is participating in Recyclemania during the month of March. UK Recycling will be celebrating those who recycle on campus, so look out for more information and opportunities to win a free t-shirt
  • The Urban Forest Initiative is partnering with the Bluegrass Youth Sustainability Council to put on a series of short films centered around activism and community forestry. The event will be held on Feb. 22 at 7pm in the Henry Clay High School Auditorium
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