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April 2018 Sustainability eNews
April is full of events and opportunitiescheck out what the month has to offer.
Join the 12th Season of the UK CSA Program
The UK Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) project still has spots for the 2018 program! Members will receive a weekly share of vegetables for 22 weeks from May – October 2018. Vegetable shares are available for pickup on Thursdays near E.S. Goodbarn, or at the UK South farm. More info here.

Deja Blue Pop-Up Thrift Shop to Take Place Next Week

This year's Recycling intern is hosting a pop-up thrift shop and repair fair on campus next week. Items will be priced with "suggested donations" to benefit the KY Student Environmental Coalition, but donations are optional. The event will be held on Tuesday, April 17th from 4-6:30p outside of Bowman's Den. More info here.

Earn Cash for Changing the Way You Commute
Transportation Services is once again accepting applicants for its popular 'cash out' incentive program. The program financially rewards employees who choose to forgo bringing a motor vehicle to campus for one year. Qualified employees who elect to participate in the cash out program will each receive up to $200 over a one-year period. More info here.

Earth Days in the Bluegrass is Here

April is a great month to observe, celebrate and engage with our natural world. Environmental stewardship is one of three core components of the University of Kentucky's sustainability mission, and Earth Days in the Bluegrass is offering a full month of great events organized around that theme.

The annual Earth Days in the Bluegrass calendar pulls together the wide variety of events hosted on campus throughout April that are linked by their promotion of sustainability, responsible global citizenship and the power of local action. This year's lineup consists of a full month of workshops, community service, presentations and more organized by a wide variety of campus and community organizations.

There is truly something for everyone on this year’s Earth Days in the Bluegrass calendar. For more information on the full list of events, please visit


Events this week: 
Bike Week
Environmental Art Fair
Urban Forest Initiative Speaker Series
Reforest the Bluegrass

Recycling Rates Are Up by 37%

The University of Kentucky increased the amount of material recycled on campus by 37% in 2017.

In 2016, UK recycled a total of 741 tons through the All-in-One recycling program.  In 2017, we recycled a total of 1,015 tons.  The increase is due to many reasons, including

  • More people participated in the All-in-One program by recycling more cardboard, paper, plastic bottles and jugs, aluminum cans, steel cans and glass bottles
  • More people actively engaged in recycling efforts at UK
  • Recycling was made more convenient with more recycling containers available throughout campus
  • Installation of four new recycling compactors on campus made it more convenient to collect and transport recyclable materials

The growth in recycling wasn't limited to our All-in-One program. Diversion from miscellaneous recycling and reuse programs also increased. These expanded recycling programs include the recycling of scrap metal, confidential paper, lightbulbs, batteries, electronic waste and more. The reuse programs include campus surplus and donations collected at Give and Go stations during move out.

UK Recycling would like to thank everyone that recycled in 2017, and encourage everyone to keep it going! Let’s see how much more we can recycle in 2018.

Visit the UK Recycling website for more information on how to recycle and what is recyclable through the All-in-One program.

Bring a recyclable item to one of the following events, and you'll receive a free t-shirt!
Wednesday April 11th, in front of The 90
Thursday April 12th, in front of Haggin Hall
Tuesday April 17th, in front of Funkhouser Building
Thursday April 19th, at Wildcat Alumni Plaza, by Bowman’s Den
Opportunities & Resources:
  • Applications are open for the 2018-2019 Sustainability Internship Program. We're offering six PAID positions working in sustainability units across campus. Learn more or apply here.
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