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February 2020 Sustainability eNews
Check out the latest on sustainability at UK!
Urban Forest Initiative Presents Cindi Sullivan on February 12th, 2020

The Urban Forest Initiative presents Fruits of our Labor: Sustainability through Planting, Protection, and Policy by Cindi Sullivan, the Executive Director/President of TreesLouisville. TreesLouisville is a nonprofit that works to protect and expand Louisville’s urban forest through tree planting, public awareness, education, and collaboration. This event is free and open to the public. February 12th, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Plantory
UFWH Summit
March 19th-20th, 2020

Universities Fighting World Hunger (UFWH) is a global higher education movement focused on educating, mobilizing, and organizing students, faculty, and administrators in the war against hunger. The UFWH chapter at UK is hosting this year's summit, March 19th-20th. Join hundreds of students to share best practices and inspiration, listen to world-renowned keynote speakers, and honor extraordinary student leaders. Registration deadline is March 1st. Register here.
Save the Date: UK's Sustainability Showcase April 20th, 2020

We are excited to share that UK’s annual Sustainability Showcase will take place on Monday, April 20th. We will have a packed day of events including a Campus Sustainability Expo, Student Poster Competition, Awards Ceremony and a Keynote from Jason Nally, the Environmental Champion at Maker’s Mark. Please mark your calendar! Follow us on Facebook & Instagram @UKYSustainability for updates on this on this event.

$200,000 Available for UK Sustainability Challenge Grant, Applications Now Open

**By Meg Mills. Originally printed in UKNow.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 14, 2020) — The University of Kentucky Sustainability Challenge Grant Program applications for 2020 are being accepted now through Feb. 23. Total project funds available are $200,000 with individual projects eligible to receive up to $50,000. Application materials can be found on the Sustainability website.

The Sustainability Challenge Grant Program is designed to engage faculty or staff-led, multidisciplinary teams from the university community in the creation and implementation of ideas and projects that address sustainability-related challenges. Sustainability, in this context, is intended to convey the need to pursue activities that are ecologically sound, socially just and economically viable. Proposals with an emphasis on student engagement and impact are prioritized during the review and selection process.

“This program has been tremendous because it combines the opportunities and challenges of our physical campus with the intellectual capital of our community to provide unique experiences for our students in the development of real-world solutions,” said UK Shane Tedder, sustainability coordinator.

In the first five years of the program, 33 projects have been awarded a total of $900,000 to pursue a wide range sustainability-driven projects on campus and beyond.

The 2019 Sustainability Challenge Grant winners were:

  • Improving Bicycle Infrastructure Using SPIN Bike-Share Trip Data; 
  • Nature Playscape and Native Landscape at the Child Development Center of the Bluegrass; 
  • Just Food: Engaging UK in Racially Equitable Food Systems Development;
  • Tree CATS;
  • Sustainability Module for First Year Experience;
  • Organic Waste Composting Pilot Project; and 
  • Kentucky Integrated Biorefinery​.

“This year’s funding illustrates UK’s continued commitment to a sustainable environment by supporting a program that allows direct collaboration between faculty, staff and students in addressing critical sustainability issues at UK and the broader environmental community,” said Lindell Ormsbee, executive director of the Tracy Farmer Institute for Sustainability and the Environment.

The program is a collaborative effort of the President’s Sustainability Advisory Committee, the Tracy Farmer Institute for Sustainability and the Environment and the Office of Sustainability. Funding support for the program is also provided by the offices of the Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration, the Provost, and the Vice President for Research as well as the Student Sustainability Council

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Football Update 2020

**By UK Recycling
Even though we are a several months away from the 2020 UK Football season, UK Recycling wants to take a moment to look back at last year’s season. Because of the successful 2018 UK Football season both on the field and in the recycling bin, UK Recycling was excited to continue working toward our UK Athletics Sustainability goals for the 2019 season.

Thanks to our partners - UK Grounds, UK Athletics, UK Sustainability, UK Dining, Can Do Services and the various student volunteers - this season’s diversion rate increased to 21% up from 9% in 2018. The diversion rate includes items recycled both in the stadium and tailgate lots, as well as food donated to local nonprofits. Over 90,000 lbs. of recyclables were diverted from the landfill throughout the football season! In addition, almost 3,000 lbs of food was donated to the community.
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