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January 2018 Sustainability eNews
School is back in session and so are we! January has been busy and there's more coming up, check it out.

Dimensions of Political Ecology (DOPE) Conference to be held in February

The annual DOPE Conference will be held on campus February 23rd-25th. Registration closes February 1st, find more info here.
Annual Sustainability Forum Showcased Campus Sustainability Projects
The Tracy Farmer Institute for Sustainability & the Environment hosted its annual Sustainability Forum in December. The Forum showcased research projects and announced the winners of the Sustainability Challenge Grants. See more on that below!
Urban Forest Initiative Speaker Series Continues Next Week
Dr. Dan Potter will discuss "Bees, Pesticides and Politics: Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainable Urban Landscapes" on Wednesday, January 31st. More info here.

2018 Sustainability Challenge Grant Winners Announced

Originally printed in UKNow
Six teams of University of Kentucky students, faculty and staff from across campus will begin work on sustainability projects this semester after being selected to receive Sustainability Challenge Grants totaling $200,000.
From developing sustainability guidelines for historic campus buildings to teaching elementary students using a UK botanical garden, the projects span the spectrum of sustainability and colleges.

Seventeen interdisciplinary teams — representing 36 academic programs from 10 colleges — submitted proposals this year requesting a total of more than $583,000 for their projects.

The Sustainability Challenge Grant Program is designed to engage all members of the university community in the creation and implementation of ideas that will promote sustainability by simultaneously advancing economic vitality, ecological integrity and social equity.

The 2018 Sustainability Challenge Grant Winners are:

  • Sustainability Guidelines for Historic Campus Buildings ($32,715);
  • Engaging Elementary Students in Horticulture ($19,272);
  • Developing a KY Master Naturalist Program ($14,257);
  • Root to Branches ($38,890);
  • S.KYBLUE at the UK Organic Unit ($47,118); and
  • Teaching Sustainability + Teaching Sustainably ($47,085);

In the first four years of the program 26 projects have been awarded a total of $700,000 to pursue transformational, sustainability-driven projects.


To read descriptions of each project and information on departments and individual team members involved, please visit


Recycling Partners with Bluegrass Greensource

UK Recycling is partnering with Bluegrass Greensource, a local nonprofit specializing in environmental education, to increase student recycling participation in residence halls. With UK’s campus-wide recycling infrastructure growing, continued education is key for recycling participation, especially among residential students. Bluegrass Greensource has implemented recycling education in three residence halls on campus through promotional materials and a peer education program. Students in the residence halls have been recruited as “recycling champions” to promote and educate their peers about recycling. The recycling champions have passed out flyers, given away promotional materials, and are planning recycling-based residence hall programing.

Initial results are promising; waste audits in residence halls show an increase in recycling rates and a more accurate knowledge of what materials can be recycled. Two more waste audits will take place this semester to track the program's effect on student recycling habits.

Bluegrass Greensource is an environmental education and outreach nonprofit organization. For 15 years, Bluegrass Greensource has worked to empower 20 counties in Central Kentucky to create a more sustainable environment. Their motto, “small changes, big impact,” reflects their core belief that every person in Central Kentucky can take the small steps today that will lead to big, positive changes in our shared environment. Find out more about Bluegrass Greensource on their website.
Opportunities & Resources:
  • The Environmental & Sustainability Studies department is hosting Tom Fitzgerald, Director of the Kentucky Natural Resources Council tonight, January 23rd, at 5:30 in Classroom Building room 118. Talk is open to UK students.
  • UK Recycling is seeking a student worker to help with collections and outreach. Find more info or apply here.
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