Bluegrass Earth, Initiated by WUKY GM, Invites Citizens to Celebrate Earth Day

As the 45th anniversary of Earth Day approaches, the newly formed Bluegrass Earth coalition is inviting the public to celebrate sustainability in Lexington throughout March and April.

WUKY's 'UK Perspectives' Previews Arboretum's Party for the Planet

WUKY's "UK Perspectives" focuses on the people and programs of the University of Kentucky and is hosted by WUKY General Manager Tom Godell.

First Fridays at the Farm

Friday, September 5, 2014 - 7:30am to 9:30am
UK Horticultural Research Farm

Join the UK Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Working Group for First Friday at the UK Horticultural Research Farm. Exchange ideas and network with UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment faculty, staff, local food producers and advocates for sustainable agriculture and enduring food systems. The first event is scheduled for Friday, September 5th, with breakfast and networking from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.

At 8:30 a.m., John Strang, the UK College of Agriculture Extension Fruits and Vegetables Specialist, will lead a tour of the fruit research plots at South Farm, including apples, peaches, blueberries and a few products you may not know. He promises a wealth of information for both backyard and commercial growers.

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Welcome to Greenhouse: A UK Living, Learning Community

Greenhouse is a new living-learning community that engages students in learning about many aspects of the local environment, all in the context of sustainability, by bringing together students and faculty interested in understanding and actively supporting the development of a healthy environment for all residents.

Also, check out our photo album from move in as well.

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We've Got Our New Set of Wheels

Take a ride with our new Living Learning Community!

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Greenhouse Bike Giveaway

Greenhouse, the new Living Learning Program put together by a partnership between the College of Arts & Sciences and the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, is opening its doors next semester. As an incentive for students to join the new community, Greenhouse has organized a giveaway of several new bikes.

Here, UK Office of Sustainability Coordinator Shane Tedder discusses the giveaway, the Greenhouse Living Learning Community, and the benefits of having a bike at UK.

This podcast was produced by David Cole.

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Greenhouse Offers Environmentally Active Student Living

Currently accepting applications, the Greenhouse Living Learning Program offers sustainable dorm living for students passionate about environmental issues.

Greenhouse Commercial: see blue. live green.

We wanted to make a really cool commercial to show the world all the great things happening with UK's new Environment and Sustainability Residential College - Greenhouse.

Unfortunately, this is what the auditions looked like.

see blue. live green.

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Stormwater Management with Greenhouse's Carmen Agouridis

When it rains on roads, rooftops and parking lots at the University of Kentucky, where does all of the untreated stormwater go? Stormwater flows across these impervious surfaces picking up pollutants such as sediment, nutrients, pathogens, and trash before it flows through a series storm sewers on its ways to streams. Currently, this stormwater is not treated, but can we change that? Various entities on campus decided to tackle this question including Drs. Carmen Agouridis (Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering), Ned Crankshaw and Brian Lee (Landscape Architecture), and Rick Durham (Horticulture); the Tracy Farmer Institute for Sustainability and the Environment; and the Department of Environmental Management . What started out as a student vision, for turning a non-functioning detention basin into a beneficial stormwater treatment system, has become a reality thanks in part to funding from UK’s Student Sustainability Council and the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government. Visit the website for more info: Also visit to find out more about UK's Environment & Sustainability Residential College.

Inside Greenhouse: Shannon Bell and Alan Fryar

Two of the faculty co-directors, Shannon Bell from the Department of Sociology and Alan Fryar from the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences, share some of their thoughts about the exciting new opportunity that Greenhouse can provide for students living on campus.

UK’s Greenhouse is designed for students interested in learning different aspects of their local environment, all in the context of sustainability. Greenhouse students will extend their classroom learning through community engagement with organizations and like-minded students committed to developing a sustainable Lexington.

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