Events Archive

Spring 2018


Bees, Pesticides and Politics: Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainable Urban Landscapes," by Dr. Dan Potter and presented by the Urban Forest Initiative. Free and open to the public with refreshments provided. (More Info).
January 31st 2018, 6:00 PM- 8:30 PM
Cameron Williams Lecture Hall, Plant Science Building on UK South Campus


IMMIGRATION AND AGRICULTURE: Challenges and Opportunities

Lecture by Dr. Philip Martin, University of California- Davis 
Thursday, March 9, 2017 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM 
Reception follows at 5:00 PM 
Gorham Hall in the E.S. Good Barn 
Co-sponsored by TFISE, the Food Systems Initiative, the Food Connection and the Department of Agricultural Economics
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Join the BAE Student Branch and TFISE in this great opportunity to volunteer at one of UK’s most beautiful areas.
Friday, April 7, 2017 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Gluck Rain Garden on UK Campus (map)
Organized by the BAE Student Branch and TFISE
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Best Practices for a Healthy Urban Forest

Lecture by Dr. Nina Bassuk, Cornell University
Thursday, April 5, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
The evening includes a social mixer with refreshments, lecture and Q&A
Fayette County Extension Office (map)
Sponsored by the Urban Forest Initiative and TFISE
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Interns Cassie Odom, Rachel Cook, Henrique Memezes Correa and Lauren Thomas are recognized.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
The Food Connection @ The 90 on UK Campus (map)
Organized by the UK Office for Sustainability


The Food Connection and TFISE invite faculty and staff with a personal or professional interest in food to join us as we reconnect with friends and colleagues and , of course, enjoy some delicious refreshments.
September 7th 2017, 4:00 PM- 6:00 PM
The Food Connection @ the 90 on UK Campus


A great opportunity for Design faculty to mix, mingle and foster collaboration.
August 28th 2017, 4:00 PM- 6:00 PM
Hillary J. Boone Center on UK Campus


A student-oriented, full, week-long event all about sustainability in design.
September 18-September 22nd
 Full schedule and locations


Academic presentations, a movie panel and more, this full-week event is not to be missed by anyone interested in sustainable water systems.
October 7th-13th 2017
Full Schedule and Locations

Reading the Land: Does Your Soil Hold the Secrets to Urban Forest Performance by Dr. Susan Day

Dr. Day is dedicated to improving urban tree health. She is an Associate Professor of urban horticulture in the Department of Horticulture at Virginia Tech, and is especially interested in how root/soil interactions affect the contribution of trees to urban ecosystems. Don't miss this event which includes a reception at 6 PM followed by her lecture from 7:00-8:00 PM. This is event is open to the public. (More Info).
November 15th 2017, 6:00 AM- 8:30PM
E.S. Good Barn, Gorham Hall on UK Campus

Interactions Between Science and Society

A panel of experts that cut across themes and disciplinary areas will lead discussion on the challenges and solutions involved in developing and implementing new technologies to increase the sustainability of food, energy, water and transport systems.  Luncheon at 12 PM, Panel starts at 1 PM.
December 1st 2017, 12:00 PM- 3:30PM
W.T. Young Library A.A. Auditorium and Alumni Gallery, UK Campus.
Link to Flyer


The combined, seventh annual Sustainability Forum and fourth annual Challenge Grant Award Program. This event includes student poster presentations, reception with refreshments served and awards ceremony. Join us to see the immediate future of sustainability on our campus.
December 6th 2017, 4:30 PM-7:30PM
Hillary J Boone Center, UK Campus.



CRAFT WRITING: Beer, The Digital and Craft Culture

A one day symposium at the University of Kentucky ahowcasing writing in craft beer. 
September 30, 2016  10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Taylor Education Building, Room 158
Free and Open to the Public
Register at

CATchment Clean Up

An Earth Days Event hosted by BAE Student Chapter  - annual clean up and maintenance such as planting, weeding, mulching, and mowing
Saturday April 23, 2016  Noon to 4 PM
Farm Rd between Gluck Equine and the Good Barn
Refreshments provided  (Link to the flyer)

FOOD SYSTEMS STUDIES: Symposium and Workshop

Building a Campus-wide, Multi-stakeholder Initiative/Program on Sustainability and Food Systems Studies: Learning from Our Leaders in the Field
Symposium and Panel Discussion, Thursday April 7th, 2016  3:30 to 6:30 PM, E.S. Good Barn (Gorham Hall)
Free and Open to the Public  (co-sponsored by TFISE, the Food Connection and the Sustainability Challenge Grant)
(Please follow this link for further information)

BLUEGRASS EARTH - Free Movie Series

The Farish Theater, Central Public Library
140 E Main St
All films start at 6:30 PM
March 9th The Messenger  >> March 23rd The Power of One Voice >> April 6th Trashed  >> April 20th Trees in Trouble >> May 4th Green Fire 


Difference and Affinity; Representing Appalachia
Saturday/Sunday, March 5-6, 2016
Register to present a poster, paper, round table, or artisitc work though January 16, 2016; Non-presenters may register through February 15, 2016 to attend.
For more information, please follow this link to the forum page on the Appalachian Center website:


Return of the Natives: Can we create more habitata for native species in cities?
Dr. Margaret Carreiro, U of L
February 17, 2016  7:00 PM at Fayette County Extension Office on Red Mile Road

Seeing the Urban Forest for the Trees
Dr. David Nowak, State University of NY
March 2, 2016  7:00 PM at Fayette County Extension Office on Red Mile Road

Free and open to the public.  Link to additional details.



Final Work Exhibit of Design Week 2015, In Motion assessing campus connectivity from the Arboretum to Town Branch Commons.  The exhibit is the culminating work of interdisciplinary student teams from the Department of Landscape Architecture, School of Interiors, and Department of Historic Preservation and is co-sponsored by the Student Sustainability Council. 

Monday, October 12, 2015
Noon to 2:00 PM
Pence Hall Room 209
Refreshments Served
Link to Flyer

Public Space Public Life

A public lecture presented by Gehl Studio in conjunction with the IN MOTION exhibit. 
Lecture time; 1:00 - 2:00 PM

UK Sustainability Challenge Grant Program

This program is designed to engage multidisciplinary teams from the University community in the creation and implementation of ideas that will simultaneously advance economic vitality, ecological integrity and social equity, now and into the future.  The selection process will prioritize projects that engage students and demonstrate the potential to produce results that will catalyze operational, academic and cultural change on our campus. Read the UKnow story

  • A total of $200,000 is available
  • The maximum award for individual projects is $50,000
  • Awards will be announced in December
  • Funds will be distributed in January

Deadline to apply is October 16, 2015.  Link to the application information

5th Annual International Forum on Sustainable Manufacturing

Value Creation through Sustainable Manufacturing
September 24-25, 2015
Day 1: Spindletop Hall 3414 Iron Works Pike
Day 2: WT Young Library, UK Main Campus 401 Hilltop Ave

Link to website for registration and additional information

International Society of Neurogastronomy Symposium

Saturday, November 7, 2015
7:45 AM to 5:00 PM
UK Healthcare Pavilion A Auditorium, Lexington KY
Registration opens August 7, 2015

Kentucky River Clean Sweep

Saturday, June 20, 2015
8:30 AM to 1:00 PM, Rain or Shine
Meet at Clay's Ferry Ramp, Fayette County: Informal attire - bring gloves, wear sturdy shoes, and plan to get wet and muddy
For more information visit the LFUCG website.

Shawneetown-Greg Page Community Garden Celebration

Come take a tour and see the progress that has been made toward revitalizing the community garden.

Saturday, June 20, 2015
11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Rain or Shine
Garden Area is located behind the Shawneetown/Greg Page Complex (vehicle access via University Dr and crossing Alumni)
Read more about this effort...

Earth Days in the Bluegrass

An annual series of events coordinated by the Office of Sustainability to raise environmental awareness and promote sustainable stewardship.  All events are free and open to the public.  For more information visit the Office of Sustainability website:

Earth Day at McConnell Springs

The NRES Capstone students are hosting an Earth Day event for the whole family.  A fun-filled day of guided hikes, workshops, a scavenger hunt, birds of prey demonstration, and other activities are planned at McConnell Springs to help raise awareness of this hidden jewel in the middle of Lexington. 

Saturday, April 4, 2015
11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
McConnell Springs, 416 Rebmann Lane Lexington, KY  40503
(Link to Flyer)

Lentil Underground - Renegade Farmers and the Future of Food in America

Author Liz Carlisle (fellow at the Center for Diversified Farming systems, UC Berkeley) and David Oien (co-founder and CEO Timeless Natural Food) will share their story and excerpts from the book.
FREE and Open to the Public

Thursday, March 26, 2015
4:30 to 6:30 PM
UK's E.S. Goodbarn, Gorham Hall (Farm Rd at University, across fro the UK Stadium)
(Link to Flyer)

Kenan Lecture Series - Transylvania University

Environmental lawyer and activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. will be speaking at Transylvania University.  The talk, presented by the Kenan Lecture Series, is free and open to the public, but tickets are required and they can be picked up at the Transylvania University Campus Center beginning Friday January 9.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 7:30 pm
Haggin Auditorium, Transylvania University
(Link to further details)


TFISE Showcase and Awards

The 4th annual TFISE Research Showcase and Challenge Grant Award Presentation.
December 1, 2014
4:30 to 7:00 PM / Hilary J. Boone Center

Lafayette Seminar Series

The annual Lafayette Seminar offers an opportunity for Lexington community members, elected officials and faculty and students to discuss such issues as local economy, town and gown relationships, and the creation of successful public spaces.  (Link to further details)

Sept 24, 2014.  Robert Egger: revealing the Power of Food
5:30 pm / Lyric Theater Community Room

Oct 1, 2014, Whose Farm to Whose Table?  panel discussion
5:30 pm / Lyric Theater Community Room

Oct 9, 2014, Thinking Big: Local Food & Large Institutions
5:30 pm / WT Young Library Auditorium & Gallery

Water Week

Sept 2-11, 2014: Splashing Scavenger Hunt & Photo Contest
Cash Prizes!!  Announced during Water Week events.  Registration details @

Sept 15-20, 2014: Join us for a week of events centered on water-related issues
Food and/or Refreshments served: ALL EVENTS ARE FREE
Film Screening**Scavenger Hunt**Photo Contest**Career Panel**Seminar**Field Trip
Link to Water Week flyer   Link to "Last Call" flyer  Link to Website   Link to Facebook

Kosher/Soul? Black-Jewish Identity Cooking

Monday, Sept 8, 2014
MLK Center
7:00 PM
Link to Flyer

Undergrads Present Sustainability Research at NSF Student Showcase

Tuesday May 6, 2014
UK Main Building, Lexmark Room
10:30 to 12:30
Link to UKnow Article

KAEE Sustainability Symposium

Friday March 14, 2014
Theme: Climate Change - Local Impacts and Responses
Kentucky Museum - Western Kentucky University
Bowling Green KY
Link to website

Dimensions of Political Ecology Conference

Saturday March 1, 2014
The Agrarian Question and Political Ecology: In Three Acts
Student Center Room 230, University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY
Link to flyer

Building on a Strong Foundation: 3rd Annual Preservation South Conference

Hosted by UK College of Design
Friday February 28 through Sunday March 2, 2014
Pence Hall - University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY

Link to website

Craft Writing

Saturday February 15, 2014
UK Student Center, Center Theater
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Free and Open to the Public

Flyer              Link to Registration


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