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Campus Projects 

Campus Stormwater Initiative - CAT's CATchment

Be a steward for a part of campus and help UK get into stormwater compliance.  With help from enthusiastic UK faculty, staff, and students and friends from BCTC, we kicked-off Phase II of the construction of the CAT's CATchment in April 2014 installing about 300 plants in an hour!  We received additional funds from the SSC and completed installation of an outdoor classroom in Summer 2014.  Our long-term goal is to create an outdoor living laboratory to promote faculty guided student-led research.  Please continue to check back with us for further details. (Read more)

UK Student Clubs

UK Environmental Science Club

The UK Environmental Science Club is mostly made up of NRES students, so it is a great opportunity to get more involved with others in the program. This organization has social, academic, and philanthropic components which provide members with wide-ranging events and opportunities both on and off campus.
Contact Eric Hope (NRES ‘13): or Search ‘UK Environmental Science Club’ on Facebook

UK Greenthumb Environmental Club

The UK Greenthumb Environmental Club is known to most students as the largest student- run environmental club in Kentucky, and has been on campus since 1993. Greenthumb is dedicated to educating members about local and regional environmental issues, but also extends into community involvement through service, activism, and hosting environmental- related events
Contact or Search ‘UK Greenthumb’ on Facebook

Trade Justice League

Another new organization to campus, the Trade Justice League, started this spring, was designed to promote trade justice and fair trade on UK’s campus. Their focus is to “make UK a just university when it comes to purchasing foreign and domestic products.&rdquo
Contact Becca Ruiz (NRES ‘15): or Search ‘UK Students for Trade Justice’ on Facebook

Earth Days in the Bluegrass Planning Committee

Each April, the UK Office of Sustainability holds a month-long event called “Earth Days in the Bluegrass.” Each day of the month, there is at least one event sponsored by someone on campus. Anyone is able to plan for and carryout an event, so it’s easy to get involved!
Contact Elaine Alvey:

UK Energy Club

The UK Energy Club is a student-run organization sponsored by the Department of Energy which seeks to educate the public on today’s energy-related issues. They promote tours of various industries, seminars, lectures and campus projects related to energy. The club is open to all UK students, regardless of major.  To find out more, please follow this link to the email distribution list and select "Energy-club" to subscribe or contact the club's faculty advisor: Paul Dolloff @

UK Student Sustainability Council

Each time you pay your tuition, you pay an environmental stewardship fee of $3.00 which goes to “promote the theory, practice, and reality of sustainability on the campus of the University of Kentucky” (Russell Williamson). Those who are members of the Student Sustainability Council are charged with determining how this money (which adds up to $120,000 a year) is used at UK to accomplish these goals.  Contact Russell Williamson, President:

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