Gail Hairston

Every Day is Earth Day at UK

Published: Apr 8, 2013

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 8, 2013) — Although there is only one Earth Day observed every year in April, the University of Kentucky actually celebrates its sustainability initiatives throughout the month and remembers its commitments to the university and the community every day of the year.

 

Advancements in ensuring a better world for future generations have been made in virtually every area of the campus community, from improved management of its facilities, to the advancements in its research labs, and to sharing these goals in the classrooms.

 

“Through our energy conservation efforts, including our Campus Energy Savings Project and the enhancements of our Delta Room where energy consumption is monitored continuously, UK saves more than $5 million annually,” said Shane Tedder, sustainability coordinator for UK.

 

The Campus Energy Savings Project includes changing old lighting technology to a more energy efficient design, replacing high flow plumbing fixtures with low flow design, and upgrading existing mechanical HVAC systems in 61 buildings on campus. Electrical consumption constitutes the largest percentage of UK's carbon footprint and the Campus Energy Savings Project reduced the university’s electrical consumption by 11.2 percent in those buildings, while steam usage was reduced by 29.1 percent and domestic water by 14.5 percent. The project will save 19,811 US tons of CO2 on an annual basis. Watch a video explaining how the project works.

 

The Delta Room is a sophisticated manned control center that monitors the university’s energy usage 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  It centrally controls lighting and temperature in the majority of campus buildings using conservation techniques when the buildings are not in use.  

 

In addition to several panel discussions and the numerous experts brought to campus to address sustainability issues with the campus community, the Office of Sustainability this year expanded its support of two-wheeled transportation with bike safety programs, bike lanes on city streets near campus and additional bike repair stations. It also launched this year an expanded outdoor recycling pilot project and a new recycling coordinator was recently added to the Facilities Management staff.

 

“Via pilot projects, we hope to transition to single stream recycling rather than source separated as is currently in place and to increase our composting efforts,” Tedder said.

 

This year, the President’s Sustainability Advisory Committee has tackled such issues as the role sustainability will play in the upcoming selection of a food service provider for UK, the development of a Climate Action Plan for the university, the inclusion of sustainability issues in UK’s revised Master Plan, and ideas for integrating sustainability into the curricular and co-curricular experience.

 

The Student Sustainability Council has also been active, expanding old conservation projects while also developing new ones. The council was formed to supervise the distribution of the Environmental Stewardship Fee, in order to responsibly advance the theory, practice and reality of sustainability at UK. Its 2012-13 funded projects included expanded outdoor recycling in heavily traveled areas such as the Student Center and the William T, Young Library, 22 water bottle-filling stations, a campuswide sustainability survey, Earth Days in the Bluegrass events, an environmental issues spring event, support of a Political Ecology Working Group Conference and support of other events and activities.

 

Much of the year’s work of these groups and individuals culminates in the monthlong celebration of Earth Day. Nearly every day in April features a speaker, a forum, a film, a workshop, or a summit that focuses on a sustainable future for the university, the state, the nation and the world. For a complete calendar of events, including the popular annual Earth Day Fair on April 22, visit http://www.sustainability.uky.edu/edbg.

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1
Free Saturday Swing Dance Lessons
College of Pharmacy Open House
Iron Pour
UK Women's Choir 20th Anniversary Concert
Adventure Hiking & Rappelling @ Red River Gorge
Pickin' Time Mountain Music and Harvest Day
Purposeful Retirement: Planning Your Next Stage of Life
Diwali Dhoom 2014
Sat
2
UK Percussion Ensemble
Day Hike
Curator Tour: Take My Word For It
Sun
3
Industry Career Week: Resumes and Cover Letters
Kentucky Volleyball vs. Morehead State
Mon
4
Industry Career Week: How to Impress Your Boss in 90 Days
Rock Star Professionalism Series
UK Lab Band
Tue
5
Industry Career Week: Networking and Job Search
Social Enterprise and Innovation / Certified Nonprofit Professional Program Informational Meeting
Circle of Love Name Distribution
Appalachian Forum with Dr. Fran Ansley
Dana Harper Gallery Reception
Wed
6
Career Assessment Workshop
LNFS Presents: Zona Sur
LNFS Presents: The Grand Budapest Hotel
UK Jazz Ensemble
Circle of Love Name Distribution
Abstract Workshop
Lauren Potter
Thu
7
LNFS Presents: V for Vendetta
Last Day to Withdraw or Reduce Course Load
Circle of Love Name Distribution
R.C. May Photography Lecture Series: Marvin Heiferman
Men's Soccer vs. Charlotte
Kentucky Volleyball vs. Georgia
Free Friday Evening Swing Dance
Fri
8
Kentucky Football vs. Georgia
Free Saturday Swing Dance Lessons
The Power of Poetry
The Lexington Lowdown and Free Lindy Hop Workshop
Swing Dance Featuring Live music by"The Metrognomes Orchestra"
Sat
9
UK Combos Concert
Kentucky Volleyball vs. Missouri
Sun
10
Circle of Love Name Distribution
Mon
11
UK Sax Ensembles
Job Club - Interviewing Strategies
Undergraduate Research Information Session
Jose Abisambra Presentation on Current Alzheimer's Research
Women of the World: Judy Smith
Tue
12
Internship Info Session
LNFS Presents: Reservoir Dogs
Refugee Life in America
#UKEDTALKS: International Opportunities for Education Majors
Leadership Assessment
Wed
13
Career Assessment Workshop
LNFS Presents: Iron Man 3
Chili and Pie Cook-Off Supper
#TrendingTopics: Vegetarians vs. Meat-Eaters
Campus Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics KY
LNFS Presents: La Demora
Thu
14
LNFS Presents: Pretty in Pink
LNFS Presents: Mean Girls
Fri
15
Free Saturday Swing Dance Lessons
Sat
16
Kentucky Volleyball vs. Florida
Greek Cinematography: Critical Approach and Discussion
"Storied Streets" Documentary Showing about Experiences of Homelessness
Sun
17
The Vexillology (the study of maps) Contest
UK Rep Bands Concert
College of Agriculture, Food & Environment 2014 Celebration of Land-Grant Research
Amanda Rogers, "Black Flags, ISIS 'Swag' & Jihadi Rap: Marketing Militancy after the Arab Spring"
Stories of Homelessness: Panel Discussion
Mon
18
The Vexillology (the study of maps) Contest
A Positive Approach to Caregiving Conference
Education Abroad Open House
CatWatch Party
Appalachian Forum and Film Screening of "Up the Ridge"
Tue
19
The Vexillology (the study of maps) Contest
LNFS Presents: The Princess and the Frog
Pinterest Party
International Games Day
Global Design with Phil Duncan
Caregiver Support Group
OXFAM Social Issues Banquet
Wed
20
The Vexillology (the study of maps) Contest
Much Ado About Nothing
LNFS Presents: I Travel Because I Have To, I Come Back Because I Love You
LNFS Presents: The Big Lebowski
International Education Week Keynote Speaker: Christie Vilsack, Senior Advisor for International Education at USAID
Tobacco-free Tailgate 5 Year Anniversary
Bollywood Night
Thu
21
The Vexillology (the study of maps) Contest
Much Ado About Nothing
LNFS Presents: Water For Elephants
4th Annual Markesbery Symposium on Aging & Dementia
Freedom from Fear: On Black Childhood and Other Dangers
Bouldering @ Stone Fort
MEAT.
Fri
22
The Vexillology (the study of maps) Contest
Much Ado About Nothing
Bouldering @ Stone Fort
Free Saturday Swing Dance Lessons
Sat
23
The Vexillology (the study of maps) Contest
Much Ado About Nothing
Bouldering @ Stone Fort
UK Symphony Band and UK Concert Band
Sun
24
The Vexillology (the study of maps) Contest
Free Thanksgiving Shuttle to Blue Grass Airport
Mon
25
Free Thanksgiving Shuttle to Blue Grass Airport
Job Club - What is your money habitude?
Multicultural Student Thanksgiving Dinner
Tue
26
Thanksgiving - Academic Holidays
Free Thanksgiving Shuttle to Blue Grass Airport
Wed
27
Thanksgiving - Academic Holidays
Thu
28
Thanksgiving - Academic Holidays
Fri
29
Thanksgiving - Academic Holidays
Free Saturday Swing Dance Lessons
Kentucky Volleyball vs. Arkansas
Sat
30
 
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