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
LNFS Presents: Inherent Vice
Wildcat Wellness: Meditation
Successful Networking & Job Search
Tanya Habjouqa: Recent Photographs
Edward Troye: Theme & Variation
Same Difference: Michelle Grabner, Simone Leigh & Russell Maltz
Lexington Tattoo Project
Brazilian Conversation Hour
The Arboretum presents a Party for the Planet! Celebrate Kentucky's Past
Mr. PharmD Pageant 2015
Wed
2
LNFS Presents: Manakamana
LNFS Presents: Donnie Darko
National Student Exchange (NSE) Info Session
Tanya Habjouqa: Recent Photographs
Edward Troye: Theme & Variation
Same Difference: Michelle Grabner, Simone Leigh & Russell Maltz
Lexington Tattoo Project
Wildcat Wellness: Healthy Habits
SEC-ACC Virtual Career Fair
Massage on the Go #3
Thu
3
Cultural Coffee Hour
Tanya Habjouqa: Recent Photographs
Edward Troye: Theme & Variation
Same Difference: Michelle Grabner, Simone Leigh & Russell Maltz
Lexington Tattoo Project
Fri
4
Free Saturday Swing Dance Lessons
Tanya Habjouqa: Recent Photographs
Edward Troye: Theme & Variation
Same Difference: Michelle Grabner, Simone Leigh & Russell Maltz
Lexington Tattoo Project
Sat
5
Tanya Habjouqa: Recent Photographs
Edward Troye: Theme & Variation
Same Difference: Michelle Grabner, Simone Leigh & Russell Maltz
Lexington Tattoo Project
Sun
6
Wildcat Wellness: Expressions (Creative Stress Relief)
Age Friendly Community Panel
Resumes & Cover Letters that Work
Mon
7
National Student Exchange (NSE) Info Session
Wildcat Wellness: Relaxation
Tanya Habjouqa: Recent Photographs
Edward Troye: Theme & Variation
Same Difference: Michelle Grabner, Simone Leigh & Russell Maltz
Lexington Tattoo Project
Tue
8
LNFS Presents: The Godfather
Wildcat Wellness: Meditation
Internship Info Session
Tanya Habjouqa: Recent Photographs
Edward Troye: Theme & Variation
Same Difference: Michelle Grabner, Simone Leigh & Russell Maltz
Lexington Tattoo Project
Brazilian Conversation Hour
UK Remembers
SpeakBlue: Richard Sherman
Wed
9
LNFS Presents: The Shawshank Redemption
Tanya Habjouqa: Recent Photographs
Edward Troye: Theme & Variation
Same Difference: Michelle Grabner, Simone Leigh & Russell Maltz
Lexington Tattoo Project
Wildcat Wellness: Healthy Habits
From Plows to Plates: A Journey Through Kentucky Foodways
Workshop on Publishing
Teached Documentary
Thu
10
LNFS Presents: Enemy
LNFS Presents: Seven Psychopaths
Cultural Coffee Hour
Last Day to Withdraw or Reduce Course Load
Tanya Habjouqa: Recent Photographs
Edward Troye: Theme & Variation
Same Difference: Michelle Grabner, Simone Leigh & Russell Maltz
Lexington Tattoo Project
Robert C. May Photography Endowment Lecture: Julian Cox
Fri
11
Free Saturday Swing Dance Lessons
Tanya Habjouqa: Recent Photographs
Edward Troye: Theme & Variation
Same Difference: Michelle Grabner, Simone Leigh & Russell Maltz
Lexington Tattoo Project
fab-ric-ate Exhibit
Sat
12
Tanya Habjouqa: Recent Photographs
Edward Troye: Theme & Variation
Same Difference: Michelle Grabner, Simone Leigh & Russell Maltz
Lexington Tattoo Project
Kentucky's Present - Learn about the Bluegrass region of the Walk Across Kentucky and about invasive plants that threaten Kentucky landscapes
Sun
13
Wildcat Wellness: Expressions (Creative Stress Relief)
Don't Ask, Don't Tell
Get Your DIY On! Fix-It Station Demonstrations
Mon
14
Wildcat Wellness: Relaxation
Job Club - LinkedIn: Your Job Search Best Friend
Tie Dye Tuesday
#UK Kick Butts Day
Career & Major Exploration Session @ 1 p.m.
Career & Major Exploration Session @ 2 p.m.
Career & Major Exploration Session @ 3 p.m.
Take Back the Night Lexington
Tue
15
LNFS Presents: The Godfather: Part II
Wildcat Wellness: Meditation
Brazilian Conversation Hour
Career & Major Exploration Session @ 11 a.m.
Career & Major Exploration Session @ Noon
Career & Major Exploration Session @ 1 p.m.
Affrilachian Poets
Bike-In Movie: The Bicycle Thieves
Wed
16
LNFS Presents: The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Wildcat Wellness: Healthy Habits
CANCELED: Bike-In Breakfast
Human Rights in China: a panel discussion
Thu
17
LNFS Presents: North by Northwest
LNFS Presents: Raiders of the Lost Ark
Cultural Coffee Hour
Car-Free Day
Performance Conference
Audience Appeals and Performing Assistance Conference
Holi: The Indian Festival of Colors
Fri
18
Free Saturday Swing Dance Lessons
Bully Breed Awareness Walk
Spring Carnival 2015
Taste of Africa
GAYla Drag Show and Silent Auction
Sat
19
 
Sun
20
Wildcat Wellness: Expressions (Creative Stress Relief)
Floral Sculpture
Pinterest Party #3
Mon
21
Wildcat Wellness: Relaxation
Student Center "Farewell" Informational Fair
Tour de Downtown Art
Tue
22
LNFS Presents: Birdman
Wildcat Wellness: Meditation
National Student Exchange (NSE) Info Session
Brazilian Conversation Hour
Healthy Smoothie Demonstration
Ping Pong Ball Drop
Shake the Stress Fest
Wed
23
LNFS Presents: Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
LNFS Presents: The Avengers
Wildcat Wellness: Healthy Habits
Wildcat Wrap-Up
UK Elder Care Lunch & Learn
Kentucky's Future - Plant a Tree in the Pennyrile region of the Walk Across Kentucky
Thu
24
LNFS Presents: Batman
LNFS Presents: O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Cultural Coffee Hour
Art in Bloom Weekend
Fri
25
Free Saturday Swing Dance Lessons
Network Publishing: Digital Writing in the Humanities
The Party for the Planet final event in April is Arbor Day at The Arboretum!
Art in Bloom Weekend
Art in Bloom Cocktail Party
Sat
26
Art in Bloom Weekend
Sun
27
Resumes & Cover Letters that Work
Wildcat Wellness: Expressions (Creative Stress Relief)
Fuel for Finals
UK Ag Equine Programs Distinguished Lecture Series
Mon
28
Wildcat Wellness: Relaxation
Be PAWsitive!
Job Club: How to Write the Perfect Resume and Cover Letter
How to Impress Your Boss: Employer Panel
Tue
29
Wildcat Wellness: Meditation
Internship Info Session
Brazilian Conversation Hour
Appalachian Research Day
Wed
30
Wildcat Wellness: Healthy Habits
Thu
 
 
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