Campus News

UK Grounds Team Makes Campus Beautiful in All Seasons

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 7, 2021) — No matter the time of year, the University of Kentucky campus is a beautiful and special place. But this beauty would not exist if not for the hard work of a special group of staff members on campus.

More than 70 UK Grounds Department staff members work year-round to create and maintain around 800 acres of outdoor space — providing a safe, welcoming environment for our campus community.

This past year, we’ve seen their commitment more than ever before. They work, nearly around the clock for days on end, when severe weather threatens the safety of our campus.

The UK Grounds team is also critically important in helping us meet our sustainability goals. They maintain a campus forest and more than 14,000 trees that provide clean air and regulate stormwater flows. They work hard to keep the campus litter-free and contribute to overall university efforts to minimize the waste we send to the landfill.

"I am so proud of these individuals for partnering with members of the community to re-imagine our outdoor spaces as living, learning labs ... creating new opportunities for education and outreach," said UK President Eli Capilouto. "I’m deeply grateful for every staff member who works tirelessly to help us be the University of, for and with Kentucky."

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The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.