LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 24, 2022) — The University of Kentucky Office of Sustainability wants your feedback as they update their new sustainability goals. In January, the President’s Sustainability Advisory Committee kicked off efforts to update UK’s Sustainability Strategic Plan with a focus on what the university can achieve by 2030.
The update will build on the progress made toward the goals established in UK’s first Sustainability Strategic Plan (2018-2022). Milestones and accomplishments from the 2018-2022 Sustainability Strategic Plan include:
- The launch of a large-scale food waste composting program.
- UK Transportation Services spearheaded programming to improve bicycling programs and infrastructure, earning Gold Level status as a Bicycle Friendly University from the League of American Bicyclists.
- More than 40% of the waste generated by the main campus was recycled, reused or composted in 2020.
- 25 new buildings have earned LEED certification from the US Green Building Council.
- UK was recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree Campus USA for 10 years in a row.
- Local food procurement reached new records with more than $2 million a year spent on local food and Kentucky-based food businesses.
- UK is on track to meet or exceed our commitment to reduce campus greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by 2025.
- And late last year, the announcement of an agreement with Kentucky Utilities to purchase approximately one third of our power from a new solar development planned for construction in Western Kentucky by 2025.
The sustainability target updates will be aligned to support the university’s newly adopted Strategic Plan and its five core principles.
The form to submit input about UK’s new Sustainability Strategic Plan can be found here.
For more information about UK Sustainability visit https://www.uky.edu/sustainability/.
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.