#Award: 2018 Sustainability Challenge Grant

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Campus busy around Gatton during Dead week on Wednesday April 25, 2017. Photo by Mark Cornelison | UKphoto

Six teams of University of Kentucky students, faculty and staff from across campus have been selected to receive Sustainability Challenge Grants totaling $200,000. The projects span the spectrum of sustainability and colleges from developing sustainability guidelines for historic campus buildings to teaching elementary students using a UK botanical garden.

The Sustainability Challenge Grant Program is designed to engage all members of the university community in the creation and implementation of ideas that will promote sustainability by simultaneously advancing economic vitality, ecological integrity and social equity.

The 2018 Sustainability Challenge Grant Winners includes:

  • Sustainability Guidelines for Historic Campus Buildings ($32,715);
  • Engaging Elementary Students in Horticulture ($19,272);
  • Developing a KY Master Naturalist Program ($14,257);
  • Root to Branches ($38,890);
  • KYBLUE at the UK Organic Unit ($47,118); and
  • Teaching Sustainability + Teaching Sustainably ($47,085);

Seventeen interdisciplinary teams — representing 36 academic programs from 10 colleges — submitted proposals this year requesting a total of more than $583,000 for their projects.

The Sustainability Challenge Grant Program is a joint effort of the Tracy Farmer Institute for Sustainability and the Environment, UK Office of Sustainability and the President’s Sustainability Advisory Committee. Funding is provided by the Student Sustainability Council, the Office of the Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration, the Office of the Provost and the Office of the Vice President for Research. In the first four years of the program 26 projects have been awarded a total of $700,000 to pursue transformational, sustainability-driven projects.

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