Event Highlights

Highlights from Past Events



Cleanup the CATchment
April, 2015

A project of the Water Systems Working Group, the semiannual clean-up and maintenance at the rain garden off of Farm Rd to Rein in Runoff from stormwater.  Thanks to all the volunteers that helped to mulch, plant, weed, and trim to ready the garden for spring. 


Nanotechnology Retreat
May, 2015

Annual retreat of the Sustainable Nanotechnology Working Group to inform new research directions and build collaborations.  Invited speaker Ben Colman from Duke University's CEINT spoke on the Environmental Fate and Impacts of Nanomaterials in Ecosystems.  Presentations were also made by Interns from the working group's undergraduate internship ptogram.

Design Week - In Motion
September, 2015

In Motion was a vertical design studio developed by the Built Environment Working Group.  Interdisciplinary teams of students were challenged to develop design proposals to improve the walk- and bike-ability between UK's Arboretum and Town Branch Commons.

UFI Seminar Series
Fall 2015 - Spring 2016

The Urban Forest Initiative launched the seminar series in the fall of 2015 to highlight various aspects of urban forestry and engage the broader community.  The series was well received and included talks from creating habitat in our landscpes, to understanding the connection between health and wellness and nature, to assessing our urban forest. 

Water Week
October 2015

The second annual week-long event sponsored by the Water Systems Working Group to inform campus of water-realted issues.  From film screenings to seminars to career panels and workshops, there was something for everyone wanting to learn more about water-related issues.

5th Annual TFISE Sustainability Forum
Dec 1, 2015

The Sustainability Forum is an annual event that showcases research, education, and outreach in the areas of sustainability and the environment.  For the 2015 forum, we partenered with the Appalachian Center to highlight student efforts with an Appalachian focus. 

UK Sustainability Challenge Grant Awards
Dec 1, 2015

In its second year, the UK Sustainability Challenge Grant was funded by the Vice President for Finance and Administration, the Vice President for Research, the Provost, and the Student Sustainability Council. Out of twenty-two submissions, seven proposals were awarded funding for a total of $200,000. Funded proposals included: (from left to right and top down) Point of Departure: Place Making and Identity via Integrated Didactic & Sustainable Transit Shelters; Solar Powered Tractor; The Arboretum Children's Garden Patio and Wet Meadow Demonstration Area; From SEE(E)D to (S)STEM: Scientists, Engineers, Entrepreneurs, Educators & Designers Developing Didactic Tools to Promote Sustainability, Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics; Creating Tree Ambassadors: Fostering a Campus and Community Culture of Sustainability through Urban Trees; Establishing Native Forests on Surface Mines In a TIme of Climate Change; Building an Inclusive Community by Empowering Youth through Sustainability Education.  (Link to a summary of their projects)



Planting at the CATchment
April 11, 2014

The plant-a-palooza was a tremendous success with over 300 plants installed in about an hour.  Approximately 40 students, staff, and faculty from across campus joined together to make this happen and transformed what was a nondescript retention basin into a beautiful garden.  It is located in South Campus off of Farm Rd and we hope you will stop by when you get the chance.   

Water Week
Sept 15-20, 2014

The week-long series of events was attended by over 200 students from several colleges.  We awarded $500 in prizes to students including the 1st place photo entered by Andrew Dunaway of Animal Sciences.  In addition to a photo contest the week also included film screenings and a panel discussion, a career panel, and seminar organized by members of the TFISE Water Systems Working Group.

4th Annual TFISE Research Showcase
Dec 1, 2014

The TFISE Research Showcase provides a venue for faculty and students to share their research in the areas of environment and sustainability sciences and education.  Students are encouraged to participate in the poster contest that includes monetary prizes.  Posters are judged by faculty based on clarity, content, and presentation.  This year's winners were Kristi Meier, Suraj Upadaya, Stuart Lichtenburg, and Andrew Hoyt. For further details...   

UK Sustainability Challenge Grant Awards
Dec 1, 2014

The inaugural year of the UK Sustainability Challenge Grant was a great success.  The grant was offered through the President's Sustainability Advisory Committee, with support from TFISE and the Office of Sustainability, and funded by the Vice President for Finance and Administration, the Vice President for Research, and the Student Sustainability Council.  Out of twenty-two submissions, seven proposals were awarded funding for a total of $100,000.  Funded proposals included: (from top down) Arboretum Drive Bioswale Demonstration, UK Food Summit, Empowerment for North Limestone Neighborhood Sustainability, Development of Sustainable Bus Stops, Big Blue Impact: Making Sustainability Visible, Cultivating Place for a Sustainable Community, The Campus Tree Initiative: Enhancng Sustainability Through Engagement with the Urbane Tree Canopy on UK Campus and Beyond.  The project teams have one year to complete the project which will be showcased at next year's TFISE Showcase.  (Link to the Office of Sustainability for further details)       




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