Shaping a sustainable future for Kentucky's environment through engagement, interdisciplinary research and education.

Photo: Grey Arch Trail at Red River Gorge. Photo provided by Hannah Phillips

Grey Arch Trail

2019 Projects Sutainability Challenge Grants

Funding was announced for seven projects in 2019 at the 8th Annual Sustainability Forum in December. The winning projects are:

Improving Bicycle Infrastructure Using SPIN Bike-Share Trip Data ($27,500) 

Nature Playscape and Native Landscape at the Child Development Center of the Bluegrass ($36,000) 

Just Food: Engaging UK in Racially Equitable Food Systems Development ($34,648) 

Tree CATS ($19,871) 

Sustainability Module for First Year Experience  ($11,000) 

Organic Waste Composting Pilot Project ($36,094) 

Kentucky Integrated Biorefinery ($34,887) 

 For more information and project abstracts visit the Sustainability Challenge Grant home page.


UK Sustainability Student Poster Contest

2018 Student Poster Contest

For the eighth consecutive year, the Sustainability Forum at UK has celebrated the accomplishments of UK faculty and students who conduct interdisciplinary research and other forms of scholarship relating to environmental and sustainability issues. The  recipients of student poster contest are:

 Graduate Student Category ($300 Prize)
1.) Adam Baker, Building a Better Monarch Waystation.
2.) Izabela Gomes & Yaziri Gonzalez, Supporting Food Production through Extension in an Amish Community and Educating New Agricultural Professionals in Kentucky.

Undergraduate Student Category ($200 Prize)
1.)David Toda, Joseph Browning, Justin Bambach and Griffin Johnson, Livable Lex: Sustainably Planning Lexington's Future.
2.) Nicole Funk, No P On My Lawn!: An Educational Program to Reduce P in Stormwater.


Tree Week

Tree Week

-Tree Week-

Urban Trees took center stage October 6-14th 2018 during Lexington’s first ever Tree Week.

The Urban Forest Initiative, a working group of the Tracy Farmer Institute for Sustainability and the Environment, partnered with academics, local arborists, community groups, members from the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government, the Kentucky Division of Forestry and others to organize Tree Week events...

Water Week 2018

Water Week 2018

- Community Engagement-

Annually, TFISE supports a week long series of events dedicated to water resources, education and outreach. This Oct 13th-19th 2018 the theme was community engagement with a focus on the many ways  individuals, communities and water professionals can act to ensure safe sustainable drinking water now and in the future.