2016 Sustainability Year in Review Welcome to the first edition of The Footprint Review, EKU's very own sustainability newsletter! Last year we accomplished a great deal of progress making EKU a more environmentally conscious institution. From the success of the #EKULocal Festival, to the completion of EKU's Climate Action & Resiliency Plan, we've made tremendous strides toward implementing EKU's Strategic Sustainability Plan and reducing our overall footprint. With your help, we are confident that 2017 will be even better! Check out some of the highlights from 2016 below, and look to the right for a list of the many exciting events we have planned for this semester.
Ever wonder what happens to waste that ends up in the environment? Hint: It doesn't disappear. Click here to watch EKU's stormwater awareness video.
One Step Closer to Carbon Neutrality We are very pleased to announce that EKU has recently completed an in-depth Climate Action and Resiliency Plan. The development of this plan was put into motion when President Benson signed the Second Nature Climate Commitment in October 2015. As a result, EKU now has a detailed comprehensive plan to reach carbon neutrality by 2036. Click here to read the plan!
Recycling: What goes where? Download our informational flyer! Textbook Donation Bins: Do you have unwanted textbooks? Donate them! All proceeds benefit the Green Crew student sustainability organization. Transportation Survey: Take our survey on EKU Direct so we can improve EKU's sustainable transportation options and calculate our transportation footprint. American Chestnut Restoration Planting: In honor of Earth Day, over 100 volunteers assisted in planting 1,200 American Chestnut seedlings on campus in effort to restore the native species. EKU Climate Action & Resiliency Plan: Read the implementable plan paving the way to carbon neutrality by 2036.
#EKULocalFest: On Sept 22, EKU held its first annual local festival, an event that featured local food, live music, the Madison County Farmer’s market, and both student and employee vendors selling handmade goods. #TrashFash: Trash + fashion = an eco-friendly runway show. Click here to watch the video! Sustainability Coloring Book: Download the official EKU Office of Sustainability coloring book! Stop by the office in Coates 13 if you'd like to pick up a printed copy. Drive Less. Bike More: Rent one from Campus Rec, or ride your own around campus. Watch the video to be inspired!
The “Big Dip”: On Sept 10-11 of 2016, 11 EKU students and two faculty members participated in a water quality sampling event in Hazard, KY. Click here to see pictures from the event! Environmental Sustainability & Stewardship Minor (ENV): Are you passionate about conserving our natural resources for future generations? Consider earning a minor or certificate in Environmental Sustainability & Stewardship. ENV200: The Sustainable Global Future: Not quite sure if the minor is for you? The hallmark course of the ENV minor will be offered again in Fall 2017. Call to Faculty: Help us complete EKU's 1st AASHE STARS report by sharing details on your courses including lessons related to sustainability. Contact us for more info!