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Office of Sustainability
The Green Crew is a diverse group of students, faculty, staff, and friends dedicated to increasing sustainability on the Eastern Kentucky University campus and throughout the community. They foster sustainable campus efforts through education, activism, and personal responsibility. They meet weekly to discuss opportunities and plan events.
Agriculture students can participate in growing, selling, and maintaining native plants and produce by working at the EKU RedBarn. The EKU Community Gardens are open to all students, staff, and faculty members. During the growing season, the Madison County Farmer's Market meets on EKU's campus to sell produce and homemade goods weekly.
Community Gardens: http://wellness.eku.edu/community-garden
Farmer's Market: http://wellness.eku.edu/farmers-market
Caffeinated Colonels is a student run coffee and tea shop that uses locally roasted, organic, fair trade coffee. It is designed to be a haven for students, both customers and employees, who seek a refuge from the stresses of college life.
EKU has a Sustainability Fund through its Office of Development & Alumni Relations that serves as an account for individuals, groups, and organizations to fund sustainability initiatives on campus. The University also has a separate fund for on site solar energy development called Photons for the Future! This fund provides capital for developing solar PV on site, in which the equivalent energy savings are awarded as scholarships to students each Fall.
Photons for the Future!:https://securelb.imodules.com/s/1763/index.aspx?sid=1763&gid=2&pgid=524&cid=1360&dids=226
Sustainability Fund: http://solar.eku.edu/
EKU hosts a speaker series known as the "Chautauqua Lecture Series." Which focuses on environmental, and social sustainability topics. Previous speakers of notoriety have included Naomi Kline, Anthony Barnosky, and Michael Waltman.
TrashFash - an annual fashion runway show featuring handmade items consisting of recycled material. Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0HWByHNIok
EKULocal Festival - an annual festival that brings local artisans, craftspeople, and small local and sustainable businesses on campus to sell their goods to students. Link: http://www.easternprogress.com/2017/08/22/ekulocal-2/
EcoArt Show - a semi annual art gallery and reception that highlights sustainable artwork created by students.
EKU's Campus REC Adventure Programs series provides students with a number of trips to engage with nature. During camping trips Leave No Trace principles are followed.
EKU recognizes the month of April as Earth Month and October as Sustainability month and plans numerous student and community activities throughout the month to elevate the focus on sustainability.
The Eco Reps program provides students who live on campus with tools to live more sustainably in their personal lives. Many of our students come from service regions where things like recycling infrastructure may not exist. We provide educational tools through this program to students like the "Resident Sustainability Checklist" and "What Goes Where? recycling flyers.
Resident Sustainability Checklist: http://sustainability.eku.edu/sites/sustainability.eku.edu/files/files/Resident%20Hall%20Sustainability%20Checklist.pdf
The EKU Office of Sustainability hires approximately 4 student employees each semester who work approximately 20 hours per week each. Student employment is an important component to the success of the Office of Sustainability.
Numerous volunteer opportunities are available throughout the academic year in partnership with several other University departments. Volunteer opportunities are listed on EKU's volunteer portal page, Org Sync. Some examples include:
Paddle out Pollution - litter cleanup via kayaks on Lake Reba
Recyclegate - Gameday challenge recycling event
American Chestnut Orchard cleanup & planting events
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