|Submission Date||Oct. 16, 2015|
Office oF Sustainability
A new element of the Pick It Up campaign, the Adopt-a-Spot program encourages registered UK student organizations, UK offices and other groups to participate in weekly clean-ups to eliminate litter at UK.
During the month of April, groups that adopt a spot are responsible for making their defined zone litter-free once a week and documenting their efforts. A photo of the litter collected each week with the front page of that day's Kentucky Kernel newspaper must be sent to [email protected].
23 registered student organizations signed up for the Adopt-A-Spot challenge. 18 of them were assigned campus zones that the helped keep litter-free with weekly collections during the month of April.
This program was designed to engage multidisciplinary teams from the University community in the creation and implementation of ideas that will promote sustainability by simultaneously advancing economic vitality, ecological integrity and social equity, now and into the future.
Project proposals were received from 22 interdisciplinary teams in the fall of 2014 requesting more than $450,000.
A total of $100,000 will be awarded to the seven teams thanks to funding support from the Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration, The Student Sustainability Council and The Vice President for Research.
The University focused on promoting a litter-free campus in 2014-2015 and the Office of Sustainability coordinated those efforts. One outreach campaign was the Pick It Up Photo contest. The contest generated thousands of likes and hundreds of shares on the photos that were entered. Each photo entered was bordered with the program's logo and message. A side result of this effort was a dramatic increase in the number of likes on the Campus Sustainability Facebook page which jumped from 700 to 900 likes during the contest.
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