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Adapting to Adaptable Buildings

Melody Carswell, associate professor in the UK Department of Psychology, investigated with her students how occupants,were responding to the new, adaptable Davis Marksbury research building.

Greenhouse Commercial: see blue. live green.

We wanted to make a really cool commercial to show the world all the great things happening with UK's new Environment and Sustainability Residential College - Greenhouse.

Unfortunately, this is what the auditions looked like.

see blue. live green.

Go to greenhouse.uky.edu to find out more details. You can also find us on Facebook at facebook.com/UKGreenhouse

Stormwater Management with Greenhouse's Carmen Agouridis

When it rains on roads, rooftops and parking lots at the University of Kentucky, where does all of the untreated stormwater go? Stormwater flows across these impervious surfaces picking up pollutants such as sediment, nutrients, pathogens, and trash before it flows through a series storm sewers on its ways to streams. Currently, this stormwater is not treated, but can we change that? Various entities on campus decided to tackle this question including Drs. Carmen Agouridis (Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering), Ned Crankshaw and Brian Lee (Landscape Architecture), and Rick Durham (Horticulture); the Tracy Farmer Institute for Sustainability and the Environment; and the Department of Environmental Management . What started out as a student vision, for turning a non-functioning detention basin into a beneficial stormwater treatment system, has become a reality thanks in part to funding from UK’s Student Sustainability Council and the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government. Visit the website for more info: tfise.uky.edu Also visit greenhouse.uky.edu to find out more about UK's Environment & Sustainability Residential College.

Inside Greenhouse: Shannon Bell and Alan Fryar

Two of the faculty co-directors, Shannon Bell from the Department of Sociology and Alan Fryar from the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences, share some of their thoughts about the exciting new opportunity that Greenhouse can provide for students living on campus.

UK’s Greenhouse is designed for students interested in learning different aspects of their local environment, all in the context of sustainability. Greenhouse students will extend their classroom learning through community engagement with organizations and like-minded students committed to developing a sustainable Lexington.

Visit the website for more info: greenhouse.uky.edu

Inside Greenhouse: Shane Tedder and Mariah Lewis

UK Sustainability Coordinator Shane Tedder and Student Programming Coordinator for the Office of Sustainability Mariah Lewis, share some of their thoughts about the exciting new opportunity that Greenhouse can provide for students living on campus.

UK’s Greenhouse is designed for students interested in learning different aspects of their local environment, all in the context of sustainability. Greenhouse students will extend their classroom learning through community engagement with organizations and like-minded students committed to developing a sustainable Lexington.

Visit the website for more info: greenhouse.uky.edu

Global Sustainability Expert Vandana Shiva: The Future of Food

Internationally renowned scholar and activist Vandana Shiva visited the University of Kentucky to present her lecture on "The Future of Food" and to discuss the many challenges of global sustainability. Shiva has been the author of more than 20 books on sustainable agriculture, development, feminist theory, alternative globalization, and bioengineering. Her work in the interdisciplinary field of sustainability has elevated her to the position of one of the field's foremost thinkers and has even earned her the title of "environmental hero" from Time Magazine.

 

This podcast was produced by Patrick O'Dowd.

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Global Sustainability Expert Vandana Shiva Lectures at UK

Internationally regarded sustainability scholar and activist Vandana Shiva returns to the University of Kentucky Thursday to share her expertise with the campus and community.

#AskACat Twitter Chat Focuses on UK's Sustainability Agenda

Tomorrow's #AskACat Twitter Chat will give followers an opportunity to ask questions regarding sustainability efforts at the University of Kentucky and general issues of sustainability.

The Human Side of the Environment

By Guy Spriggs

According to Spanish and topical studies major Sammi Meador, it can be hard to use words like environmentalism and sustainability when talking about her personal and academic interests.

“These are hot topics right now,” Meador said, “and a lot of people think these are just wishy-washy terms.”

As she explains, however, sustainability is about far more than buzz words and empty gestures. Environmental studies is also about people.

Wildcat Wheels with Sara Ailshire

Sara Ailshire is a senior majoring in Anthropology. Sara is also a mechanic at Wildcat Wheels, UK's community bike shop and bicycle library. Wildcat Wheels allows students and faculty rent bikes, or use the shops work stands, tools, and expertise to maintain their own bicycles. Arts & Sciences' Cheyenne Hohman recently sat down with Sara to discuss her work at Wildcat Wheels, and how it has informed her ambitions after she graduates from UK.

For more information about Wildcat Wheels, you can visit their website here or check out their facebook fan page here.

This podcast was produced by Sam Burchett.

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