Student Involvement

Student Sustainability Council

Special mid-year call for application for new at-large members open November 11-29, 2015

The SSC voted on 11/10/2015 to open five at-large seats for the spring 2016 semester. The council is seeking applications from students who want to make a difference on campus and in the community through the management and distribution of the Environmental Stewardship Fees. The SSC meets twice monthly to review funding proposals and improve the outreach and development strategies to ensure that this funding source is well known to the campus and effectively managed.

If you are interested in applying for an at-large seat for the spring 2016 semester, please download and complete the application by 11:59 p.m. on November 29, 2015.

     The Student Sustainability Council was formed to supervise the distribution of the Environmental Stewardship Fee in order to responsibly advance the theory, practice and reality of Sustainability at the University of Kentucky. Any member of the University of Kentucky community can submit a proposal for funding support. If you have an idea for a project that will enhance the culture of sustainability on UK's campus, we encourage you to use our submission form to make us aware of your project.

The SSC will distribute more than $160,000 for campus sustainability projects this year. Proposals must be received 1 week prior to the monthly meetings.

Fall 2015 Meeting Schedule

Funding proposals due 1 week prior to meeting date.
All meetings held from 5pm-7pm in room 211 of The 90 and open to the public, unless otherwise noted

Friday, September 18th. Fall Retreat at Robinson Forest. Proposals received prior to September 11th will be reviewed and put to vote.

October 13, 2015 - Proposals due by October 6, 2015
October 27, 2015 - Proposals due by October 20, 2015
November 10, 2015 - Proposals due by November 3, 2015
November 24, 2015 - CANCELLED due to Thanksgiving Holiday
December 8, 2015 - Proposals due by December 1, 2015

Spring 2016 Meeting Schedule

Funding proposals due 1 week prior to meeting date.

Meetings are open to the public.

Jaunary 16, 2016 - Spring Retreat, Ravens Run Nature Sanctuary, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Proposals due by January 9, 2016.

February - TBA following January Retreat
March - TBA following January Retreat
April - TBA following January Retreat

Check out projects that the SSC has funded.

Apply for funding

Green Talks on WRFL

Green Talks airs every Wednesday (starting 9/2/2015) at 4 p.m. on WRFL 88.1 FM and focuses on the faculty, staff and students who are working on projects funded by the Student Sustainability Council (SSC). Podcast of previous shows are available here.


     The Student Sustainability Council (SSC) was founded in 2009 and was charged with the mission of governing the funds collected from the student environmental stewardship fee. Comprised of a select board of students representing a wide range of organizations on campus, the SSC allocates funds for a variety of projects meant to promote sustainability on the University of Kentucky campus.

     The first major task charged to the SSC was the management of the ongoing Sustainability Lecture Series, which was founded in the fall of 2008. Since taking over the lecture series, the SSC collaborated with the Student Activities Board to bring renowned author and environmental lawyer Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. to campus to speak in front of nearly 2000 students, faculty, staff and community members. The spring lecture series, which was integrated with the annual Earthdays in the Bluegrass celebration, featured writer-activist Jeff Biggers.

Meeting Minutes Archive

Constitution Working Draft

Statement of Principles