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Earth Days in the Bluegrass 2014

Presented by The Office of Sustainability and UK Student Sustainability Council

EDBG is a promotion of sustainability, responsible global citizenship and the power of local action. Join us for a full month of workshops, community service, films, presentations, music and more! Earth Days in the Bluegrass was founded in 2005 by Residence Life Recycling and UK Greenthumb to expand education and outreach about environmental stewardship at the University of Kentucky. This annual series of events is now coordinated by the Office of Sustainability with the help of a student steering committee. Several of the events on this year's calendar are being hosted by other organizations and simply cross promoted as part of Earthdays in the Bluegrass. All events free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

EDBG Tee Shirt are available!

Get yours at the EDBG T-shirt Swap on April 1st from 11am-2pm at the Student Center Patio. If you miss the swap attend 3 events and receive a free t-shirt while supplies last. Download the brochure and punch card and be sure to present to an event moderator to log your attendance.

Calendar Events

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Thursday April 3, 7pm - Trending Topics: Renewable Energy and UK

UK Student Center Room 230
This series features debates that are academic and focused upon informing students about controversial topics. The Trending Topics series has been extremely successful and even won a regional award this past semester. This semester we are holding a debate on April 3rd in the Small Ballroom of the Student Center about the use of green energy and environmental issues related to energy entitled “It’s Not Easy Being Green.” More specifically, this debate will address the questions: Is the shift to green energy worth the money for college campuses? How is the University of Kentucky making this shift? More information.

Saturday April 5, 1pm- Tour of FOODCHAIN at the Breadbox

501 West 6th Street, Lexington Kentucky
FoodChain reconnects people with their food by providing education and demonstration of sustainable, indoor food production. We do that by providing education and demonstration of innovative, sustainable food production inside of a old bread factory in downtown Lexington.

Our aquaponics operations went live midway through 2013 and was made possible by fundraising and support in 2012. Even in this first partial year, though, we had a pretty big impact. Check out our Annual Report to see what we accomplished.

Sign-up with Facebook or contact Cheyanne Plewe at to RSVP.

Sunday April 6, 1pm - Bike the Legacy Trail

Coldstream Trailhead
The Legacy Trail is an 8-mile, car-free shared use path that connects to the Kentucky Horse Park. This will be a leisurely ride and you can choose how far you want to go. We will provide transportation from campus leaving from the Wildcat Wheels Bike Shop at 12:30pm, but we need a headcount so reservation are required to guarantee a seat. Please email or comment on the event page to reserve your seat. Otherwise just meet at the Coldstream Trailhead at 1 pm.

Tuesday April 8, 6pm-Film Screening: Gasland II

Davis Marksbury Theater, 329 Rose Street
This event is also part of UK Bike Week. Students who arrive by bike will receive a free set of LED bike lights, while supplies last.
In this explosive follow-up to his Oscar®-nominated film GASLAND, filmmaker Josh Fox uses his trademark dark humor to take a deeper, broader look at the dangers of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the controversial method of extracting natural gas and oil, now occurring on a global level (in 32 countries worldwide).
Sign-up with Facebook or contact Caroline Engle at to RSVP or for more information.

Wednesday, April 9, 5 pm - Apartment Composting Workshop

Student Center Patio
This workshop will focus on how to make and use a compost bin will keep kitchen scraps out of the landfill by turning them into nutrient rich soil...with worms! These odor-free composters are perfect for tight spaces like apartments. 20 lucky participants will get to take home their very own compost bin. Sign-up with Facebook or contact Cheyanne Plewe at to RSVP.

Thursday, April 10 - Bike to Campus Day

Anywhere and everywhere
Show your support for the second annual Bike to Campus Day by using our Bike to Campus avatar as your profile pic on Twitter, Facebook and other social media outlets! Help spread the word about your choice to use two wheels as a mode of transportation to, around and through campus. Download the avatar.

Thursday, April 10, 7:30am - 9:30am- Bike-Through Resource Fair

Wildcat Alumni Plaza (across from Memorial Coliseum-Rain location: Student Center Patio)
The Students are encouraged to kick off Bike to Campus Day right by stopping by on their morning commutes for Kentucky Proud breakfast food, information on campus and Lexington bike resources and free swag. Bikes not required – all members of the campus community are welcome to come learn more about wheeling around campus.

Friday April 11 from 1pm - 4pm - Rain Garden Planting Party

Farm Road, Behind Gluck Equine
We invite you to be part of the first student led campus sustainability project designed to protect and enhance water quality. Join us on 4/11/14 and help us install more than 300 plants in our recently constructed rain garden. Student ambassadors will be on hand to answer questions about why we are doing this, how rain gardens work, how to plant, and how to build one at home or in your community. For more information contact Suzette Walling at

Saturday April 12, 9am - 1pm - Reforest the Bluegrass

Hisle Park, 3655 Briar Hill Rd
Sponsored by the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government. Be part of the effort to recreate streamside forests that were once native to the inner Bluegrass Region of Kentucky. Through Reforest the Bluegrass, Lexington is progressively restoring the long-lost benefits of streamside forests for generations to come. This is a crucial step to protecting our valuable water resources and enhancing our living standards.
Volunteers will receive free lunch, tree-planting training and a t-shirt (first come, first served).More information.

Tuesday April 15, 10am - 3pm - UK SAB presents The Farmers Marcat

Student Center Patio
The Farmer’s MarCat and Craft Fair will be held on April 15th from 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Student Center Patio. Stop by to purchase local produce and homemade crafts! Student Organizations and University departments with a focus on sustainability have also been invited. More information.

Friday April 18, 12pm - 2pm - Downtown Trash Bash

Sign in at the corner of Limestone and Avenue of Champions
Presented by the Downtown Lexington Corporation. Help keep downtown Lexington clean and green! Volunteer at Downtown Trash Bash and help clear our streets and parks of litter and debris. Families, clubs, schools, businesspersons and everyone in between is invited! Volunteers will be armed with bags and gloves to clean up Downtown streets. Arrive early for refreshments and giveaways! (Quantities are limited--first come, first served.) More information.

Saturday, April 19, 9am - 2pm- Hike in the Red River Gorge

Red River Gorge, KY; Carpool leaving from UK Student Center ATMs
A day hiking adventure in the world famous Red River Gorge. Carpool will leave from Student Center ATMs at 9 am and will return around 2pm. Bring lunch and water. We will need a headcount to arrange the right number of vehicles so please RSVP to Caroline Engle at or sign up on the event page by Thursday April 17.

Tuesday April 22, All Day - Earth Day, 1970-2014

A great day to practice random acts of kindness for the planet. Walk or bike instead of driving, pick up some litter, start using a refillable coffee cup or water bottle, and make a commitment to having a positive impact on the world around you.

Saturday April 26, 9am - 4pm - Licking River Clean-Up

Transportation will leave from Student Center Parking Lot
Illegal dumping of tires remains a threat to our waterways and there is a stretch of the Licking River that needs our help. We will be partnering with community organizations and businesses to remove several hundred discarded tires from the banks of the river. We will canoe to the site, work until lunch, and then canoe on down river to a pull out. Transportation to and from the site, canoes, and lunch will all be provided. We will need a headcount so please RSVP by emailing Mariah Lewis at or by commenting on the event page.

Saturday, April 26, 10am - 2pm - ARBOR DAY!

The Arboretum, 500 Alumni Drive
There will be great activities for all ages including games and tree seedling give aways. The Arboretum is a true gem for our community and this event is a great opportunity to learn more about the resources and opportunities available there. More information.

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