|Overall Rating||Silver - expired|
|Submission Date||Oct. 16, 2015|
University of Kentucky
EN-9: Community Partnerships
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Office oF Sustainability
Does the institution have at least one formal sustainability partnership with the local community that meets the criteria as “supportive”?:
A brief description of the institution’s supportive sustainability partnership(s) with the local community:
The University is a founding partner with the Bluegrass Earth Initiative. This initiative is dedicated to improving the economic vitality and quality of life in central Kentucky by uniting individuals and organizations dedicated to environmental sustainability. http://bluegrassearth.org/partners
Does the institution have at least one formal sustainability partnership with the local community that meets the criteria as “collaborative”?:
A brief description of the institution's collaborative sustainability partnership(s):
University's Bicycle Advisory Committee works closely with local regional and state planning organizations to promote cycling to, from and around the Lexington Campus.
Does the institution have at least one formal sustainability partnership with the local community that meets the criteria as “transformative”?:
A brief description of the institution's transformative sustainability partnership(s) with the local community:
The Houseboat to Energy Efficient Residence program is a transformative partnership. HBEER is a partnership between the UK College of Design, CAER, KHIC and the Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC). The multi-year project was initiated in the fall of 2009 and directly responds to the impact the current economic downturn has had on the houseboat manufacturing industry in the Commonwealth. As part of the partnership, more than 50 students and faculty at the UK School of Architecture were responsible for researching and developing initial models of energy-efficient, affordable housing that could be produced by the region's houseboat manufacturers.
HBEER is creating green jobs and bringing back to work some of the 575 skilled workers and 1,000 related jobs that were lost in the houseboat manufacturing and marine industries due to the economy. http://uknow.uky.edu/content/new-grant-help-advance-uk-designs-hbeer-project
A brief description of the institution’s sustainability partnerships with distant (i.e. non-local) communities:
The UK Center for Student Involvement connects students with service-learning opportunities around the world through the Alternative Breaks program. Many of these opportunities have sustainability-related aspects. http://www.ukasb.org/
UK is also a key partner in the SOAR (Shaping Our Appalachian Region) initiative, which focuses on economic vitality and human well-being in a region stymied by the decline in resource extraction-based industries.http://uknow.uky.edu/content/uk-soar-advancing-eastern-kentucky-health-economy
The website URL where information about sustainability partnerships is available:
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