University of Kentucky College of Agriculture



Students of the Environment


Many College of Agriculture students are actively involved in campus activities and student organizations. Your college experience isn’t complete without complementing classwork with extramural activities. These are some interesting and exciting experiences that you can be involved in on campus which can be resumé boosters, too!


UK Environmental Science Club   UK Greenthumb Environmental Club
The UK Environmental Science Club is a relatively new club on campus, having started this past fall. The club is mostly made up of NRES students, so it is a great opportunity to get more involved with others in the program. This organization has social, academic, and philanthropic components which provide members with wide-ranging events and opportunities both on and off campus.
Contact Eric Hope (NRES ‘13):
Search ‘UK Environmental Science Club’ on Facebook
      The UK Greenthumb Environmental Club is known to most students as the largest student-run environmental club in Kentucky, and has been on campus since 1993. Greenthumb is dedicated to educating members about local and regional environmental issues, but also extends into community involvement through service, activism, and hosting environmental-related events.
Contact P. Johnson (NRES ‘12):
Search ‘UK Greenthumb’ on Facebook
Trade Justice League   Earth Days in the Bluegrass Planning Committee
Another new organization to campus, the Trade Justice League, started this spring, was designed to promote trade justice and fair trade on UK’s campus. Their focus is to “make UK a just university when it comes to purchasing foreign and domestic products.”
Contact Becca Ruiz (NRES ‘15):
Search ‘UK Students for Trade Justice’ on Facebook

Each April, the UK Office of Sustainability holds a month-long event called “Earth Days in the Bluegrass.” Each day of the month, there is at least one event sponsored by someone on campus. Anyone is able to plan for and carryout an event, so it’s easy to get involved!

Contact Elaine Alvey:

Kentucky Energy Club
  UK Student Sustainability Council
The Kentucky Energy Club is a student-run organization sponsored by the Department of Energy which seeks to educate the public on today’s energy-related issues. They promote tours of various industries, seminars, and lectures related to energy. Their events this year include: a tour of a TVA Nuclear Facility, a tour of the Berea Solar Farm, and a guest speaker on nuclear enrichment and facilities.
Contact Evan Schroader, Pres.:
Search ‘Kentucky Energy Club’ on Facebook

Each time you pay your tuition, you pay an environmental stewardship fee of $3.00 which goes to “promote the theory, practice, and reality of sustainability on the campus of the University of Kentucky” (Russell Williamson). Those who are members of the Student Sustainability Council are charged with determining how this money (which adds up to $120,000 a year) is used at UK to accomplish these goals, making it a very powerful position!

Contact President:


Thanks to Eric Hope, a student in the Natural Resources and Environmental Science program in UK's College of Agriculture, for providing this information.