Student Sustainability Council

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 $190,000 for campus sustainability projects this year. Proposals must be received 1 week prior to the monthly meetings.

Apply for Funding    Join the Council   Learn more about the SSC   Contact the Council   

Meeting Minutes   Previously Funded Projects

Spring 2018 Meeting Schedule

Meeting date Proposal due date
January 13, 2018  January 6, 2018
February 7, 2018 January 31, 2018
February 21, 2018 February 14, 2018
March 7, 2018 February 28, 2018
March 21, 2018 March 14, 2018
April 4, 2018 March 28, 2018
 April 18, 2018 April 11, 2018

All meeting begin at 7:30 p.m. and will take place in room 119 of Patterson Hall unless otherwise noted. 
Funding proposals due 1 week prior to meeting date. 

Apply for Funding

The SSC will distribute more than $190,000 for campus sustainability projects this year. Do you have an idea for a project that could help UK become more sustainable? We would love to hear about it and help make it possible. Project proposals will be considered based on their potential to enhance the theory, practice and reality of sustainability on our campus to provide tangible results for our students. Proposals must be received 1 week prior to the monthly meetings. 
Download the application

Join the Council

The SSC is composed of at-large seats and seats filled by representatives from participating student organizations. There are two ways to become a voting member of the Student Sustainability Council: at-large and as an organizational representative. Elections are held each semester for at-large seats the following semester or year. Organizations are accepted each Spring. Find more about the application process for both below, and keep an eye out on social media (@ukyssc) for live updates on elections!

  • At-Large Seat 
    • Apply to be an at-large member. Please send a resume and cover letter as separate PDFs titled "yourlastname.resume and yourlastname.coverletter" to with the subject "SSC At Large Application". Your resume should succinctly outline your education, service, and work background and include awards and recognition. Your cover letter should detail your interest and experience regarding sustainability and clearly explain why you are interested in an at-large seat on the Council.
    • The application period will open on February 19th, 2018 and close March 5th, 2018.
  • Student Organization Representative
    • Represent your student organization on the council. In an effort to promote broad and diverse participation in the distribution of the environmental stewardship fee, the SSC includes seats dedicated to representatives from registered student organizations. Each spring groups that would like to have a seat on the council can apply. Download the application. 
    • Applications for student organizations will open on February 12th, 2018 and close March 1st, 2018.

About the Student Sustainability Council

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 initiative to create an environmental stewardship fee, or ‘green fee’, at the University of Kentucky began in the spring of 2004 at the Southeast Student Renewable Energy Conference, held jointly by the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Duke University and North Carolina State University. Drawing on the work already done by students at other state universities around the southeastern US, members of the UK Greenthumb Environmental Club borrowed their model in the hopes of making the University of Kentucky campus more sustainable.

Student Government elections in 2006 featured a ballot initiative asking students if they would be willing to pay a $6-8 per semester fee in order to support the development of renewable energy on campus. The referendum passed with approximately 67% of the vote. After failing to be included in the revised student fees package for the 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 academic years, the green fee was re-introduced to the Board of Trustees by President Lee Todd, Provost Kumble Subbaswamy
​and Vice President of Facilities Bob Wiseman in February 2009. Beginning in the fall of 2009, full-time students were charged $0.75 per semester in order to promote not just renewable energy, but a variety of short and long-term sustainability projects around campus. The fee was increased to $1.50 per semester in the fall of 2010, $3 per semester in the fall of 2011 and $3.50 per semester in the fall of 2014.

In order to mimic the governance structures of other student-run organizations receiving fees, the Student Sustainability Council was established in order to represent a diverse cross-section of the university’s student population in governing the fee. The money generated by the student fee goes to a number of initiatives, including the ongoing Sustainability Lecture Series, as well as internships designed to give students hands-on learning opportunities while making the campus more sustainable, as well as various other campus initiatives in need of funding. You can learn more about the council by reviewing the SSC Constitution and Statement of Principles

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Meeting Minutes Archive


March 7, 2018

February 21, 2018

February 7, 2018

January 17, 2018

December 5, 2017

October 17, 2017

October 3, 2017

September 19, 2017

September 5, 2017

August 19, 2017


April 26, 2017

April 12, 2017

March 22, 2017

March 8, 2017

February 22, 2017

January 14, 2017

December 7, 2016

November 16, 2016

November 2, 2016

October 19, 2016

October 5, 2016

September 21, 2016

September 7, 2016

August 22, 2016


April 20, 2016

April 6, 2016

March 2, 2016

February 17, 2016

February 3, 2016

January 18. 2016

December 8, 2015

November 10, 2015

October 27, 2015

October 13, 2015

September 19, 2015

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