Campus Green Space

A well-planned campus landscape supports the university’s commitment to sustainability by enhancing ecosystem services such as cleansing of air and water, regulating micro and macro climate, soil building and erosion control, habitat enhancement, and improvement of human health and well-being. These benefits extend to the community surrounding the campus as well. Thoughtful, well-designed outdoor spaces  also promote sustainability by providing elegantly simple access to great facilities for walking, bicycling, use of public transportation, and recycling. The Campus Landscape Guidelines provide directions and guidance relative to promoting sustainability in campus grounds.

The Arboretum

The Arboretum was created in 1991 as a joint effort between the University of Kentucky and the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government. The Mission of The Arboretum is to showcase Kentucky landscapes and serve as a resource center for environmental and horticultural education, research and conservation.

Urban Forest Initiative

The mission of the Urban Forest Initiative is to advocate for and elevate the function, value and perception of urban forests in the Bluegrass Region, from the UK campus to broader regional communities, by providing a dynamic framework for opportunities to partner across organizational and community boundaries to enhance urban forests.

Robinson Forest

The Robinson Forest, managed for research, teaching and Extension education by the University of Kentucky Department of Forestry, is one of the largest research and educational forests in the eastern United States.  Robinson Forest is a collection of seven tracts totaling 14,800 acres, and is located on the Cumberland Plateau in southeastern Kentucky.

Tree Campus USA Status

The University of Kentucky's campus has received designation as a Tree Campus USA  from the Arbor Day Foundation each year since 2011. Staff from UK Grounds and students, faculty and staff from the Forestry Department and Urban Forests Initiative Working Group meet regularly to organize events and compile the information necessary for retaining the certification. 

In 2015, UK received a sliver rating from the AASHE STARS system. Below are the credits and our scores relative to campus grounds. 


OP-10: Landscape Management 1.00/2.00

OP-11: Biodiversity 2.00/2.00