Student Organizations

Joining a student organization is a great way to enrich your experience at UK, meet new people, and get engaged with sustainability-related initiatives. The organizations below have worked closely with the Office of Sustainability in the past and is not meant to be exhaustive. If you know of another student organization that should be included here, please contact Shane Tedder at For a complete listing of the student organizations at UK, visit

UK Greenthumb

The UK Greenthumb Environmental Club was founded on the University of Kentucky campus in 1993. Greenthumb is engaged in environmental activism on campus and beyond. Currently, much of Greenthumb’s work is focused on pushing for a more sustainable campus. In the past Greenthumb members have lobbied for change on campus by holding positions within Student Government, the President’s Sustainability Advisory Committee, the Student Sustainability Council, the original Sustainability Task Force and various other university bodies. 


Campus Kitchens

The Campus Kitchen at the University of Kentucky (CKUK) is an on-campus student service organization that was established in April, 2014 with faculty support from the Department of Dietetics & Human Nutrition. CKUK is an affiliate of the national The Campus Kitchens Project (CKP), which provides a sustainable approach to reducing food waste on college campuses while also providing healthy meals to those struggling with hunger.

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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.

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Political Ecology Working Group

The Political Ecology Working Group is an interdisciplinary group of scholars at the University of Kentucky united by interests in the theory and practice of Political Ecology. The group provides a stimulating intellectual environment for critical discussions of nature, the environment, societies, economies, and cultures. It serves the academic community at UK by holding public lectures and events featuring researchers from around the world, and hosting the annual Dimensions of Political Ecology (DOPE) Conference. 

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Engineers Without Borders

University of Kentucky EWB is a student run chapter of EWB-USA, and was started in February 2009. ALL MAJORS ARE WELCOME! Please don't let the word 'engineer' discourage you from joining. Engineers Without Borders (EWB) is a student run non-profit national organization that partners with developing communities worldwide in order to improve their quality of life through sustainable engineering projects.

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Lexington Environmental Youth Outreach​

LEYO's mission is to bridge the environmental education/experience divide. LEYO will be going into an under-resourced school in Lexington, KY to conduct biweekly educational activities for fourth/fifth graders that make the environment relevant and interesting. Our goal is to promote passion for sustainability issues while providing marginalized youth in Lexington with skills necessary to combat environmental injustices. LEYO will utilize University of Kentucky undergraduates as Sustainability Mentors to mentor students during activities and our once a semester excursion trip.


Big Blue Pantry

The Big Blue Pantry is a program offered by the Center for Community Outreach (CCO). This program is availble for students who are experiencing food insecurity or hunger. Any UK student, with a valid UK ID is eligible to receive non-perishable goods from the Big Blue Pantry by coming to the basement of White Hall, next to the Post Office, during our open hours.

Basement Whitehall Classroom Building in room 23, next to the Post Office
Students may access Big Blue Pantry by stairs or elevator in White Hall Classroom Building, and also through the connecting tunnel from Patterson Office Tower.

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