Students are required to participate in a minimum of six Greenhouse-sponsored events. At least one of the sponsored events must be a field trip, one must be a film viewing, and one must be a talk.


UK 100 (Sections 001, 002 and 003) Pathways and Barriers to Sustainability Descriptions of Co-curricular Activities




Sustainability at Shaker Village

Sept. 12, 2015


(Film and Talk) The End of the Line

Sept. 23, 2015


Water in Lexington: Shaping our past and present

Oct. 1, 2015


Local Food on Lexington  

Oct. 10, 2015


(Talk)Sub and Salamanders

Oct. 19, 2015


(Film and talk) Swim for the River

Oct. 20, 2015


(Talk) Water Week: Career Panel

Oct. 21, 2015


(Film and talk) Manufactured Landscapes

Oct. 26, 2015


The Bread Box

Nov. 21, 2015


(Film)Chasing  Ice

Nov. 30, 2015



















Field Trips

Sustainability at Shaker Village

Faculty: Dr. Carmen Agouridis, P.E.
Date: Saturday, September 12, 2015
Time: 11:15 am to 6:00 pm
Come join us for an afternoon of fun at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill. Shaker Village is a 3,000 acre complex containing a historic village, farm, preserve and river front. On this tour, we will eat lunch at the Trustees' Table with "straight from the garden" ingredients, learn about the history of Shaker Village and ongoing sustainable practices, tour the Nature Preserve, and ride the Dixie Belle riverboat where we will we learn about the unique geology of central Kentucky. For those interested, after the tour activities include a quick tour of the farm/garden followed by bluegrass music. For more details on Shaker Village, see Please come dressed appropriately. Comfortable shoes for walking, water and sun protection are recommended.

Local Food in Lexington

Faculty: Dr. Mary Arthur
Date: Saturday, October 10, 2015
Time: 10:30 am to 3:15 pm
The goal of this field trip is to learn about two very different approaches to ‘local food’ in Lexington. First, we will go downtown to the Lexington Farmer’s Market for the Saturday Market. The market has many vendors, selling products that range from local produce and flowers delivered directly from farm to market, to coffee, pasta, honey and ready-to-eat food hot off the griddle. We will meet with the Market Manager, Josh England, to learn more about how the market is run, how vendors are selected, the varied business models that work for different vendors, and the interconnectedness of the vendors. We will eat lunch downtown; when you sign up for this field trip be sure to select your preference for a box lunch choice from UK Dining. After lunch we will volunteer our time with a local non-profit, Seedleaf, created to “nourish communities by growing, cooking, sharing and recycling food.” Their goal is to increase access to fresh foods for people at risk of hunger in Lexington through community gardens and education. Please bring your own water, sun protection, closed-toe shoes, work clothes, and gloves if you have them, as we will be working in the Seedleaf garden for part of the day.
Water in Lexington: Shaping our Past and Present
Faculty: Dr. Alan Fryar
Date: Thursday, October 1, 2015
Time: 2:30 pm to 6:00 pm
On this tour, you will learn about the importance of water in the history of Lexington through a tour of McConnell Springs and Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling facility. We will walk through downtown Lexington, learning about the proposal to daylight Town Branch, and will end up at Central Bank Thursday Night Live. Students may stay after the tour to enjoy music at Central Bank Thursday Night Live but must provide their own transportation back to UK. One option is to catch a ride on the Blue Line of the Free Colt Trolley (route map and schedule is available at If traveling on your own, for safety, please travel in groups. Please come dressed appropriately. Comfortable shoes for walking, water and sun protection are recommended.
The Bread Box Tour
Faculty: Dr. Shannon Bell
Date: Saturday, November 21, 2015
Time: 11 am to 3 pm
The Bread Box is a 90,000 ft2 mixed-use building space that hosts nine companies and non-profits sharing a commitment to the Lexington community, the environment, and the Northside Neighborhood. We will hear about the vision and history of the Bread Box before touring two of the organizations there: FoodChain and the Broke Spoke Community Bike Shop. FoodChain is a nonprofit organization that runs the region’s first indoor aquaponics system. FoodChain grows tilapia (fish) sustainably in indoor tanks. Those fish produce waste that FoodChain uses to fertilize lettuces, microgreens, and culinary herbs that they grow hydroponically (in water). Both the tilapia and the greens are used in a restaurant (Smithtown Seafood) that is also housed in the Bread Box! The second organization we will tour at the Bread Box, Broke Spoke Community Bike Shop, is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization that helps people acquire access to bicycles and to provide the tools and training to help individuals perform their own bicycle repairs and maintenance. If someone does not have the money to buy a bike, he or she can work off the cost by volunteering at $8/hour.
Chasing Ice
Faculty: Dr. Alan Fryar
Date: November 30
Time: 6:00 pm to 7:15 pm (refreshments at 5:30)
Film Description:
In the spring of 2005, acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment for National Geographic: to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate. Even with a scientific upbringing, Balog had been a skeptic about climate change. But that first trip north opened his eyes to the biggest story in human history and sparked a challenge within him that would put his career and his very well-being at risk. 
CHASING ICE is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Within months of that first trip to Iceland, the photographer conceived the boldest expedition of his life: the Extreme Ice Survey. With a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers.
As the debate polarizes America and the intensity of natural disasters ramps up globally, Balog finds himself at the end of this tether. Battling untested technology in subzero conditions, he comes face to face with his own mortality. It takes years for Balog to see the fruits of his labor. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. CHASING ICE depicts a photographer trying to deliver evidence and hope to our carbon-powered planet.
Film length: 75 minutes
Film + Talk Combination
The End of the Line
Faculty: Dr. Shannon Bell
Date: Wednesday September 23, 2015
Time: 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm  
Film Description:
When two major energy companies teamed up to ship hazardous liquids to the gulf coast, they didn't count on the resistance the Bluegrass Pipeline would encounter in Kentucky. A diverse coalition of farmers, activists and religious orders won against all odds after joining forces to resist a threat to their land, liberty, and lives.
A true story about faith, fracking, and the power of the people.
We are excited to have filmmaker Sellus Wilder and some of the Kentucky activists featured in the film with us for a discussion after the film!
Film length: 85 minutes

Swim for the River 

Faculty: Dr. Carmen Agouridis, P.E. (Water Week leads: Dr. James Fox and Trisha Coakley)
Date: Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Time: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
As part of Water Week, we will show the film SWIM FOR THE RIVER. Dr. James Fox and Trisha Coakley will lead a panel discussion comprised of water resource professionals from the public and private sectors. Food will be provided.
Film Description:
Chris Swain braved whitewater, sewage, snapping turtles, hydroelectric dams, homeland security patrols, factory outfalls, and PCB contamination to become the first person to swim the entire length of the Hudson River from the Adirondack Mountains to New York City. In the film, Swain’s experience links together stories of the river, which begins in wilderness and ends in one of the nation’s densest population centers. We meet heroes who are fighting to protect the Hudson against a range of threats from industry, inept regulatory agencies, and public indifference.
In the film the epic of the 19th century destruction and redemption of the Adirondacks compliments the modern-day story of citizens fighting to block the building of a huge trash plant that would burn one quarter of New York City’s garbage. Meanwhile the environmental group Riverkeeper battles the ExxonMobil Corporation to force it to clean up the largest oil spill in the United States and we get the latest in the three-decade old fight to make General Electric take responsibility for its PCB contamination.
We meet famous people, like folk singer Pete Seeger, but we also see how ordinary citizens can and do make a difference through choices they make effecting the environment, and by joining together around a common cause. SWIM FOR THE RIVER is a hopeful film that avoids preaching to the choir. Swain’s lighthearted commentary and incredible physical achievement appeal to a wide audience.
Film length: 56 minutes
Manufactured Landscapes
Faculty: Dr. Alan Fryar
Date: October 26
Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm (refreshments at 5:30)
Showing of Manufactured Landscapes will be followed by a 30 minute panel discussion with Richard (Dick) Levine (Principal Architect at CDC Design Studio and Professor at University of Kentucky’s College of Design), Ernie Yanarella (Professor and Chair at University of Kentucky’s Political Science Department), and Anita Lee-Post (Associate Professor at University of Kentucky’s Department of Marketing and Supply Chain).
Film Description:
Manufactured Landscapes is a feature length documentary on the world and work of renowned artist Edward Burtynsky. Burtynsky makes large-scale photographs of 'manufactured landscapes' – quarries, recycling yards, factories, mines, dams. He photographs civilization's materials and debris, but in a way people describe as "stunning" or "beautiful," and so raises all kinds of questions about ethics and aesthetics without trying to easily answer them.
The film follows Burtynsky to China as he travels the country photographing the evidence and effects of that country's massive industrial revolution. Sites such as the Three Gorges Dam, which is bigger by 50% than any other dam in the world and displaced over a million people, factory floors over a kilometre long, and the breathtaking scale of Shanghai's urban renewal are subjects for his lens and our motion picture camera.
Shot in Super-16mm film, Manufactured Landscapes extends the narrative streams of Burtynsky's photographs, allowing us to meditate on our profound impact on the planet and witness both the epicentres of industrial endeavour and the dumping grounds of its waste. What makes the photographs so powerful is his refusal in them to be didactic. We are all implicated here, they tell us: there are no easy answers. The film continues this approach of presenting complexity, without trying to reach simplistic judgements or reductive resolutions. In the process, it tries to shift our consciousness about the world and the way we live in it.
Film length: 90 minutes


Subs and Salamanders

Faculty: Dr. Carmen Agouridis, P.E. (Water Week lead: Dr. Christopher Barton)
Date: Monday, October 19, 2015
Time: 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Come learn about the challenges associated with restoring Kentucky’s stream, particularly for at-risk species. During this talk, you will view short films and participate in a discussion with Mike Floyd from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Dr. Steve Price from the University of Kentucky’s Forestry Department. Food will be provided.

Water Week:Career Panel

Faculty: Dr. Carmen Agouridis, P.E.
Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Time: 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Come meet water resource professionals from a mixture of discipline and for profit and non-profit groups. Speakers include UK alumni Eric Dawalt whose company Ridgewater, LLC specializes in stream and wetland restoration and Amy Sohner who is Executive Director of Bluegrass Greensource as well as EKU alumnus Mark Gumbert who is Principal Biologist and CEO of Copperhead Environmental Consulting, Inc.
This is a great time to work on your networking skills. Food will be provided.
The Career Panel is one of the events for Water Week (see Hosted by the Tracy Farmer Institute for Sustainability and the Environment ( and led by Dr. Carmen Agouridis, P.E. of the University of Kentucky’s Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Department.


Program Schedule Fall 2014

Date Time Event Type Event Directed by Location
Sept 3rd 4:30pm Talk Enviromental Sustainability Fair Shane Tedder, UK Office of Sustainability WGII
Sept 10th 6:00pm Film "Unacceptable Levels" Heather Warman, KY Enviromental Foundation WTY Library, room B-108C 
Sept 17th TBA Talk Water Week Career Panel Carmen Agouridis, Greenhouse Faculty Director WGII
Sept 20th TBA Field Trip Local Food Tour Mary Arthur, Greenhouse Faculty Director Meet in lobby of WGII
Sept 24th 4:15pm Talk Local Food Talk

Bob Perry, Ann Hopkins and Jeff Dabbelt, Lexington Farmers Market

Meet in lobby of WGII
Oct 1st 6:00pm Film "Big River" Carmen Agouridis, Greenhouse Faculty Director WGII
Oct 8th 4:15pm Talk Urban Ecology Steve Price WGII
Oct 18th TBA Field Trip FEMA tour Carmen Agouridis, Greenhouse Faculty Director Meet in lobby of WGII
Oct  2nd 6:00pm Film "Fresh" Mary Arthur, Greenhouse Faculty Director WGII
Nov 1st TBA Field Trip Bread box Tour Shannon Bell, Greenhouse Faculty Director Meet in lobby of WGII
Nov 5th 6:00pm Film "Climate Refugees" Shannon Bell, Greenhouse Faculty Director WGII
Nov 12th 4:15pm Talk Food First, Italy Marissa Kruthaup, Graduate student WGII
Nov 19th 6:00pm Film "A Thirsty World" Alan Fryar, Greenhouse Faculty Director WGII


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