Fourth annual sustainability conference to focus on a greener Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 2, 2010) Bluegrass Community and Technical College will lead the fourth annual Campus Community Partnerships for Sustainability Conference being held April 16-18 in Lexington. The conference will bring together students, educators and community leaders to learn and develop strategies for creating an ecologically sustainable future on Kentucky campuses and throughout the state.

BCTC is hosting the conference in partnership with University of Kentucky and Transylvania University. LexTran, the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government, the UK Student Sustainability Council and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education are sponsoring the event.

The three-day conference will have more than 30 presentations about sustainability related to transportation, waste management, water quality, green buildings, agriculture and alternative energy. In addition, the conference will have specialized environmental education training for maintenance employees and for K-12 instructors.

The conference keynote address will be given by Jeff Biggers, a nationally-known writer who has written extensively about Appalachia. His latest book, Reckoning at Eagle Creek: The Secret Legacy of Coal, was published in January. The evening banquet address will be given by Tom Fitzgerald, director of non-profit environmental advocacy organization Kentucky Resource Council.

The conference will conclude with field trips to see some of Central Kentucky's most sustainable features first-hand: sustainable local farms and gardens, eco-art sites, watersheds, waste reduction and recycling facilities, and solar-powered homes in Fayette County.

A complete schedule of events and registration information is available at

For more information about the event, contact Sustainability Committee Chair Larry Porter at (859) 246-6452 or

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