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FCPS, Redwood Cooperative School named 2020 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon honorees

While the state remains focused on fighting the novel coronavirus outbreak that has interrupted the school year, the U.S. Department of Education is honoring a Kentucky school district and a cooperative school for their environmental instruction efforts. Fayette County Public Schools (FCPS) and Redwood Cooperative School in Lexington are among 55 national honorees name as 2020 U.S. Department of Education...

Earth Day celebrates 50th anniversary amid COVID-19; UK water specialist gives eco-friendly advice

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky Earth Day is 50 years old. It has a distinguished history, contributing to the formation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and legislation such as the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act and the Endangered Species Act. According to the Earth Day website, the day “is marked by more than a billion people every year as a day of action to change human...

Brian Bozeman: Earth Day’s 50th birthday worth celebrating as we build a better, sustainable society

Fifty years ago, on April 22, 1970, an estimated 20 million Americans attended events across the country to support environmental reform. This first “Earth Day” is credited with launching the modern environmental movement in the United States. At Skanska, we believe in building for a better society, which includes constructing sustainable, resilient facilities such as schools, offices, hospitals,...

Earth Day is celebrating its 49th year with the theme ‘Protect our Species’ — and work for everyone to do

Staff report The first Earth Day began on April 22, 1970, activating 20 million Americans from all walks of life and launching the modern environmental movement. The passage of the landmark Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, and many other groundbreaking environmental laws soon followed.  Twenty years later, Earth Day went global, according to Earth Day Network, mobilizing...

Winners announced for state’s annual ‘Capture the Earth’ photography, video contests

Drakes Creek Middle School eighth-grader Julia Freeman is the winner of the eighth annual “Capture the Earth” photography contest for middle school students, sponsored by the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet in celebration of Earth Day. Keegan Hennessy, a 10th-grade student at Scott High School in Taylor Mill, won the “Capture the Earth” videography contest for high school students with...

Bluegrass Greensource kicks of fifth annual Main Street Clean Sweep in 19 area communities

Beginning today through April 27, Bluegrass Greensource will organize more than a thousand volunteers across Central Kentucky for community-led litter pickups in 19 different communities. Bluegrass Greensource and organizing sites are accepting volunteers to help clear streets, streams, sidewalks, and parks of litter and debris. There are multiple opportunities in Central Kentucky to get involved...

Kentucky Artisan Center to feature works made from natural materials during Earth Month in April

In recognition of Earth Day, the Kentucky Artisan Center will feature works made from natural materials during the month of April. Demonstrations will feature art made from cottonwood bark, beeswax, basswood, and corn shucks. Artist demonstrations are held on Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Center. Harrodsburg artist William Rogers will demonstrate cottonwood bark carvings April 7 (Photo...

Lexington student wins ‘Capture the Earth’ videography contest, sponsored by Energy Cabinet

Johnson County Middle School eighth-grader Meghan Grace Ratliff, 13, is the winner of the seventh-annual “Capture the Earth” photography contest for middle school students, sponsored by the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet in celebration of Earth Day. Diana Lila, a senior at Eastside Technical Center, Lexington, Ky., meanwhile, won the “Capture the Earth” videography contest for high...

Commentary: It’s the 50th anniversary of Earth Day — we all need to find a way to make a difference

By Kristin Weiss Special to KyForward The year 2020 is quickly approaching and with it, the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. At Green Umbrella, we’re working hard to make Greater Cincinnati and northern Kentucky a top 10 metro area for sustainability before then. We’re already making progress. Our region has over 101,000 acres of protected greenspace to date; we’ve seen a 55 percent increase...

Earth Stewardship Award presentations among highlights for Campbellsville University Earth Day

Campbellsville University will celebrate Earth Day in a ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday, April 21 at the Turner Log Cabin at 505 N. Columbia Ave., Campbellsville, Ky. Dr. Michael V. Carter, president of Campbellsville University, will be present, along with Tony Young, mayor of Campbellsville, and Eddie Rogers, Taylor County judge-executive, who will give a proclamation for Earth Day. Earth Stewardship...

Bluegrass Greensource seeking volunteers to fourth annual Main Street Clean Sweep program

Bluegrass Greensource is calling for volunteers to keep Lexington clean and green on Friday, April 21, and Earth Day, Friday, April 22. Between April 14 and April 22, 2017, Bluegrass Greensource will organize more than a thousand volunteers across Central Kentucky for community-led litter pick ups in 20 communities. Bluegrass Greensource and organizing sites are currently accepting volunteers to...

Tree planting, picnic among special events scheduled by EKU to mark Arbor, Earth Day festivities

The current construction boom doesn’t mean that Eastern Kentucky University has forsaken its commitment to an attractive landscape. In fact, for every one tree removed, the University is planting three new ones. Recently named a Tree Campus USA for the sixth consecutive year, EKU is planning several events in April in conjunction with Arbor Day and Earth Days. An Arbor Day chestnut planting ceremony...

Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet sets two contests for students to celebrate Earth Day

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet has announced two contests to help protect the environment and to celebrate Earth Day. For middle school students, the “Capture the Earth” photo contest seeks original photographs and for high school students, the “Capture the Earth” video contest seeks original videos. Both contests seek to celebrate the beauty and diversity of Kentucky. Submissions...

UK, Lexington join forces for wide range of environment-friendly Earth Day 2016 events

University of Kentucky and Lexington have several events planned to honor Earth Day 2016. On Friday, Earth Day 2016, members of the UK community plan to participate in Main Street Clean Sweep to help keep downtown Lexington clean and green. In its third year, Main Street Clean Sweep is a one-day, community-led litter clean up in 20 participating cities and towns throughout Central Kentucky. Volunteers...

Commentary: Farmers celebrate Earth Day everyday as stewards of environment, producers of our food

By Mark Haney Special to KyForward The process by which we grow our food is nothing short of amazing. We plant, grow and harvest each year relying, for the most part, on good land, adequate water and, of course, a little luck. With that in mind, farmers are true stewards of the environment. The fact is, our food and fiber producers depend on their natural resources to grow crops and raise their animals....

Brigadoon State Nature Preserve site for hike to commemorate 40th anniversary of Earth Day

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission (KSNPC) invites guests to join Ecologist Brian Yahn for a guided nature hike at Brigadoon State Nature Preserve (SNP) in Barren County, on Saturday, April 23, beginning at 10 a.m. CDT. Hikers will enjoy the spring wildflowers, identify many native plant species and participate in natural setting discussions. Participants should arrive prepared for a 1.5-to-2-hour...

Energy and Environment Cabinet announces winner of annual ‘Capture the Earth’ photography contest

Drakes Creek Middle School seventh-grader Leslie Hale, 13, is the winner of the sixth-annual “Capture the Earth” photography contest, sponsored by the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet in celebration of Earth Day. Hale photographed a rainbow over Cumberland Falls using a Nikon Coolpix camera. “I like how this image captures the beauty of Cumberland Falls through the waterfall and rainbow...

Kentucky’s Earth Day celebration April 21 brings attention to importance of conservation

Gov. Matt Bevin has proclaimed April 22 as Earth Day in Kentucky. Each year, Kentucky celebrates Earth Day to increase awareness of the importance of conservation, stewardship and protection of our natural environment. This year, the Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC), the Kentucky Division for Air Quality and the Kentucky Environmental Education Council are co-hosting the 2016 Earth Day Celebration...

Bluegrass Greensource, DLC present the third annual Main Street Clean Sweep; volunteers needed

Help keep downtown Lexington clean and green on Earth Day, Friday, April 22. The DLC Foundation (DLCF) and Bluegrass Greensource are looking for volunteers to help clear Lexington streets, sidewalks, and parks of litter and debris anytime from 12–4 p.m. as part of Main Street Clean Sweep. Main Street Clean Sweep is a one-day, community-led litter clean up in 20 participating cities and towns throughout...

Geocache weekend to celebrate Earth Day scheduled in April at Lake Cumberland State Resort Park

Lake Cumberland State Resort Park will host the 11th annual Earth Day Geocache Weekend April 22-24. Geocaching is an outdoor sporting activity in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) to hide and seek containers, called “geocaches” or “caches.” Lake Cumberland State Resort Park has prepared another challenging hunt for everyone, from the novice to the expert cacher. Visitors...