Solar Energy, Students, and Sustainability

A HUGE SHOUT OUT to the scores of student advocates who have been encouraging the University to take a leadership position on climate and transition to renewables for most of the past two decades.

Last week’s announcement that UK plans to meet approximately one third of campus electricity needs with solar power by 2025 represents significant progress toward our sustainability goals. The potential emissions reduction associated with the project position UK to set new climate targets that meet or exceed the current US target of a 50% reduction by 2030. This progress was made possible in large part by the vision and determination of our students.”

Shane Tedder, Campus Sustainability Officer

To read the full story, check out the UKNOW announcement.

Visit www.uky.edu/sustainability to learn more about UK’s sustainability goals and initiatives.

Shane Tedder

Shane Tedder has served as the Sustainability Coordinator for the University of Kentucky since 2009. In this position he supports a wide range of programs and initiatives including serving on the President’s Sustainability Advisory Committee, the Faculty Sustainability Council and as the staff advisor to the Student Sustainability Council. His office is active in policy development and planning processes for the University and led the development of the University’s first Sustainability Strategic Plan. This includes an Implementation Plan for UK’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Commitment. He frequently guest lectures in a variety courses and works to make sure the campus of the University is available as a living laboratory for students and faculty.

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