October 13, 2010

Sustainable and environmentally friendly contributions in Fayette County will be showcased during the third annual Green Breakfast. The breakfast is Oct. 22 at the Hilton in downtown Lexington.

The breakfast is sponsored by the Bluegrass Partnership for a Green Community, the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, UK Tracy Farmer Institute for Sustainability and the Environment and the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government.

"The breakfast gives those in the green community an opportunity to recognize sustainable projects going on in Fayette County, celebrate people who are making sustainable and environmentally friendly contributions to the area, network with others and get information about local green activities, projects and initiatives," said Carol Hanley, with the college's Environmental and Natural Resources Initiative and associate director for the Tracy Farmer Institute.

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Speakers include Lexington Mayor Jim Newberry, Jonathan Miller, secretary of the Kentucky Finance and Administration Cabinet; Bob Wiseman, UK vice president for facilities management; Michael Speaks, dean of the UK College of Design; and U.S. Representative Ben Chandler. The breakfast will feature Kentucky Proud products.

The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government Environmental Commission will present their annual awards during the breakfast. The awards recognize individuals, organizations and businesses who have contributed to local environmental improvements during the past two years. Award recipients from the UK College of Agriculture include water quality extension specialist Amanda Gumbert for her work with the Kentucky Horse Park streamside vegetation project, the Tracy Farmer Institute for the Millcreek Elementary stream and wetland restoration project and College of Agriculture Dean Scott Smith for his innovation for design and implementation in the college.

The breakfast is free and open to the public.  However, space is limited to the first 200 people. Those interested in attending can reserve a spot by e-mailing Jennie Rhoads with the Tracy Farmer Institute at jennie.rhoads@uky.edu.