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K-State students practice sustainable agriculture techniques at student farm by growing and selling produce, conducting independent research projects
Growing oyster mushrooms in recycled dorm lofts is one way that Kansas State University students are learning about sustainable farming practices through hands-on work and research projects at a K-State student farm.



K-State undergraduate students study the effects of environmental factors on plant metabolism and health
Environmental changes causing stress to plants have students at Kansas State University studying plant metabolism so that plant and food production can be maintained or increased in the future.



Two K-State students attend special summit on energy efficiency
Two Kansas State University students took part in the Youth Policy Summit on Energy Efficiency, Aug. 2-6, in Sacramento, Calif. Brian Zinke, junior in wildlife biology, and Sara Leavitt, senior in political science, were among the 34 students chosen nationwide to take part in the summit.



Student researcher studies declining bird population to help restore species Jorge Mendoza holding a bird on the Konza Prairie
Jorge Mendoza, a K-State senior in biology and pre-optometry, Garden City, is researching two declining species of birds to understand more about their mating systems and breeding behaviors. The work could ultimately help reverse the species' diminishing populations.




Recent K-State graduate featured in magazine article about sustainable home decor
Adrienne Stolwyk, a 2008 K-State graduate, is featured in the summer issue of U.25 magazine. The article highlighted creative home decor ideas that use recycled items. Stolwyk and other members of K-State's Students for Environmental Action came up with the projects.
Read the article in U.25
Read more about Students for Environmental Action


K-State architecture students build water-saving 'cube' for Greensburg
thumbnailStudents at Kansas State University's College of Architecture, Planning and Design have added a fourth demonstration of low-impact rebuilding techniques to Greensburg Cubed, a project designed to show residents of the tornado-ravaged town ways to meet basic needs in a sustainable fashion.

Read more about what K-State students are doing with the Greensburg Cubed project



K-State students, faculty and staff volunteer to make recycling happen at Wakarusa Music Festival

Kansas State University students, faculty and staff are chipping in to make the Wakarusa Music Festival a little greener. The K-Staters are volunteering with the festival's recycling program, Recycalusa.

Read more about Students for Environmental Action



K-State students partner with watershed restoration project in a water management campaign
Kansas State University students involved with a communications campaign for the Delaware River Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy program will present their contributions to the campaign at a community event Thursday, May 1.
Read about other water quality and conservation research at K-State


K-State students building house that relies solely on solar power for national contest
Solar house
A group of Kansas State University students have shown that an environmentally friendly house can feel like home. The special house the K-State group built was for the 2007 Solar Decathlon, an international competition that challenged university-based teams to design and construct a two-person home powered exclusively by the sun.
Read more about Project Solar House



Up on the roof: K-State landscape architecture students plan for greener prospects
Although leaves, twigs and even seedlings are usually cleared from roofs and gutters, landscape architecture students at Kansas State University have drawn up plans to plant entire landscapes up there.


K-State student government names Prairie Village senior director of sustainability
Michael BellMichael Bell, senior in architectural engineering, Prairie Village, has several goals planned for his new job as director of sustainability for the Kansas State University Sudent Governing Association. As director of sustainability, Bell will study and recommend ways to use resources and development opportunities to ensure a more sustainable future for K-State.


Students for Environmental Action
A K-State student organization. See what SEA is doing to help recycling efforts at the Wakarusa Music Festival


K-State Greeks get grant to go green

The Kansas State University Greek community was selected as one of 10 communities of fraternities and sororities nationwide to receive a $500 grant to promote environmental awareness on campus through a "Greeks Go Green" campaign.