Beginning with Kentucky's campus communities, KSEC works toward an ecologically sustainable future through the coalescence, empowerment, and organization of the student environmental movement. We are a unified front moving forward on environmental justice through activism, development, and education. We believe in holding campuses, corporations, and governments both responsible and accountable not only in maintaining the environment but allowing ecosystems to live and prosper. We seek to expand our reach and engage our communities by building relationships with non-student driven organizations which stand in solidarity with our cause. By using our unique position as students, we demand that our universities practice sustainability by utilizing clean, renewable, safe energy.
The KY Student Environmental Coalition was born coming out of the very first national Power Shift Conference in 2007 and has been supported by the Student Environmental Action Coalition throughout the years. KSEC's early growth mirrored the creation of the West Virginia Youth Action League (WV-YAL). Rooted in the desire to end mountaintop removal and bring sustainable energy and green jobs to our beautiful Commonwealth KSEC students have continually educated their peers and pushed for responsible environmental policies both on and off campus.
Original Mission Statement
KSEC is a coalition of students and youth across KY created to improve KY’s environmental health and economy through non-violent action and education. We influence policy decision by challenging power structures to implement socially just and sustainable solutions.
- Make environmental issues relevant to Kentuckians
- Work to shift the cultural mindset of consumption
- Show people connections - between themselves and the land, economics and the environment, etc.
- Develop off-campus relationships (with other universities and non-collegiate organizations)
- Challenge voter apathy
- Lobby to bring green jobs to Kentucky - be the vanguards of the new economy
- Acknowledge and work to counter segregation within the environmental movement and environmental injustice.