Location: Mt. Vernon, Kentucky
Agency: Appalachia-Science in the Public Interest
Fee: $400
Mode of Transportation:
Type of Lodging: Sleeping bags at a church facility (participants provide their own sleeping bag)
Registration Type: Online registration on Wednesday, December 2 at 12:00pm

Service Projects

Appalachia-Science in the Public Interest (ASPI) has been working for healthy land and sustainable communities in Kentucky and Central Appalachia for over 35 years. ASPI is a non-profit resource center advocating for sustainable development, responsible resource management, and informed personal choices. ASPI uses applicable science and technology to benefit ecosystems by promoting innovative ideas and appropriate technologies. This is accomplished through educational programs, research, and demonstration projects.

Participants will engage in a variety of projects at facilities in Livingston and Mt. Vernon, and with ASPI partners around Rockcastle County, Kentucky. Some projects include trail work, organic gardening, cleanup of illegal dumps, rehabbing outreach and education sites, building renovation and grounds work.

2016 Experience

It is easy to be a volunteer for seven days, but it is difficult to persist in sustainability over a long time. I was touched deeply by what I saw and experienced, and it is meaningful to be a supporter of sustainability for the rest of my life.
-Frank Wu, ASB 2016 Sustainability participant

Read Frank's full experience here.

ASB 2016 Trips

Affordable Housing

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Agency: Habitat for Humanity

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Animal Services

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Agency: Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

Assist animals indirectly by caring for their environments.

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Agency: Junior Achievement of New York

Lead hands-on activities that teach workforce readiness, financial literacy and entrepreneurship.

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Environmental Conservation

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Agency: Galveston Bay Foundation

Serve those affected by manmade and natural disasters in Galveston.

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Global Poverty

Location: Little Rock, Arkansas
Agency: Heifer International

Increase your awareness and take action against global poverty in this immersive experience.

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Hunger and Homelessness

Location: Biloxi, Mississippi
Agency: Community Collaborations, Inc.

Aid the Gulf Coast relief efforts and make a difference in the lives of those affected by homelessness.

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Park Preservation

Location: Hulbert, Oklahoma
Agency: Oklahoma State Parks

Help Three Forks Nature Center staff restore the natural beauty of Sequoyah State Park.

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Location: Killeen, Texas
Agency: Variety’s Peaceable Kingdom Retreat for Children

Lead activities in this one-of-a-kind camp designed for children with chronic illnesses and special needs.

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Social Services

Location: San Antonio, Texas
Agency: San Antonio Food Bank

Help the homeless, at-risk youth, and those affected by poverty in the San Antonio area.

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Location: Mt. Vernon, Kentucky
Agency: Appalachia-Science in the Public Interest

Learn about sustainable development and resource management in four focus areas: food systems, ecosystems, energy and culture.

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