Sustainability events are happening year-round at UofL! Don't miss out!
Date Event
Every Sunday UofL Community CompostingUofL Community Composting Volunteer Day
Every Sunday, Noon-2pm
250 E. Bloom St. (one block north of Cardinal Blvd. between Brook & Floyd Streets - map here)

Come help us turn “trash” into treasure as we manage UofL’s volunteer-powered community composting operation. Dress to get dirty. Tools provided. Learn about worm composting and becoming a UofL EcoRep! All participants will be welcome to haul back home some rich UofL compost for their own gardening projects in whatever containers/vehicles they bring. This is a weekly service opportunity throughout the year. Contact: Brian Barnes, 502-338-1338.
April 17, 2020 Take RootVirtual EcoReps Workshop: Kentucky Health Justice Network
Friday, April 17th, noon-1pm, ONLINE
Join online meeting here. (or dial-in: +1-571-392-7650 PIN: 464 522 5916)
Join us for our monthly EcoReps workshop featuring locals making a difference in sustainability! We'll wrap up the year on April 17th with a focus on reproductive justice and our special guest, Meg Stern from the Kentucky Health Justice Network. KHJN supports Kentuckians towards achieving autonomy in our lives and justice for our communities. They advocate, educate, and provide direct services to ensure all Kentucky communities and individuals have power, access, and resources to be healthy and have agency over our lives. KHJN is currently planning to host the Take Root: Red State Reproductive Justice conference at UofL in the fall. Meg Stern is the Support Fund Director for KHJN. She started volunteering in abortion access in Kentucky almost 20 years ago. As a Louisville native, Meg has a strong background in grassroots organizing with Louisville Clinic Escorts, The Fairness Campaign, and Louisville Showing Up for Racial Justice. Meg's professional background is in Food Service, Childcare, and Project Facilitation.
The Sustainability Council’s EcoRepsEco-Reps logo program is designed to move students, faculty & staff beyond talk to action for a more sustainable UofL! We provide basic training & resources, service opportunities, and leadership positions as a point-person & peer-to-peer advocate for sustainability. This spring, we continue our series of workshops each month on last Fridays at noon. More info on EcoReps website.
May 14 – Oct. 29, 2020
image for 2018Gray Street Farmers’ Market
May 14 – Oct. 29,10:30am‒1:30pm
Health Sciences Center, 400 E. Gray St.

With 11 unique local vendors, you'll find the finest in farm-fresh local products, including fruits, vegetables, pasture-raised meat & eggs, popcorn, honey & syrup, jams, granola, bread & baked goods, flowers, plants, prepared lunches, food trucks, and more. Cash, debit cards, SNAP benefits, and Senior Vouchers accepted! Open weekly rain or shine. Watch Vendor Spotlights and our 20/20 Talks on food and sustainability at the GSFM YouTube Channel! Access our collection of delicious recipes for local products. Join our listserv and receive our weekly newsletter by sending an email to with the message “SUBSCRIBE GSFM (First_Name Last_Name)”. More info: GSFM website, contact Market Manager, Sara Frazier at or 502-852-6655, or follow on Facebook.
May 16, 2020 Green Heart Tree PlantingGreen Heart Tree Planting
Saturday, May 16th, 8am-4pm, meetup at Southside Baptist Church, 804 Camden Ave
Please join UofL, Louisville Grows, and our Southside neighbors in the Taylor-Berry, Jacobs, Hazelwood, Beechmont, Oakdale, and Wilder Park neighborhoods as we dig toward our goal of planting 1000 trees this season! We need 250+ volunteers on the day of the planting. No experience is necessary—everyone is welcome to come play in the dirt with us. Our Citizen Foresters will be there to lead you in becoming a proper tree planter! A light breakfast and full lunch will be provided to all volunteers. Louisville Grows will provide gloves and water bottles. Please dress appropriately for the weather. Waterproof outerwear is recommended if rain is forecasted. You'll be digging in dirt and handling mulch, so please wear clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. Closed-toed shoes are required. Those unable to do the physical labor can volunteer to help as registration, breakfast, and lunch volunteers. This planting will be our third in partnership with Green Heart Louisville, a UofL study that seeks to determine how increased green space affects health and relationships within these neighborhoods. A greener community is a healthier community! Register here.
May 22, 2020 Human Trafficking and Exploitation Awareness Conference 2020: Addressing the Needs of the Queer Community
Friday, May 22nd, 8am-5pm, UofL Shelby Campus (440 N Whittington Pkwy)
People Against Trafficking Humans (PATH) Coalition of Kentucky is hosting its inaugural conference at UofL's Shelby Campus. Pre-registration for this free, educational, and interactive event is required through Eventbrite. We warmly invite community members, students, professionals, advocates, and service providers to join us as we engage in a day of learning, listening, and connecting around this important issue! Author, comedian, spoken word artist, and Human Trafficking Field Expert, K.D. Roche, will deliver the opening keynote address. Morning breakout sessions, led by Queer folk, Survivors of Human Trafficking, Allies, and Advocates offer engagement and learning opportunities for attendees. In the afternoon, Queer Survivors of trauma will participate in a public speak out, followed by a community discussion surrounding relevant issues related to risks of and occurrences of exploitation and human trafficking. Multiple organizations involved in the movement and anti-trafficking community have committed to participating in the conference and will be prepared to discuss their initiatives in serving the queer community. If you have questions, please email

UofL Theatre Arts 2020-2021 Season: Sustaining a Future: A Season of Sustainability
Fall 2020 - Spring 2021, The Playhouse & Thrust Theatre
Join us for a special season of plays focused on sustainability! Plays include: The Birds by Conor McPherson, Jacked by Idris Goodwin, Ruined by Lynn Nottage, Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen, Revelations by Ed Bullins & Suzan-Lori Parks, and Into the Woods by Stephen Sondheim & James Lapine. Full details and ticket info TBA here.

Oct. 23, 2020

Students taking home free trees at UofL Arbor Day 2018UofL Arbor Day Celebration 2020
Friday, October 23rd
8:30am-10:30am, HSC Kornhauser plaza
11am-2pm, Belknap Academic Building Quad
3pm, HSC Clinical & Translational Research Bldg. (CTR)

Come help us restore Louisville's shrinking tree canopy. Join us for a celebration of UofL’s on-going commitment to trees and our status as a Tree Campus USA (for 10 years running!).

  • Help us plant new trees on campus! Three opportunities:
    9:30am at Abraham Flexner Way & Preston
    Noon at the LALS Tranquility Garden, SW corner of Stevenson Hall
    3pm at HSC Clinical & Translational Research Bldg. (CTR)
  • Take home free native tree saplings to plant in your yard or neighborhood! You will be able to take your pick of roughleaf dogwoods, black walnuts, yellow poplars (tallest tree in KY, straight), and Shumard oaks (bright red fall foliage, full sun, tolerates pollution and drought).
  • Tree-themed activities with prizes and free apples for everyone!
  • Enjoy bike-blender tree smoothies made entirely with tree fruits and nuts, including native pawpaws from a Louisville community garden, and peaches and native serviceberries harvested right here on campus!
  • At HSC, you'll also be able to sample another delicious treat from trees: coffee! And we'll be giving away reusable utensils.

Co-sponsored by UofL's Sustainability Council, HSC Green Team, UofL Dining, and UofL Office of Health Promotion. RSVP on Facebook.

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