Events

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.
Jan. 31, 2020 Symposium For Advancing Socially Responsible Businesses in Louisville and the Commonwealth
Friday, January 31st, 9am-5pm, UofL's Brandeis School of Law room 275
The UofL Transdisciplinary Research Team and the Louisville Community Grocery invite you to a day-long symposium on Friday, January 31 “Working in and Volunteering for Socially Responsible Businesses.” The morning session is an opportunity for researchers from several University departments to share their research about cooperatives, volunteerism, and food justice in Louisville and to engage in discussion with members of the Louisville Association for Community Economics (LACE), the Louisville Community Grocery, and other interested community members.  The afternoon session will be a structured discussion where representatives from cooperatives, Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP’s), and other socially responsible businesses can learn from each other and brainstorm about what action can be taken to advance socially responsible businesses in Louisville and the Commonwealth. Lunch will be provided to all registered participants. Register here.
Jan. 31, 2020 UofL Commuting TrendsSustainability Roundtable: Commuting Trends at the University of Louisville
Friday, Jan. 31st, 11am-noon, Urban Studies Room 200 (426 W Bloom St)

Please join us for UofL's Sustainability Roundtable on alternate Fridays throughout the spring at 11am. On Jan. 31st, our speaker will be Thomas Sommer, a Candidate in UofL's Interdisciplinary Master's in Sustainability program. Tom will be sharing his recent research with UofL's Sustainability Coordinator, Dr. Justin Mog, about Commuting Trends at the University of Louisville.
The format is a 30-40 minute presentation from a variety of speakers throughout the year, followed by 20-30 minute open discussion. Please feel free to bring your lunch! Anyone with an interest in sustainability can give talks at the speaker series and participate in the audience, including faculty, staff, students, practitioners, teachers, government officials, and members of the public. If you would like to give a presentation, or would like to hear a particular speaker, please contact Tamara Sluss.
Fridays, Jan. 24 - Apr. 24, 2020 Garden Commons WorkdayGarden Commons Spring Workdays
Fridays, 11am-1pm, Garden Commons at the Cultural Center
Join us in UofL's organic garden and greenhouse for our group workdays! Learn (by doing) how to grow hyper-local, super-delicious vegetables, herbs, and fruits! Anyone can work in the garden any time, but we'll gather together every Friday throughout the spring semester (Jan. 24 - Apr. 24) from 11am to 1pm to start and tend seeds in the greenhouse, plant, weed, water, and harvest. No prior experience necessary. Tools & gloves provided. The Garden Commons is open to participation any time from students, staff, faculty, and community members. Everyone who comes is welcome to share in the harvest! Connect with us and get all the details on our Facebook Page.
Jan. 31, 2020

Bill JohnsonEcoReps Lunch & Learn: Brownfield Redevelopment
Friday, Jan. 31st at Noon, Ekstrom Library room W210

Join us for our monthly EcoReps Lunch & Learn workshop featuring a free vegetarian lunch and locals making a difference in sustainability! To kickoff the spring series on Friday, Jan. 31st, our guest speaker will be Bill Johnston, Principal Geologist at Linebach-Funkhouser, a local environmental consulting group. His talk is titled "Kentucky's Brownfield Redevelopment Program: Working with developers over the last 5 years, look what we have accomplished!"

He will talk with us about brownfield restoration projects he's been involved in, including UofL's own work to transform the Floyd Street corridor through Belknap campus from a contaminated parking lot into a children's playground, running track, and world-class athletic facilities. The presentation will provide a detailed description of how a purchaser can enroll an eligible site into the Kentucky Brownfield Redevelopment Program, how the process works, and the benefits a buyer will receive from a regulatory standpoint. He'll also share before and after photos of cases studies from the Program.

Mr. Johnston provides project management leadership and direction for environmental assessment and remediation projects. He has 32 years of experience in assessing and remediating petroleum contaminated soils and groundwater associated with underground storage tanks (USTs) in numerous states across the country. He established his own environmental consulting division complimenting the efforts of a petroleum equipment/construction, contracting company.  His responsibilities included serving as division/project manager for all of the environmental related projects associated with this division. Tasks included, developing cost-effective project estimates and completing UST related closures, upgrades, assessments, and corrective actions while serving as the liaison between an extensive client base and pertinent regulatory agencies. An alternate task included filing reimbursement documentation with various statewide sponsored UST environmental assurance funds.  He has experience in multi-phase site assessments including RCRA, CERCLA and dry cleaning plant related projects. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Geology from North Carolina State University and a Master of Business Administration from Indiana University Southeast.

The Sustainability Council’s EcoRepEco-Reps logos 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 in-person workshops each month on last Fridays at noon in Ekstrom Library room W210. Join us for lunch and bring your reusable plate, utensils, and cup to minimize waste! All are welcome. More info on EcoReps website.

Feb. 2 - Mar. 28, 2020

Ecolympics LogoEcolympics 2020
February 2nd to March 28th

Two fun sustainability competitions to get you engaged in saving our one green planet!

Post your sustainable actions and tag @UofLSustainable to win a restored vintage Schwinn bicycle, gift cards to Comfy Cow and Heine Bros. coffee, and other fabulous prizes!

RecycleMania! - February 2 to March 28, 2020
A friendly annual competition among North American universities. During this 8 week period, UofL will compete to reduce waste, increase recycling & composting, and raise conservation awareness across all three campuses! Keep up with the Cards progress at the RecycleMania website.

  • RecycleMania LogoREDUCE & RECYCLE! Help the Cards to victory by avoiding disposables (bring your own mug, bottle, plate, etc.) and fully utilizing UofL’s amazingly easy, single-stream recycling system that lets you recycle everything in the same bin, everywhere on campus: all types of plastic, paper, cardboard, metal, and glass! Details on what you can recycle at UofL here.
  • COMPOST! We will be collecting food wastes for composting from The Ville Grill and other campus dining locations and adding those numbers to UofL's organics recycling totals! You can also compost your food scraps and soiled paper products in the compost bins at the Garden Commons (next to the greenhouse behind the Cultural Center) and the Urban & Public Affairs Horticulture Zone. Please no animal/dairy products or liquids, but otherwise, if it came from a plant, we want to compost it: fruit & vegetable wastes/peels/rinds/seeds, bread, pasta, rice, tea bags, coffee grounds/filters, even paper products (tissues, towels, napkins, plates, cups, newspaper, etc.).

Ecolympics 2020Residence Hall Conservation Throw-Down! - February 4-24, 2020
Live on campus? Win with conservation! UofL residence halls will compete among each other and battle together against campuses across the country to see who can reduce electricity use the most over three weeks. All you have to do is stop wasting energy! Turn off lights/TVs/computers; unplug anything you're not actively using; skip the elevator for the stairs; close windows tightly; dry clothes on a rack/line; take quick showers or shower with solar power at the SRC; etc.

  • Keep track of each hall's progress with UofL's Building Dashboard! Use the Dashboard to see how much electricity your hall is using and learn how you can conserve! Halls in the competition include:
  1. Ecolympics 2020 Prize BikeBettie Johnson Hall
  2. Billy Minardi Hall
  3. Community Park (real-time data!)
  4. Kurz Hall (real-time data!)
  5. Louisville Hall (real-time data!)
  6. Miller Hall
  7. Threlkeld Hall
  8. Unitas Hall (real-time data!)
  9. University Tower Apartments (UTA)

Prizes:

      • In addition to weekly winners who will receive gift cards to Comfy Cow and Heine Bros. coffee, and other fabulous prizes, one resident who takes the most steps during Ecolympics 2020 will win a restored vintage Schwinn bicycle (or another bike of your preference)!
      • Post your sustainable actions and tag @UofLSustainable throughout February & March to be entered into the competition!

Feb. 10, 2020 Black Freedom, White Allies, & Red Scare
Monday, February 10th, 6-7:30pm, Portland Library (3305 Northwestern Pkwy)
A presentation by Dr. Catherine Fosl, director of the UofL Anne Braden Institute, explores the history of the 1954 Louisville controversy when Andrew and Charlotte Wade, an African American family, moved into a segregated, all-white suburb in what is now Shively. The talk explores how the episode highlighted racism in Louisville, the role of civil rights activists Carl and Anne Braden in the fight for the Wades and for racial equality, and how the culture of the "Red Scare" was used to reinforce white supremacy. Sponsored by Louisville Free Public Library and the Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research.
Feb. 14, 2020 Sustainability Roundtable: TBA
Friday, Feb. 14th, 11am-noon, Urban Studies Room 200 (426 W Bloom St)
Please join us for UofL's Sustainability Roundtable on alternate Fridays throughout the spring at 11am. Our speaker on Feb. 14th will be announced later - please stay tuned!
The format is a 30-40 minute presentation from a variety of speakers throughout the year, followed by 20-30 minute open discussion. Please feel free to bring your lunch! Anyone with an interest in sustainability can give talks at the speaker series and participate in the audience, including faculty, staff, students, practitioners, teachers, government officials, and members of the public. If you would like to give a presentation, or would like to hear a particular speaker, please contact Tamara Sluss.
Feb. 21, 2019 Seed Starting at Garden Commons 2018Seed Starting Workshop
Friday, Feb. 21st, Noon, Garden Commons at the Cultural Center
Get a jump-start on your food garden this year! Join us in the greenhouse at UofL’s organic garden to learn about starting seeds to save money, get better results, and make the most of the growing season. Learn how and why to start seeds early with this hands-on workshop. Feel free to bring your own seeds to start and containers to take them home in, or help us start some seeds to be planted in our Campus Gardens. This workshop will be led by Bethany Pratt, Horticulture Education Agent for Jefferson County Cooperative Extension. RSVP on Facebook.
Feb. 28, 2020 Sustainability Roundtable: Urban Agriculture using High Tunnels in Louisville
Friday, Feb. 28th, 11am, Urban Studies room 200 (426 W. Bloom St.)
Please join us for UofL's Sustainability Roundtable on alternate Fridays throughout the spring at 11am. On Feb. 28th, our speaker will be Lilias Pettit-Scott, Urban Agriculture Conservationist at Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation District and member of the Urban Agriculture Coalition. One of Lilias' passions is season-extension and year-round growing. She'll share some of the latest about using high tunnels for producing food in both urban and rural settings.
The format is a 30-40 minute presentation from a variety of speakers throughout the year, followed by 20-30 minute open discussion. Please feel free to bring your lunch! Anyone with an interest in sustainability can give talks at the speaker series and participate in the audience, including faculty, staff, students, practitioners, teachers, government officials, and members of the public. If you would like to give a presentation, or would like to hear a particular speaker, please contact Tamara Sluss.
Feb. 28, 2020 EcoReps Lunch & Learn: Extinction Rebellion Kentucky
Friday, Feb. 28th at Noon, Ekstrom Library room W210
Extinction Rebellion KYJoin us for our monthly EcoReps Lunch & Learn workshop featuring a free vegetarian lunch and locals making a difference in sustainability! Our February 28th training will focus on Direct Action for Sustainability with representatives from Extinction Rebellion Kentucky! XR is a global people's movement that has gained lots of attention from dramatic, non-violent public actions to raise awareness and draw attention to the need for urgent action against ecological destruction. The US movement has declared a non-violent rebellion against the US government for its criminal inaction on the ecological crisis. XR US demands:
1. That the Government must tell the truth about the climate and wider ecological emergency, it must reverse all policies not in alignment with that position and must work alongside the media to communicate the urgency for change including what individuals, communities and businesses need to do.
2. The Government must enact legally-binding policies to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2025 and take further action to remove the excess of atmospheric greenhouse gases. It must cooperate internationally so that the global economy runs on no more than half a planet’s worth of resources per year.
3. We do not trust our Government to make the bold, swift and long-term changes necessary to achieve these changes and we do not intend to hand further power to our politicians. Instead we demand a Citizens’ Assembly to oversee the changes, as we rise from the wreckage, creating a democracy fit for purpose.
4. We demand a just transition that prioritizes the most vulnerable people and indigenous sovereignty; establishes reparations and remediation led by and for Black people, Indigenous people, people of color and poor communities for years of environmental injustice, establishes legal rights for ecosystems to thrive and regenerate in perpetuity, and repairs the effects of ongoing ecocide to prevent extinction of human and all species, in order to maintain a livable, just planet for all.
The Kentucky chapter of Extinction Rebellion has been active in mobilizing people across the state and right here in Louisville to non-violently resist the fossil fuel industry, corporate greed, and government inaction. Come learn about the movement and how to use non-violent direct action to drive change for sustainability.

The Sustainability Council’s EcoRepEco-Reps logos 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 in-person workshops each month on last Fridays at noon in Ekstrom Library room W210. Join us for lunch and bring your reusable plate, utensils, and cup to minimize waste! All are welcome. More info on EcoReps website.
March 27, 2020 UPA Horticulture Zone Ground-breaking 5-22-13Sustainability Roundtable: Soil Contaminants in a Louisville Urban Community Garden
Friday, Mar. 27th, 11am-noon, Urban Studies Room 200 (426 W Bloom St)
Please join us for UofL's Sustainability Roundtable on alternate Fridays throughout the spring at 11am. Our final speaker on March 27th will be Jessica Eggleston, a candidate for UofL's Interdisciplinary Master's in Sustainability. She will be sharing her research on the effect of legacy contamination and influence of observed soil amendment in an urban community garden Louisville.
The format is a 30-40 minute presentation from a variety of speakers throughout the year, followed by 20-30 minute open discussion. Please feel free to bring your lunch! Anyone with an interest in sustainability can give talks at the speaker series and participate in the audience, including faculty, staff, students, practitioners, teachers, government officials, and members of the public. If you would like to give a presentation, or would like to hear a particular speaker, please contact Tamara Sluss.
March 27, 2020 Major air pollutants are trending downwardEcoReps Lunch & Learn: Air Pollution Control District
Friday, March 27th at Noon, Ekstrom Library room W210
Join us for our monthly EcoReps Lunch & Learn workshop featuring a free vegetarian lunch and locals making a difference in sustainability! Our March 27th training will feature representatives from Metro Louisville's Air Pollution Control District (APCD). The APCD enforces the Clean Air Act and other laws and regulations that make the air clean and safe in Louisville/Jefferson County. They also work with the community on policies and programs that lead to a healthier and more sustainable city. Come find out what they are up to and how you can get involved in improving air quality in Louisville!

The Sustainability Council’s EcoReps 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 in-person workshops each month on last Fridays at noon in Ekstrom Library room W210. Join us for lunch and bring your reusable plate, utensils, and cup to minimize waste! All are welcome. More info on EcoReps website.
April 1, 8, 15, and 22, 2020

Belknap Farmers Market: Spring Markets
Wednesdays, April 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd (Earth Day), 10:30am-2pm, Red Barn
Belknap Farmers Market April 2019The Belknap Campus Farmers' Market returns every Wednesday in April 2020! Stop by for farm-fresh local products, including produce, eggs, baked goods, preserves, honey, ice cream, coffee, plants, and more. We'll also highlight sustainable resources on campus. Vendors will likely include:

  • Louisville Grows will have plant seeds and starts (veggies, fruits, and flowers) to help you get your garden growing!
  • Barr Farms will be on hand taking subscriptions for their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) local food subscription service with pickups available at both Belknap campus (SAC Health Promotion Office) and Health Sciences Center. Come meet the farmers and learn how you can enjoy a weekly (or biweekly) delivery of fresh, local, sustainably-grown produce from May through October! They also offer a meat CSA option.
  • Berserker Brew locally-roasted coffee
  • Bernoulli's Ice Cream
  • Rogue Petunia Cakery
  • Lowe Creek Farms
  • UofL Free Store
April 1, 2020 Shelley Saxer head shotBoehl Distinguished Lecture in Land Use Policy: Shelley Ross Saxer
Wednesday, April 1st at 6pm, Law Room 275
Professor Shelley Ross Saxer, who is the Laure Sudreau Endowed Professor of Law at Pepperdine Law School, will give the 2020 Boehl Distinguished Lecture in Land Use Policy.  Professor Saxer has published articles dealing with liquor store over concentration in urban areas, the use of religious institutions for homeless shelters, conflict between local governmental units over commercial land use decisions that impact surrounding communities, eminent domain, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, sex offender property disclosures and residency restrictions, water law, and zoning conflicts with First Amendment rights. Professor Saxer is co-author of Social-Ecological Resilience and Sustainability, Aspen Coursebook series, Wolters Kluwer (with Jonathan Rosenbloom). The topic of her talk on April 1st will be announced later.
April 3, 2020 Students taking home free trees at UofL Arbor Day 2018UofL Arbor Day Celebration 2020
Friday, April 3rd, 11am-2pm, Belknap Academic Building Quad

April 3rd is Arbor Day 2020 in Kentucky! 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! (On April 3rd, we'll start the tree planting around noon near the BAB.)
  • Take home a free native tree sapling to plant in your yard or neighborhood! We'll be giving away 100 roughleaf dogwoods, and 100 redbuds.
  • Tree-themed activities with prizes and free apples for everyone!
  • 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!

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

April 7, 2020 National Power Dialog
Tuesday, April 7, 2020
UofL's Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research has been invited to be the lead partner in Kentucky on the Solve Climate By 2030 project. On this date, Solve Climate will host a nationally coordinated on-line event with local events at hundreds of participating schools in every state, including UofL. The Power Dialog will feature hour-long, simultaneous, university-hosted webinars on state-specific solutions, followed by community dialogs that will focus on how students and others can take action. The Conn Center will help to engage students and citizens across Kentucky in critical dialog about climate solutions. Stay tuned for details.
April 10, 2020 Sustainability Roundtable: TBA
Friday, April 10th, 11am-noon, Urban Studies Room 200 (426 W Bloom St)
Please join us for UofL's Sustainability Roundtable on alternate Fridays throughout the spring at 11am. Our speaker on April 10th will be announced later - please stay tuned!
The format is a 30-40 minute presentation from a variety of speakers throughout the year, followed by 20-30 minute open discussion. Please feel free to bring your lunch! Anyone with an interest in sustainability can give talks at the speaker series and participate in the audience, including faculty, staff, students, practitioners, teachers, government officials, and members of the public. If you would like to give a presentation, or would like to hear a particular speaker, please contact Tamara Sluss.
April 17, 2020 UofL Maple SyrupEcoReps Lunch & Learn: UofL Maple Tapping & Pancake Party!
Friday, April 17th at Noon, Ekstrom Library room W210

Join us for our monthly EcoReps Lunch & Learn workshop featuring a free vegetarian lunch and locals making a difference in sustainability! We'll wrap up the year on April 17th, with our annual celebration of making maple syrup by tapping UofL trees! Come enjoy some pancakes with our very own, hyper-local maple syrup while we talk trees with our community partner, Dave Barker.
The Sustainability Council’s EcoRepEco-Reps logos 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 in-person workshops each month on last Fridays at noon in Ekstrom Library room W210. Join us for lunch and bring your reusable plate, utensils, and cup to minimize waste! All are welcome. More info on EcoReps website.
May 14 – Oct. 29, 2020
image for 2018Gray Street Farmers’ Market
Thursdays,
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 listserv@listserv.louisville.edu with the message “SUBSCRIBE GSFM (First_Name Last_Name)”. More info: GSFM website, contact Market Manager, Sara Frazier at farmersmarket@louisville.edu or 502-852-6655, or follow on Facebook.
  • Meeting times for the Sustainability Council and its Committees are available here.
  • The Sustainability Council's anchor event each fall is Campus Sustainability Day in mid-October

“White Fragility” book study information session

January 21, noon to 1 p.m., Cultural Center, multipurpose room; free
Interested in exploring why it's so hard for white people to talk about racism? This book study informational session focuses on Robin Di'Angelo's book, “White Fragility.” This session is open to all students, staff and faculty interested in exploring this topic in a safe, yet critically stimulating environment.
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