Events

Sustainability events are happening year-round at UofL! Don't miss out!
DateEvent
Aug. 26 - Sept. 30, 2019

Cardinal Directions is UofL's free trip-planning and carpool-matching service!Cards Commuter Challenge
August 26 - September 30, 2019. University-wide
UofL wants you to save money, burn calories, put an end to pollution, and win prizes…all by simply choosing to get to campus in a new way! Record your trips throughout the Cards Commuter Challenge (August 26 - September 30) and each week you'll have the chance to win $250 worth of fabulous weekly prizes or be the Grand Prize Winner who takes the most trips by means other than driving alone and you'll receive the $250 grand prize!

Step 1: Join the Challenge online!

Step 2: Challenge yourself (and your friends!) to get to campus differently!
Try these life-affirming alternatives to the expense, road-rage, pollution, and parking hassles of driving alone:

  • BUS: Ride any TARC Airport RouteTARC route free with UofL ID (just swipe your card as you board - any time, anywhere).
  • CARDpool: Organize your own carpool with friends, family, colleagues, or classmates; or find rides & offer rides online through Cardinal Directions or Every Commute Counts.
  • WALK, SKATE, or BIKE: Get your workout just by getting where you need to go under your own power! If you don't have your own bike, borrow one free from UofL Bikeshare or join LouVelo citywide bikeshare for half-price with your @louisville.edu address ($7.50/month gets you unlimited trips of up to one hour without any additional charges).LouVelo ClockTower
  • VANPOOL: Employees can get in on a vanpool, get your ride home guaranteed, or enter to win additional monthly prizes with Every Commute Counts.

* NOTE: Though certainly better than driving, getting around via lazy, coal-powered electric scooters does not qualify for this Challenge. Skip the dirty electricity and use your muscles to qualify!

Explore all of UofL's Sustainable Transportation Options.

Step 3: Log your trips to win!

The only way to be in the running for prizes is to log all of your commute trips online with Cardinal Directions or Every Commute Counts.

Connect with us, trash-talk, and post about your commute on Facebook.

Sept. 25 - Oct. 6, 2019Anthropocene: The Human Epoch
Wednesday, September 25, 6 pm
(Special screening in conjunction with the United Nations Climate Summit)
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Saturday, October 5, 3 pm
Saturday, October 5, 6 pm
Sunday, October 6, 3 pm
Speed Cinema, Speed Art Museum on UofL's Belknap Campus
A stunning sensory experience and cinematic meditation on humanity’s massive reengineering of the planet, Anthropocene: The Human Epoch is a years-in-the-making feature documentary from the award-winning team behind Manufactured Landscapes (2006) and Watermark (2013) and narrated by Alicia Vikander. The film follows the research of an international body of scientists, the Anthropocene Working Group who, after nearly ten years of research, argue that the Holocene Epoch gave way to the Anthropocene Epoch in the mid-twentieth century as a result of profound and lasting human changes to the Earth. From concrete seawalls in China that now cover 60% of the mainland coast to the biggest terrestrial machines ever built in Germany, to psychedelic potash mines in Russia’s Ural Mountains and metal festivals in the closed city of Norilsk, to the devastated Great Barrier Reef in Australia, the filmmakers traversed the globe using state of the art camera techniques to document the evidence and experience of human planetary domination. At the intersection of art and science, Anthropocene witnesses a critical moment in geological history—bringing a provocative and unforgettable experience of our species’ breadth and impact. Directed by Jennifer Baichwal, Edward Burtynsky, Nicholas De Pencier. 2019, Canada, DCP, in English, Russian, Italian, German, Mandarin, and Cantonese with English subtitles, 87 minutes. Recommended for 12+.
May 16 - Oct. 31, 2019image for 2018Gray Street Farmers’ Market
Thursdays, 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.
Sept. 26, 2019Prepare Louisville Community Dialogue (Climate Adaptation)
Thursday, Sept. 26th, Noon-2pm, Ekstrom Library W210
Louisville is experiencing the impacts of climate change with record rainfall, major flooding and more intense and frequent heat waves. Louisville Metro has launched the Prepare Louisville initiative to increase our community’s resilience to extreme weather and other climate impacts. The newly-merged Louisville Metro Office of Advanced Planning & Sustainability is working on a Climate Adaptation Plan for Louisville and they are seeking public input to guide this effort as well as raising awareness and providing community members with resources to take action. Please join us at this open house event to learn more about the impacts that climate change will bring to our city and be a part of our effort to plan strategies to reduce the effects in our communities.
• Lend your voice to the development of the Climate Adaptation Plan.
• Explore potential adaptation strategies for Louisville, with ongoing discussion throughout the event.
• Learn how you can prepare yourself and your home for emergency situations and extreme weather.
Take home free trees and emergency preparedness kits.
The city is asking for input from experts across the region, but we also want to bring the larger Louisville community along in this process. UofL's Sustainability Council is proud to host one of three Community Dialogues with the aim of collaborating with residents to analyze the climate risks and develop the adaptation strategies. All are welcome at the table - students, faculty, staff, and the public. We will begin with a brief presentation about the analysis and the planning effort, followed by a facilitated dialogue. Residents also can offer their input through the Prepare Louisville online survey.
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Sept. 27, 2019Sustainability Roundtable: Laura Grabowski, Metro Louisville - Louisville Vacant Properties
Friday, Sept. 27th, 11am-noon, Urban Studies Room 200 (426 W Bloom St)

Laura GrabowskiPlease join us for UofL's Sustainability Roundtable on alternate Fridays throughout the fall at 11am. On September 27th, our speaker will be Laura Grabowski, Director of Metro Louisville's Vacant and Public Property Administration. Laura oversees a team of 8 staff and three boards charged with alleviating vacant and abandoned properties, including real estate sales, foreclosures and condemnation proceedings, rehab, and demolition. She manages a $2 million annual budget and develops innovative solutions to address vacant and abandoned properties.
Upcoming Fall Roundtables include:
Oct. 11 – Allison Smith, Metro Louisville - Brownfields
Oct. 25 – TBA
Nov. 8 – Jessica Eggleston, UofL Masters in Sustainability student
Nov. 22 – Lilias Pettit-Scott, Urban Agriculture Coalition - High Tunnel Production

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.

Sept. 27, 2019WaterStep - Home - Water Chlorination SanitationEcoReps Lunch & Learn: WaterStep - Safe Water Sustainably Secured
Friday, Sept. 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! This month we'll discuss how to respond sustainably to the global need for safe water with our friends at the Louisville-based non-profit WaterStep. Come learn what they do to help provide the most precious resource that sustains us all and how you can get involved!
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 fall, 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.
Fridays through Nov. 22, 2019Garden Commons Herb SpiralGarden Commons Workdays
Fridays, 12pm-1pm, Garden Commons at the Cultural Center
Join us in UofL's organic garden 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 season (May 10 - Nov. 22) at noon to weed, water, and plant. 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.
Every SundayUofL 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.
May 1 to Sept. 30, 2019Spread the loveNational Bike Challenge!
May 1st to September 30th, 2019
Saddle up and ride for team UofL in the 2019 National Bike Challenge! Show your support for a healthy lifestyle and sustainable transportation. Register for the National Bike Challenge and Join Team UofL as an individual to compete against your peers. Your miles and days cycled will  qualify employees for great prizes through Get Healthy Now, including the grand prize of a $400 voucher to a local bike shop, co-sponsored by UofL's Sustainability Council! The National Bike Challenge is open to everyone, however the Get Healthy Now competition is restricted to UofL employees, retirees, and their spouses/qualifying adults. Check out our online resources for UofL Bicyclists - with handy maps, videos, and tips for getting around town care-free and car-free!
Oct. 1, 2019Louisville Sustainability Forum
Tuesday, Oct. 1st, Noon – 1:30pm, Passionist Earth and Spirit Center (1924 Newburg Road)
This always interesting forum, with a wide variety of presenters, has been held monthly since 2006.  Topics for October 1st will include University of Louisville environmental education, a new regional commuting effort, and the emergent threats to Bernheim Forest.
Oct. 5, 2019UofL Students at Louisville Grows Tree PlantingLouisville Grows - Green Heart Tree Planting
Saturday, Oct. 5th, 8am-4pm, Southside Baptist Church (804 Camden Ave)
Please join UofL, Louisville Grows, and our Taylor-Berry, Jacobs, Hazelwood, Beechmont, Oakdale, and Wilder Park neighbors as we dig toward our goal of planting 1000 trees this season! We need 200 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! Other volunteer opportunities include registration, breakfast, and lunch volunteers. 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 dress to get dirty. Closed-toed shoes are required. This planting will be in partnership with Green Heart Louisville, a University of Louisville study that seeks to determine how increased green space affects health and relationships within these neighborhoods.
Oct. 5, 2019

The Phoenix House (Conn Center HQ)Louisville Solar Tour
Saturday, Oct. 5th, 9:30am-4pm, various sites. Purchase $15 bus tickets here.
Starts in room 103 Ernst Hall (216 Eastern Pkwy)

This year' s Louisville Solar Tour will kick-off with informative sessions at UofL, after which you'll get to tour solar-powered homes, businesses, and other facilities and catch a glimpse of our renewable energy future! This annual event provides real-life examples of how families and businesses are harnessing free energy from the sun in the River City to generate electricity, heat water & indoor spaces, and slash monthly utility bills! We will start with an opening presentation for context, and then climb in a bus to see various solar installations on site. Owners will explain unique and outstanding features of their solar systems on location. The bus will return to an ending party at Apocalypse Brewing. Schedule:

  • Pre-tour:  9:30am, Ernst Hall 103, kickoff and educational presentation (with Adam Edelen)
  • Tour (bus or bike):  11:00am – 3:00pm
  • Post-tour:  3:00pm, meet the installers and celebrate, Apocalypse Brew Works (1612 Mellwood Ave.)

Each tour site will offer information and perspectives from homeowners, businesses, and solar installers about the costs, processes, and economic and environmental benefits of going solar.

Oct. 11, 2019Sustainability Roundtable: Allison Smith, Metro Louisville - Brownfields
Friday, Oct. 11th, 11am-noon, Urban Studies Room 200 (426 W Bloom St)

Image result for Allison Smith, Metro Louisville - BrownfieldsPlease join us for UofL's Sustainability Roundtable on alternate Fridays throughout the fall at 11am. On October 11th, our speaker will be Allison Smith, PhD. Dr. Smith is the Brownfields and Community Engagement Strategist for Louisville Metro Government's Office of Advanced Planning and Sustainability.
Upcoming Fall Roundtables include:
Oct. 25 – TBA
Nov. 8 – Jessica Eggleston, UofL Masters in Sustainability student
Nov. 22 – Lilias Pettit-Scott, Urban Agriculture Coalition - High Tunnel Production

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.

Oct. 11, 2019Image may contain: food and indoorGarden Commons Workshop: Fermentation
Friday, Oct. 11th, noon-1pm, Garden Commons at the Cultural Center
Curious about pickling, canning or fermenting your own veggies? Come on by the Garden Commons and get an overview from Jeneen Wiche, local farmer, UofL Anthropology professor, and lover of fermentation. Bring a jar with you and you might be able to snag some fermented goodies! This is a part of our fall series of Garden Workshops on Fridays at noon. Join us for our last workshop: Nov. 22nd at noon - Wreath Making. 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.
Oct. 17-25, 2019UofL Sustainability Week - Oct. 17-25, 2019
I Commit To... Campus Sustainability Day 2015A full week of events to celebrate, raise awareness, and engage your passions for environmental, social & economic justice! The full schedule is under development, but events will include:
If you are interested in hosting an event during UofL Sustainability Week, please contact .
Oct. 17, 2019Farm-To-Table Dinner & Josh Smith Memorial Sustainability Award Ceremony
Thursday, Oct. 17th, 5-8pm, Red Barn, $20 advance tickets for dinner ($25 with drinks) or 2 meal swipes
Come celebrate the Harvest with a special Farm-To-Table dinner featuring a unique five-course menu, made from scratch by expert chefs, using local, farm-fresh ingredients. The meal will consist of signature cocktails, action cooking, and live music.
  • The Sustainability Council will also be presenting our third annual Josh Smith Memorial Sustainability Award at the event.
  • This event is open to the public and will serve as the kick-off for UofL Sustainability Week 2019!
This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!
Oct. 18 & 21, 2019Justin MogBusiness-as-Usual is Killing Us! The need for institutional weirding in the age of global climate weirding.
Friday, Oct. 18th, noon-1pm, Kornhauser Library Auditorium 103
Monday, Oct. 21st, noon-1pm, Ekstrom Library room W104
This August, Dr. Justin Mog celebrated his tenth year serving as UofL’s Assistant to the Provost for Sustainability Initiatives. At this workshop, he’ll be sharing some of his successes and frustrations in playing the long-game of reorienting a huge institution away from business-as-usual and toward a thoughtful balancing of environmental, social, and economic stewardship. How can we leverage the incredible resources of a major metropolitan university to drive our city, state, and nation away from collapse? How can employees and other concerned members of the UofL community help nudge the university in the right direction? Join us for a stimulating conversation about how to Keep (the University of) Louisville Weird! This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!
Oct. 19, 2019Day of Service: Brightside Community-Wide Cleanup & Central Park Improvement Day
Saturday, Oct. 19th, 8:30am-noon, Central Park in Old Louisville
Image result for central park improvement dayThe Old Louisville Neighborhood Council requests the help of volunteers from the University community to assist with the Central Park Fall 2019 Improvement Day. The park clean-up and improvement activities are part of a larger county-wide clean-up event sponsored by Brightside and Metro Parks. Work will include general cleanup, mulching, and other activities to prepare the park prior to the winter. Volunteers will assemble at the Old Louisville Neighborhood & Visitors Center in Central Park 8:30 am prior to activities starting 9:00.
  • Come early! Free Heine Brother coffee, hot chocolate, donuts and fresh fruit will be available at check-in.
  • At noon, lunch including pizza, chili and drinks will be provided for all volunteer workers.
Participating in this project will be an excellent opportunity for RSOs, Greek organizations, Sustainability and all other groups on campus to make a difference and gain approximately 3.5 hours public service credit. In the past, the annual Central Park Spring clean-up has attracted between 20 and 40 individuals representing the University. This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!
Oct. 22, 2019Cards Come Together Service Day: UofL Community Composting Project
Tuesday, Oct. 22nd, 3-5pm, (250 E. Bloom St., map here)

Located behind Taco Bell on Bloom Street.  Volunteers will pull sticks out of compost, and sift worms in super soil.  Other projects include turning compost using pitch forks and shovels, moving wood chips, weeding, and trash pick-up.  Pitch forks, shovels, and gloves (limited number available) will be provided.  Volunteers should bring water, and hat, and wear closed toe shoes. This event is part of Cards Come Together Week of Service. Volunteers must register in advance. This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!

Oct. 23, 201912th Annual Campus Sustainability Day Fair
Wednesday, Oct. 23rd 10am-2pm, Humanities Quad
  • Campus Sustainability Day FairJoin us for the 12th annual celebration of all things sustainable at UofL and in our community! Learn what campus and community groups are doing to create a sustainable revolution. Sign-up to get involved and leave with some green freebies, great information, and a smile on your face!
  • Take the Cards Go Green Pledge and earn an ethically-sourced reusable mug that you can fill with Fair Trade, shade-grown coffee or local hot apple cider provided by UofL Dining, or a bike blender smoothie from the Office of Health Promotion!
  • Learn about all of UofL's Transportation Alternatives and get hands-on, personalized guidance in how to use UofL's Bike Fix-It Stations! Bring your bike for a tune-up!
  • UofL Environmental Health & Safety will be collecting all kinds of toner cartridges & batteries for recycling, including: Alkaline (A, AA, AAA, C, D, 9-volt); Button-cell; Lithium; Nickel-cadmium (Ni-Cad); Nickel metal hydride (Ni-MH); Lead and Lead-acid; Carbon-zinc; and Mercury batteries.
  • Shred-It will offer free shredding and recycling of documents, videotapes, and computer diskettes from their truck in the circle in front of the College of Business 10am - 2pm.
If you'd like to host a sustainability-related booth or activity at the Campus Sustainability Day fair, please contact Henny Ransdell. This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!
Oct. 24, 2019Disappearing Nations: Anote's Ark film screening & climate justice talk
Thursday, Oct. 24th, 6-9pm, Strickler 101
The Engage. Lead. Serve. Board's Green Initiatives will bring to campus this special screening of the award-winning documentary Anote's Ark, and the man whose dissertation research informed the film, Mike Roman of the University of Cincinnati. Most people have never heard of Kiribati, Tuvalu, Tokelau, The Marshall Islands or the Maldives; some of the most beautiful nations in the world! However, due to climate change, they are predicted to be some of the first to disappear from this planet within the next few decades. Our speaker, Mike Roman has family and friends in these nations, and to many there, climate change is not a distant future or some academic exercise; it is life and death, here and now. These island nations have already lost countless children and elders to the impacts of climate change, and they experience this every king tide, typhoon, drought, and heat wave. Elders in Kiribati have been warning world leaders about these incidents for nearly 30 years now, and in 2000, Mike picked up the mantel and dedicated his life to educating the world. His work inspired the documentary which will be screened before his lecture and Q&A.
Premiering at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, Anote's Ark, focuses on the Pacific Island nation of Kiribati (population: 100,000). It is one of the most remote places on the planet, seemingly far-removed from the pressures of modern life. Yet it is one of the first countries that must confront the main existential dilemma of our time: imminent annihilation from sea-level rise. While Kiribati’s President Anote Tong races to find a way to protect his nation’s people and maintain their dignity, many Kiribati are already seeking safe harbour overseas.Set against the backdrop of international climate and human rights negotiations, Anote’s struggle to save his nation is intertwined with the extraordinary fate of Tiemeri, a young mother of six, who fights to migrate her family to New Zealand. At stake is the survival of Tiemeri’s family, the Kiribati people, and 4,000 years of Kiribati culture. This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!
Oct. 25, 2019sUStain stacked iconSustainability Roundtable
Friday, Oct. 25th, 11am-noon, Urban Studies Room 200 (426 W Bloom St)

Please join us for UofL's Sustainability Roundtable on alternate Fridays throughout the fall at 11am. Upcoming Fall Roundtables include:
Nov. 8 – Jessica Eggleston, UofL Masters in Sustainability student
Nov. 22 – Lilias Pettit-Scott, Urban Agriculture Coalition - High Tunnel Production
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.
 This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!
Oct. 25, 2019Image result for jacek jasinskiEcoReps Lunch & Learn: Climate Change with Conn Center's Jacek Jasinski
Friday, Oct. 25th 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! For UofL Sustainability week, our guest speaker on the issue of Climate Change will be Jacek Jasinski from UofL's Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research.
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 fall, 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. This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!
Nov. 7, 2019Meet the Professor - Dr. David Owen, On Racialized Whiteness Meet the Professor - Dr. David Owen, On Racialized Whiteness
Thursday, November 7th, noon, University Club. $15/person; $10/students
Race is a frequent topic of public discourse, but Racialized Whiteness is rarely examined. What does it mean to be White?  How does Whiteness shape the social and cultural landscape?  How is Whiteness sustained?  And, how does it support both the idea and system of white supremacy? David Owen, Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy, will discuss these and other issues during a luncheon. The College of Arts and Sciences and the Liberal Studies Project offer the monthly Meet the Professor series to highlight the college’s research and cultural offerings. Reservations are required, with payment by check. To reserve a spot, contact Janna Tajibaeva at 502-852-2247 or janna@louisville.edu.
Nov. 8, 2019Sustainability Roundtable: Jessica Eggleston, UofL Masters in Sustainability student
Friday, Nov. 8th, 11am-noon, Urban Studies Room 200 (426 W Bloom St)

Image result for Jessica Eggleston louisvillePlease join us for UofL's Sustainability Roundtable on alternate Fridays throughout the fall at 11am. Our featured speaker on November 8th will be Jessica Eggleston, a student in UofL's Interdisciplinary Masters in Sustainability program, sharing her graduate research on legacy contamination in urban community gardens. Upcoming Fall Roundtables include:
Nov. 22 – Lilias Pettit-Scott, Urban Agriculture Coalition - High Tunnel Production
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.
Nov. 20, 2019The Half-Life of Freedom Race and Justice in America Today
Wednesday, Nov. 20th, 5:30pm, School of Music Comstock Hall

This year's Anne Braden Memorial Lecture, features journalist, educator, and diversity speaker Dr. Jelani Cobb who writes about the enormous complexity of race in America. As recipient of the Sidney Hillman Prize for Opinion & Analysis Journalism for his New Yorker columns, Cobb was praised for combining “the strengths of an on-the-scene reporter, a public intellectual, a teacher, a vivid writer, a subtle moralist, and an accomplished professional historian”—qualities he brings to his gripping talks.
Nov. 21, 20193rd Annual Social Justice Research Symposium
Thursday, Nov. 21st, 11am-5pm, location TBA
UofL's Cooperative Consortium for Transdisciplinary Social Justice Research will again pull together faculty, students, researchers, and community partners to sustain and advance our work for engaged scholarship directed at social justice. This year, we will be working with the Progressive Media Project to provide a full day workshop on writing and media production for popular audiences in order to advance social change. This will be a great opportunity for faculty to learn how to translate academic language into clear, actionable language, as well as for community activists to reach a broader audience for their causes. Full details TBA.
Nov. 22, 2019Sustainability Roundtable: Lilias Pettit-Scott, Urban Agriculture Coalition - High Tunnel Production
Friday, Nov. 22nd, 11am-noon, Urban Studies Room 200 (426 W Bloom St)

Please join us for UofL's Sustainability Roundtable on alternate Fridays throughout the fall at 11am. On Nov. 22nd, our speaker will be Lilias Pettit-Scott, from 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.
Nov. 22, 2019Garden Commons Workshop: Wreath Making
Friday, Nov. 22nd, 12pm-1pm, Garden Commons at the Cultural Center

Garden Interns: Avalon Gupta VerWiebe & Ellie MillerGet in the holiday spirit! Come learn how to make your own beautiful wreath using a variety of plant materials from campus and herbs from our garden. It's easier than you might think and you'll take home something beautiful and unique. This is the last in our fall series of Garden Workshops on Fridays at noon. 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.
Nov. 22, 2019EcoReps Lunch & Learn
Friday, Nov. 22nd 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! 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 fall, 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.
Dec. 3, 2019Green Threads Alumni Luncheon
Tuesday, Dec.3rd (Reading Day), 12-2pm, Cultural Center multipurpose room
All who have participated in our Green Threads faculty workshops since 2009 are encouraged to join us for a reunion and vegetarian lunch. The focus will be on networking across disciplines, sharing ideas, and supporting each other in our journeys to weave sustainability into our curricula. Green Threads 2019 participants will be presenting their plans and progress after the August workshop, and we'll provide some updates from the UofL Sustainability Council about upcoming events, resources, service learning projects, community engagement possibilities, and opportunities for using campus as a living laboratory of sustainability.
Dec. 5, 2019Meet the Professor - Dr. Lauren Heberle, Who, Where, and What Counts as the We in ‘Community’                                                                  in Environmental Policy Research and Practice?Meet the Professor - Dr. Lauren Heberle, Who, Where, and What Counts as the We in ‘Community’ in Environmental Policy Research and Practice?
Thursday, December 5th, noon, University Club. $15/person; $10/students
Using her work on cleaning up brownfields and Superfund sites in Louisville, sociologist Dr. Lauren Heberle will discuss how ‘Community’ is strategically deployed and contested in environmental decision making by organizations and government agencies. Using a framework suggested by the prominent Black feminist sociologist Patricia Hill-Collins, Dr. Heberle simultaneously situates ‘Community’ as a politically constructed unit of analysis, a contested idea by which we make sense of our relationships, and as a unit of emergent practice to better understand and facilitate opportunities for community engagement in environmental decision making and environmental justice. The College of Arts and Sciences and the Liberal Studies Project offer the monthly Meet the Professor series to highlight the college’s research and cultural offerings. Reservations are required, with payment by check. To reserve a spot, contact Janna Tajibaeva at 502-852-2247 or janna@louisville.edu.
  • 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

Oct. 11 – Allison Smith, Metro Louisville - Brownfields
Oct. 25 – TBA
Nov. 8 – Jessica Eggleston, UofL Masters in Sustainability student
Nov. 22 – Lilias Pettit-Scott, Urban Agriculture Coalition - High Tunnel Production

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