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|Jan. 31 - March 27, 2021||
Post your sustainable actions and tag @UofLSustainable or submit them through our online form to win a Cardinal-colored Danon Folding Bicycle, or one of eight fabulous weekly prize baskets!
Lockdown Drawdown! - February 5-25, 2021
|March 12, 2021|
|March 12, 2021||
Engaged Scholarship Symposium
Friday, March 12th, 10am-2:30pm, online - Register here
The Annual Engaged Scholarship Symposium is an opportunity to network and share current research and teaching activities involving community partners and service to the community. Please join us for a half day of panel presentations, lightning talks, and recognition of UofL faculty receiving national awards in community-engaged scholarship.
The opening Plenary Session will include recognition of:
Faculty: Dr. Cate Fosl – Anne Braden Institute, College of Arts & Sciences
The W. K. Kellogg Community Engagement Scholarship Award 2019 Recipient
Community Partner: The Fairness Campaign
Faculty: Dr. Dedra Hayden and Krista Roach – School of Nursing
The W. K. Kellogg Community Engagement Scholarship Exemplary Award 2020 Recipient
Community Partner: Kentucky Racing Health and Welfare Fund
The 10:45am Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Darren E. Lund, Professor, University of Calgary on "Seeking Cultural Humility in Justice-Based Community Engagement." Dr. Lund’s talk will offer a timely reminder that this work of attending to difference is not simply about pursing harmony with our colleagues, students, and community partners. Bringing about social and institutional changes toward racial equity requires thoughtful advocacy and even some professional risk. Dr. Lund will offer specific insights and ideas from his three decades of work on social justice activism and human rights. He will address notions of privilege, and the need to attend to our own complex identities in community engaged work. His presentation will highlight research from a community-driven university education program that seeks to foster cultural humility in pre-service teachers. For over a decade, the award-winning Service Learning for Diversity Program has worked collaboratively with community agencies that serve diverse young people, including immigrant and refugee children, youth with disabilities, LGBTQ2+ youth, and Native/Indigenous youth. Participants can expect a lively talk that includes meaningful take-aways and resources for a range of settings, as well as some time for questions and answers. Event is free, but registration is required.
|March 12 & 16, 2021|
|March 12, 2021||
Pollinators + Beekeeping Workshop
Friday, March 12th, noon, Garden Commons (SW corner of Strickler Hall)
Join us in UofL's organic garden for a workshop all about pollinators, specifically bees! Bees are an integral part of our ecosystem, especially within the garden. Without them, we wouldn't get the wonderful produce we cherish in our gardens and farms. We want to celebrate bees and the beautiful honey they make. We will be discussing how to make a garden more pollinator-friendly. Check out UofL Community Composting Project's new beekeeping setup and learn more about pollinators and urban beekeeping from the Kentuckiana Beekeepers Association!
|March 19, 2021||
Friday, March 19th, 11am, online
Join Microsoft Teams Meeting
Or join by phone at 502-792-9582 (Conference ID: 442 798 161#)
Please join us for UofL's Sustainability Roundtable on alternate Fridays throughout the spring at 11am. On March 19th, we will be in conversation with Lisa Dettlinger, the Program Director at Louisville Grows, about their activities and programs. Louisville Grows is an environmental, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to Grow Greener, Healthier Neighborhoods. Their vision is to foster green, just and sustainable neighborhoods in Louisville. They seek to be a leading nonprofit in advocating for health equity through the environmental platforms of urban forestry and urban agriculture. Louisville Grows’ neighborhood-based urban forestry program focuses on rebuilding the urban tree canopy with a goal of planting 1000 trees each year. Their Urban Agriculture program is designed to build capacity in community gardens by providing technical assistance, education and infrastructure. Healthy House programs, workshops and classes center on healthy living, healthy eating, environmental education or environmental equity. They are dedicated to restoring the urban tree canopy and providing environmental education opportunities that will lead to ending health disparities in our community. No pre-registration is required. The format is a 30-40 minute presentation from a variety of speakers throughout the year, followed by 20-30 minutes of open discussion. 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. Facebook Event.
|Fridays, Jan. 15 - Apr. 23, 2021||
Garden Commons Spring Workdays
Fridays, 12pm-1pm, Garden Commons (SW corner of Strickler Hall)
All are welcome at our weekly group workdays in UofL's organic Garden Commons at the southwest corner of Strickler Hall, east of the Speed Art Museum Parking Garage, and across the walkway from the Biology Department's Korfhage Native Plant Garden! Join us to 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 at noon throughout the spring (Jan. 15 - Apr. 23) to plant, weed, water, and harvest. Special hands-on workshops will be held monthly: Maple Tapping (1/15); Seed Starting (2/12); Beekeeping (3/12); Rain Barrel Making (4/9); and Serviceberry Foraging (6/4). No prior experience necessary. Tools & gloves provided. Face masks and physical distancing required to keep everyone safe during the pandemic. 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 Facebook or Instagram. Facebook Event.
|March 20, 2021
Saturday, March 20th, 1-2pm, Iroquois Park Amphitheater (1080 Amphitheater Rd)
Join the UofL Botanical Society at Iroquois Park for a Scavenger Hunt! We will be making mandalas out of the pieces of nature that we find. And then we will be stamping some t-shirts with what we find!! It's going to be a great time to meet people and to get a free t-shirt! It is going to be totally fun, awesome, and will be a great introduction into spring. If you plan to attend this event, please RSVP on Engage so we can have an idea of how many t-shirts to purchase. We will be following all COVID-19 guidelines as outlined by the CDC and the University of Louisville. Masks must be worn at all times. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided to you.
|March 26, 2021||
EcoReps Workshop: Resilience Justice
Friday, March 26th, Noon-1:00pm, online
Join Microsoft Teams Meeting, or join by phone at 502-792-9582 (Conference ID: 135 251 995#)
Join us for our monthly EcoReps workshop featuring locals making a difference in sustainability! Our featured speaker on March 26th will be Professor Tony Arnold, the Boehl Chair in Property and Land Use at the University of Louisville, where he teaches in the Brandeis School of Law and the Department of Urban and Public Affairs and directs the interdisciplinary Resilience Justice Project. Professor Arnold teaches and researches about social and environmental justice and governance at the intersection of land, water, and the environment. He has won numerous awards for teaching, mentoring students, and research, and has taught or researched at several universities, including Stanford, UCLA, Florida, Houston, and Puerto Rico. He is active in public policy and community service and has served on many government and nonprofit boards and commissions in Texas, California, and Kentucky, including community-based economic-justice and environmental-justice organizations in low-income communities of color.
Resilience justice is about the unequal vulnerabilities of low-income communities of color to many different kinds of shocks and changes, including climate change, economic and housing shocks, health crises, pollution releases, etc. Systemic racism, structural inequality, colonialism, and other embedded injustices create cross-system effects that undermine communities’ adaptive capacities. We will focus on one type of inequality affecting low-income neighborhoods of color: green and blue infrastructure, which includes parks and green spaces, trees and forests, clean or restored waterways, biotic stormwater controls, community gardens, and the like. Examples from Louisville, Tampa, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC will be discussed, as will policy and governance reforms.
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. More info on EcoReps website. This spring, we continue our series of live, virtual workshops each month on last Fridays at noon. All are welcome. Facebook Event.
|April 2, 2021||
Staff Training: Green Office 101
Friday, April 2nd, 12-1pm
The Sustainability Council will offer a free training for all UofL staff who are interested in learning more about how to "green" their offices and work environments through sustainability practices that can save money, minimize our environmental footprint, empower people to take ownership of space, and build community. If you've always wondered what you can do to live more lightly on the Earth and to center social, economic, and environmental stewardship in your day-to-day work, then this is the workshop for you! We'll cover all the basic strategies around Zero Waste, Energy & Water Conservation, Sustainable Food & Catering, Transportation Alternatives, Green Purchasing, Eliminating Toxins, and more. Bring your burning questions! This training will be facilitated by UofL's Assistant to the Provost for Sustainability Initiatives, Dr. Justin Mog, UofL EcoReps Director, Dr. Brian Barnes, and Delphi Center Sr. Associate Director, Dr. Patty Payette. Full details and registration info TBA.
|April 7, 2021||
Power Dialog: Climate Solutions for Kentucky
1. Rebecca Goodman, Secretary, KY Energy and Environment Cabinet
The schedule will be:
3:00-4:00pm Power Dialog Webinar
|April 9, 2021||
Rain Barrel Making Workshop
Friday, April 9th, noon, Garden Commons (SW corner of Strickler Hall)
Join us in UofL's organic garden for a hands-on workshop in which you will learn how to make your own rainwater catchment system. Help us install a rain barrel on the tool shed at our new Garden Commons location, and learn more about water collection and sustainable irrigation methods! Face masks and physical distancing required to keep everyone safe during the pandemic. Facebook Event.
|April 16, 2021||
EcoReps Workshop: Maple Tapping Pancake Party!
Friday, April 16th, Noon-1:00pm, Under tent on Humanities Quad
You can also join us virtually for the presentation: Join Microsoft Teams Meeting, or join by phone at 502-792-9582 (Conference ID: 135 251 995#)
Join us for our monthly EcoReps workshop featuring locals making a difference in sustainability! We'll wrap up the year on April 16th, with the return of our annual maple syrup harvest celebration after a winter of tapping UofL trees! Come enjoy some pancakes with our very own, hyper-local maple syrup while we talk trees and local sweetness with our community partner, Dave Barker.
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. More info on EcoReps website. This spring, we continue our series of live workshops each month on last Fridays at noon. All are welcome. Facebook Event.
|June 4, 2021||
Serviceberry Foraging Workshop
Friday, June 4th, noon, Garden Commons (SW of Strickler Hall)
Bring a pail or Tupperware and get ready to load up on the sweetest "secret" right under our noses! Serviceberries (aka Juneberries) are native to Kentucky and they are planted all over the city as a common, low-maintenance street tree. The fruits are ripe for only two weeks around June 1st. They are similar to blueberries but a little bit nutty (the trees are in the almond family!). UofL's campus boasts many loaded serviceberries and during this special workshop, we will walk around to visit them all! Pick and take home as many as you can. Enjoy them fresh or freeze them for pies and smoothies year-round! Meetup at the Garden Commons and we'll go from there. Masks will be required and we’ll practice physical distancing to keep everyone safe. Facebook Event.
For inspiration, read Robin Wall Kimmerer's deeply insightful essay, The Serviceberry: An Economy of Abundance.
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