Events

Sustainability events are happening year-round at UofL! Don't miss out!
DateEvent
Nov. 13, 2019Belknap Farmers Market LogoUofL Farmers' Market Holiday Bazaar
Wednesday, Nov. 13th, 11am-3pm, Red Barn

Come load up on locally-grown and handmade holiday gifts from our UofL Farmers' Market vendors and other local artisans! This one-day Holiday Bazaar features over a dozen different local artisans, farmers, and food producers coming together in one location for holiday shopping, local style! You'll find unique holiday gifts such as jams, salsas, relish, honey, baked goods, wreaths & holiday decorations, soaps & balms, crafts, jewelry, stoneware, pottery, UofL apparel and accessories, and more! There will be door prizes and lunch available for purchase. Make your list. Check it twice. And don't miss it!
Nov. 15, 2019Garden Commons Workshop: Wreath Making
Friday, Nov. 15th, 12pm-1pm, Garden Commons at the Cultural CenterGarden Interns: Avalon Gupta VerWiebe & Ellie Miller
Get 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.
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.
Nov. 17, 2019Panel discussion: Climate Change Effect: Urban Heat Islands & West Louisville
Sunday, Nov. 17, 4-6pm, The Yearlings Club, Inc. (4309 W. Broadway)
The UofL College of Arts and Sciences’ diversity and community engagement programs office offers these free, public forums with the Yearlings at the civic club’s 4309 W. Broadway location. Climate change is affecting the American people in far-reaching ways. Related impacts are evident across regions and in many sectors important to society—such as human health, agriculture and food security, water supply, transportation, energy, and ecosystems. As urban areas develop, changes occur in their landscape. buildings, roads, and other infrastructure replace open land and vegetation. These changes cause urban regions to become warmer than their rural surroundings, forming an "island" of higher temperatures in the landscape. Urban heat islands increase demand for energy consumption during the summer when temperatures rise. As a result of increased energy consumption, there is an increase in air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Join us as our distinguished panel discusses the impact of the urban heat island on West Louisville residents.
PANEL:
Dr. Tamara Sluss, Director, MA/MS Interdisciplinary Studies, Sustainability;
Eboni Neal Cochran, West Louisville Environmental Activist;
Dr. Allison Smith, Metro Office of Advanced Planning and Sustainability; and
Dr. Avery Kolers, Professor of Philosophy, Director - Social Change Program
MODERATOR:
Dr. Monica Unseld, Research Associate - Greater Louisville Project
Admission is free and open to the public. Light refreshments served. For additional information, please contact Clest Lanier (502) 852-3042 or cvlani01@louisville.edu.
Nov. 18-25, 20192019 Peace & Justice Week
Monday, November 18th, 11 am to Thursday, November 21st, 5 pm, various locations
Join the Anne Braden Institute, Muhammad Ali Institute and Cooperative Consortium for Transdisciplinary Social Justice Research in a week-long conversation about racial justice. Students, faculty, and community partners are encouraged to attend.

All events are FREE. Register online here.

WHAT'S YOUR CHARGE?

MON. NOV. 18, 11AM-1PM: SAC

Visit us in the SAC to learn more about Peace & Justice Week and to share your passion for social justice.

STUDENTS SPEAK OUT ON RACIAL JUSTICE

TUES. NOV. 19, 7-9PM: RED BARN

Poems, songs, rants, & performance art welcome! Sign up for 1-5 min. performances at muhammad@louisville.edu. Sponsored by the Muhammad Ali Institute.

13TH ANNUAL ANNE BRADEN MEMORIAL LECTURE

WED. NOV. 20, 5:30-7:30PM: COMSTOCK HALL

Dr. Jelani Cobb presents "The Half-Life of Freedom: Race and Justice in America Today." Sponsored by the Anne Braden Institute.

3RD ANNUAL SOCIAL JUSTICE RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM:

  • RESEARCH-MEETS-ACTIVISM BREAKFAST

THURS. NOV 21, 9-10:30AM: LOUISVILLE URBAN LEAGUE

Panel discussion with local activists on race and journalism, closing remarks by Dr. Jelani Cobb. Sponsored by the Anne Braden Institute.

  • WRITING FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE WORKSHOP

THURS. NOV 21, 11AM-5PM: LOUISVILLE URBAN LEAGUE

Learn to speak out about social justice issues at this op-ed writing workshop, in collaboration with the Progressive Media Project. Sponsored by the Cooperative Consortium for Transdisciplinary Social Justice Research.

Nov. 19, 2019https://se-infra-imageserver2.azureedge.net/clink/images/0c8acefc-9110-4f19-91fc-5412b90c2e60c4985972-994c-418d-8a8c-1928c5f7e939.pdf?preset=large-wFriends, Not Food
Tuesday, Nov. 19th, 7pm-9pm, SAC Multipurpose room
The Engage Lead Serve Board's Green Initiatives and Animal Welfare Committee are working together to organize this event focused on educating and spreading awareness of animal agricultural practices in a fun and informative way. We will provide as much information we can for people who want to move away from meat but do not know how to start. The evening will include a trivia competition, with prizes for team winners, a resource fair with information on vegetarian, vegan, and organic meals; recipes; food tastings; tabling from affiliate groups; and TED-talk style speakers touching on other aspects of agricultural practices, such as pollution, climate change, and more. If you are interested in forming a trivia team, email Megan Husted (megan.husted@uoflelsb.org) or Catie Hofmeister (catherine.hofmeister@uoflelsb.org).
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, 9am-5pm, Louisville Urban League (1535 W Broadway). Register online here.

Research-Meets-Activism Breakfast
9:00am-10:30am
UofL's Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research hosts this annual breakfast and conversation. This year will feature a panel discussion with local activists on race and journalism, closing remarks by our 13th Annual Braden Memorial Lecturer, Dr. Jelani Cobb.

Writing For Social Justice Workshop

11am-5pm
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
April 1, 2020Shelley 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 7, 2020National 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.
  • 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

Panel discussion: Climate Change Effect: Urban Heat Islands & West Louisville

Sunday, Nov. 17, 4-6pm, The Yearlings Club, Inc. (4309 W. Broadway)

The UofL College of Arts and Sciences’ diversity and community engagement programs office offers these free, public forums with the Yearlings at the civic club’s 4309 W. Broadway location. Climate change is affecting the American people in far-reaching ways. Related impacts are evident across regions and in many sectors important to society—such as human health, agriculture and food security, water supply, transportation, energy, and ecosystems. As urban areas develop, changes occur in their landscape. buildings, roads, and other infrastructure replace open land and vegetation. These changes cause urban regions to become warmer than their rural surroundings, forming an "island" of higher temperatures in the landscape. Urban heat islands increase demand for energy consumption during the summer when temperatures rise. As a result of increased energy consumption, there is an increase in air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Join us as our distinguished panel discusses the impact of the urban heat island on West Louisville residents.

PANEL:

Dr. Tamara Sluss, Director, MA/MS Interdisciplinary Studies, Sustainability; 

Eboni Neal Cochran, West Louisville Environmental Activist; 

Dr. Allison Smith, Metro Office of Advanced Planning and Sustainability; and

Dr. Avery Kolers, Professor of Philosophy, Director - Social Change Program

MODERATOR:

Dr. Monica Unseld, Research Associate - Greater Louisville Project

Admission is free and open to the public. Light refreshments served. For additional information, go to: louisville.edu/artsandsciences/events/yearlings

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