Events

Sustainability events are happening year-round at UofL! Don't miss out!
DateEvent
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.
Jan. 8 - Apr. 19, 2019UofL Free Store logoUofL Free Store
Tuesday-Thursday 11am-1pm, and Fridays 2-5pm, Unitas Tower basement
UofL’s Free Store is open Tuesday-Thursday 11am-1pm, and Fridays 2-5pm throughout the spring in the Unitas Tower basement (enter from driveway off Cardinal Blvd). All students & employees are welcome to "shop" for free clothing, shoes, household items, books, school & art supplies, non-perishable food, etc. Donations are accepted any time in the red bins outside the Store. Help us keep useful stuff out of the landfill while helping those in need – Volunteers are needed each week to open the store and sort donations. UofL promotes an inclusive environment for all, regardless of gender identity and/or gender expression. The Free Store is a Transgender-Friendly space. The Free Store is closed whenever the university is not in session. Follow on Instagram or
To volunteer, contact UofL's Zero Waste Intern: Razija Mehinović (502-974-1843, razija.mehinovic@louisville.edu).
March 27, 2019Who Gets to Drink? The Past and Future of Drinking Water
Wednesday, March 27th, 6pm, Law School Room 275
The Spring 2019 Boehl Distinguished Lecture in Land Use Policy will be given by James Salzman, who is the Donald Bren Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the UCLA School of Law, University of California, Los Angeles. James is one of the world's preeminent authorities on drinking water policies and he will present "Who Gets to Drink? The Past and Future of Drinking Water." The Boehl Distinguished Lecture in Land Use Policy is supported by the Herbert Boehl Chair Funds, the Brandeis School of Law and the Center for Land Use and Environmental Responsibility.
March 28, 2019Spring 2019 Campus Tree Advisory Committee Meeting
Thursday, March 28th, 11am-12:30pm, Ekstrom Library room W210

Tree Campus USA - 2011 Tree PlantingThe Campus Tree Advisory Committee is open to all employees, students & community members interested in helping UofL protect & expand our tree population. We meet just once a semester. The agenda includes:

  • Updates: recent/impending tree plantings, removals and maintenance plans (Greg & Aaron)
  • Update on Campus Tree Inventory & UofL Tree App (Bob)
  • Updates/Maintenance of Belknap Tree Tour – ELSB funded plaque replacements (Tammy)
  • Plan for 2019 UofL Arbor Day Observances  (Justin)
    1. Friday, April 5th, 11am-2pm, Greek Row?
    2. Monday, April 8th, 9am, HSC Dental School
    - Role of Grounds Crew & Tree Planting plan (Greg)
    - Role of Campus Housing/Green House/Sustainability Living-Learning Community (Marcus/James)
    - Role of UofL Dining (Ellen)
    - Role of Health Promotion (Justin)
    - Role of KY and/or Metro Louisville Divisions of Forestry? (Bridget/Erin)
    - Who can help staff Tree give-away? Russ has ordered 100 native roughleaf dogwood & 100 native Kentucky coffeetree seedlings, and Greg has 20 flowering cherry trees.
    3. Athletics Arbor Day planting with student athletes? (Seeking tree donor)
  • Tree-relatedService Learning Projects
    - Review of 2019 Maple-Tapping season & plan for pancake party Friday 4/19, Noon, Ekstrom W210  (Linda, Dave, Avalon)
    - All are encouraged to volunteer to help with:
      - Metro Tree Giveaway -Saturday 3/23, 11am-1pm, JCTC parking lot (125 W Broadway)
      - Louisville Grows Chickasaw Neighborhood Tree Planting – Saturday 4/6, 8am-3pm
      - Any 2019 classes on offer which are/could integrate tree-related service learning?
  • Other items? Contact the Chair, Justin Mog at justin.mog@louisville.edu
March 29, 2019

Sustainability Roundtable: CLB Envirome Institute: Addressing the impact of the environment on human health
Friday, March 29th, 11am-noon, Urban Studies Room 200 (426 W Bloom St)

Envirome InstitutePlease join us for UofL's Sustainability Roundtable series on alternating Fridays at 11am! Our guest on March 29th will be Jonathan Freedman, Assistant Director of UofL's Christina Lee Brown Envirome Institute, and a professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the School of Medicine. Professor Freedman holds an additional appointment in the Diabetes and Obesity Center. His career has focused on understanding how environmental toxicants contribute to the etiology of human diseases including cancer, metabolic disorders, and developmental and learning abnormalities. These projects have been funded by the National Institutes of Health, Superfund, National Toxicology Program, American Cancer Society and Autism Speaks. He will share some of his work and inform us about the work of the Envirome Institute and potential research and collaborative opportunities.

The Christina Lee Brown Envirome Institute was officially established in June 2018, with input from both University and Louisville communities. The mission of the CLB Envirome Institute is to enable and support education, research and communication through a holistic approach to understand how natural, social and personal environments come together to affect an individual’s health. Through multi-directional partnership with local communities and relevant stakeholders, the Institute aims to investigate how changes in natural, built, social and personal environments affect health outcomes and disease risk within our community. Meeting this goal requires input from academicians from Business, Engineering, Law, Policy, Public Health, Arts & Science and Medicine. Combining the expertise in these areas with participation from community leaders and citizen scientists will improve the quality of life for the citizens of Louisville and serve as a model that can be globally applied.

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 Daniel DeCaro.

March 29, 2019EcoReps Lunch & Learn: Hart Hagan on the Green New DealGreen New Deal
Friday, March 29nd 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 topic on March 29th will be the Green New Deal, a proposed economic stimulus program in the United States that aims to address both economic inequality and climate change. Supporters of a Green New Deal, like Hart and the youth-led Sunrise Movement, advocate for a combination of Roosevelt's economic approach with modern ideas such as renewable energy and resource efficiency. Hart Hagan is a long-time activist, organizer, and advocate for sustainable change. He is host of The Climate Report on Louisville's Forward Radio 106.5fm, and director of Wild Ones Louisville.
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 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, Jan. 11 - Apr. 19, 2019Spring 2019 Garden Workshops+WorkdaysGarden Commons Spring Workdays
Fridays, 2:30-3:30pm, 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. 11 - Apr. 19) from 2:30pm to 3:30pm 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.
March 30, 2019Student Climate Rally 2-22-19Organizing vs. Activism 101 Training
Saturday, March 30th 4-7pm, SAC
The decentralized, leaderful movement Resistencia Cuarenta-y Cinco is planning this organizer 101 training to give you the run down on what’s organizing vs. activism. We’ll also have envisioning exercises where you envision a world you want to live in, then how to work towards it! Discover what we do immediately to push for change, channeling the energy of the fierce urgency of now. These exercises will be facilitated through an intersectional lens as we delve into real situations grappling with reproductive rights, housing justice, and climate change affecting black and brown communities hardest. This is an intentional youth oriented space and we’ll be centering people of color voices. Are you down or are you ready to throw down? Let’s get free together. La lucha sigue!
Feb. 1 - Mar. 30, 2019

Ecolympics LogoEcolympics 2019
February 1st to March 30th

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 Peugeot road bike, gift cards to Comfy Cow and Heine Bros. coffee, and other fabulous prizes!

RecycleMania! - February 3 to March 30, 2019
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.).
  • RECYCLE E-WASTE!
    We will be offering a collection of electronic wastes for recycling at both the Kick-Off event and in every residence hall's lobby throughout Ecolympics 2019! You can recycle any electronic consumer items, including: all computers, monitors, televisions, printers, copiers, scanners, servers, networking equipment, fax machines, telephones and cellphones, RAM/memory, hard drives, battery backups, and peripherals such as keyboards, mice, speakers, AC adapters, and mixed computer cables/wires. Please make sure your data has been wiped from your device before recycling. We will also have collections for recycling any type of battery, lamps, and ink/toner cartridges.

Campus Conservation Nationals - February 1-21, 2019
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 below to see how much electricity your hall is using and learn how you can conserve! Halls in the competition include:
  1. Win this bike in Ecolympics 2019!Bettie Johnson Hall
  2. Community Park (real-time data!)
  3. Kurz Hall (real-time data!)
  4. Louisville Hall (real-time data!)
  5. Miller Hall
  6. Threlkeld Hall
  7. Unitas Hall (real-time data!)
  8. University Tower Apartments (UTA)

Prizes:

    • In addition to a Green Renovation prize for the winning hall, one resident who takes the most steps during Ecolympics 2019 will win a restored vintage Peugeot road bike!
    • Post your sustainable actions and tag @UofLSustainable throughout February & March to be entered into the competition!

April 3, 2019UofL Recycling Bin Hackathon
Wednesday, April 3rd, 4pm-6pm, FirstBuild (333 East Brandeis)

Do you care about recycling? Do you think the current campus containers are confusing? Want to work collaboratively to come up with new ideas? Join us for a two-hour fun co-creation experience, led by FirstBuild. Students, faculty, and staff from all corners of the university are welcome to join us for this free event! Pizza will be provided. Please RSVP so we can plan accordingly.
April 3, 2019https://static.wixstatic.com/media/9a95c6_3bb186768a0344f98184839d16f9ce7f~mv2_d_2020_1768_s_2.png/v1/fill/w_1600,h_1400,q_85,usm_0.66_1.00_0.01/9a95c6_3bb186768a0344f98184839d16f9ce7f~mv2_d_2020_1768_s_2.pngUPA Spring 2019 Lecture Series: KY State Representative Attica Scott
Wednesday, April 3rd at 7pm at Launch Louisville (816 & 822 East Broadway)
UofL's department of Urban & Public Affairs invites you to join us for the spring lecture series, no matter your field or specialty! Urbanism is and has always been a transdisciplinary endeavor, and there is no better space that this in which to begin to engage in these discussions/debates. This series is designed to engage students, faculty, staff, and the public around issues of urbanization, sustainability, the just city, and what it all means for our home city of Louisville. Our guest on April 3rd will be State Representative Attica Scott, who serves Kentucky House District 41. These events are free and open to the public!
Apr. 5 & 8, 2019UofL Arbor Day 2017UofL Arbor Day Celebration
Friday, April 5th, 11am-2pm, Belknap Campus Greek Row
Monday, April 8th, 9am at HSC School of Dentistry

April 5th is Arbor Day 2019 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 9 years running!).
  • Help us plant new trees on campus!
  • Take home a free native tree sapling to plant in your yard or neighborhood! We'll be giving away 100 native roughleaf dogwoods, 100 native Kentucky coffeetrees, and 20 flowering cherry trees.
  • Tree-themed activities with prizes and free apples for everyone!
  • Bike-blender 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, UofL Office of Health Promotion, and HSC Green Team.
April 5, 2019Paint and Plant
Monday, April 5th, 2-5pm, Red Barn
This event will give students the opportunity to relax and connect with nature. Enjoy free snacks as you paint and decorate a pot, plant a starter herb/vegetable/flower, and take it home free of charge. This event is organized by the Graduate Network in A&S, which encourages all students from all disciplines to gather and network at social events like these. Our goal is to give students the chance to mingle with others outside of their own discipline and have a good time on campus.
April 9, 2019Fulfilling Social and Economic Rights
Tuesday, April 9th, 1pm, Ekstrom Library, Chao Auditorium

Join us for a free public lecture by the 2019 UofL Grawemeyer Award winners for Ideas Improving World Order, Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, Terra Lawson-Remer and Susan Randolph. The team were named co-winners for the ideas set forth in their book, Fulfilling Social and Economic Rights. The work, published in 2015 by Oxford University Press, offers a method for gauging how well nations are providing basic human rights of food, health, education, housing, work and social well-being to their citizens and suggests how they can advance such rights even further. Fukuda-Parr is a professor in The New School’s Graduate Programs in International Affairs. Lawson-Remer was recently a fellow in Stanford University’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. Randolph is an associate professor emerita of economics at the University of Connecticut. The trio used the United Nations’ 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights and 1966 International Covenant on Economic, Cultural and Social Rights as a basis for their work, creating a new tool, the Social and Economic Rights Fulfillment Index, to measure nations’ progress toward human rights goals. Their book also sheds light on policies that advance human rights and explains how use of these policies and public pressure can lead to results. Although the authors noted there has been steady progress in social and economic rights fulfillment over the past 30 years, they found that disparities still exist in every region of the world. Their measurement tool is aimed at helping governments and other organizations address those disparities. In 2016, the book won the American Political Science Association’s Human Rights Section Best Book Award.
April 12, 2019Sustainability Roundtable: Mary Ellen Wiederwohl (Chief of Louisville Forward, Metro Government)
Friday, April 12th, 11am-noon, Urban Studies Room 200 (426 W Bloom St)

Mary Ellen Wiederwohl of Louisville Forward spoke to a mentee.Please join us for UofL's Sustainability Roundtable series on alternating Fridays at 11am! Our guest on April 12th will be Chief of Louisville Forward for Metro Government,Mary Ellen Wiederwohl. 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 Daniel DeCaro.
Apr. 12, 2019Climate Anxiety+Meditation Workshop (Apr 2019)Climate Anxiety and Meditation Workshop
Friday, April 12th, Noon
Garden Commons at the Cultural Center

Join us in UofL's organic Garden Commonsfor a wellness workshop on climate anxiety. Do you feel extreme anxiety in the face of news about climate change and environmental disasters? Come learn tools for resiliency and be guided through a meditation created specifically for this purpose. Co-sponsored by the UofL Sustainability Council, Office of Health Promotion, and Get Healthy Now!
April 15, 2019

Belknap Farmers Market LogoBelknap Farmers Market: Earth Week Market
Monday, April 15th, 11am-2pm, Red Barn plaza
The Belknap Campus Farmers' Market returns for one-day only during Earth Week 2019! Stop by for farm-fresh local products, including produce, meat, eggs, breads, honey, popcorn, jams, pickles, reusables, clothing, linens, wood crafts, pottery, fair trade items, and more.

  • 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 HSC (Med Center One). 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.
Apr. 19, 2019UofL Maple SyrupEcoReps Lunch & Learn: UofL Maple Tapping & Pancake Party!
Friday, April 19th 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 rap up the year on April 19th, 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.
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.
April 22, 2019Late Night Shred Fest!
Monday, April 22nd, 8pm, SAC Ballroom
Campus Housing will be honoring Earth Day with a fun incentive to recycle after all your spring classes are over! Satisfy your late-night cravings and power up for finals with a free breakfast bar. Bring old papers from the semester to shred and recycle them properly and you'll be entered into a raffle for fabulous prizes! You can earn a second raffle ticket just by coming in your pajamas.
May 16 - Oct. 31, 2019image for 2018Gray Street Farmers’ Market
Thursdays, 10:30am‒1:30pm (May 16 to Oct. 31, 2019)
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:

J. Blaine Hudson African World Academy Presents

March 9, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., University Club and Alumni Center, Presidents Room; free, open to the public
Cheri Bryant Hamilton presents "A life of privilege, a sense of duty: Ruth Booker Bryant, Unsung heroine and the black 6" and "The environmental dream team: Basic facts and real impacts" with Eboni Cochran (REACT), Tom FitzGerald (KRC), and Lauren Heberle (UofL Sociology/CEPM).

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