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Sustainability events are happening year-round at UofL!

Date Event
Thursdays thru Dec. 2014 UofL Free Store logoUofL Free Store Open!
Thursdays Noon-2pm in Unitas Tower basement
The UofL Free Store is open to all students, faculty & staff to "shop" for free clothing, shoes, electronics, small appliances, household items, bath & beauty supplies, books, school & art supplies, non-perishable food, and more. Clean donated items of all kinds are always welcome! The Free Store is intended to keep useful items out of the landfill and to aid the needy. It is a volunteer-powered initiative of UofL's Sustainability Council and the student environmental organization, Group Recycling And Sustainable Solutions (GRASS).
Dec. 5, 2014 Holiday Cards “Buy Local” Shopping Tour
Friday, Dec. 5th from 8am-6pm (leaves from University Club)
Registration is $35 here.
UofL and the Louisville Independent Business Alliance (LIBA) will take shoppers on a whirlwind tour of local shops and restaurants on the fourth annual Holiday Cards “Buy Local” Shopping Tour. The tour will take patrons to locally owned businesses in a several Louisville neighborhoods. The registration fee includes opening and closing receptions, door prizes and transportation to more than a dozen shops on East Market Street (NULU), Lexington Road, in Butchertown and more. Activities will begin with festive drinks and a light breakfast at the University Club on Belknap Campus at 8 a.m. Shoppers will board a bus at 9 a.m. to begin their day of shopping. The group will return to the University Club for a closing reception from about 4-6pm. It will feature free holiday decorating and mixology demonstrations and samples, hot hors d’oeuvres and door prizes. Shoppers who purchase from at least five stores will be entered into the LIBA “Shift Your Shopping Contest,” which includes a drawing for a $1,000 “Buy Local” shopping spree. The trip is open to the public, but bus seating is limited. UofL faculty, staff, students and alumni will receive priority for seating.
Dec. 10, 2014 Partnership for a Green City 10 Year Anniversary Celebration
Partnership For A Green City - Celebrating 10 Years in LouisvilleWednesday, Dec. 10th at 10:45am
Nucleus (300 E Market St)
Please join the Partnership for a Green City’s Leaders from UofL, JCTC, JCPS, and Metro Government for our Anniversary Celebration as they reaffirm their commitment to our sustainability collaboration and our move toward a behavior change model! Partnership members will be sharing our achievements, a five-year update of the Climate Action Report, STARS programs, expectations and refreshments.
Dec. 14-20, 2014 UofL Habitat for HumanityHabitat for Humanity Collegiate Challenge trip to Birmingham
December 14th-20th, $300, Register Here.
UofL Habitat volunteers will be traveling to Birmingham, Alabama to help build affordable homes with Habitat for Humanity. Full details here. The $300 cost includes transportation, meals, and lodging. This is one of the most affordable alternative break service trips you'll find and something that you'll be happy you did! If you're interested, sign up on Orgsync and Register Here.


Jan. 16, 2015 EcoReps Lunch & Learn: Sustainability at Blackacre Preserve
Friday, Jan. 16th at Noon, Ekstrom W210
Join us for a discussion of the many new sustainability initiatives taking place at Louisville's Blackacre State Nature Preserve with their Executive Director, Dale Josey. Dale has broad sustainability plans for the preserve, and he’s coordinating much of that planning with Eco-Reps and other local partners. Learn more & connect with us at the Facebook Event Page.
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 certification as a point-person & peer-to-peer advocate for sustainability. This spring we'll continue our series of EcoReps Workshops featuring a free vegetarian lunch each month. Please join us to learn more about sustainability and each other, whether you’re a recycler, avid bike commuter, local foodie, or social justice advocate! More info and sign-up form on EcoReps website.
Feb. 1 to March 28, 2015 UofL Competes in RecycleMania 2015RecycleMania 2015!
February 1st to March 28th, 2015
A friendly annual competition among North American universities. During this 8 week period, UofL is competing to reduce waste, increase recycling and raise conservation awareness across all three campuses! Keep up with the Cards progress at the RecycleMania website.
  • 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: all types of plastic, paper, cardboard, metal, and glass! Details on what you can recycle at UofL here.
Feb. 9 - Mar. 1 2015
Campus Conservation Nationals
February 9th to March 1st, 2015
Live on campus? Help the Cards to victory with conservation! UofL will compete to reduce electricity use in residence halls during the 2015 Campus Conservation Nationals. Over three weeks, we'll need your help to achieve the greatest possible energy reductions in your hall. 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.
  • Click on the links below to see how much electricity your hall is using and to make a commitment to conserve!
Campus Conservation Nationals 2015Bluegrass Unplugged Logo
  1. Bettie Johnson Hall

  2. Billy Minardi Hall
  3. Cardinal Towne
  4. Community Park (real-time!)

  5. The Complex (West, Center & Wellness)
  6. Kurz Hall (real-time!)

  7. Louisville Hall (real-time!)
  8. Miller Hall
  9. Threlkeld Hall

  10. Unitas Hall (real-time!)
  11. University Tower Apartments (UTA)

  • Prizes: Individual prizes will be given out to residents who commit to reduce. The UofL residence hall which cuts electricity use the most will earn a free SKATE PARTY and a GREEN RENOVATION!
  • The Kentucky school with the greatest average reduction will take home the Bluegrass Unplugged trophy!
  • Read your history: UofL Green Scene: Students Compete to Reduce.
Feb. 28, 2015 TEDxUofL 2015: "Interconnected"
Saturday, Feb. 28th 9am-Noon at the Rauch Planetarium (simulcast location: Strickler Hall)

Join us for a very special day of live TED talks on the theme "Interconnected," using interdisciplinary and collaborative approaches to address current issues. The event will require free registration and will feature a diverse selection of professionals, students, scientists, artists, and community leaders and their various perspectives. Four hand-­picked, pre-­recorded TED talks will also be presented. Talks will highlight local innovation and success, global initiatives, and delve into ideas from interdisciplinary speaking teams. The talks will not only engage audience members in a unique learning experience, but will also create an opportunity for everyone to share knowledge, culture, experiences, and action. TEDxUofL 2015 will be organized around four independent sessions:
1. Introduction: Interconnectedness
2. Social Entrepreneurship
3. Cultural Sustainability
4. Creativity, Innovation and Dynamism.
March 11-14, 2015 The White Privilege Conference: Resistance, Action, Courage, & Equity: The South Leading the Way!
March 11th-14th at the Galt House (140 N 4th St)
UofL's College of Arts & Sciences Office of International, Diversity, and Engagement Programs is co-sponsoring the 16th annual White Privilege Conference which will be held in Louisville. This international gathering examines challenging concepts of privilege and oppression and offers solutions and team building strategies to work toward a more equitable world. It is not a conference designed to attack, degrade or beat up on white folks. Nor is it a conference designed to rally white supremacist groups. As a conference designed to examine issues of privilege beyond skin color, it is open to everyone and invites diverse perspectives to provide a comprehensive look at issues of privilege including: race, gender, sexuality, class, disability, etc. — the ways we all experience some form of privilege, and how we’re all affected by that privilege. Each year, the conference attracts students, professionals, activists, parents, and community leaders from diverse perspectives. It welcomes folks with varying levels of experience addressing issues of diversity, cultural competency, and multiculturalism. Keynote speakers will include: Chris Crass, Author, Educator & Movement Builder; Gyasi Ross, Author & Attorney; Loretta J. Ross, Author; and Dr. Mab Segrest, Professor of Gender & Women's Studies, Connecticut College (retired) and Author, Scholar & Activist. Full details and registration here.
March 26, 2015 Gottschalk Lecture: Dr. Chad Montrie on Appalachian Environmental History
Thursday, March 26th time and location TBA

The History Department's spring 2015 Gottschalk Lecture will feature Dr. Chad Montrie speaking on Appalachian Environmental History including coal mining and mountain top removal. This lecture will be presented in part as a tribute to UofL History professor, John Cumbler, who is retiring and who was Montrie's advisor when he was a UofL student.
March 27, 2015 EcoReps Lunch & Learn Workshop
Friday, March 27th at Noon, Ekstrom 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
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 certification as a point-person & peer-to-peer advocate for sustainability. This spring we'll continue our series of EcoReps Workshops featuring a free vegetarian lunch each month. Please join us to learn more about sustainability and each other, whether you’re a recycler, avid bike commuter, local foodie, or social justice advocate! More info and sign-up form on EcoReps website.
April 17, 2015 EcoReps Lunch & Learn Workshop
Friday, April 17th at Noon, Ekstrom 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
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 certification as a point-person & peer-to-peer advocate for sustainability. This spring we'll continue our series of EcoReps Workshops featuring a free vegetarian lunch each month. Please join us to learn more about sustainability and each other, whether you’re a recycler, avid bike commuter, local foodie, or social justice advocate! More info and sign-up form on EcoReps website.
April 22, 2015 Earth Day: LALS Tranquility Garden Dedication & Planting
Wednesday, April 22nd, west side of Stevenson Hall (Time TBA)

On Earth Day 2015, the Latin American and Latino Studies (LALS) Dept.  will officially unveil The Latin American and Latino Studies Tranquility Garden. The goal of this space is to allow students, faculty, and staff a beautiful place to sit down, have lunch, conduct meetings, or simply study. One of the wonderful elements of the garden is how it “grew” from donations from faculty and staff of UofL and members of the local community. Many of the beautiful plants that will be making their spring debut are donations from the gardens of Rhonda Buchanan, Richard Tabb, and Kevin D. Kouba. On Earth day we will open the garden and acknowledge the donors and students that have helped make this project happen. One of the highlights of this day will be a community planting in which members present will be able to place a hand full of annual flower seeds into a new plot that will be prepared in the early spring.
April 23, 2015 Faculty Workshop: Green Threads – Sustainability across the curriculum
Reading Day, Thursday, April 23d, 9am - 4:15pm, Urban Studies Institute Room 117
Interested in integrating themes of environmental, social & economic stewardship into your courses?
The Sustainability Council invites full- & part-time faculty as well as GTA Academy participants from all disciplines to participate in the 2015 Green Threads workshop. We’ll explore ways to embed sustainability into your curriculum. Faculty will receive a $500 honorarium, resources for course development, info on local sustainability issues, & a new network of faculty from across UofL. Applications (available soon) must be submitted to Margaret Carrerio by March 25, 2015. Full details on Green Threads here.
  • 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:

 

 


 

 

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