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Sustainability events are happening year-round at UofL!

Date Event
May 20, 2015 FREE STRAWBERRIES! Help Wanted at Garden Commons Workday
Wednesday, May 20th 12pm-2pm at the Garden Commons next to the Cultural Center

Interested in learning more about organic gardening?! Want to share new ideas in sustainable living?! Join us this Wednesday as we weed, water, plant, harvest, and apply compost tea (an organic fertilizer and pesticide). No prior experience needed. Tools and gloves provided. Volunteers will be able to take home fresh herbs and yummy produce such as rhubarb, mint, lovage, thyme, sage, and fresh strawberries! We will also learn more about compost tea, how it's made, and its multiple benefits.
Thursdays through Oct. 29, 2015 Gray Street Farmers’ MarketGray St Farmers Mrkt Logo
Thursdays, 10:30am‒2pm (May 14th to Oct. 29th)
Health Sciences Center, 485 E. Gray St.

With many 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.
Special Events for 2015:
- Chef & health coach Mat Shalenko
will present cooking demonstrations on June 11, Aug. 27 and Oct. 8 from 11am - 1pm.
- Get Healthy Now will offer special “Take 20” fitness sessions at the market from 12:30-12:50pm, including Mini Boot Camp (May 14), Play (May 21), and Zumba (June 11).
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. More info: GSFM website, contact Market Manager, Melissa Schreck, or follow on Facebook
May 27, 2015 NuLu Eco-District Charette
Wednesday, May 27th from 5:30-7:30pm at The Green Building (732 E Market St). Register here free.
The first NuLu community engagement meeting or "charette" will begin the process to establish a Pilot Demonstration Sustainability District (Eco-District) in NuLu. A public-private partnership has been established which includes: NuLu Business Association; Metro Louisville Office of Sustainability, University of Louisville, Nucleus, and the Louisville Downtown Partnership. Attendees will learn: What is an Eco-district?; Why Eco-Districts Matter; Eco-District Benefits; and the 8 Performance Areas of Eco-District which include vision and specific goals, targets and indicators. The eight areas include: (1) Equitable Development; (2) Health + Well Being; (3) Community Identity; (4) Access + Mobility; (5) Energy;  (6) Water; (7) Habitat + Ecosystem Function; and (8) Materials Management. At least one hour of the program will be a facilitated session for Nulu neighborhood based attendees to express their opinions and visions on areas of focus for the sustainability and Eco-District Development in NuLu. We will also get an overview of America Saves! a pilot program supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, the Preservation Green Lab of the National Trust for Historic Preservation is currently working with a national team of experts to test a program for pinpointing long-term energy cost savings in existing buildings. The innovative America Saves! pilot will use energy and facility information to show the financial attractiveness of money- and energy-saving building improvements. America Saves! goals and the data collections needs are the same for the NuLu Eco-Distrcit project. Contact: Bobby Clark - Please Register Here (it's free).
May 28 to Oct. 15, 2015 Belknap Farmers Market, Thursdays 3:30-6pm May-Oct.UofL Belknap Farmers’ Market
Thursdays, 3:30-6:00pm (May 28th to Oct. 15th)
At 3rd St & Brandeis Ave in front of The Ville Grill

UofL's Belknap Campus Farmers' Market returns for its second year! Stop by for farm-fresh local products, including fruits, vegetables, eggs, meats, prepared meals, baked goods, honey, popcorn, granola, canned goods, candy, crafts, bottled teas, non-toxic home & body care products, and more. The Office of Health Promotion & Get Healthy Now will also be on hand to provide healthy local food samples and cooking demos. New for 2015:
- The Comfy Cow ice cream & the Sweet n Savory food truck will be on hand to kick-off the market season with us!
- Debit cards, SNAP benefits (EBT), and Senior Vouchers will be accepted by select vendors!
Open weekly, rain or shine! Email comments/questions. Follow us on Facebook
June 26, 2015 Kentucky Green Roof and Wall Symposium + Conservation Conversation
Kentucky Green Roof and Wall Symposium + Conservation Conversation

Friday, June 26th 9am - 5pm at Jefferson Community & Technical College (109 E. Broadway)
Cost: $79 for regular admission by May 29th ($99 after) and $49 for students.
Register here.
The Partnership for a Green City, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, the Louisville Energy Alliance, and the Kentucky chapter of the US Green Building Council invite you to attend this symposium featuring expert speakers and panelists such as:
  • Jeffrey L. Bruce, Owner, Jeffrey L. Bruce & Co.; Chair, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities
  • Maria Koetter, Director of Sustainability, City of Louisville
  • Claude Stevens, Facilitator of Outreach and Regenerative Design, Bernheim Forest
  • Virginia Russell, Associate Professor, University of Cincinnati
  • Cash Moter, Principal, Joseph and Joseph Architects

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about:

  • The benefits of green roofs and walls, including their capacity to manage stormwater and improve the quality of water entering watersheds
  • Emerging green roof and wall design practices
  • New opportunities to advance the Kentuckiana green roof and wall industry
  • Examples of green roofs thriving in and around Louisville
  • Effective policies that encourage investment in green roofs and walls
The Symposium is a great opportunity to help shape the future of green roof and wall development in Kentucky. The event will bring together public, private, and NGO stakeholders to explore how to make Kentucky a leader in the application of green roofs and walls to benefit the environment and economy. Questions about the event? Interested in sponsoring or exhibiting? Contact Paul Erlichman at 416-971-4494 ex. 223 or Register here.
Through Sept. 30, 2015 National Bike Challenge!National Bike Challenge May-Sept
May 1st to September 30th, 2015
Saddle up and ride for team UofL in the 2015 National Bike Challenge! Show your support for a healthy lifestyle and sustainable transportation. Register as an individual to compete against your peers. Your miles cycled will count towards the University of Louisville (workplace or school) total, as well as 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!
To Register:
1.    Visit
2.    Click “join”
3.    Select “The University of Louisville” as your workplace (students register for “University of Louisville” under school category)
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.
Oct. 8-10, 2015 New Paths in the Environmental History of North America and the Ohio Valley
October 8-10, 2015 at UofL and The Filson Historical Society
UofL’s Arts and Culture Partnership and The Filson Institute for the Advanced Study of the Ohio Valley and the Upper South will host a three-day academic conference to explore the environmental history of North America. The conference will explore the history of interactions between humans and the physical environment, with a particular focus on issues most relevant to the environmental history of the Ohio Valley from the sixteenth through the twenty-first centuries. The conference seeks to understand the changing nature of the landscape, the built environment, and the political and cultural debates over how to protect and exploit the physical environment.
2015 YES! Fest: Year of Environment & Sustainability
The conference will begin Thursday evening with a keynote address by Professor Uwe Lübken, Research Fellow at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, Germany. On Friday and Saturday, the conference will meet in consecutive plenary sessions, with three sessions each day.

For questions concerning the conference, please contact Dr. A. Glenn Crothers, or consult the UofL History Department website; and The Filson website. This is a YES! Fest event!
2015 2015 YES! Fest: Year of Environment & Sustainability YES! Fest 2015 - A Year of Environment and Sustainability
A year-long festival of our region's dynamic arts & cultural organizations united by the power of YES! In 2015, UofL's Center for Arts & Culture Partnerships along with over 100 member organizations of the Arts & Cultural Attractions Council of Louisville & Southern Indiana are uniting to connect the arts, culture and the environment. YES! Fest unites organizations throughout the community who have rarely worked together and will provide art and culture where no one has ever expected to see it – perhaps at a recycling center or a landfill – and will engage dialogue and thoughtful conversation about sustainability throughout our community. Don't miss out! Get in on the fun at our Events Calendar and Facebook Page.

  • 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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