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Sustainability events are happening year-round at UofL!

Date 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.

Jan. 12-19, 2015 MLK Week: Unite the Campus, Advance the Dream
Jan. 12-19, 2015. Various Times & Locations. Full schedule here.
UofL MLK Day of Service - Jan. 19, 2015Join the Cultural Center for our first annual MLK Week from January 12-19, 2015. Our intent is to bring students, faculty, staff and the local community together to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and the on-going struggle for peace, justice, and civil rights. The week will kick off with a winter accessories collection drive to benefit a local shelter, and features a variety of events including art, film, and discussion. The week concludes with the annual:
  • UofL MLK Day of Service
    Monday, Jan. 19th from 9:30am-4:00pm
    The Office of Student Involvement in partnership with the Cultural Center and the Engage.Lead.Serve. Board is organizing volunteers for the MLK Day of Service. Transportation to and from the service sites will be provided, as well as lunch. Walk-ins may be accommodated depending on site availability. For more information, contact Brittany Barnes at 852.3754, bnbarn02@louisville.edu, or visit our OrgSync page.
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.
Spring 2015
UofL Free Store logoUofL Free Store Open!
Spring 2015 Hours TBA, 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).
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, all of whom will be entered into a raffle for a $400 bike shopping spree, and a select few conservation heroes will win a special dinner with President Ramsey! The UofL residence hall which cuts electricity use the most will also earn special prizes, including an outing for residents and a "Green Make-Over" renovation for their hall!
  • The Kentucky school with the greatest percentage reduction will take home the Bluegrass Unplugged trophy! 2015 rivals include Berea College, Transylvania University, the University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, and Western Kentucky University.
  • Read your history: UofL Green Scene: Students Compete to Reduce.
Feb. 18, 2015 Hunger Banquet
Wednesday, Feb. 18th, 5:30-7:30pm in the Red Barn
Free, but donations will be accepted: Cash for Oxfam America; Canned & non-perishable food for Dare To Care
The Engage.Lead.Serve Board's Global Initiatives is hosting this special event to educate students about how the rest of the world eats and how they can make a difference. Participants will be split into groups that resemble the division of wealth globally. Food will be served differently between each group of countries and will simulate the typical meals each experiences in a normal day. Students will also be presented with information of things that could work towards solving this problem in the world. Many think hunger is about too many people and too little food. That is not the case. Our rich and bountiful planet produces enough food to feed everyone. Hunger is about power. Its roots lie in inequalities in access to resources. The results are illiteracy, poverty, war, and the inability of families to grow or buy food. Hunger affects everyone, in countries rich and poor, in urban and rural areas. But some of us face greater challenges than others. Every day, resources like land and water are becoming more scarce, making it harder for farmers to feed their families. Global shifts in weather are adding to the problem, making it harder for people to sow and harvest crops. Hundreds of thousands of people have participated in Oxfam America Hunger Banquet events or skipped meals to acknowledge the plight of the world’s hungry. Co-sponsored by UofL's Peace, Justice & Conflict Transformation Program, Sustainability Council, and Anthropology Department.
Feb. 26, 2015 Panel on Immigrant Youth Opportunities & Access
Thursday, Feb. 26th 5:30-7:30pm at UofL's Law School
Organized by UofL's Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace & Justice in advance of Saturday's Day of Dignity
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. TEDxUofL 2015 will create a space for discussion and learning that goes beyond traditional paradigms and bridges into community activism and collaboration. The purpose of TEDxUofL 2015 is to expose the many assumptions we operate under by defining, explaining, and exposing the interconnectedness of life through a series of short presentations by speakers from many different fields of study. The theme of “Interconnected” will be mined, dissected, constructed, and examined in an effort to build a framework for looking at how we think and behave. TEDxUofL 2015 will challenge the audience to reflect on their own processes and connect the ideas to their daily lives with the awareness and application of interconnectedness. The event will be organized around three thematic sessions: Sustainability, Discovery, and Dynamism. TEDxUofL is free and open to the public. Registration opens January 12th: Get your tickets here. Those who wish to present at TEDxUofL are urged to contact Elizabeth Smith: elizabethann727@gmail.com. Facebook Event page.
Feb. 28, 2015 Day of Dignity: Building Community & Enhancing Cross-Cultural Understanding
Saturday, Feb. 28th, noon-5pm, Muhammad Ali Center (144 N. Sixth St.)
The Day of Dignity will continue the work of UofL's Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace & Justice in building community and enhancing cross-cultural understanding among different cultures that live and work right here within the same communities. Please join us for this free event featuring food, entertainment, and a kids play area.
Concurrent Information Sessions: (1) Immigration; (2) Healthcare; and (3) Entrepreneurship & Employment Opportunities.
Information Tables: (1) Community Resources and Support; (2) Community Action Opportunities; (3) Education; and (4) Youth Opportunity and Access.
Organizers: UofL's Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace & Justice, Kentucky Refugee Ministries, Catholic Charities & Muhammad Ali Center.
March 5, 2015 Sustainability Fair, Speakers & Music Fest
Thursday, March 5th, Time TBA, SAC Multipurpose Room & West Lawn

The Engage.Lead.Serve Board's Green Initiatives is joining forces with the Forecastle Foundation to bring you an unforgettable day of performers and action for sustainability. A sustainability fair will be held on the SAC West Lawn during the afternoon, with an evening performance in the SAC MPR. Details coming... Stay tuned!
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
TENTATIVELY: 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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