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Sustainability events are happening year-round at UofL!

Date Event
May 1 to 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.
May 6, 2015 Engineering Professional Development Conference: Engineering Local and Sustainable Solutions
Wednesday, May 6th 9am - 5pm in Vogt Building, Rooms 311 & 314. Cost: $150 - Register here.

UofL student chapters of Engineers Without Borders USA, American Water Works Association, and Water Environment Federation will be hosting this professional development conference on the theme of sustainability. The theme was inspired by the Back to the Tap initiative and the UofL Sustainability Council's work with the Louisville Water Company. Earn 7 professional development hours in one day! Cost includes breakfast and lunch. Registration will close at 11:55pm on 5/5/15. Speakers will include:
- Steve Cooper, Uni-Bell PVC Pipe Association on PVC Pipe Configurations
- Kelley Dearing-Smith, Louisville Water Company on Louisville Pure Tap
- Wes Sydnor & Erin Wagoner, Louisville MSD on Green Infrastructure & Stormwater Pollution Prevention
- Bill Harrington, UofL Industrial Engr. on Statistical Modeling & Simulation
- Maria Koetter, Louisville Office of Sustainability on Urban Heat Island & Heat Mitigation
- Dr. Mark French, UofL Civil & Environmental Engr. on Local/Sustainable Water Research Projects
- Dr. Brian Robinson, UofL Engineering Fundamentals on Advancements in Renewable Energy Applications for Space Conditioning
- Danielle Dresch, Gresham, Smith & Partners on Camp Taylor Sewer Inflow Reduction Project with Louisville MSD
- Gill Holland on NuLu’s “The Green Building”
May 7, 2015 Biomimicry Symposium - How Does Nature Inspire Technology?
Thursday, May 7th 8am - 4pm, University Club & Alumni Center

UofL's Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research & Dept. of Biology present this free 1-day symposium featuring:
Biomimicry Symposium
  • Dr. Peter Niewiarowski
    Professor, Biology, PI/Director, Biomimicry Research and Innovation Center (BRIC), University of Akron
    Leadership team member of Great Lakes Biomimicry
  • Dr. Ali Dhinojwala
    H.A. Morton Professor, Polymer Science, Co-PI, BRIC, University of Akron
  • Dr. Joel Fried
    Professor, Dept Chair, Chemical Engineering, University of Louisville
  • Dr. Philip Brown
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Nanoprobe Laboratory for Bio- & Nanotechnology and Biomimetics, The Ohio State University
  • Dr. J. Carson Meredith
    Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, J.Carl Pirkle Sr. Faculty Fellow,  Georgia Tech University
  • Dr. Michael Dickey
    Associate Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, North Carolina State University
  • Dr. Ted Smith
    Chief of Civic Innovation, Louisville Metro Government
    Community Fellow for Energy & Environment, Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research, University of Louisville
  • Dr. Shashank Priya
    Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech University
  • Dr. Margaret Carreiro
    Associate Professor, Biology, and Director, Center for Environmental Science, University of Louisville
  • Marisha Farnsworth
    Creative Director and co-founder of Urban Biofilter, and Designer at Hyphae Design Laboratory, Oakland, CA
  • Panel Discussion with Biomimicry Fellows/PhD candidates in Integrated Bioscience, University of Akron: Emily Kennedy, Bor-Kai (Bill) Hsiung, and Daphne Fecheyr-Lippens
For full details and RSVP, visit the Biomimicry Symposium website or contact Dr. Alyssa Stark,, 502-852-5941.
May 9, 2015 Kentucky Solar Energy Society annual membership meeting
Saturday, May 9th 1-4 pm in Vogt Hall 311/314

KySES will hold its annual general membership meeting at UofL in 2015. The meeting is free and open to KySES members, students, guests and the general public interested in learning more about solar power in Kentucky. The meeting agenda includes a discussion of UofL's solar and sustainable energy programs, a visual tour of the dual-axis tracking solar array on campus, a presentation by Kenya Stump, the Assistant Director for Renewable Energy at the KY Dept. of Energy Development and Independence, about the recently assembled inventory of known solar interconnections, and a brief business meeting. The meeting is free to everyone, so invite your friends and neighbors. Registration is desirable, but not required. Details & Registration here.
Through May 11, 2015 Give & Go 2015
Give & Go! Move-Out Waste Reduction

April 13th through May 11th, 2015
Moving out? Don't throw it out!
During the spring move out, special collection bins will be set up in the lobbies of all UofL residence halls for the donation of any unwanted items: clothing, shoes, accessories, linens, appliances, lamps, electronics, decor, rugs, bags, school supplies, toiletries, cleaning supplies, non-perishable food items, batteries, and anything else you'd rather not keep. Two sets of bins will be available in each lobby - one for Goodwill items and another for items Goodwill cannot accept. All will be collected and repurposed or recycled with a goal of Zero Waste for Move-Out 2015! The Give and Go program is a partnership between Keep America Beautiful® and Goodwill Industries with support from the College & University Recycling Coalition. Goodwill Industries of Kentucky is proud to partner with UofL Housing & Residence Life and the Sustainability Council's Solid Waste Reduction Committee for this initiative! For more information: Heather Hise, Goodwill Industries of Kentucky, 502-553-6893; or Bryan Mathis, UofL, 502-641-7286.
May 13, 2015 Beer with a Scientist: Dr. Keith Mountain on Climate Change
Wednesday, May 13th, 8pm at Against the Grain Brewery (401 E Main St)
The severity of climate change as a global issue and whether humans are causing climate shifts have been hotly debated issues among individuals and politicians. At the next Beer with a Scientist event, a UofL scientist will discuss the science behind the issue. Keith R. Mountain, PhD, chair and associate professor of the UofL Department of Geography and Geosciences, will address the question, "Climate change: What's the problem and is it even real?" Mountain’s research interests and expertise center on climatology and climate change, radiative and surface energy balances, geomorphology – the study of the evolution and configuration of landforms – glaciology and Arctic and Alpine environments. The program begins at 8 p.m. A 30-minute presentation will be followed by an informal Q&A session. The Beer with a Scientist program began in 2014 and is the brainchild of UofL cancer researcher Levi Beverly, PhD. Once a month, the public is invited to enjoy exactly what the title promises: beer and science. Admission is free. Purchase of beer, other beverages or menu items is not required but is encouraged. Organizers add that they also encourage Beer with a Scientist patrons to drink responsibly. More information at Louisville Underground Science on Facebook.
May 14 to 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 different vendors at this year's market, you'll find the finest in farm-fresh local products, including prepared lunches and food trucks, plant-based prepared meals, fruits, vegetables, baked & canned goods, granola, popcorn, honey, maple syrup, and more. Access our collection of delicious recipes for local products. Debit cards and SNAP benefits accepted. Special events for 2015: Cooking demonstrations with Chef Mat Shalenko 11am-1pm on June 11, August 27, and Oct. 8.
Easily accessible from Belknap Campus on TARC Route 18 (free with UofL ID) or via a pleasant 15 minute bike ride. Open weekly rain or shine. Watch Vendor Spotlights and recordings of our Monthly 20/20 Talks (a short seminar series on food and sustainability) on the GSFM YouTube Channel! Full details here, contact Market Manager, Melissa Schreck, or follow on Facebook.
May 15, 2015 Bike To Work Day!
Friday, May 15th 11:45am.
Rides to 4th St. Live depart from both HSC Kornhauser Library and Belknap North Info Center

May is Bike Everywhere Month!
UofL is getting in on the action with celebratory group rides to the Bike To Work Day community celebration at 4th StreetMay is Bike Everywhere Month Live! Rides will leave from Belknap Campus (gather at the North Info Center) and HSC (Kornhauser Library Quad). Meet up with other commuters, learn more about bicycle commuting, visit with vendors and just celebrate the bicycle. One lucky Bike To Work Day registrant will win a new, fully-loaded commuting bike from Parkside Bikes! No purchase necessary. We will also be giving out Louisville's new printed bike map and drawing for other prizes. Register now to win!
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 Belknap Campus Farmers' Market returns for its second year! Stop by for farm-fresh local products, including fruits, vegetables, eggs, meats, baked goods, honey, popcorn, canned goods, crafts, bottled teas, and more. The Office of Health Promotion will also be on hand some weeks to provide healthy local food samples and cooking demos. 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.
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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