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Sustainability events are happening year-round at UofL!

Date Event
July 21-25 2014 Summer Research Camp at UofL's Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research
July 21–25, 9am–5pm, Ernst Hall Room 212
At the Conn Center’s Summer Research Camp, high school students will learn the driving principles behind cutting edge renewable energy research from the Conn Center’s research staff, then work in the labs on real hands on projects using state of the art analytical tools and research methods. Schedule:
Day 1: Lab safety. Overview of energy challenges, and material needs for energy technologies
Day 2: Concepts of solar energy conversion to electricity and fuels
Day 3: Physics and chemistry of advanced energy materials
Day 4: Energy storage and biofuels concepts
Day 5: Group presentations, networking
Summer Research Camp modules include: Solar Manufacturing; Solar Fuels; Advanced Energy Materials; Energy Storage; Biomass and Biofuels; and Materials Characterization. Objectives of Summer Research Camp are for students to develop a rough outline for science fair projects, jump start their progress toward state and regional competitions, and spur interest in higher education STEM studies. Summer Research Camp is limited to 30 students, and applications were due June 9th. Cost: $200, includes daily lunches and a Conn Center lab coat. Contact: Andrew Marsh, conn.center@louisville.edu, 502-852-8597.
Thursdays through Oct. 30, 2014 Gray Street Farmers’ MarketGray St Farmers Mrkt Logo
Thursdays, 10:30am‒2pm (May 15th to Oct. 30th)
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. Debit cards and SNAP benefits accepted. 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. Full details here, contact Market Manager, Melissa Schreck, or follow on Facebook.
Thursdays through Oct. 16, 2014 UofL Belknap Farmers' Market Thursdays, 3:30-6:30pm (May 29th to Oct. 16th)UofL Belknap Farmers’ Market
Thursdays, 3:30-6:00pm (May 29th to Oct. 16th)
At 3rd St & Brandeis Ave in front of The Ville Grill

UofL's new Farmers' Market on Belknap Campus features 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 and Get Healthy Now will also be on hand to provide healthy local food samples, cooking demos, and health tips. Open weekly, rain or shine! Email comments/questions. Follow us on Facebook
July 27, 2014 Garden Commons Workday & Harvest!
Sunday, July 27th, 1pm at Cultural Center
Interested in health, sustainability, good food, and growing things?! We need your help to make our garden grow! Please join us as we weed, water, and harvest from UofL's organic Garden Commons! No prior experience necessary. Tools and gloves provided. Dress to get dirty. The Garden Commons is open to participation throughout the year from students, staff, faculty, and community members. Everyone who comes is welcome to fresh-picked fruit, veggies, mint, herbs, and whatever else is ready for harvest! Connect with us on Facebook
Help is also needed beforehand from noon-1pm at the UofL Community Composting site (E. Bloom St. between Floyd & Brook)
Aug. 6, 2014 Public Meeting: 4th Street Road Diet Project from Cardinal Blvd to Industry Rd
Wednesday, Aug. 6th, 5:30-7:30pm, Student Rec Center Room 107

Metro Louisville’s Department of Public Works will be hosting two public meetings at UofL in regard to its plans to install traffic-calming measures on 4th Street through Belknap Campus during August 2014. The plan will effect Fourth Street from Cardinal Boulevard to Industry Road (including a dangerous railway underpass) and involves the addition of buffered bike lanes in each direction; the preservation of existing dedicated turn lanes and on-street parking lanes in both directions; and reducing the roadway to one vehicular travel lane in each direction. The new roadway configuration will look much like 4th Street north of Cardinal Blvd, but with bike lanes. The Draft 4th Street Road Diet Plan can be viewed here.
UofL supports this change to enhance safety for all road users, particularly with the significant increase in pedestrian and bicycle traffic that has come with the new housing and Student Rec Center developments around this corridor. A new 654-bed affiliated student housing project (“The Grove”) will be opening in August at 4th and Industry which will also generate considerably more pedestrian and bicycle traffic along 4th Street.
Public Meetings will be held at UofL's Student Recreation Center, 2030 S. 4th Street, Room SRC # 107
Wednesday August 6th, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Friday August 8th, 11:30am  – 1:30pm
Aug. 8, 2014 Public Meeting: 4th Street Road Diet Project from Cardinal Blvd to Industry Rd
Friday, Aug. 8th, 11:30am-1:30pm, Student Rec Center Room 107

Metro Louisville’s Department of Public Works will be hosting two public meetings at UofL in regard to its plans to install traffic-calming measures on 4th Street through Belknap Campus during August 2014. The plan will effect Fourth Street from Cardinal Boulevard to Industry Road (including a dangerous railway underpass) and involves the addition of buffered bike lanes in each direction; the preservation of existing dedicated turn lanes and on-street parking lanes in both directions; and reducing the roadway to one vehicular travel lane in each direction. The new roadway configuration will look much like 4th Street north of Cardinal Blvd, but with bike lanes. The Draft 4th Street Road Diet Plan can be viewed here.
UofL supports this change to enhance safety for all road users, particularly with the significant increase in pedestrian and bicycle traffic that has come with the new housing and Student Rec Center developments around this corridor. A new 654-bed affiliated student housing project (“The Grove”) will be opening in August at 4th and Industry which will also generate considerably more pedestrian and bicycle traffic along 4th Street.
Public Meetings will be held at UofL's Student Recreation Center, 2030 S. 4th Street, Room SRC # 107
Wednesday August 6th, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Friday August 8th, 11:30am  – 1:30pm
Aug. 8, 2014 Garden Commons Workday & Harvest!
Friday, Aug. 8th, 4-6pm at Cultural Center
Interested in health, sustainability, good food, and growing things?! We need your help to make our garden grow! Please join us as we weed, water, and harvest from UofL's organic Garden Commons! No prior experience necessary. Tools and gloves provided. Dress to get dirty. The Garden Commons is open to participation throughout the year from students, staff, faculty, and community members. Everyone who comes is welcome to fresh-picked fruit, veggies, mint, herbs, and whatever else is ready for harvest! Connect with us on Facebook
Aug. 20-28, 2014

Sustainability will be woven into Welcome Week events, including:

  • Thursday, Aug. 21 - Car-Free Lunch Trip to Gray St. Farmers' Market
    Gray St Farmers Mrkt Logo11:00 a.m. meet up. Cyclists gather in front of the Red Barn. Bus riders bring UofL ID and meet at the TARC Route #18 stop across from the Floyd St. Garage Belknap Bus Station. Bring spending cash/debit card for local food/lunch items. All attendees receive a reusable UofL Sustainability shopping bag made in the USA of 100% recycled materials!
  • Thursday, Aug. 21 - Belknap Farmers' Market
    3:30-6:00pm on Brandeis Street in front of The Ville Grill. Come check out UofL's new Farmers' Market on Belknap Campus! Stop by and load up on farm-fresh local fruit, vegetables, popcorn, meats, cheese, eggs, crafts and more!
  • Saturday, Aug. 23rd - S.O.U.L. volunteer projects Noon-6pm.
    The Sustainability Council is organizing two on-campus volunteer sites for SOUL, helping out at the Garden Commons and at our Community Composting site! Get to know fellow students and UofL faculty and staff while exploring diversity on campus and in the Louisville community. Discover how to make the most of UofL service and leadership opportunities, then work alongside those you met to learn first-hand about the many facets of our “Possibility City.”
  • Sunday, Aug. 24th - Garden Commons Workday & Harvest!
    1pm at Cultural Center. Interested in health, sustainability, good food, and growing things?! We need your help to make our garden grow! Please join us as we weed, water, and harvest from UofL's organic Garden Commons! No prior experience necessary. Tools and gloves provided. Dress to get dirty. The Garden Commons is open to participation throughout the year from students, staff, faculty, and community members. Everyone who comes is welcome to fresh-picked fruit, veggies, mint, herbs, and whatever else is ready for harvest! Connect with us on Facebook
    Help is also needed beforehand from noon-1pm at the UofL Community Composting site (E. Bloom St. between Floyd & Brook)
  • Tuesday, Aug. 26 - Recognized Student Organizations (RSO) Fair & SAB Cook-Out, 11am-1pm, Red Barn plaza. Free food! Come learn about the many sustainability-related student groups on campus and sign-up to get involved!
  • Wednesday, Aug. 27 - UofL Involvement Fair, 11am-1pm, Red Barn plaza. Free food! Stop by the UofL Sustainability table to find out how you can make a difference, take the Cards Go Green! Pledge and grab some green goodies, or get a free bike tune-up!
  • Thursday, Aug. 28 - Pedal with the President!Bike To Work Day with UofL President Ramsey 5-21-10
    7:30am leaves from Amelia Place (2515 Longest Avenue)
    Join President Ramsey for a fun, easy 30-minute ride to campus for Welcome Week! Riders will leave together and then split into two groups - one headed to Belknap campus and another to HSC. Both routes will be fairly flat and low-traffic. The route to Belknap is mapped out here. The route to HSC is mapped out here. This event is a collaboration between UofL’s Get Healthy Now, Sustainability Council, and Office of the President. By cycling to campus, President Ramsey seeks to set a powerful example for the community, highlighting his support for a healthy, sustainable lifestyle.

Aug. 24, 2014 Garden Commons Workday & Harvest!
Sunday, Aug. 24th, 1pm at Cultural Center
Interested in health, sustainability, good food, and growing things?! We need your help to make our garden grow! Please join us as we weed, water, and harvest from UofL's organic Garden Commons! No prior experience necessary. Tools and gloves provided. Dress to get dirty. The Garden Commons is open to participation throughout the year from students, staff, faculty, and community members. Everyone who comes is welcome to fresh-picked fruit, veggies, mint, herbs, and whatever else is ready for harvest! Connect with us on Facebook
Help is also needed beforehand from noon-1pm at the UofL Community Composting site (E. Bloom St. between Floyd & Brook)
Sept. 5, 2014 Garden Commons Workday & Harvest!
Friday, Sept. 5th, 4-6pm at Cultural Center
Interested in health, sustainability, good food, and growing things?! We need your help to make our garden grow! Please join us as we weed, water, and harvest from UofL's organic Garden Commons! No prior experience necessary. Tools and gloves provided. Dress to get dirty. The Garden Commons is open to participation throughout the year from students, staff, faculty, and community members. Everyone who comes is welcome to fresh-picked fruit, veggies, mint, herbs, and whatever else is ready for harvest! Connect with us on Facebook
Sept. 18, 2014 UofL Peace Day
Thursday, Sept. 18th all day, various locations TBA

Every year since 1981, people around the world have commemorated the United Nations International Day of Peace. To kick off our annual Week Without Violence (Sept. 18-30), UofL will mark our fourth Peace Day with a series of events designed to give everyone on campus an opportunity to draw strength from one another as a community. Events will include a “Tunes for Wounds” concert organized by Kelly Heisman (one of UofL's Peace, Justice & Conflict Transformation scholarship students) and a visit by South African Diana Ferrus to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the end of apartheid. Sponsors: Peace, Justice & Conflict Transformation program; The Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research. Full details will be posted here.
Sept. 22, 2014 World Car-Free Day is September 22ndWorld Car-Free Day at UofL
Monday, September 22nd, 11am-2pm, Humanities Quad
UofL will be celebrating World Car-Free Day, an annual event to raise awareness about the many pleasures and benefits of living free of fossil-fueled auto-dependency! This September 22nd, we'll be inviting area bike shops and bike advocates to campus to offer consultation, basic tune-ups, and on-campus delivery of bikes ordered through UofL's Earn-A-Bike program (application deadline: August 28th). Free bike bells will be offered if you register your bike! Join us in raising the profile of car-free living, building resilient communities, and inspiring others to try the many transportation alternatives available to everyone at UofL!
This is a Week Without Violence event highlighting the inherent violence in car-dependency and the life-saving, peace-promoting nature of the alternatives. About one in 70 people in America will die violently on our roadways. Hundreds of people are violently killed and injured by cars on Louisville’s streets each year. It doesn't have to be this way. UofL's Sustainability Council wants to help stop by the violence on our streets by raising awareness about safer streets with fewer cars and slower traffic!
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Through Sept 30, 2014 National Bike Challenge!
May 1st to Sept 30th, 2014
Saddle up and ride for team UofL in the 2014 National Bike Challenge! Show your support for a healthy lifestyle and sustainable transportation. Register as an individual, or create a team of 5 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 individual and team prizes through Get Healthy Now, including the grand prize of a $400 voucher to a local bike shop!
National Bike Challenge May-SeptIndividual Registration:
1.    Visit nationalbikechallenge.org
2.    Click “join”
3.    Select “The University of Louisville” as your workplace (students register for “University of Louisville” under school category)
Team Registration:
1.    All team members must complete individual registration (see above)
2.    Click “my account” link at top right of page
3.    Scroll down and click “start one” under team heading (or “search” if you want to join an existing team)
4.    Submit team name and 5 person (maximum) roster to ghn@louisville.edu
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. 20-26, 2014 UofL Sustainability Week! Oct. 20-26, 2014
A full week of events to celebrate and raise awareness! Details are being finalized, but events will include:
  • Monday Oct. 20, 11am-2pm – Weigh the Waste (The Ville Grill)
  • Tuesday, Oct. 21, 11am-2pm – Campus Arbor Day Observance & Tree Planting (SAC West Lawn)
  • Wednesday, Oct. 22, 10am-2pm – Campus Sustainability Day (Quad)
    **Free shredding & recycling of documents, diskettes & videotapes at Shred-It truck outside College of Business
  • Thursday, Oct. 23, 10:30am–2pm – Gray Street Farmers’ Market (HSC)
  • Thursday, Oct. 23, 3-7pm – (tentative) Belknap Farmers' Market & Local Food Dinner (Red Barn)
  • Friday, Oct. 24, 7pm – Farm to Table Dinner (The Ville Grill patio)
  • Friday-Sunday, Oct. 24-26Bluegrass Bioneers (Humanities)
If you're interested in scheduling an event during UofL Sustainability Week, please contact Sustainability Coordinator Justin Mog!
Oct. 20, 2014 Weigh the Waste
Monday, Oct. 20th 11am-2pm at The Ville Grill

This is the dirty story of what’s left on your plate. At UofL’s all-you-care-to-eat dining hall, The Ville Grill, patrons' plates are normally scraped behind the scenes in the dish room, with all scraps being sent to compost, not to the landfill.  Today, behind the scenes action takes center stage as we raise awareness on what you can do to reduce waste in everyday aspects of your life.
Oct. 21, 2014 Campus Arbor Day Observance & Tree Planting
Tuesday, Oct. 21st 11am-2pm, SAC West Lawn

Join us in the shade for a celebration of UofL’s on-going commitment to trees! Sample some of the food, music, clean air, and other treats that come to us because we plant and care for trees.
Oct. 22, 2014 Campus Sustainability Day
Wednesday, October 22nd 10am-2pm Humanities Quad
  • Join us for the 7th annual celebration of all things sustainable at UofL and in our community! Learn what campus and community groups are doing to create a sustainable revolution. Sign-up to get involved and leave with some green freebies, great information, and a smile on your face!
  • Learn about all of UofL's Transportation Alternatives and get hands-on, personalized guidance in how to use UofL's Bike Fix-It Stations! Bring your bike for a tune-up!
  • Shred-It will offer free shredding and recycling of documents, video tapes, and computer diskettes from their truck in the circle in front of the College of Business 10am - 2pm.
  • UofL's event will be part of the national celebration of Campus Sustainability Day.
Oct. 24, 2014 Farm to Table Dinner
Friday, Oct. 24th 7pm at The Ville Grill patio

A first-class culinary experience you can access with your campus meal plan! Dinner will consist of a unique menu, made from scratch by expert chefs using local, farm fresh ingredients. Students, staff, faculty and the entire campus community are welcome! Cash price & registration info coming soon...
Oct. 24-26, 2014 Bluegrass Bioneers  FacebookBluegrass Bioneers logo
Friday-Sunday, Oct. 24-26, Humanities
UofL will host the 6th annual Bluegrass Bioneers Conference. Bluegrass Bioneers is the local partner of the national Bioneers conference which takes place annually in San Rafael, CA. Bioneers look to nature to solve our environmental and social problems for more resilient and abundant communities. Bioneers is inspiring a shift to live on Earth in ways that honor the web of life, each other, and future generations. In addition to screening the national Bioneers' keynote speakers, Bluegrass Bioneers includes regionally-based live speakers, demonstrations, workshops, field trips, food, eco-tainment, and calls for action. Full details will be available at the Bluegrass Bioneers webpage
Nov. 11, 2014 john a. powellAnne Braden Memorial Lecture: john a. powell
Tuesday, Nov. 11th, 5:30pm, location TBA
The 8th annual Anne Braden Memorial Lecture in U.S. civil rights movement history will feature Dr. john a. powell, an internationally recognized expert in the areas of civil rights and civil liberties and a wide range of issues including race, structural racism, ethnicity, housing, poverty, and democracy. He is the Executive Director of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, which supports research to generate specific prescriptions for changes in policy and practice that address disparities related to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, and socioeconomics in California and nationwide. Hosted by UofL's Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research. For more information, visit anne-braden.org.
Nov. 14-16, 2014 Campus-Community Partnerships for Sustainability Conference
November 14-16, 2014 at Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green
Western Kentucky University will host the 7th (semi-)annual Campus-Community Partnerships for Sustainability conference! Mark your calendars for Kentucky's biggest gathering of students, faculty, and staff interested in campus sustainability! UofL will be well-represented at the conference which will feature a Student Summit; Green Career Panel; Farm Elegant Dinner; Engaging Sessions; and Keynote Speaker: Mitchell Thomashow of Second Nature. Full details 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.
  • 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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