Sustainability events are happening year-round at UofL!
|Feb. 28, 2015||TEDxUofL 2015: "InterconnecTED"
Saturday, Feb. 28th 9am-Noon at the Rauch Planetarium
Simulcast Auditorium: 110 Davidson Hall; Conversation Cafe: Davidson Hall 111
Live Stream available online at tedx.uofl.com
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 is now closed. If you did not register or cannot join us in person, please go to tedx.uofl.com for a live stream of the event! 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.
|Through 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. Join us on Facebook.
|March 2, 2015||Student Cycling Coalition Group Ride: #SlowRollMonday
Monday, March 2nd at 4:30pm
ALL SCC rides start at Freedom Park in front of the Ville Grill, between 2nd and 3rd streets.
#SlowRollMonday rides are about 15 miles. Join us for a flat, easy paced, beginner friendly ride along the riverfront. It is an opportunity for new riders to enter the sport as well as an opportunity for those who have raced in the weekend to recover. This is a No-Drop ride, meaning no one will be left behind! Ride Captain: Abner Miralda, (502) 648-8862. This is a Spring Sustainability Week event! Full Details here.
|March 3, 2015||Bangladeshi Garment Workers Speak Out!
Tuesday, March 3rd at 12:30pm in Humanities 300
Bangladeshi labor organizer Kalpona Akter, and Mahinoor Begum, a garment worker and survivor of the deadly Rana Plaza collapse, will speak about their struggle to force brands like VF Corporation, the parent company of JanSport, to sign a legally binding agreement to improve apparel factory safety and working conditions in Bangladesh, as well as what students can do to make UofL sweat-free! Join Cards United Against Sweatshops for a worker tour event to hear how YOU can take action on campus to put an end to unsafe factories in Bangladesh that have claimed the lives of thousands of garment workers. Join us! This is a Spring Sustainability Week event! Facebook Event Page.
|March 3, 2015||Localism and the New Language of Conservation
Tuesday, March 3rd at 6pm in Room 275, Brandeis School of Law
UofL's Brandeis School of Law presents the spring 2015 Boehl Distinguished Lecture in Land Use Policy featuring Professor J.B. Ruhl, JD, PhD. Dr. Ruhl is the David Daniels Allen Distinguished Chair of Law at Vanderbilt University, where he co-directs the Energy, Environment, and Land Use Program. Professor Ruhl is a nationally pre-eminent expert on environmental and natural resources law, and has published extensively on ecosystem services, climate change adaptation, endangered species and wetlands policy, and adaptive ecosystem management and governance. He has taught in law schools at Harvard, Florida State, George Washington, University of Texas, Vermont, and Lewis & Clark, and 8 of his articles have been selected by peers as among the best published in environmental law over the past 25 years. He holds a J.D. an LL.M., and a Ph.D. in Geography. His lecture will be on how and why local land use policies and laws are increasingly important in environmental conservation. The Boehl Distinguished Lecture Series in Land Use Policy is one of several law and policy initiatives in land use and environmental responsibility at the University of Louisville, and is supported by the Herbert Boehl Fund, the Kentucky Research Challenge Trust Fund, and the Center for Land Use & Environmental Responsibility. The lecture is free and open to the public. This is a Spring Sustainability Week event!
March 4, 2015
|UofL Free Store Open!
Wednesday, March 4th 1-3pm in Unitas Tower basement
The UofL Free Store will be open and all students, faculty & staff are welcome 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). This is the last week we will be open on Wednesdays. On March 12th, we'll switch to Thursdays 1-3pm.
|March 4, 2015||Garden Commons Workday!
Wednesday, March 4th, 4pm at Cultural Center
Interested in health, sustainability, good food, and growing things?! We need your help get our garden growing for 2015! Please join us as we prepare UofL's organic Garden Commons for a productive year! No prior experience necessary. Tools and gloves provided. If the weather's bad, we'll be working on projects inside the greenhouse. The Garden Commons is open to participation throughout the year from students, staff, faculty, and community members. This is a Spring Sustainability Week event! Connect with us on
|March 5, 2015||"Ecochella" - Sustainability Fair, Speakers & Music Fest
Thursday, March 5th, Fair: 3pm, West Lawn. Music: 6pm, Red Barn
The Engage.Lead.Serve Board's Green Initiatives and Student Activities Board present an unforgettable day of performers and action for sustainability! A sustainability fair will be held on the SAC West Lawn during the afternoon, followed by an evening of speakers and music featuring The Louisville Crashers, The Deloreans, and Appalatin. Our speakers, who will be shedding light on the idea that "sustainability is more than recycling" include:
1. Dale Douthat, director of Habitat for Humanity ReStore of Metro Louisville
|March 5, 2015||Equitable Louisville: From the Ground Up
Thursday March 5th, 4pm in Humanities 300
UofL's Social Change Program present a panel discussion featuring Lauren Heberle (Sociology Department), Valerie Magnuson (Louisville Grows), and Alicia Hurle (Kentuckians For The Commonwealth). This panel is part of the Spring 2015 lecture series on Building the Equitable City. It is free & open to the public. For more information, contact Avery Kolers, 852-0453. This is a Spring Sustainability Week event!
|March 6, 2015||Campus Tree Advisory Committee - Spring 2015 Meeting
Friday, March 6th, 2:00-3:30pm in Student Activities Center, Room W316
The Campus Tree Advisory Committee is open to all students, employees, and community members interested in helping UofL protect and expand its tree population on campus. We meet just once a semester, so please join us. We have much to discuss and plan for. The agenda includes:
• Maple tapping discussion/update
• Update of recent tree plantings, removals and maintenance plans
• Planning for 2015 tree-related Service Learning Projects
• Tree Campus USA status and reporting review
• Updates/Maintenance of Belknap Tree Tour
• Update on Campus Tree Inventory & UofL Tree App
• Plan for a 2015 UofL Arbor Day Observance (potential date: Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015)
• Revising UofL's Campus Tree Care Plan to include measurable Goals & Targets.
This is a Spring Sustainability Week event! Connect with us on Facebook.
|March 7, 2015||Gallery Talk: Held from Beneath: An Exploration of Cultural Sustainability
March 7th, 11am to noon, Carnegie Center for Art and History (201 E Spring St, New Albany, IN)
Artists Andy Perez, Joyce Ogden, Roxell Karr and Susanna Crum will discuss their artworks in the exhibition “Held from Beneath: An Exploration of Cultural Sustainability.” Other events in conjunction with the show include poetry readings, music and performance art. The Carnegie Center is a member of UofL's Center for Arts and Culture Partnerships, and this event is free for UofL faculty, staff and students! Additional information: lwilkins@Wcarnegiecenter.edu or 812-944-7336.
|March 9, 2015||Hunger Banquet
Monday, March 9th, 6:00-8:00pm 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. Prior to the Banquet, each of the residence halls will have boxes to collect non-perishable items and canned foods for Dare to Care and the UofL food pantry for students. Feel free to donate in the dorms or bring canned foods the night of the event. The dorm with the most items will receive a prize and be announced at the event.
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. Rescheduled from original date of Feb. 18th due to weather. RSVP and Connect with us on Facebook.
|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.
|Thursdays, Spring 2015
||UofL Free Store Open!
Thursday, March 12th 1-3pm in Unitas Tower basement
Beginning March 12th, the UofL Free Store will be open every Thursday 1-3pm throughout Spring 2015. All students, faculty & staff are welcome 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).
|March 14-19, 2015||Alternative Spring Breaks
March 14-19, 2015
You want to get out of town for Spring Break, but why not spend your time away helping others and having a great experience? UofL is organizing two separate Spring Break service trips for 2015! One group will head to Washington DC to focus on Hunger Relief and the other trip will focus on the issue of Food Literacy in Asheville, NC. To find out more about our DC service projects go to: Martha's Table, DC Central Kitchen and The Campus Kitchens Project. Our NC service will be with the Northwestern YMCA of North Carolina! The total trip cost will be $400 and it includes all transportation, meals, lodging, orientation materials, and excursions/museum fees. More information and application here.
|March 22-24, 2015||Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency (RE3) Workshop
March 22-24, 2015 in downtown Louisville, KY
UofL's Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research invites you to engage with top researchers from national labs, universities and industries to discuss the latest developments and challenges in renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. Discover current research across the nation and discuss a focused technological road map for commercialization of various renewable energy innovations. The objective of this 3-day workshop is to engage students, faculty, government, industry and entrepreneurs across the region to have a focused discussion on the scientific and technological challenges associated with advancing renewable energy and energy efficiency research and entrepreneurship. The RE3 Workshop highlights specific themes in renewable energy and energy efficiency research and implementation, including: Solar Energy; Energy Materials Discovery; Membranes; Solar Fuels; Biofuels; Energy Storage; Energy Efficiency; and Entrepreneurship. Short courses are offered on specific R&D topics,including: Tools for Materials Genome Research; Standard Research Practices in Materials R&D for Renewables; Manufacturing R&D in the Energy Sector. Full details and registration.
|March 26, 2015||Gottschalk Lecture: Dr. Chad Montrie "Hidden in Plain View"
Thursday, March 26th 5:30pm at Ekstrom Library's Chao Auditorium
The history of racism is all around us, marking local geography, shaping social institutions, and conditioning our relationships with one another. Yet, however overwhelmingly present that past might be, it is often hidden in plain view. The History Department's 2015 Gottschalk lecture will explore this phenomenon by examining the various means and warped justifications whites used to exclude blacks from thousands of towns and suburbs across the United States during the twentieth century. As a nation, we have forgotten or misremembered exclusion’s long history and our stunted memory impedes contemporary efforts to acknowledge and address the many persistent social problems that are its legacy. Our featured speaker will be UofL alum, Dr. Chad Montrie, a history professor at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. The event is open to the public and reception will follow.
|March 27, 2015||EcoReps Lunch & Learn: Sustainable Agriculture with Jeneen Wiche
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! This month's special guest will be local farmer, Belknap Farmers' Market vendor, and UofL Anthropology professor, Jeneen Wiche. 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.
|Through March 28, 2015||
UofL Competes in RecycleMania 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.
|April 2, 2015||LALS Tranquility Garden Dedication & Planting
Wednesday, April 2nd, 4pm, west side of Stevenson Hall
Join us as the Latin American and Latino Studies (LALS) Dept. officially unveils 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 UofL faculty and staff 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 April 2nd, 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 attendees will be invited to plant annual flower seeds into a new plot that will be prepared in the early spring.
|April 13 - May 11, 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.
|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 Workshop: Get Back To The Land with Sustainable Gardening!
Wednesday, April 22nd, 3-4pm, Garden Commons at the Cultural Center
Earth Day is the perfect time to get back to the land! Justin Mog, PhD (UofL's Asst. to the Provost for Sustainability Initiatives) has been an organic gardener for decades and will share some of the basics about how to start and maintain a sustainable garden so that you can grow your own fresh, local food – whether it’s in pots on your porch, in your backyard, or in a community garden. Justin has extensive experience with all those methods of growing in Louisville and has worked as a crop extensionist with farmers around the world. This session will be a hands-on workshop using the many resources available at UofL’s own organic Garden Commons which is a space open to all UofL staff, faculty, and students to learn about and grow food year-round. Garden Commons features 10 raised-beds, in-ground beds, a small orchard and berry bushes, an herb spiral, a permaculture hugelkulture mound, a greenhouse, compost bins, and rain barrels. All elements of this sustainable urban agriculture project will be explored during the workshop. Participants are encouraged to dress for outdoor garden work with closed shoes, but everyone will be accommodated. Gloves and tools will be provided. Facebook Event page.
|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. UofL faculty will receive a $500 honorarium, resources for course development, info on local sustainability issues, & a new network of faculty from across UofL. Applications (download) must be submitted to Margaret Carrerio by March 25, 2015. Full details on Green Threads here.
|May 14 to Oct. 29, 2015||Gray Street Farmers’ Market
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 .
|May to Oct., 2015||UofL Belknap Farmers’ Market
Thursdays, 3:30-6:00pm (May to Oct.)
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
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.
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- 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: